Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Bye Bye Jerry ...

I'll resist the temptation to sing "Ding Dong The Wicked Witch is dead," from The Wizard of Oz ... mainly because it is one of my favourite films and I would hate to taint it with an assocation with Mr. Falwell.

I will even resist the temptation to use words like outrageous, ill-informed, scary and any other that comes to mind when I think of the idiotic proclamations that have spewed forth from the mouth of Mr Falwell.

I will even resist the temptation to cast rocks in his direction ...

The only thing that comes to mind tonight at the news that Jerry Falwell has passed from this life to the next arises from the final verse in a hymn we often use in our Church - the line says: "and when you close your eyes, I'll (God) will be there with just one more surprise ..."

My faith tells me tonight that Jerry Falwell is one surprised guy ... I doubt heaven is like he thought it to be ... I can only give thanks that God is so much broader and more wonderful than the likes of Mr Falwell think God to be ...

That may be Mr Falwell's biggest surprise ... the presence of Gays, Lesbians, minorities, and non-Christians is likely another.

So - the only way I can think to say "Farewell" to a colleague like Mr Falwell is with some help from a little friend who was once the target of Mr Falwell's rants:

Teletubby Bye Bye !!

Rest in peace Mr Falwell,

you will NOT be missed by me.