Veronica Neffinger | Editor, ChristianHeadlines.com | Monday, October 17, 2016
Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. is not backing down from his support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, even after students signed a petition in protest.
As ChristianHeadlines.com previously reported, a group of Liberty students, staff, and alumni felt that Falwell’s well-known support for Trump is tarnishing the name of the school and decided to create a document titled “Liberty United Against Trump.”
“Donald Trump does not represent our values and we want nothing to do with him,” the document states, referring to Trump’s recently-revealed sexually aggressive comments toward women.
“Associating any politician with Christianity is damaging to the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” the document continues. “But Donald Trump is not just any politician. He has made his name by maligning others and bragging about his sins. Not only is Donald Trump a bad candidate for president, he is actively promoting the very things that we as Christians ought to oppose.”
Falwell also issued a statement, disputing some of the claims in the petition, although he also acknowledged the students’ right to speak up for what they believe.
“I am proud of these few students for speaking their minds. It is a testament to the fact that Liberty University promotes the free expression of ideas unlike many major universities where political correctness prevents conservative students from speaking out,” he said.
Falwell went on to say that, despite the document’s claims, the majority of Liberty students support Trump. He cited as evidence the five standing ovations Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, received while speaking to a gathering of students at the university.
Falwell additionally denied the claim that by supporting Trump he was speaking for the school as a whole:
“I am only fulfilling my obligation as a citizen to ‘render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s’ by expressing my personal opinion about who I believe is best suited to lead our nation in a time of crisis,” he said.
4 thoughts on “Jerry Falwell Jr. Responds to Student Petition against Trump”
its always funny to me how the Clintons are non christian values and a demogogue, 3 times married to a woman 25 yrs younger is somehow the example of christianity…the hypocrisy of Trump is beyond compare…somehow christian values have dumbed down the US to the point of lack of common sense…remember when Bush Jr was pres?…how christian he was? find those WMD’s yet?…utter nonsense to mention Trump and Values in the same breathe…he is a two year old with a twitter account and now the worlds most powerful military at his beck and call…dont be surprised if he attacks Canada first.
No one but God knows the heart of a man and some of the things being brought forth are from the past and we all have one of those . The word says judge not or you will be judged by the same measure that you judge with. I believe everyone should pray and ask God who they should vote for and let that be that.
I am an African American student at Liberty and am disappointed to say the least. It shows that the leadership has racism and white privilege at its core. I am ashamed that I invested money and time there and will complete my education somewhere else.
While I understand your concern, I do have to point out that there is only one viable candidate who is not diametrically opposed to most Christian values. With all his faults, and they are indeed many, that person is Donald Trump. Hillary supports abortion on demand, (BTW if you have not already, do a study on Margaret Sanger, the founder of PP.) She is pro gun control, has made statements against freedom of religion, and favors state controlled and state monitored care of our children. I could go on and on, but will only point out that we need to dig beyond the sound bites and rhetoric of both sides, dig deep to see what the candidates really feel, and then in the words of Dr. Falwell, render to Cesear what is Cesear’s.