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"Sluggy"
May 16th, 2007, 12:30 PM
Sharpton Says He's Saddened by Falwell's Death


NEW YORK (AP) -- Al Sharpton says he's deeply saddened by the death of the Rev. Jerry Falwell.

The television evangelist who founded the Moral Majority and used it to mold the religious right into a political force died today shortly after being found unconscious in his office at Liberty University in Virginia. He was 73.

Sharpton says that although he and Falwell debated much and disagreed often, they shared a very warm friendship.

Sharpton says he visited Falwell, ate with him and even talked with him during personal crises though they were as politically opposite as two people could be.

Pureracket
May 16th, 2007, 12:38 PM
I am not going to shed a tear or claim to be upset by the death of Falwell. However, I am not going to say that I am pleased by it either.

Is the world a better place because he is gone? Frankly, I doubt it. The damage that he did is already done and his death won't remove it. Sure, he won't be around to do any more damage, but I doubt that he really could have anyway. By this point I am pretty certain that people either agreed with his views or they didn't agree with his views. I doubt he was gaining many converts at this point.

Celebrating other's losses is rarely productive. It is better to take joy in one's own successes rather than in other's failures.

Lord Nelson
May 16th, 2007, 01:15 PM
Sharpton and Falwell were both religious figures so why wouln't sharpton pay his respects to Falwell? It is true though that Farrkhan and Sharpton have rightist ideals whereas Sharpton's ideals are said to be left wing.

Halardfan
May 16th, 2007, 01:25 PM
Sharpton is clearly a more forgiving man better man than me. I can live with that.

the cat
May 16th, 2007, 02:08 PM
I am not going to shed a tear or claim to be upset by the death of Falwell. However, I am not going to say that I am pleased by it either.

Is the world a better place because he is gone? Frankly, I doubt it. The damage that he did is already done and his death won't remove it. Sure, he won't be around to do any more damage, but I doubt that he really could have anyway. By this point I am pretty certain that people either agreed with his views or they didn't agree with his views. I doubt he was gaining many converts at this point.

Celebrating other's losses is rarely productive. It is better to take joy in one's own successes rather than in other's failures.
Well said. I am sad about Jerry Falwell's passing. :( He stood for good and important things like values and morality. But it was frustrating to me that Jerry Falwell was inflexible on many aspects of todays society. It's crucial for Christians and all people for that matter to be more opened minded and accepting of others than he was even if they are religious.

And I'm not suprised Al Sharpton expressed sadness about Jerry Falwell's passing. Even though they were different they shared a similar religious value base.

Infiniti2001
May 16th, 2007, 02:27 PM
Al Sharpton is indeed a better human being than I am :eek: I'm sorry, but all the good Falwell did will forever be overshadowed by his greatest hits of bigotry :fiery: Hopefully he is enjoying the BBQ with Satan :tape:

Lord Nelson
May 16th, 2007, 06:08 PM
Falwell didn't want apartheid to be removed from South Africa. He blasted critics of apartheid. Does Sharpton know this?
Show us a link which says that Fallwell supported apartheid. Or you just got that off your head? Don't know if you realize this but Christians including from his own parish are of all races.

Lord Nelson
May 16th, 2007, 06:16 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Falwell

The link clearly says that he was against apartheid. He said that he was against imposing sanctions on South Africa that is different. He was scared that ANC would produce a Robert Mugabe figure and society would be destabilized. Contrary to what some may think, West never had full sanctions against South Africa so he was right. Sanctions would have made situation worse and radicalized it on both sides.

Williamsser
May 16th, 2007, 06:19 PM
The link clearly says that he was against apartheid. He also apologized to Tuti for what he said about him.

I never said he supported apartheid, I said that he was against critics of apartheid.

Lord Nelson
May 16th, 2007, 06:29 PM
I never said he supported apartheid, I said that he was against critics of apartheid.
Mugabe is also a critic of Apartheid, cannot one criticize him? Anyway he apologized to Tutu and he seems to favor what is going on in South Africa.

Jakeev
May 17th, 2007, 08:25 PM
I had many issues in life as a gay man with Jerry Falwell. But I never hated him. In fact, some things he has said I have actually carried over into my life believe that one or not.

I hope he will be resting where ever it is he supposed to be.

harloo
May 17th, 2007, 11:17 PM
Sharpton is such a tool. Do you think Falwell would publicly admit he was distraught by the death of Al Sharpton? He would probably say it was "God's Plan".:o

Mother_Marjorie
May 18th, 2007, 12:11 AM
*F*ing liberals :rolleyes:

You stand on your soap box, preaching how others should embrace tolerance and you can't even muster one ounce for a dead man. It shows your true character. Hypocrites.

Falwell's views were no more radical than that of Farrahkan, Pope John Paul, and every other religious figure. They've all preached intolerance to some degree, from one extreme to another.

woosey
May 18th, 2007, 12:17 AM
The link clearly says that he was against apartheid. He said that he was against imposing sanctions on South Africa that is different. He was scared that ANC would produce a Robert Mugabe figure and society would be destabilized. Contrary to what some may think, West never had full sanctions against South Africa so he was right. Sanctions would have made situation worse and radicalized it on both sides.

most people in their right minds would not have said i support apartheid. how dumb would that be?

most apologists for apartheid had all kinds of reasons why they would not support sanctions.

many south africans acknowledge that sanctions helped. when businesses, govts - isolate countries economically it helps which is why it's done in iraq, iran and other "rogue" states we disagree with.

hurt people in the pocketbook.

Berlin_Calling
May 18th, 2007, 12:38 AM
Al Sharpton is a bigoted, self-righteous phony. Who cares what he thinks?

ico4498
May 18th, 2007, 01:00 AM
the ability to politicize everything is amazing. no matter the issue or complexity, its all right or left.

its a simpleton's perspective that hopefully brings some peace to the simple minded ... they have enough challenges.

mykarma
May 18th, 2007, 01:07 AM
Sharpton and Falwell were both religious figures so why wouln't sharpton pay his respects to Falwell? It is true though that Farrkhan and Sharpton have rightist ideals whereas Sharpton's ideals are said to be left wing.
Don't understand the bolded statement and would like to know what Farrakhan has to do with this thread?

Wannabeknowitall
May 21st, 2007, 05:31 AM
Sharpton is such a tool. Do you think Falwell would publicly admit he was distraught by the death of Al Sharpton? He would probably say it was "God's Plan".:o

True.
I'm just happy that I wasn't the only one thinking what Bill Maher was thinking, God why didn't you take Pat Robertson with him.
I'm sorry I have no sympathy for a person who helped the movement that AIDS was God's punishment for homosexuality.
If he's in heaven I hope all of heaven is laughing at him for actually starting a movement that the purple teletubbie is gay.

Infiniti2001
May 21st, 2007, 12:47 PM
It would have also been wonderful if he took James Dobson with him... This man is more obnoxious and hateful in the name of Jesus than Falwell and Robertson combined :fiery: