Jerry Falwell, Rest In Peace
But I am even more deeply saddened by the comments I’ve been seeing on email lists and “progressive” blogs rejoicing in the death of Jerry Falwell. Comments range from “ding dong the wicked witch is dead” to “thank God he’s gone” to “I hope he’s burning in hell.” Such bitter rhetoric only sinks down to the level of hatred and intolerance that Falwell himself displayed during his lifetime. It betrays a hypocrisy and a callous disregard for human life if we can rejoice in the death of any person, even one who caused such pain and division in his lifetime. We are all created in the image of God. All of us – all souls – are journeying Toward the One, and all of us are interrelated, interconnected with each other.
As the Anglican poet John Donne (1572-1631) wrote,
No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main...
...any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.