Now What?

A Canadian pastor threatened to pull his ads over a cartoon of Jerry Falwell in Hell. This calls for a little applause, and just shows that Christianity, even as practiced by Canadians, can have civilized discourse according to, at least, 18th century standards. After all, he isn’t demanding the beheading of the cartoonist, like some members of an unnamed religion still practicing in accordance with its 7th Century book.

The saddest part of this story is that the cartoonist, Michael deAdder, felt the necessity to defend his cartoon.

“I really don’t think Falwell will find himself in hell. The God Falwell preached about was far more forgiving than that. … But, to me, it’s not off the mark to depict Falwell arriving in hell, at least in a cartoon. Especially the way it was drawn. It’s not exactly Dante’s Inferno. It’s a cartoon hell with a cartoon character as the main element.”

In the land of the First Amendment, that was really unnecessary.

Frankly, I really don’t see why he couldn’t have added a little more fire and brimstone to the cartoon. Jerry would have appreciated it, I suspect.