Would you have this woman give your eulogy?

Generally, when you eulogize someone, you point out the wonderful things THEY'VE done in life. Or you mention what a great person they were, or recall their achievements. That is, unless your Ann Coulter. In that case you use the death of someone famous to further justify your own vile sentiments against the people you despise. In Ann's case it's liberals.

Ann Coulter's column on Falwell's passing:
Coulter: "Let me be the first to say: I ALWAYS agreed with the Rev. Falwell.

Actually, there was one small item I think Falwell got wrong regarding his statement after 9/11 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.'"

First of all, I disagreed with that statement because Falwell neglected to specifically include Teddy Kennedy and "the Reverend" Barry Lynn.

Second, Falwell later stressed that he blamed the terrorists most of all, but I think that clarification was unnecessary. The necessary clarification was to note that God was at least protecting America enough not to allow the terrorists to strike when a Democrat was in the White House."

Rev. Falwell was known for making controversial comments. Since his death, many close to him revealed
that these were made to grab headlines, to make savy use of the media to promote his cause.

On a recent broadcast of the PBS NEWSHOUR 2 commentators, one a political adversary of Falwells, discussed the life of Rev. Falwell.

TONY PERKINS: "I think Dr. Falwell, number one, I think was mischaracterized and portrayed in the media. He was portrayed as mean-spirited, a hard-hearted individual. And Dr. Falwell was the opposite of how he was seen by many people. He was not mean-spirited at all. Even his adversaries, he was kind to them. And I bet Tony would say that, even in their conversations off the camera or along the side, he was always nice to those that he opposed.

TONY CAMPOLO: "We stand against him on a lot of issues, but what Tony Perkins said was absolutely right.

My wife, who, unlike myself, is a strong advocate for gay marriage, once had a meeting with him. And she said, "I came away feeling that this man was a gentleman, and he spoke with kindness and with civility." And, off camera, he was as gracious a man as you could possibly imagine. And I have found him to be the same."

Ann's "Tribute" to Rev. Falwell goes on with several paragraphs defending the notion that Tinky Winky of the Tele Tubbies is a gay character. Her only accalade to Falwell was of course another derision of her enemies "Like Christ ministering to prostitutes, Falwell regularly left the safe confines of his church to show up in such benighted venues as CNN."

I guess the lesson in all of this is, if you're a controversial conservative figure on the brink of death, ask your adversaries to give your eulogy. They will inevitably cast you in a more positive light than "friends" like Ann Coulter.

1 comment:

a liberal said...

Ann Coulter said:

"If you still think it isn't Christ whom liberals hate, remember: They hate Falwell even more than they hate me."

You got that one wrong Annie!
You're #1.