Evangelist Jerry Falwell has died. Liberty University colleagues found the Moral Majority leader and all-around homo-hater “unresponsive” in his office earlier today. Paramedics rushed the reverend to a local hospital, but apparently God had other plans for the man who used His name to build the formidable Christian right.
San Francisco Chronicle reports:
Ron Godwin, the university’s executive vice president, said Falwell, 73, was found unresponsive around 10:45 a.m. and taken to Lynchburg General Hospital. Godwin said he was not sure what caused the collapse, but he said Falwell “has a history of heart challenges.”
“I had breakfast with him, and he was fine at breakfast,” Godwin said. “He went to his office, I went to mine, and they found him unresponsive.”
Falwell, a television evangelist who founded the Moral Majority, became the face of the religious right in the 1980s. He later founded the conservative Liberty University and serve[d] as its president.
While our gay hearts certainly go out to Falwell’s family, we can’t say we’re going to miss the man who started the gay Tele-Tubby scandal, nor the man who once said that gays are unworthy of God’s love. We won’t even miss the man who described AIDS as God’s anti-gay punishment.
Hopefully the G-Man will have some mercy on Falwell’s misguided soul. That is, of course, if God exists. Hey, Jerry, what’s the word?