Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 01:31:33 -0700
Subject: Jerry Falwell's God
To The Editor: Like most Americans, I have been in front of the TV for days.
I have seen numberless stories about the "Missing". But one really got to
me, about a financial executive who didn't work at the WTC, but had a
Tuesday AM meeting on the 105th floor of the North Tower. CNN interviewed
his wife, a very intelligent and spiritual woman, and his parents, a "real
salt of the earth", 2nd or 3rd generation Italian/American couple from New
Jersey. They showed some video of this guy, and I liked him immediately. A
big, good natured galoot, a bit of a joker. Someone who 'took care of
business', but didn't take things all that seriously. His mother called him
"The Moose", which made them all laugh. He was shown playing with his
daughters, 3 and 5, like he was a kid, too. His wife said she "couldn't feel
him anymore". But, it was his dad that made me cry. He looked old enough to
have served in WW II. He could be a member of "Hollywood's Eternal American
Infantry Squad", the tough, wise cracking Italian kid from Hoboken, who was
deeper than he let on. This sweet old guy didn't seem angry, just bemused.
He shook his head: "I don't know what kind of God these guys have", he said,
"But it ain't my God." As he spoke, the 'crawl' at the bottom of the screen
read: "Rev. Jerry Falwell says Pagans, abortionists, feminists, gays and
lesbians have brought this attack upon the United States". I looked at that
sweet old guy from Jersey and thought, "You're right, Pop's. Mohhamid Atta's
God is not your God, but it sure seems like He is Jerry's God."
Michael Varien Daly, Beverly Hills