While I disagree with much of what Christopher Hitchens thinks about politics and culture I thought he hit the nail on the head in this interview with Anderson Cooper following Falwell’s death.
Falwell’s madness hit home after 9-11 when he suggested the following:
God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve.
And, I know that
I’ll hear from them for this. But,
throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court
throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The
abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not
be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we
make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists,
and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively
trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the
American Way — all of them who have tried to secularize America — I
point the finger in their face and say, "You helped this happen."
As someone who lost a cousin on 9-11 you can probably guess that I am pretty sensitive to such blatantly moronic statements. I could list other claims made by this nut case over the course of his public career, but there would be little point in doing so. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t spend much time worrying about Falwell or the other charlatans out there who make their home on my channel 20.
As much as I would like to hear some of the speakers lined up for this conference I can find no justification for shelling out money that will be used to help perpetuate an extension of that man’s sick moral outlook.