I have been to funerals where the minister/priest has asked for people to stand up and say something about the departed and everybody looks at each other and eventually somebody stands up with that "Guess it's up to me" look on their face and says "Sorry to the family" and sits down. And after it was over everybody short of the deceased's Mother was saying "you know He really was an asshole"
And I have been to funerals where they had to put a stop to the people standing up and singing the praises of the deceased and the singing didn't stop when the funeral was over.
We've all been to both. So what was the difference? Person A was a prick and Person B was a great person. And anybody who would say anything bad about person B or compare the reaction to the death of the two people we would figure to be a complete dick. These are lessons you don't learn at Cal.
Now the Professor is getting into hair splitting. It's clear that The Professor was a follower of Falwell's cult and for whatever reason the death of John Murtha has brought out in him his pent up frustrations over the reaction to the death of the divine profit.