As I watched the news reports this morning, I tried to think of something good to say about Jerry Falwell, in the interests of not speaking ill of the dead and all that. Then, just as I was thinking "well, he wasn't a bad preacher, at least before he got into politics", CNN showed a clip from an interview he did with Christiane Amanpour, in which she brought up the "abortionists, lesbians and pagans" quote. She asked him if (in spite of his apology) he still believed that God let this happen because he is displeased with our way of life. He said something to the effect of "I still believe the Lord will withdraw his hand of protection from any nation whose people do things so displeasing to him."
_De mortuis nil nisi bonum_, my ass. Jerry, we're better off without you than with you. It will be hard to fill your shoes, and for the sake of our nation and our world, I hope nobody does. You did far more harm than good, and though I don't believe in hell, I'd like to think your god would at least give you a taste of it.