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Backdoor Endorsement: Liberty U. Chancellor Falwell Gives Romney A Boost

It seems Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. just can’t help himself when it comes to political endorsements.

At the Lynchburg, Va., school’s graduation ceremony over the weekend, Falwell made sure to say that inviting Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP candidate for president, in no way constituted an endorsement by the tax-exempt institution. He even said nonprofits like Liberty can’t endorse candidates for office, which is exactly right.

So what did Falwell do next? Read more

Jimi Jobin’s Credo: Liberty U. Grad Makes The Conservative Christian Case For Separation

It’s not every day that I find myself in agreement with a Liberty University graduate on the proper relationship between religion and government.

OK. It’s probably not even every decade – or maybe even every century. Students at Jerry Falwell Jr.’s school tend to fall on the other end of the theocratic spectrum from me.

Today, however, is a most unusual day. Read more

Faith-Based Fibber?: Liberty U. Seminary President Accused Of Fabricating Life Story

The last time we heard from Ergun Caner, the president of Liberty University’s seminary, he was riding around his Lynchburg, Va., campus on Election Day in a truck (accompanied by a GOP elephant made out of chicken wire) urging students to vote for Republican candidates.

Americans United asserted that Caner’s overt electioneering was just another example of the fundamentalist school’s determination to push candidates favored by Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr., despite a federal law that forbids tax-exempt religious institutions from intervening in partisan politics. Read more

Rage Against Falwell’s Political Machine: Liberty Chancellor’s Efforts To Takeover Lynchburg Fail

Jerry Falwell Jr.’s attempts to forge Liberty University students into a dominant political machine and take over the city of Lynchburg (Va.) have been thwarted – for now.

In Lynchburg’s municipal elections yesterday, a slate of candidates closely aligned with Falwell fared poorly, and a Liberty University student who ran for a spot on the city council came in last. Read more

‘Awakening’ To Extremism: Va. Attorney General Shares Liberty U. Stage With Exorcist, Et Al

As I’ve watched the Religious Right go into conniptions over health-care reform, I’ve been tempted to ask, “So what do you want instead?”

Our current patchwork system hardly seems sustainable. It leaves 35 million people uninsured and puts everyone else at the mercy of insurance companies that deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, often look for ways not to cover illnesses and continually jack up premiums. Read more

Alas, Poor Jerry: Falwell Says The Mean Old Media Is Picking On Him

Poor Jerry Falwell Jr.! The media in Lynchburg, Va., is being soooo mean to him. It breaks your heart to read about it.

You might recall that Falwell got himself in a bit of hot water the other day when it came to light that he had secretly videotaped a meeting between university representatives, the mayor and the city manager about the school’s expansion plans and how they might affect local zoning issues. Read more

Dobson Unretires: Religious Right Honcho Plans New Radio Show

Told ya so!

Back in April, when Religious Right bigwig James Dobson announced his "retirement" from Focus on the Family, Americans United was skeptical. We pointed out that while Dobson was giving up some managerial duties, he still planned to broadcast over the radio, issue monthly letters to supporters and hand out political endorsements. It didn't look like much was changing. Read more

What A Fruitcake!: Falwell Lawyer Serves Up Heaping Helping Of Holiday Humbug

The Christmas decorations went up at my house the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Let's see: wreath on the door, Christmas tree by the stairs, Nativity scene on the sideboard, hammer and sickle on the.... Wait a minute! Where is the darn hammer and sickle? That infamous symbol of the old Soviet Union must be here somewhere.

According to Religious Right pundit Matt Barber, staffers at Americans United and the ACLU are part of a secularist plot to carry on the communists' crusade against religion. The Soviets failed, so we supposedly have taken up the cause. Read more