Recommended Reads on Liberty University: Philip Wagner at the Chronicle of Higher Education Alludes to Stigma of a Liberty University Diploma; Plus Brandon Ambrosino on Liberty’s Alleged Tax Violations in Politico

Two recommended reads that I have seen in the press. The first one is by a Liberty University alumni in the Chronicle of Higher Education in which he alludes to the stigma of a Liberty degree. Then in Politico another article talks about alleged tax violations by Liberty and the difficulty grads have in securing employment and not paying their student loans. 

On September 5, dozens of Liberty graduates are planning to return their diplomas to Falwell “to protest the university’s departure from its core mission and values and to communicate our strong disgust with both the chancellor, and the university that continues to employ him,” according to a letter penned by the group. The signatories allege that by failing to disavow Trump’s “open disrespect for ostensible Christian ideals,” Falwell has “degraded [Liberty’s] core mission and defiled its core beliefs, substituting the worship of power and influence for the worship of God. Ten years after [Rev.] Jerry Falwell’s death, the decades-long criticisms of the concept of a Religious Right have been proven true.”

From the Politico article 

But it hasn’t always been easy to have “Liberty University” on my CV. I was fortunate to have several job prospects when completing my doctorate. Yet at every single on-campus interview, whether over dinner or in the interview itself, I was asked about my experience at Liberty. Sometimes it was posed as an innocent question, but more often it was framed as something that I needed to defend. And I couldn’t help wondering: If I had to defend my credentials at every interview I landed, then what colleges weren’t even giving me a shot once they saw those credentials?

From the Chronicle of Higher Education 

Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
    love her, and she will watch over you.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get[a] wisdom.
    Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

Proverbs 4:6-7 NIV 


There have been a couple of interesting articles about Liberty University that have come out recently. The first one is by Philip Wagner and was published in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Philip is a faculty member and chair of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion at the University of South Florida at Sarasota-Manatee. In Phil’s article he talks about going to Liberty but its clear that he deals with the stigma of a diploma especially when looking for work. You can read more in “My Liberty University Diploma and Me.” The second article was published in Politico on August 25, 2017. In the article it discuss issues with a gay friendly hostel owned by Falwell in Miami, Florida and alludes to the fact that Liberty allegedly committing tax violations. The article is written by Brandon Ambrosino who attended Liberty but didn’t graduate. The Friendly Atheist explains more, but it appears he came out as gay while at Liberty. You can read the article by Hemant Mehta in “A Gay-Friendly Hostel May Hold Clues to Tax Violations at Liberty University.” You can read the Politico article in “My Weekend at the Falwells’ South Beach Flophouse.

I will just come out and say it, but I have known many people who have gone to Liberty University or listened to people who have attended. I have been baffled as to why anyone would want to have that stigma attach their name for life. Jerry Falwell Sr was remembered for his hate speech. I remember him blaming September 11 on gays, liberals feminists and more. I recall him saying that and watching on TV and just be baffled. Jerry Falwell Jr I would propose is worse. But as long as people attend Liberty and support them the evangelical industrial complex will continue. Atheists will have their fodder based off the next thing Falwell does. The church takes a black eye. I attended Carroll College for undergrad and Marquette University for grad. I am proud of having attended both schools; but if I attended Liberty I would cringe to attach that school name to my resume, and wonder “what do people think?” If you are living in the bubble I will put Bill Maher up top and his commentary on the late Jerry Falwell Sr when he died. That’s it for the day guys! Take care. 


One thought on “Recommended Reads on Liberty University: Philip Wagner at the Chronicle of Higher Education Alludes to Stigma of a Liberty University Diploma; Plus Brandon Ambrosino on Liberty’s Alleged Tax Violations in Politico

  1. I wonder if what’s happening with Liberty U is a case of “Hardening of the Attitudes” plus “Generational Entropy”. Both Chinese and English have a proverb about this:
    “Rags to Riches to Rags in three generations.”

    Or if you’re into history:
    Augustus, Tiberias, Caligula.
    Vespasian, Titus, Domitian.
    Kim Il-Sung, Kim Jong-Il, Kim Jong-Un?

    “House Falwell” is into the second generation of the three.
    “House Graham” and “House Bob Jones” are already on the third.

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