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Good Riddance to Jerry Falwell
In the Castro, Tuesday, May 15 was anything but a day to mourn.
News that right-wing Christian minister Jerry Falwell had died that morning brought about 30 queers to the corner of 18th and Castro during rush hour to attend an “anti-memorial” that was full of good cheer. Representatives of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of gay male nuns that Falwell had once attacked, were on hand to help exorcise the spirit of the hate-spewing fundamentalist preacher.
On queervision, an internet discussion group, message lines in emails hailed “ding-dong the witch is dead” and “Falwell is dead day.” Entries on the SF Bay Guardian blog, too, expressed no regret about the 73-year-old bigot’s sudden passing in his office at Liberty University in Virginia.
Some may think it’s tasteless to speak ill of the dead, but certainly not in the case of Jerry Falwell. The man made a lucrative career out of bashing the LGBT community and fighting any gains that women made, such as Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in America. He was also a segregationist who once denounced South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a foe of apartheid, as a phony and not a proper representative of Blacks.