|Trump with a book he knows little about.|
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.