Liberty Univ insiders blow the lid off Jerry Falwell Jr’s shady dealin

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Liberty University insiders blow the lid off Jerry Falwell Jr’s shady dealings: ‘Somebody’s gotta tell the freakin’ truth’

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September 9, 2019

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Travis Gettys




More than two dozen current and former Liberty University officials revealed their growing disenchantment with president Jerry Falwell Jr. — whose leadership they described as a “dictatorship.”

The school uses nondisclosure agreements to silence university employees and board members, but many of them agreed to speak anonymously to reporter Brandon Ambrosino, a Liberty graduate, for an article published by Politico.

“I feel like I’m betraying them in some way,” said one longtime current employee with ties to the Falwells. “But someone’s gotta tell the freakin’ truth.”

Liberty sources revealed that Falwell partied at nightclubs and graphically discussed his sex life with employees, and they said he and his wife had been consolidating power and directing university resources to projects and real estate deals for himself and his friends.

“We’re not a school, we’re a real estate hedge fund,” said a senior university official with knowledge of Liberty’s finances. “We’re not educating, we’re buying real estate every year and taking students’ money to do it.”

Falwell took over the university in 2007, after his namesake father’s death, and his brother Jonathan took over Jerry Falwell Sr.’s Thomas Road Baptist Church.

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The nonprofit university had listed assets of just over $259 million at that time, but its IRS filing in 2017 showed assets surpassing $2.5 billion, driven by a surge in online students — but many close to Falwell expressed concerns about where tuition money goes.

“We’re talking about the difference between right and wrong,” a current high-ranking university official said. “Not even ‘being a Christian,’ but being a good person, versus people who manipulate the system.”

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THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

Everyone has their limit.

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Joaniepoanie

Is anyone surprised?

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Zalco/bring back Sophie!

I would have been shocked if this were not the case. Actually, I am surprised to infer his father ran a cleaner operation.

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bob_cville

Someone told me just a couple of days ago that it was a shady underhanded agreement between Liberty University and the then president of Sweet Briar College that led to Sweet Briar's president announcing that the college would close down a few years ago. Allegedly the reason was so that Liberty could purchase the land Sweet Briar sits on. The parents and alumni and supporters managed to raise enough money to prevent the effort and oust the shady president.

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Janie

Are these the photos that had to be "cleaned"

Students a Liberty caught doing this would be out on there ear

Just more hypocrisy

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Andie

Is that his wife and the pool boy?

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JodiK

This is news? Such "churches" have been leaking corruption, avarace and sin for decades!

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maddie260

There have been quite a few articles about Falwell and Liberty of late- what a racket.

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elvis

What a crook. Blech.

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Linda

AND the Falwell legacy continues...anointed with unholy money, billions and billions of it! After all, why shouldn't they? Living in the lap of luxury, so much money they are set for life...airplanes, yachts, mansions, the GOOD LIFE for bad, bad guys and girls!

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Michele

Oh, I remember his daddy and his “moral majority”. The most judgmental self-righteous bunch. I think that’s when the us and them rift really took off. Believe it or not, republicans and democrats didn’t see each other as the enemy back then. As I recall people would vote for the candidate they liked the most. Regardless of party. Imagine that.

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JodiK

Wouldn't Jesus be proud? Not!

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vgkg Z-7 Va(Z-7)

The "Liberty" in Liberty University only applies to the Falwell crowd, typical do-as-I-say-not-as-I do "conservative" BS.

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batyabeth

right on Michelle. nailed it.

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Red Sox

I read a book earlier this year which I stumbled on accidentally about a Brown University student who transferred to Liberty for one year. Now, Brown being the most liberal of the ivies, you would expect that he did it to razz and disparage the Liberty students but no, he was truly there to observe and report and he did so respectfully.

Although the book was 10 years old, the same policies are mostly in effect like opposite sex couples can only hug for like 5 seconds, there is no kissing, strict dress codes, etc. There was a group of students who had homosexual thoughts (god forbid acts) and were counseled weekly. So, yeah, clubbing or drinking alcohol would find you out on your rear,


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Janie

This should be interesting

Liberty Students Protest In Wake Of Reports About Falwell

Students at Liberty University in Virginia gathered Friday to protest in the wake of news reports containing allegations that school president Jerry Falwell Jr. improperly benefited from the institution and disparaged students in emails.

Students joined together at the private evangelical university known for being an influential hub in conservative politics and held up signs calling for accountability and an investigation.

Elizabeth Brooks, a junior majoring in politics and policy, told The Associated Press by phone that a recent Politico Magazine story as well as a Reuters report prompted the protest at the school in Lynchburg. She said about 35 students were involved.
“I couldn’t stay silent anymore,” the 20-year-old said. “I would like to see President Falwell address this himself and for there to be an investigation into the allegations to see whether or not they’re true.”

Brooks said student protesters were particularly upset about quotes of emails in the Reuters story posted Thursday in which Falwell allegedly referred to one student as “emotionally imbalanced and physically retarded.”

Brooks grew up in Lynchburg and said she remembers when Falwell’s father, Jerry Falwell Sr., died in 2007. She referred to the elder Falwell’s often-used quote about the school: “If it’s Christian, it ought to be better.”

“I am a Christian,” Brooks said. “And that quote from Jerry. Sr. really does embody our mission. We didn’t come out here to be angry or militant. We honestly just wanted to show the student body that there are people like them who care and who want to see this place be the best it can be.”

Falwell Jr.’s early and ardent support of President Donald Trump created a rift on campus during the presidential campaign and has sparked controversy since.

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maifleur01

I think all of the protestors will be receiving dismissal letters this week which is why most schools like this one seldom have any large protests.

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