Liberty University Students Angry That Mitt Romney Is Commencement Speaker
Submitted by William
Students and alumni at Jerry Falwell-founded Liberty University are accusing the school of violating its own teachings by having a Mormon speak at graduation.
By Friday morning, more than 700 comments had been posted on the school’s Facebook page about the Thursday announcement – a majority of them decidedly against the Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr.’s invitation, citing that the school had taught them Mormonism isn’t part of the Christian faith.
“I can’t support Romney and I am happy I decided not to walk (in the commencement) this year,” wrote student Josh Bergmann. “Liberty University should have gotten a Christian to speak not someone who practices a cult. Shame on you Liberty University.”
Janet Loeffler, a 53-year-old freshman at Liberty, expressed her anger at the decision when contacted by CNN. She also sent a copy of the page of the freshman textbook “The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics” which includes the passage, “Mormon doctrine stands in stark contrast to Jewish and Christian monotheism, which teaches that there is only one true God and that every other ‘God’ is a false god.”
Liberty Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr, says of the complainers:
“They were either strong supporters of other candidates who were seeking the Republican nomination or they were online students who were not as familiar with Liberty University’s traditions.”