On Friday, October 14, 2016 at 8:27:53 AM UTC-5, plainolamerican wrote:
> I have grown to like and respect Jerry Falwell Jr. He's most definitely a
> class act.
> opinion noted and laughed at.
> Falwell, Jr said:
> "I would vote for Trump even if he sexually harassed women."
> "Billy Graham is the chief servant of Satan in America."
> "I hope I live to see the day when, as in the early days of our country,
> we won't have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over
> again and Christians will be running them. What a happy day that will be!"
> "AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals. To oppose it would
> be like an Israelite jumping in the Red Sea to save one of Pharaoh's
> charioteers ... AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is
> God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals."
> "Grown men should not be having sex with prostitutes unless they are
> married to them."
> "The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will
> not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we
> make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and
> the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to
> make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way
> -- all of them who have tried to secularize America -- I point the finger
> in their face and say 'you helped this happen.'" --on the 9/11 attacks
> "Giving Trump an honorary doctorate in the past was unwise, but comparing
> him to Jesus was as close to heresy as I ever wish to witness." - Michael
> Farris, the chancellor of Patrick Henry College, who once served as
> executive director of Jerry Falwell Sr.'s Moral Majority in Washington, D.C.
> On Friday, October 14, 2016 at 7:51:37 AM UTC-5, KeithInTampa wrote:
>> 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
>> On Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 8:23 AM, plainolamerican <plainol...@gmail.com>
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> *[Someone wrote ‘Trump 2016′ on Emory’s campus in chalk. And some
>>> students say they no longer feel safe.
>>> 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
>>> students waking to find Trump slogans written in chalk all over campus.
>>> *[At the country’s most elite colleges, some Trump supporters stay
>>> But recent revelations about the candidate, including the release of a 2005
>>> video in which he is heard talking about groping women
>>> 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
>>> “Jesus said ‘Judge not, lest ye be judged.'” Falwell wrote in an essay
>>> for The Washington Post this year.
>>> 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
>>> *[Virginia’s Liberty transforms into evangelical mega-university
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> 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. We don’t want to champion Donald Trump; we want only to be
>>> champions for Christ.”
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