Liberty University today is the only school that has not rescinded its honorary degrees to Donald Trump. Its still standing by them. Liberty, in the view of this blog, owns some responsibility for the riot in constantly supporting Trump and feeding his ego. And today they are continuing to do so even after five were killed and two police officers committed suicide. Liberty’s behavior is even more insidious in light of new details about the violence at the Capitol. In addition to the dead there are over 140 police officers that are injured. This raises questions about Richard Hinkley and how Liberty’s Police are viewed. But also due to fraternal culture in law enforcement how can Liberty’s Police stand by and stay silent in light of the violence and death of their brothers in Washington, D.C.? Does, “But Gorsuch” “Trump” Liberty’s or D.C.’s Police Officer’s lives?
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“Understand, our police officers put their lives on the line for us every single day. They’ve got a tough job to do to maintain public safety and hold accountable those who break the law.”
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.
Psalm 86:5 NIV
Why is Liberty still standing by their honorary degrees to Donald Trump in the wake of seven dead? That is outrageous.
Rioters dragging a police officer down the stairs at the Capitol on January 6, 2021 and beating him with a flag pole. This must be the new Liberty Way as believed by Jerry Prevo.
The other day in my research I stumbled across something pertaining to Liberty University and in light of the issues there this blog knew it had to be addressed. It stunned me and the more I thought about it the more troubling it became. Several schools or academic institutions that gave Donald Trump honorary degrees have all rescinded them with the exception of Liberty University. Over the years Trump was awarded five honorary degrees and yet two from Liberty University remain. Its even more disturbing in light of new details about the violence committed at the Capitol or even what some people wanted to do. Let’s look at this issue further.
After the January 6 Coup Attempt Two Universities Rescind Trump’s Honorary Degree.
Forbes magazine reported that several schools had rescinded their honorary degrees that were given to Donald Trump. Those degrees came from Lehigh University in 1988, Wagner College in 2004, and Robert Gordon University in 2010. Liberty also awarded Donald Trump two in 2012 and 2017. Two rescissions were over the violence at the Capitol. And one happened years prior in 2015 over Trumps’ behavior during the presidential campaign. Here is what happened with the schools and what they said when they rescinded the degrees. Lehigh University is a private school in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It gave Donald Trump an honorary degree in 1988 after he gave the commencement address. After the violence at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 Lehigh’s Board of Trustees responded quickly and voted to rescind the honorary degree and announced the decision on January 8, 2021. They released a press statement that same day. Wagner College is a private liberal arts college on Staten Island, New York that was founded in 1883. Again after the violence at the Capitol on January 6, the College Board of Trustees met and voted to rescind the honorary degree to Donald Trump also on January 8. This is the press statement Wagner released to the public. Robert Gordon University is a public university that is located in Aberdeen, Scotland. While the school was founded in the mid 1800’s it did not become a university until 1992. They gave Donald Trump an honorary degree in 2010, however due to Trumps’ behavior and comments his degree was rescinded in 2015. This is what the university said on Facebook about their decision. “In 2010 Robert Gordon University awarded an honorary DBA to Mr Donald Trump, in recognition of his achievements as an entrepreneur and businessman. In the course of the current US election campaign, Mr Trump has made a number of statements that are wholly incompatible with the ethos and values of the university. The university has therefore decided to revoke its award of the honorary degree.”
Liberty’s Honorary Degrees to Donald Trump
In 2012 Liberty University gave Donald Trump an honorary degree after the convocation. The award was an honorary doctorate of business degree. You can read about Trumps’ remarks to Liberty here. In 2017 Donald Trump gave the commencement speech in 2017. He drew parallels between his long shot bid for the White House and to always fight criticism. At the commencement a number of Liberty students removed their motorboards to wear their red MAGA hats. Liberty gave Donald Trump an Honorary Doctor of Laws. Falwell said he recognized Trumps’ “commitment to his country and to the citizens who have been forgotten by their own government, his unwavering determination to make America great again, and his bold leadership of our nation.” Even with the violence that happened at the United States Capitol which Donald Trump incited Liberty is still standing by Trump and has not rescinded either honorary degree. Liberty now remains the lone holdout and the only school to still bestow Donald Trump with honorary degrees. Schools or institutions of higher learning have a history of rescinding to people who have committed crimes or acted in a way that is not reflective of the institution. Us news and World Report has a list of different people who had their degrees revoked and the reasons why. You can read that here. My alma mater, Marquette University in Milwaukee rescinded their degree to Bill Cosby when he was ensnared in serious rape accusations that were growing. This blog actually wrote about it in a post which you can read in, “What Al Mohler and Mark Dever can Learn from Marquette University’s Public Rebuke of Bill Cosby.” Bill Cosby was eventually convicted of sexual offenses in 2018.
Considering New Details About the Violence and the Harm to Law Enforcement at the Capitol
As Liberty University still stands by Donald Trump new information keeps trickling out about the violence at the Capitol. Some of the information that emerged these last few days is sickening. According to CNBC some of the rioters wanted to execute the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi by putting a bullet in her brain. This is according to federal charging documents. Other rioters had brought rope it appears to capture and lynch Vice-President Mike Pence from a tree before the Capitol. You can read the details about it here.
Dark information also came from the United States Capitol Police union leader about the physical injuries that have taken place among law enforcement officers. Union Chair Gus Papathanasiou said that these are the following results of the riot, plus there are additional information that this blog has compiled.
- Officer Brian Sicknick died at the Capitol when rioters pepper-sprayed him and then took a fire extinguisher and used it as a weapon to beat him nearly to death. He later died at the hospital.
- The riot injured a total of 140 police officers between the United States Capitol Police and the D.C. Metropolitan Police.
- A number of officers who lacked helmets at the riot sustained brain injury and trauma likely due to being beaten. This may effect their ability to do their job especially if speech, memory or motor skills are compromised or permanently impaired.
- One police officer has two cracked ribs and two smashed spinal discs.
- Another police officer sustained damage to their eye and is going to lose it.
- Another police officer was impaled with a metal fence stake when he was stabbed by a rioter.
- Howard Liebengood, a United States Capitol Police officer who tried to defend the Capitol committed suicide on January 9, 2021.
- Jeffrey Smith another Metropolitan D.C. Police Officer who also tried to do his duty on January 6, 2021 committed suicide on January 15, 2021.
The New Liberty Way and Questions for Richard D. Hinkley and The Liberty Police
Think long and hard about what I wrote above. Consider the violence that Donald Trump inspired on January 6, 2021 and then contemplate the disgusting fact that Liberty University remains the only university that gave him two honorary degrees and yet they still stand by him. What is the Liberty Way today? Well in light of Jerry Prevo’s decision making I would say it also involves using a fire extinguisher to beat a law enforcement officer or the right to riot, and destroy property. When people are being stabbed, receiving brain trauma and police officers are committing suicide Jerry Prevo’s pro-life agenda looks beautiful doesn’t it? Liberty in many ways owns this violence and they contributed to it. They did so by constantly standing beside Donald Trump for four years. They fed his ego and fed his lies. Now with five dead and two suicides they have doubled down through their behavior which says that its okay to riot. Its okay to stab someone, I mean hey consider, “But Gorsuch!”
But there is another angle that is equally disturbing. Law enforcement, like military are organizations that are fraternal. The United States saw that after September 11, 2001 when the World Trade Center was destroyed. How many police officers from California, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, Texas, Georgia and elsewhere traveled to Manhattan to help out in the weeks and months after that dark Tuesday morning? Many, and fire crews from across the United States also traveled there as well. That for me highlights the best of what fraternal behavior is, brothers in arms. Committed to think and thin. But is that true for the Liberty University Police Department? When you consider the violence that Trump inspired at the Capitol and Liberty still standing by Trump’s honorary degrees what message is Jerry Prevo sending to his Police Chief Richard D. Hinkley? That law enforcement has no intrinsic value? That the Supreme Court matters more than Hinkley himself or his staff’s lives? Let’s flip the question and ask the following. How could Police Chief Richard Hinkley still stand by Prevo’s side? Why would he want to be affiliated with Liberty? Why would the staff stay, after all what is being communicated to them? How can he even sleep at night? With Liberty acting this way has Police Chief Richard Hinkely turned his back on the United States Capitol Police and the D.C. Metropolitan Police? So much for the lifelong fraternal commitment to law enforcement! If I were in law enforcement at Liberty and I saw how the school was behaving I couldn’t put on a uniform and go to work. I would be sick to my stomach. I’d resign and leave. For all the evangelical talk about ethics and morality its situations like this that show how morally bankrupt evangelicals are as individuals. And once again we are seeing this be demonstrated. The secular world often has higher standards and ethics than anyone who professes Christ. It would be so sad, but what is even more tragic is the lives lost at the Capitol and the families left behind. It should also be pointed out that Howard Liebengood is newly married. Liberty must rescind those honorary degrees. But like always the best course of action is to keep expectations low. That said, I still believe and predict that the next Jonestown/Waco situation in the United States will be happening in Lynchburg, Virginia. Behavior like what Liberty is doing only confirms that belief for this outsider to evangelicalism.