Liberty University Says There Were Other Reasons Board Members Were Upset With Mark DeMoss

In response to statements made yesterday by Mark DeMoss, this morning Liberty University sent along another statement about Mark DeMoss' resignation from the Liberty University board of trustees.Individual board members have varied reasons for their displeasure regarding Mark DeMoss’ comments to the Washington Post, most of which are not related to his disagreement with Jerry Falwell’s personal endorsement of Donald Trump or a belief that Mark DeMoss’ motivations were entirely polit … [Read more...]

Mark DeMoss: Criticism of Jerry Falwell Jr’s Trump Endorsement Led To Board Executive Committee Ouster

On March 1st Mark DeMoss -- Jerry Falwell, Sr.'s chief of staff from 1984-1991 and head of the largest PR firm in America working exclusively with Christian organizations -- told the Washington Post’s Philip Rucker that Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. made a mistake by endorsing Donald Trump for president. Then in late April, according to DeMoss, the executive committee of the Liberty University Board of Trustees voted to ask DeMoss to resign from the Board's executive committee. F … [Read more...]

Even At Liberty University, David Barton Is Known For Historical Fallacies

Previously, I believed that at Liberty University, David Barton was viewed positively as a great historian. Since he speaks there frequently, some in certain circles must believe that. However, I was surprised to learn that Barton's reputation is not as positive in the history department. John Fea was able to get a first hand look into the matter from a former history graduate student at Liberty. Russ Allen has his masters degree from Liberty and attended a talk given last week at Liberty by … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Donald Trump’s Speech at Liberty University on January 18

Jerry Jr. likes The Donald and thinks Trump is like Jerry Falwell. Falwell said Liberty wasn't endorsing a candidate but the introduction certainly sounded like an endorsement.Rev. Falwell, I think America is still great. We don't need Donald Trump to make it great again. It is great now.John Fea on Donald Trump's Two Corinthians.Trump says he is going to protect Christianity. How about protecting all religions? Instead, he wants our country to get together around Christianity. … [Read more...]

Jerry Falwell Jr.’s Irresponsible Machismo

For so many reasons, I am glad I don't teach at Liberty University.I can't embed the clip so click through to watch Liberty University president Jerry Falwell, Jr. encourage students to carry guns on campus. He also seems to challenge "Muslims" (I assume he means radical Muslim terrorists) to come visit Liberty, and not for a college tour.I have no problem with self-defense but this seems like an irresponsible challenge to people who are capable of responding to it. As a college … [Read more...]

Former Aide to Falwell and Colson Nelson Keener: When Kingdoms Collide

Guest post by Nelson Keener.Nelson Keener graduated from Liberty University and served as the late Jerry Falwell's assistant during the seminal days of the Moral Majority and later in a similar capacity with the late Chuck Colson. He resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.When Kingdoms CollideAt Liberty University College Democrats are not recognized as an official university club.Neither are College Republicans.Does this mean the prominent Christian institution, founded by the … [Read more...]

Does the Liberty University Wing of the GOP Appeal to the Masses?

While asking a political question, Jonathan Merritt's latest column in The Week provides insight into how group leaders keep in-group members in line. Merritt was slated to speak at a Liberty University function (his alma mater), but was disinvited by the president of the school, Jerry Falwell, Jr. because "We're just uncomfortable with some of the things you've been writing."Using the stick is a part of the tactics, promising a return to good graces if one comes around is the carrot. … [Read more...]

The David Barton Cover Up: More on Gregg Frazer’s Critique of David Barton’s America’s Godly Heritage

On Monday, I wrote about a time in 2012 when David Barton was confronted by historians. I linked to a devastating critique of Barton's America's Godly Heritage by Gregg Frazer, professor of history at The Master's College.  Much of the critique is helpful even if one has not seen Barton's DVD because Frazer includes enough of the context to make the critiques clear. However, there is one section which might not be as clear as the others. To help readers use the critique well, I want to provide … [Read more...]


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