He’s Satan’s Problem NowJerry Falwell, the rotund TV evangelist who founded the Moral Majority and built the religious right into a huge if legislatively ineffectual political force, died Tuesday from an apparent heart attack. The hypocrite Falwell, who ignored religious edicts to have a sound body, spent a lifetime criticizing others who didn't fit his interpretation on how human beings should live their lives.
Falwell was loved by the obsessively fearful: Those who feared eternal damnation, those who literally slept at night with guns under their pillows, those who feared the world was going to hurt them -- and those who feared change and couldn't fit into the modern world. He played on those fears to become a powerful player in social conservative politics. He was certainly no man of God, and if Satan is real Hell has a new blowhard today. Good riddance.