Thursday, October 13, 2016

Liberty Students Rebel: No to Trump

Trump with a book he knows little about.
We are Liberty students who are disappointed with President Falwell’s endorsement and are tired of being associated with one of the worst presidential candidates in American history. Donald Trump does not represent our values and we want nothing to do with him. … 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.” --Statement from Liberty University students, released yesterday (WaPost story here).

My experience with students and some teachers from Liberty runs counter to the cliched version of a bunch of non-thinking automatons who simply do what Jerry Falwell Jr. and the Christian right dictate. They are conservative Christians, but they are not mindless, controlled young people who believe only what they are told to believe.

Liberty is a conservative--some say that is a conservative description--Christian university whose leaders have often delved into radical politics. Some students feel the same way. Many do not. You're not going to find a lot of left wingers on campus, but my guess is that if you visit, attend class and school functions--as I have--you will get a better understanding of who these kids are and what motivates them. That would be a dedication to the teachings of Jesus, which often are counter to the radical views of their elders. As is the case here.

Meanwhile, Republican students at the University of Virginia and Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia have gone on record as opposing Trump because, according to the HSC statement, he "has gone from simply being an embarrassment to our party, to a potentially permanent stain on our brand and our country."

In endorsing Trump, Falwell, according to reports, said, "“Let’s stop trying to choose the political leaders who we believe are the most godly because, in reality, only God knows people’s hearts. You and I don’t, and we are all sinners.” That seems to be diametrically opposed to his previous thinking where candidates had to pass a Christian purity test and only Republicans could do that. Falwell's is the official line at Liberty, one that doesn't pass the student sniff test.



  1. You will have to live under the persecution Hillary proposes against Christians. Maybe you're right. Maybe that is more holy. A martyr's death is easy to contemplate when you're young. But to sentence you children to it.......

  2. I have not the faintest concept of what you're talking about, Michael. I do not recall Clinton proposing persecution of Christians (she is one). Please explain what you're talking about. Of course, Christians have been screaming "persecution" at least since I was a child trying to understand what the hell they were talking about in church and being told I should find a new church because my clothes didn't suit their church (we were quite poor). Persecution my ass.

  3. Or as Jon Stewart put it, “Yes, the long war on Christianity. I pray that one day we may live in an America where Christians can worship freely! In broad daylight! Openly wearing the symbols of their religion... perhaps around their necks? And maybe -- dare I dream it? -- maybe one day there can be an openly Christian President. Or, perhaps, 43 of them." Consecutively.”