Falwell censored anti-Trump column, Liberty U student editor says

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Bert Perry's picture

Given that it's certain that Falwell has forced out one of the board members, and very likely that he's rewriting student paper editorials, it's become very hard to argue that Falwell's position is not the de facto position of Liberty.  As such, he finds himself not only having made an asinine political endorsement, but also having really misled the whole community about the nature of his endorsement.

If I were a student there, I'd accept a simple apology for the former, but with the latter becoming an issue, I think he may need to resign.

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

TylerR's picture

Editor

How art thou fallen from great heights, O' Falwell, son of Jerry?

The editor, Joel Schmieg, posted a statement on his Facebook account claiming it was Jerry Falwell Jr., the university's president and a Trump supporter, who spiked the column, which criticized Trump for lewd comments he made on a hot mic during a 2005 taping of "Access Hollywood."

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"Any faculty or staff member at Liberty would be terminated for such comments, and yet when Donald Trump makes them, President Falwell rushes eagerly to his defense — taking the name 'Liberty University' with him," the students wrote.
 

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

WallyMorris's picture

Fascinating and sad how Donald Trump is dividing Christians. Trump is even splitting churches. Christians hate Clinton so much that they will vote for anyone.

Wally Morris

Charity Baptist Church

Huntington, IN

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Bert Perry's picture

WallyMorris wrote:

Fascinating and sad how Donald Trump is dividing Christians. Trump is even splitting churches. Christians hate Clinton so much that they will vote for anyone.

Reality here is that what we have is not something that would (per the Babylon Bee) necessarily split our churches, although I anticipate this will happen in some cases--probably already has.  If we keep our heads (I know, dream on, right?), we can "take our lumps" and understand better what led to this debacle, where nine months ago we had close to a dozen candidates that were morally sound (relatively speaking) and could beat Hilliary, but due to various factors, including love of the YUGE, we did not.  Certain leaders are going to need to offer apologies, and some of their behavior is so bad they're going to need to step down.  Dobson and Falwell are clearly in the first category, and quite frankly I think there's a coherent argument for both of them being in the second.

And then, most likely, we need to pray like we've rarely done before that people in the position to make a difference develop consciences and stand up against whichever criminal takes office next January.  

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.