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Get the Falwell outta here!

from: Richard

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Under the Secret Documents of the Church section the following sentence starts the page:

"You have been reading them. Don't tell anyone, especially Jerry Falwell."

The Rt. Rev. Falwell has died (insert grin, if you wish), and I feel it is quite inappropriate to keep this in your web page.  I feel that modifying it as follows would be more appropriate:

"You have been reading them. Don't tell anyone, especially Jerry Falwell (God rest his soul?)" 

Or better yet, remove his name all together from this site, for acknowledging his existence for one further moment is a disgrace to humanity, as if he did not do enough bad in his life "in the name of Jesus".

p.s. I acknowledge that I can not spell worth a diddly poop without a spellchecker, but I don't care, as I am apathetic, and I think I am agnostic, but I'm not sure. 

The only thing one can be sure of is absolutely nothing, and of that I am sure.

The Patriarch replies:


Thank you for pointing this out. That is a page I rarely review and I had forgotten the Falwell reference. While I don't agree leaving it in to be "quite inappropriate," I think the minor amusement provided by his name in that context has now expired and the comment should be given a decent burial. (Perhaps the slight humour of a Secrets of the Church page is also past its "best-before" date and I should delete it entirely, but I won't. I have a sentimental attachment to the earlier elements of the web site.)

I considered substituting the name of another person in the same line of work for Falwell's, but both the names that immediately came to mind belong to old men. If one of them were to drop dead shortly after appearing on the Secrets page, then perhaps some people would think that a second death would demonstrate that the secret is a Curse of the Apathetic Agnostic. We don't want to feed superstition.

So, the item has been changed. I've gone in a slightly different direction. I hope a little humour has been restored to the opening paragraph.

(Should anyone take offense, the choice of the title for this article was mine, not Richard's. And I am amused, even if you are not.)