I have grown to like and respect Jerry Falwell Jr. He's most definitely a class act. For those of you, (usually like me!) that give little credence to anything that Plain Ol' posts, this little nugget is contained within the article:
“*I am proud of these few students for speaking their minds but I’m afraid the statement is incoherent and false*,” Falwell said in a statement. “*I am not ‘touring the country’ or associating Liberty University with any candidate. I am only fulfilling my obligation as a citizen to ‘render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s’ by expressing my personal opinion about who I believe is best suited to lead our nation in a time of crisis. This student statement seems to ignore the teachings of Jesus not to judge others but they are young and still learning*.” In another statement Thursday, Falwell questioned the support for the group. “*The group of students now speaking out against Trump represents a very small percentage of the Liberty student body of 15,000 resident students and 90,000 online students. The group (led by a never Trump activist, I am told) claims to have between 200 and 1200 signatures on a petition but admits that many of these signatories are not Liberty students.”* On Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 8:23 AM, plainolamerican <plainolameri...@gmail.com> wrote: > Students at Virginia’s Liberty University have issued a statement against > Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as young conservatives at some > colleges across the country reconsider support for his campaign. > > A statement issued late Wednesday > <https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScdLe5fbVw0d12MtiYcJCf-hLDjpr7AdiYTIkMBttqdLuTQbg/viewform> > by > the group Liberty United Against Trump strongly rebuked the candidate as > well as the school’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr., for defending Trump > after he made vulgar comments about women in a 2005 video. > > “Donald Trump does not represent our values and we want nothing to do with > him,” the statement said. “… 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.” > > *[U-Va. College Republicans rescind support for Trump > <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/10/11/u-va-college-republicans-rescind-support-for-trump/>]* > > Many campus Republican groups have not endorsed their party’s nominee. > > Nationally, Trump seems to have less support from younger Republicans. > Less than two-thirds of Republican-leaning voters younger than 30 support > Trump, while more than three-quarters of 30-to-64-year-olds and 85 percent > of seniors do, in an average of September Washington Post-ABC national > polls > <https://www.washingtonpost.com/page/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2016/09/25/National-Politics/Polling/release_446.xml>. > They were also less likely to support Trump in the Republican primaries and > caucuses earlier this year. > > And younger Republicans were more likely to say Trump is biased against > women and minorities, according to Post-ABC polling in August and early > September: In combined surveys, 44 percent of Republican-leaning adults > younger than 30 said Trump was biased against women and minorities, > compared with a quarter of those age 30 to 64 and one-fifth of those 65 and > older. > > *[Someone wrote ‘Trump 2016′ on Emory’s campus in chalk. And some students > say they no longer feel safe. > <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/03/24/someone-wrote-trump-2016-on-emorys-campus-in-chalk-some-students-said-they-no-longer-feel-safe/?tid=a_inl>]* > > Some students maintain there is more support on campuses than people > realize, because many colleges are so liberal-leaning and politically > correct that Trump supporters choose to remain silent about their views. > They point to stealth campaigning, such as the “chalkenings” that have > happened at some schools > <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/04/12/pro-trump-anti-mexican-messages-chalked-on-california-campus-as-chalkening-movement-spreads/?tid=a_inl>with > students waking to find Trump slogans written in chalk all over campus. > > *[At the country’s most elite colleges, some Trump supporters stay > closeted > <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/09/20/at-the-countrys-most-elite-and-liberal-colleges-some-trump-supporters-stay-closeted/>]* > > But recent revelations about the candidate, including the release of a 2005 > video in which he is heard talking about groping women > <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-recorded-having-extremely-lewd-conversation-about-women-in-2005/2016/10/07/3b9ce776-8cb4-11e6-bf8a-3d26847eeed4_story.html>, > have made this a turning point for even some of his ardent supporters and > intensified debate about the candidate on many campuses. > > That conflict is crystallized at Liberty. The Lynchburg school was founded > by evangelical pastor Jerry Falwell Sr., whose sermons gave rise to a > prominent conservative political movement, Moral Majority. The small > college Falwell created in 1971 has become an epicenter of evangelical > Christian education in the United States and one of the largest > universities by enrollment in the country, based in large part on soaring > online participation. > > The campus also has become a regular stop for politicians on the campaign > trail. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) began his run for the presidency at Liberty. > Trump gave a convocation address in front of the student body in January. A > week afterward, Falwell Jr. endorsed Trump. In the months since, Falwell > has vigorously defended his decision to support the Republican candidate. > > “Jesus said ‘Judge not, lest ye be judged.'” Falwell wrote in an essay > for The Washington Post this year. > <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/01/27/jerry-falwell-jr-heres-the-backstory-of-why-i-endorsed-donald-trump/> > “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.” > > The students at Liberty University wrote that they felt compelled to speak > out in light of Falwell’s steadfast support for Trump even after the > candidate’s comments about women and sexual assault. > > “Because our president has led the world to believe that Liberty > University supports Donald Trump, we students must take it upon ourselves > to make clear that Donald Trump is absolutely opposed to what we believe, > and does not have our support,” the Liberty students wrote. “We are not > proclaiming our opposition to Donald Trump out of bitterness, but out of a > desire to regain the integrity of our school.” > > A spokeswoman for the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a > request for comment Thursday. > > Falwell quickly criticized the student effort against Trump. > > “I am proud of these few students for speaking their minds but I’m afraid > the statement is incoherent and false,” Falwell said in a statement. “I am > not ‘touring the country’ or associating Liberty University with any > candidate. I am only fulfilling my obligation as a citizen to ‘render unto > Caesar the things that are Caesar’s’ by expressing my personal opinion > about who I believe is best suited to lead our nation in a time of crisis. > This student statement seems to ignore the teachings of Jesus not to judge > others but they are young and still learning.” > > In another statement Thursday, Falwell questioned the support for the > group. “The group of students now speaking out against Trump represents a > very small percentage of the Liberty student body of 15,000 resident > students and 90,000 online students. The group (led by a never Trump > activist, I am told) claims to have between 200 and 1200 signatures on a > petition but admits that many of these signatories are not Liberty > students.” > > *[Virginia’s Liberty transforms into evangelical mega-university > <https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/virginias-liberty-transforms-into-evangelical-mega-university/2013/03/04/931cb116-7d09-11e2-9a75-dab0201670da_story.html?tid=a_inl>]* > > Dustin Wahl, a junior at Liberty, told The Post that he wrote the Liberty > United Against Trump statement and said that about 1,300 students, alumni > and faculty have left signatures of support. “Since the most recent sexual > assault thing, we realized this is a time we can all get behind this and > say ‘Enough is enough.’ We do not support our president in his endorsement > of Trump and we want the world to know because he’s giving Liberty > University a bad name,” Wahl said. ” . . . This is an effort to say Liberty > is not Trump university.” > > During the Republican primary, Trump won about 8 percent of the vote in > Liberty’s voting precinct, while Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) won 44 percent and > Cruz won 33 percent. > > Wahl said he attended the convocation on campus Wednesday, which included > an appearance by Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Wahl said > few students clapped when Pence spoke of Trump. “It was pretty pitiful,” he > said. “People associate our degree with the worst presidential candidate in > modern history.” > > David Campbell, a political science professor at the University of Notre > Dame, said the nation is seeing “mounting evidence for a generational > divide within evangelicalism” over the campaign. “Pastors who either are > overtly supporting Trump or . . . continue to mix partisan politics should > worry about driving young evangelicals away from their church.” > > Younger evangelicals tend to lean more to the left politically than their > parents, according to a survey of religious groups from the Pew Research > Center. > > Many campus Republican groups have struggled with the choice. On Saturday,Alex > Smith <http://www.crnc.org/about/leaders/>, national chairman of the > College Republican National Committee, posted on Twitter: “The Party of > Lincoln is not a locker room, and there is no place for people who think it > is. Definitely not with her, but not with him.” > > Smith is not granting interviews at this time, according to a spokesman > for the group. The spokesman did not respond to a question about how many > chapters have endorsed Trump. > > The New Mexico Federation of College Republicans announced Saturday that > they “will not and cannot support Donald Trump.” The group endorsed > Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. > > The Harvard Republican Club took a strong stand in August. “For the first > time in 128 years, we, the oldest College Republicans chapter in the > nation, will not be endorsing the Republican nominee,” the club said in a > statement. “Donald Trump holds views that are antithetical to our values > not only as Republicans, but as Americans.” > > The club had been planning to vote on an endorsement when its members were > back on campus for the academic year, said its president, Declan > Garvey, but a series of events over the summer intensified concern and a > survey was sent to members. Only 10 percent supported Trump, he said, and > 80 percent were opposed. > > In recent days, he said some of the revelations about Democratic nominee > Hillary Clinton disgusted members of the group. Then the video came out. > “There was some attrition back to Trump,” Garvey said, but the video > “stopped that.” > > The Yale College Republicans wrote of the divides within their group, but > in a statement leaders warned of a Clinton victory and wrote in part: > “While not every member of our organization supported Trump in the primary, > as an organization and branch of the GOP we support Republicans up and down > the ballot. And yes, that includes supporting Donald Trump for president.” > > After that decision, some members of the group left to form their own > organization. Leaders of the group declined to comment Thursday. > > At Princeton, the College Republicans stayed on the sidelines with a > statement > <https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=647702055377813&id=430082530473101> > in > August promoting Republican principles but “not taking a definitive > position on Donald Trump’s candidacy.” Leaders of the group did not respond > immediately to requests for comment Thursday. > > The Cornell University College Republicans endorsed the Libertarian > ticket. In a public statement > <https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1147245345349940&id=151444014930083>, > they > wrote, in part: “This election’s unprecedented nature has made blind > commitment to our Party unpalatable. The Cornell Republicans cannot, in > good faith, endorse our party’s nominee. Mr. Trump should not be the face > of American conservatism. Instead, we are proud to endorse the true > conservative in this election: Gary Johnson.” > > At Washington University in St. Louis, site of the most recent > presidential debate, the College Republicans did not endorse Trump. In an > op-ed > <http://www.studlife.com/forum/op-ed-submission/2016/10/06/op-ed-submission-lets-try-again-in-2020-college-republicans-descision-not-to-endorse-trump/> > published > in Student Life, an independent newspaper, they wrote, “We should note that > even the unfamiliar sight of a College Republicans chapter not endorsing > their nominee is not uncommon in this election cycle. A myriad of > Republicans this year have decided not to endorse Trump either. Many > Republicans have realized that we need a candidate who will follow the > guidance of and adhere to the United States constitution, and not a nominee > who speaks of his presidency as a ‘reign.’” > > In Virginia, while some students support Trump, others have recently > withdrawn support after the video, said Rachel Moss, a junior who is a > member of the James Madison University College Republicans and serves as > communication director for the College Republican Federation of > Virginia. Since many chapters have not publicly endorsed Trump, Moss said > that the federation is encouraging college students to focus on > congressional races. > > On Tuesday, the University of Virginia College Republicans voted to > rescind the group’s Trump endorsement. “We do not feel Donald Trump > accurately represents the way we view and conduct ourselves,” the group’s > executive board wrote in a statement. > > At Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., the College > Republicans did not officially endorse Trump because the group “exists for > the betterment of the Republican Party as a whole, not select Republican > candidates,” said Caroline Bones, chair of the club. Bones noted that “like > the larger Republican Party, there is room for disagreements within our > membership. We fully recognize that not every Republican supports Mr. > Trump. ” > > At Virginia Tech, the College Republicans did not formally endorse Trump > but wrote in a statement to The Post that as a “partisan, Republican > organization, our organization does support the Republican nominee for > President.” > > Virginia Commonwealth University’s College Republicans chapter recently > voted once again to “unanimously and emphatically” endorse Trump. John > Rackoski, vice president of communication for the group, said that they are > “obviously disgusted” by what Trump said on the tape but that it “is no > worse than the language we hear used in public on campus on a daily basis, > from both men and women. … A firestorm has erupted over Trump’s dirty jokes > told in private to other men over 11 years ago, which hurt no one.” > > The students at Liberty University ended their statement by noting that > “while everyone is a sinner and everyone can be forgiven, a man who > constantly and proudly speaks evil does not deserve our support for the > nation’s highest office.” > > The statement concluded: “We want the world to know how many students > oppose him. 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