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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

The Religious Right Empire Strikes Back: Fundamentalists Target Churches For 2014 Elections

We’re just a few months removed from the 2012 elections, and the Religious Right is already hard at work trying to lure churches into partisan politics for the 2014 elections.

This week, Mat Staver’s Liberty Counsel, which is affiliated with Jerry Falwell Jr.’s Liberty University, said it is gearing up to help fundamentalists take “dominion” over the United States and make us a “Christian nation.” Read more