Thursday, September 06, 2007

Religious Right Evangelist D. James Kennedy dies

The WaPo reports:
The Rev. D. James Kennedy, 76, a prominent television evangelist whose political influence extended to the highest levels of the nation's leaders, died Sept. 5 at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He had complications from a heart attack suffered in December.
Kennedy spent his lifetime trying to force all of us to live our lives according to his narrow religious beliefs. He did not respect the First Amendment guarantee of separation of church and state. Americans United for Separation of Church and State has background on Kennedy that includes this quote:
"If we are committed and involved in taking back the nation for Christian moral values, and if we are willing to risk the scorn of the secular media and the bureaucracy that stand against us, there is no doubt we can witness the dismantling of not just the Berlin Wall but the even more diabolical 'wall of separation' that has led to increasing secularization, godlessness, immorality, and corruption in our country."
Rolling Stone magazine called him "the most influential evangelical you've never heard of."


FranIAm said...

These are the times it is hard for me to be a believer.

None of the values reflected in that type of spirituality define what it means to me.

Who knows who is right. I never want to be right. I do want to be compassionate towards all, inclusive to all, loving and a maker of peace and love not war.

I don't want to be right and I don't want to be sanctimonious.

Sadly, many people in our country hide behind a mask of self-righteousness that is cruel and hard hearted. I think this man was one of them.

fairlane said...

Even in death these people stick to their insanity. You'd think maybe in those moments they'd have some kind of revelation or at least feel remorse.


Dr. Zaius said...

He sounds like the most influential evangelical that I'm glad I won't have to hear about ever again, god rest his soul.

BAC said...

Agree ... agree ... and, agree!