Saturday, May 19, 2007

De Mortuis Nihil Nisi Bonum

Nothing could illustrate the viciousness of the unco guid who populate our local media half so well as the obituaries and "memorial" articles they have published on the late Reverend Jerry Falwell. I'm thinking of a particularly slimy "editorial" on KFWB, one of our "news" radio stations. I can't link to it as they don't appear to publish any of their editorials on their website. Perhaps they have the good taste to be ashamed of them. But The Times contributes its share, too. A sample of the letters they chose to publish can be found here. The Times's glad-he's-gone editorial, which is actually rather kindly considering some of the other commentary. No doubt your local paper has the equivalent.

All of which caused "the mean girl" to, ahem, react here:

No man in the last century better illustrated Jesus' warning that "All men will hate you because of me" than the Rev. Jerry Falwell, who left this world on Tuesday. Separately, no man better illustrates my warning that it doesn't pay to be nice to liberals.

Falwell was a perfected Christian. He exuded Christian love for all men, hating sin while loving sinners. This is as opposed to liberals, who just love sinners. Like Christ ministering to prostitutes, Falwell regularly left the safe confines of his church to show up in such benighted venues as CNN.

He was such a good Christian that back when we used to be on TV together during Clinton's impeachment, I sometimes wanted to say to him, "Step aside, reverend — let the mean girl handle this one." (Why, that guy probably prayed for Clinton!)

For putting Christ above everything — even the opportunity to make a humiliating joke about Clinton — Falwell is known as "controversial." Nothing is ever as "controversial" as yammering about Scripture as if, you know, it's the word of God or something.

You can find the rest of her article here. Not that I necessarily agree with it all.

O.K., I actually do, don't I. Oh, well. The Inn is already banned in Red China. Let's see where else we can be banned.