Monday, July 23, 2007

Tammy Faye revisited
Lee follows up on this and this. It seems she was foolish — a perfect target, a buffoon made to order for the establishment types to point at — but not evil:
Obviously the kind of fundraising she and her husband engaged in was inherently dubious, but it really did seem that to a great extent she got caught up in events beyond her knowledge and control. And the machinations of Jerry Falwell in taking over their network come across as extremely cynical.

I also was impressed with what seemed as far as I could tell to be a very deep and genuine Christian faith. And her outreach to gays and lesbians in contravention of all the norms of that community was genuinely touching and seemed to be rooted in sincere Christian love. For all her troubles she certainly seems to have touched a lot of people’s lives in a good way.
May she rest in peace. Amen.

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