I can just see it now though, all the documentary specials they'll run on his sorry ass about all the so-called "good" that he accomplished. It certainly wasn't good, but he definitely did accomplish quite a bit for uptight bigoted social conservatives and did a lot of damage to freedom and diversity in this country in the process. And that's just the beginning. He helped to set the pieces in place to continue this assault on liberty, diversity, freedom of speech, separation of church & state, progressive ideals, and pluralist society in general. Because of him and others, the struggle against intolerance, prejudice, primitive dogmas, radical ideologies, social, religious, gender, and racial bigotry will continue for at least one more generation.
Falwell is certainly to blame for a lot of disastrous things in this country, like helping to get Christian conservatives organized and politically active — similar to Hitler forming the Nazi party. He set the wheels in motion for the modern social conservative movement.
His sadly misnamed 'Liberty' University will go on for generations helping to give college educations accompanied with right-wing conservative Christian brainwashing, all so that there will be more socially conservative Christian minions to be unleashed on the country, enacting their anti-liberty, Dominionist agendas.
Falwell was always shooting off the mouth with absurdities. Like blaming liberals, homosexuals, and pro-choice advocates for the 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. He was also a major hypocrite, quick to judge others, he HATED homosexuality and depicted it as a grave sin against GOD that must be rejected by society. Apparently gluttony wasn't so much of a sin as it never stopped his corpulent self from becoming, well, more corpulent. No doubt the overeating contributed to his dying when he did.
McCain was right the first time, Jerry Falwell and his ilk are "agents of intolerance". I cringe when I think about the disgusting lies that are to come, the hero of conservatives that he'll be made out to be in the following days.
Well, now that he's dead he can go to what lies beyond and finally see for himself just how foolish, misguided, and wrong his life's work has been. One thing I'm sure of, he won't find the afterlife anything like he'd expected it to be. It's just too bad he can't tell his followers about the TRUTH.
Christopher Hitchens said of Falwell on Anderson Cooper's 360, "The empty life of this ugly little charlatan proves only one thing: that you can get away with the most extraordinary offenses to morality and to truth in this country if you will just get yourself called Reverend.
Who would, even at your network, have invited on such a little toad to tell us that the attacks of September the 11th were the result of our sinfulness and were God's punishment if they hadn't got some kind of clerical qualification?
People like that should be out in the street, shouting and hollering with a cardboard sign and selling pencils from a cup."