Fox News analyst Ellis Henican & Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Temple University
"Talking Points has been reporting for years that the secular-progressive far-left movement in the USA is not free speech friendly. If you disagree with those people, many of them will try to hurt you. There is no better example than reaction to the death of Rev. Jerry Falwell. Within hours of his demise, the far-left hate machine cranked up. The far-left Minneapolis Star Tribune editorialized that Falwell urged Christians to 'focus on the issues that drove them apart.' The far-left Oregonian said Falwell built his organization by 'appealing to people's worst instincts.' And there was this revolting statement from former John Edwards employee Amanda Marcotte: 'The gates of hell swing open and Satan welcomes his beloved son.' Ms. Marcotte symbolizes the hateful far left in America, the same people who celebrated when Tony Snow announced he has cancer. As for Jerry Falwell, he was an American who spoke his mind. I believe he was wrong in singling out homosexuals for scorn, but he had a right to say what he said. And these awful secular progressives have the same right, but there is such a thing as decency. This is another example of how out of control the S-P far left movement in America is today."News Link: John Edwards' ex-blogger postNews Link: MN Star Tribune editorial News Link: Oregonian editorial
For more on the reaction to Jerry Falwell's death, The Factor
welcomed FNC analyst Ellis Henican and professor Marc Lamont Hill. "I don't want to celebrate his death," Hill began. "But many people are really celebrating the death of his movement and ideologies, which had a vicious effect on people in America. The reason we're talking about him is because of his attacks on gays and lesbians." Henican suggested that Falwell might actually enjoy his posthumous notoriety. "This is the life the reverend chose, the life of angry rhetoric, finger-pointing, condemnation. He enjoyed a good counter-punch and he would throw a few back from the grave if he could." The Factor
again denounced those who could not wait to condemn Falwell. "Falwell was certainly a man who should be criticized if you disagreed with him, but not three hours after his death. And I only see this hatred from the secular-progressive side."