Sunday, May 20, 2007

Larry Flynt Proves my Point


Talk about your support coming from unlikely places.

Earlier this week I wrote about Reverend Jerry Falwell's death and how the man was being judged and reviled for the opinions he held rather than how he lived his life and actually treated people. I said that his life--who he really was--was taken out of context like the quotes the media used to build him into a monster.

Noted pornographer and long-time Falwell adversary Larry Flynt wrote an opinion piece in today's L.A. Times that essentially validates what I said:

"My mother always told me that no matter how repugnant you find a person, when you meet them face to face you will always find something about them to like. The more I got to know Falwell, the more I began to see that his public portrayals were caricatures of himself. There was a dichotomy between the real Falwell and the one he showed the public."


I say again: it is not the opinions people hold that dictate what type of person they are. It is whether in spite of their views they still treat people with respect and kindness.

Larry Flynt figured this out and clearly will not be celebrating the death of a man he called, friend.

4 comments:

Opal: Vegan Momma said...

**I say again: it is not the opinions people hold that dictate what type of person they are. It is whether in spite of their views they still treat people with respect and kindness.**
Agreed!

...another adversary of Rev. Falwell said that although he thought Jerry Falwell was wrong on every single issue he always respected him because he stood behind his beliefs.

I cannot remember where I read it or even who said it.

Ugly Naked Guy said...

Yup. Some people are going to be haters no matter what, I guess.

jon said...

Falwell rang the clarion bell loud enough for the public to hear the warning regarding the sickness that is value relativism. We've descended so far away from the springboard of value relativism that he only looks wrong on every issue to a generation that has never considered that moral absolutism exists whether you believe in it or not, and that is a scary notion.

Ugly Naked Guy said...

Well put, Jon.