Mitt Romney’s gotta get the evangelicals on board, but will evangelical Christians follow their Republican Party leaders or go their own way?
Mitt’s gonna give the commencement address at Jerry Falwell’s “Liberty University.”
The late Falwell is famed for many things, including blaming feminists for the 9/11 attacks. The newer Falwell, Junior, has been steering the ship and under his lead the school revoked its recognition of the College Democrats club because of an institutional belief that you can’t be a Democrat and a Christian.
But that’s not all! If you accept Jesus Christ as your lord and savior, if you believe G-d created the Earth and everything else… but you don’t believe that necessarily happened just 6,000 years ago… then you also might not be a Christian, in the eyes of Liberty University.
The school Mitt Romney will address embraces Young Earth Creationism — the view that the Earth is literally 6,000 years old — and their coursework is endorsed by Answers in Genesis, the Ken Ham group behind Kentucky’s own Creation Museum and Governor Steve Beshear’s approaching Dinosaur Ark Park.
Jesus said that Christians are the salt of the earth, and good Christian universities help to advance that purpose. One such school is Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, USA. Liberty’s stated mission is to “develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact tomorrow’s world.” Liberty strives to accomplish that goal by offering more than 60 areas of study (undergraduate and graduate) that integrate a biblical worldview into every area of study—from business to music, communications to pre-med, aviation to biblical studies.
Started in 1971 by Dr. Jerry Falwell, Liberty has more than 9,500 students from all 50 U.S. states and more than 70 nations enrolled at their campus. More than 10,000 are also involved in their distance education programs.
One of the unique features of Liberty is its strong stance on the literal creation account in Genesis. Every Liberty student is required to take a course called “History of Life.” The faculty of the Center for Creation Studies, led by Dr. David DeWitt, teaches this course. The arguments for biblical creation are drawn from science, religion, history, and philosophy.
So Mitt Romney will pander to Far Right evangelicals.
The leaders of the Far Right evangelicals will pander to Mitt Romney (c’mon… is anyone taking any of this seriously?).
And the graduating class of Liberty Univeristy, 2012, will wear shades.
Gov. Mitt Romney to deliver 2012 Commencement address
April 19, 2012 : Liberty University News ServiceChancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. announced today that Gov. Mitt Romney will address Liberty University graduates at the 2012 Commencement ceremony to be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, at Arthur L. Williams Stadium.
“We are delighted that Governor Romney will join us to celebrate Commencement with Liberty’s 2012 graduates,” said Liberty Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. “This will be a historic event for Liberty University reminiscent of the visits of Governor, and then presidential candidate, Ronald Reagan to Liberty’s campus in 1980 and of President George H.W. Bush who spoke at Liberty’s 1990 Commencement ceremony.”