I'm sure the latter bothers many more people. This is mostly because he is more fellow to most people because he is an American. Add in the fact that he is white, male, and Christian...thus cool, popular, uber-type righteous to hate him and there you have it. Add in the fact that he is the one who is supposed to be int he closet and I imagine some can taste urine at the mention of his name.
But one of the biggest problems with Americans is they think and talk further than there arms have reach...this keeps them on the path of utter nothingness. Falwell spoke his opinion and he his allegedly protected by the fundamental doctrine of this country. The things that are applied and practiced in the Middle East are half a world away...and occur outside of the inalienable and sovereign rights of this country. Neither will change by a bunch of powerless talkers who like to run their cranial orifice (none of whom could bust a grape with a sledge hammer)! But this is where many people love to throw down the gauntlet...loving the fact that it never hits the ground! They can then exercise platitudes and a show of recited recipe righteousness without being held accountable to applying action. This is all nothing more than the self-god renaissance version of, "But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments." ...and, "Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers."
Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.