It seems the discussion with Jerry Falwell's death is whether it is okay to speak poorly of him, or if now we must glorify him because he is dead. Well, if his beliefs are true, he is being heavily lauded where he is, so perhaps it is okay to speak of him and his legacy.
This web-site compares Falwell to Hitler. http://theoldbill.typepad.com/thebackroom/2007/01/theocrats_neoco.html
A Live Journal person took some quotes from that and created a test to see if you could choose which quotes are Hitler's and which are Falwell's. I will place the test here. It comes from: http://nom-de-grr.livejournal.com/51142.html
Who said the following, Falwell or Hitler?
1. My feelings as a Christian point me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter.
2. This 'turn the other cheek' business is all well and good but it's not what Jesus fought and died for.
3. Secular schools can never be tolerated because such a school has no religious instruction and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith.... We need believing people.
4. I hope I live to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we won't have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over again and Christians will be running them. What a happy day that will be!
5. Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction.
6. We were convinced that the people needs and requires this faith. We have therefore undertaken the fight against the atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical declarations: we have stamped it out.
7. We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit … We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments in literature, in the theater, and in the press. . .we want to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of liberal excess.
8. This the national government will regard its first and foremost duty to restore the unity of spirit and purpose of our people. It will preserve and defend the foundations upon which the power of our nation rests. It will take Christianity, as the basis of our collective morality, and the family as the nucleus of our people and state, under its firm protection....May God Almighty take our work into his grace, give true form to our will, bless our insight, and endow us with the trust of our people.
9. Remain strong in your faith, as you were in former years. In this faith, in its close-knit unity our people to-day goes straight forward on its way and no power on earth will avail to stop it.
10. We're fighting against humanism, we're fighting against liberalism ... we are fighting against all the systems of Satan that are destroying our nation today .
Hitler or Falwell answer key below! How many did YOU get right?
Also, if you want to see Falwell torched, here is Christopher Hitchins. The last line is worth the whole rant.
I know life needs balance and so we have one side and another, and as Hitchins points out, Falwell has been a business, and so that part is open to attack. As to his personal life, only his family knows what they share, and yes, their grieving is private and should be respected, and it is important to honor the legacy of each life, and this country is supposed to be about freedom of speech.