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Suddenly For Separation?: Falwell Jr. Says Jesus Wasn’t Into Politics

Jerry Falwell Jr., the chancellor of Liberty University who along with his father spent years trying to infuse their narrow interpretation of the Bible into U.S. law, is now trying to argue that Jesus never intended to instruct politicians.

Really? Then what was that Moral Majority business all about? Read more

Risky Business: Religious Right Attorney Tells Christian Pastors To Defy The IRS

Some far-right Christians have a hard time obeying the law. Among them is Religious Right attorney Matt Barber, who really dislikes the idea of church-state separation and particularly has a bone to pick with the Internal Revenue Code’s prohibition against pulpit politicking by houses of worship.

In a recent column, Barber spouted the tired, old line that “the words ‘separation of church and state’ are found nowhere in the U.S. Constitution….” Read more

Armed And Dangerous?: Falwell Suggests That LU Students Get Guns To Fend Off ‘Those Muslims’

I sometimes help out with logistics when Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn is traveling for a speech or a debate. I’m used to people asking me what hotel chains Barry prefers or what he likes to eat, but in September when Barry was debating Religious Right attorney Mat Staver at Liberty University, I got a question I hadn’t heard before: The folks at Liberty wanted to know if Barry or anyone traveling with him would be armed. The school had no objection to Barry or a member of his party carrying a concealed weapon, they just wanted to know beforehand. Read more

The Great Debate: A Report On My Visit To Liberty University

It finally happened. I was actually invited to participate in an event at Liberty University!

Although I have spoken at Pat Robertson’s Regent University on several occasions and was even a judge once at its law school’s moot court competition, the late Dr. Jerry Falwell’s creation in Lynchburg, Va., had always been an impenetrable venue for me. I assumed that the failure to have me there may have been related to a comment Falwell once made on CNN’s “Crossfire” – that he would not allow me to preach “out on the corner” near Thomas Road Baptist Church. Read more

Liberty’s Latest Ploy: What’s Up With The Sanders Invite?

The announcement that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will speak at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Sept. 14 has left a lot of people scratching their heads. Has the world been turned upside down?

From Sanders’ perspective, the move makes sense. He’s seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, and it never really hurts a candidate to go into the lion’s den and stare down the opposition. Many supporters will see that as an act of political courage; you can almost hear them holler, “Give ‘em hell, Bernie!” Read more

Cruz Announces Candidacy For Presidency During Rally At Liberty University

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a favorite of the Religious Right and the Tea Party, announced that he will run for president at a Lynchburg, Va., college founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell. 

During a March 23 speech at Liberty University, which advertises itself as the “largest Christian university in the world,” Cruz explained why he is the best choice to save America from the ruin he believes President Barack Obama has caused. Read more

Name Games: Judge Formerly Affiliated With Liberty University Delays Transgender Woman’s Name-Change Request

Jerry Falwell Jr’s Liberty University has long sought to rule the town of Lynchburg, Va., and while it never quite succeeded in a full-on takeover, fundamentalists associated with the school still wield considerable influence there.

Just ask a transgender woman named Juliana Fialkowski. Read more

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