Hitchens: ‘I wish there was a hell for Falwell’

People like that should be out in the street, shouting and hollering with a cardboard sign and selling pencils from a cup. – Hitchens

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May 16, 2007 – TheScroogeReport.com Post


Christopher Hitchens

Atheist Christopher Hitchens, author of the new book, “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything,” told CNN’s Anderson Cooper last night he wishes there were a Hell just for Jerry Falwell.

Asked if he thought Falwell were in heaven, Hitches, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, replied: “No. And I think it’s a pity there isn’t a hell for him to go to.”

In answer to the question of what stirred such vitriol in his heart, Hitches said: “The empty life of this ugly little charlatan proves only one thing, that you can get away with the most extraordinary offenses to morality and to truth in this country if you will just get yourself called reverend. Who would, even at your network, have invited on such a little toad to tell us that the attacks of September the 11th were the result of our sinfulness and were God’s punishment if they hadn’t got some kind of clerical qualification?”

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One thought on “Hitchens: ‘I wish there was a hell for Falwell’

  1. Falwell was an infuriating character, and a lot of the anger that is coming out now from the gay and/or progressive community is a logical extension of that. He had an amazing homogenous stupidity: there were very few surprises that came out of him. It’s not like he had a good side, an endearing, kind, warm, charitable side. If he did, then these sides were certainly kept out of the public view, and the most that can be said of him is that he gave a face and voice to what a lot of close-minded Americans were thinking—that they had the answers, and the answers were simple, stupid, and usually what they had, too, had been taught by their families and parents.
    But I think that there is another facet to the anger that is coming from Falwell’s death: that he actually instilled fear into the minds of a lot of gay men and women. That under that chubby, down-home, “Ya’ll come” exterior was a vicious man and he could get away with that viciousness in ways that the current Pope, Benedict XVI, can not. Pope Benedict is too obviously rigid, cold, and uningratiating. People may admiore him because he’s the Pope, but he’s not fooling anyone when he rails against homosexuality, birth control, freedom of choice, and all the other ills of “secularism.” But Falwell could come off on TV as the cuddly uncle, the country cousin who told it like it was: and that was scary. That was worse than the skinny man in a dress leading the flock.
    This country is filled with anti-Catholic people who would still swallow every word Falwell said; they’d never believe the Pope, but they would “Amen” with Falwell all the way to the Inquisition. Perry Brass

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