Liberty University

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Falwell Asks FBI to Probe 'Attempted Coup' Against Him

Liberty University president is not happy about recent article he calls a smear campaign

(Newser) - Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. said Tuesday that he is asking the FBI to investigate what he called a "criminal" smear campaign orchestrated against him by several disgruntled former board members and employees. Falwell told the AP he has evidence that the group improperly shared emails belonging to... More »

Fear, Self-Dealing Rule at Liberty University: Officials

'We’re a real estate hedge fund,' one says

(Newser) - "We’re not a school; we’re a real estate hedge fund,” a senior official at Liberty University said. "We’re not educating; we’re buying real estate every year and taking students' money to do it." Those are among the accusations in a Politico Magazine... More »

Pence to 45K Evangelical Students: 'Be Ready'

The vice president speaks at Liberty University

(Newser) - Last time he spoke at Liberty University, Mike Pence urged students to vote for candidate Donald Trump despite the Access Hollywood tape. On Saturday he returned to the renowned Christian school in Lynchburg, Va., with a warning: You will be disrespected. "Some of the loudest voices for tolerance today... More »

In Secret Recording, Cohen Makes Explosive Falwell Claim

He says he helped evangelical leader deal with leak of racy photos

(Newser) - Michael Cohen says he helped Jerry Falwell Jr. with a highly personal matter months before the evangelical leader endorsed President Trump in 2015, according to a conversation taped by Tom Arnold. Arnold says he was waiting for his friend Cohen to go to prison before he released the recording of... More »

Meet the College Student Growing His Own Clothes

'It can get a bit smelly'

(Newser) - Why bother to weave and sew new clothes when you can just grow them? The Washington Post reports on Luis Quijano, a 19-year-old former political science major at Liberty University who is experimenting with growing his own "leather-like material" using water, sugar, green tea, kombucha, and fermentation. While Quijano,... More »

Liberty Alums Give Back Diploma in Trump Protest

'I'll have to have my mom dig it out of storage'

(Newser) - President Trump has long enjoyed the backing of Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., but a group of the evangelical school's alumni are taking an unusual stand against that support in the wake of the violence in neighboring Charlottesville, Va. "I'm sending my diploma back because the... More »

Trump Urges Liberty U Grads to Stand Up to Criticism

Trump delivered 1st commencement speech as president to Christian school

(Newser) - Delivering his first commencement address, President Trump on Saturday urged graduates of a Christian university to follow their convictions but to also be willing to stand up to criticism from others who don't have the courage to do what is right. The AP reports Trump kept to an upbeat... More »

Jerry Falwell, Jr: Armed Students Can 'End Those Muslims'

Liberty University president has advice at school convocation

(Newser) - "Is it illegal to pull it out?" said Jerry Falwell Jr with a chuckle. "I don’t know." The president of Liberty University was speaking at a school convocation Friday about the apparent gun in his back pocket and the idea that students carry concealed weapons on... More »

Bernie Sanders Speaks ... to Evangelicals

Gets 'polite, if tepid' applause from students

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders may be running for the Democratic presidential nomination, but that didn't stop him from addressing a group of Christian conservative students today. Sanders appeared at Liberty University, the Virginia evangelical college founded by Jerry Falwell, the Hill reports. "A Southern evangelical university is an unlikely place... More »

Supreme Court Orders New Review of ObamaCare Suit

Lawsuit claims violation of religious freedoms

(Newser) - The court cases continue for ObamaCare, with the Supreme Court today ordering a Virginia appeals court to review a lawsuit over the law's provisions regarding reproductive rights. Virginia's evangelical Liberty University had filed an earlier lawsuit arguing that the individual mandate meant taxpayer dollars would fund abortions and... More »

Romney: Marriage Is Between a Man and a Woman

But he doesn't dwell on issue in Liberty University speech

(Newser) - Mitt Romney didn't get very political in his commencement speech at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University today, but his brief reference to gay marriage earned his loudest ovation, reports the Washington Post . “Culture—what you believe, what you value, how you live—matters,” Romney said. “As... More »

Perry Proves He Won't Shy Away From His Faith

He speaks comfortably about it at Falwell's Liberty University

(Newser) - Rick Perry's speech at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University today made one thing clear about the Texas governor: He will "not shy away from cloaking his candidacy in his Christianity," writes Philip Rucker in the Washington Post . In fact, he "presented his life in deeply spiritual... More »

Appeals Court Tosses Virginia ObamaCare Lawsuits

Unanimous decision issued

(Newser) - A federal appeals court in Virginia has dismissed two lawsuits that had claimed President Obama's health care overhaul was unconstitutional. The unanimous decision was issued today by a three-judge panel of the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals. It is the second appellate court ruling affirming the government's... More »

Top 5 Conservative Colleges

Falwell's Liberty University is No. 1

(Newser) - ThinkProgress factors in notable alumni and political influence to come up with the top 5 conservative colleges in the nation:
  1. Liberty University: The Virginia school founded by the late Jerry Falwell leads the way "as one of the most influential Christian colleges in the nation." It bans
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Christian Conservatives: Let's Stop Using Word 'Gay'

Group suggests 'sodomy' or 'same-sex intercourse' as alternatives

(Newser) - A group of social conservatives thinks it has a way to turn the gay rights debate around: Stop using the word “gay.” At the Awakening conference at Liberty University in Virginia last weekend, Ryan Sorba, chairman of the Young Conservatives of California, said that merely using that word... More »

Second Judge Shuts Down Challenge to Obamacare

Conservative Christian university will appeal the ruling

(Newser) - A federal judge yesterday dismissed Liberty University's lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's new federal health care law, declaring that a provision requiring most individuals to obtain insurance is constitutional. The ruling is the second court decision upholding the law, following one in Michigan in October . University law school dean Mathew... More »

University Ski Slope Aims to 'Bring People to Christ'

First all-weather slope 'of its kind in North America'

(Newser) - Virginia’s Liberty University presented its new synthetic ski slope—the first in North America—this weekend with extreme performances from pro skiers and snowboarders. The chancellor of the Christian university, Jerry Falwell, showed off his own moves after paying tribute to his dad, the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, who... More »

Falwell's Liberty U. Quashes Campus Dems

(Newser) - Jerry Falwell’s conservative Christian Liberty University has suspended the student Democratic Club for supporting candidates “directly contrary to the mission” of the school, the Lynchburg News Advance reports. Virginia Democrats are up in arms. “I urge the leadership of Liberty University to reverse this attack on the... More »

Secular Kid Goes Undercover at Falwell's School

Book about his experience is out now

(Newser) - Kevin Roose spent spring break in Florida last year, but instead of boozing with the rest of the college students, he proselytized them. It was all part of the Brown University student’s undercover semester at Jerry Falwell-founded Liberty University, where he “had to follow their 46-page code of... More »

Student Bomber Foiled at Falwell Funeral

FBI found explosives in Liberty University student's car

(Newser) - A student at Jerry Falwell's university is under arrest for a bomb plot against protesters at the late evangelist's funeral. A relative of Mark Uhl tipped off authorities, who found five bombs in the 19-year-old Liberty University student's trunk. Uhl admitted he planned to use the bombs to disrupt a... More »

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