Remember back in January when Donald Trump spoke at Liberty University? The time he talked about Two Corinthians? He was, rightly, the subject of scorn for his obvious pandering to the students of Liberty University. Since then, the students have been watching Trump claiming to be Christian while doing very un-Christian things.
In the wake of the Pussygate tape, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr., came out in defense of Trump. He has blamed the “Republican establishment” for the leak of the damning Access Hollywood tape, even though that’s been debunked. Falwell, while calling Trump’s speech “indefensible,” actually went on to defend him.
A majority of Liberty University students, faculty and staff have had enough. Tyler McNally, one of the newly formed student group, Liberty United Against Trump, posted the following on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon:
To all politico journos who follow me:
This is the first official statement for Liberty United Against Trump. pic.twitter.com/fBJfV41N3o
— Tyler McNally (@Tyler_McNally) October 12, 2016
The press release explains why the students felt they had to speak out against Falwell using the University as a “national platform to advocate for Donald Trump.” Falwell occasionally makes the distinction that his support for Trump is not “the official position” of Liberty University but his status as President and public face of the university “gives him political credentials.”
These students feel that no politician ought to be associated with Christianity, showing knowledge that the Separation of Church and State goes both ways. They note, however, that 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.”
The release goes on to bring up the Access Hollywood tape, noting that if anyone on the faculty or staff had ever said such things as Trump they would be terminated. But Falwell has rushed “eagerly” to Trump’s defense, “taking the name ‘Liberty University’ with him.” Because of this, the group has to “make clear” that “a man who constantly and proudly speaks evil does not deserve our support.”
The members of Liberty United Against Trump say that they are not doing this out of bitterness but because of a “desire to regain the integrity of our school.” Falwell, they state — referring to Jesus telling a man to see to the log in his own eye before worrying about the mote in another’s — champions the log in his own eye. The group wants the world to know “how many students oppose him.” They don’t want to champion Donald Trump, they write, they only want to be “Champions for Christ.”
This whole thing is very courageous of the students and the faculty and staff who support this manifesto. They could be reprimanded officially, suspended or even expelled, depending on how much of a hypocrite Falwell is. And how spiteful.
These students should be admired for making such a bold statement and for showing the world that not all Christians are falling in line with supporting Trump. Some of them actually follow Jesus and want us all to know the difference.
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