Liberty University responds to Romney controversy, angers online students
April 23rd, 2012
05:25 PM ET
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Liberty University responds to Romney controversy, angers online students

Washington (CNN) – Liberty University reacted over the weekend to a brewing controversy over the fact that the evangelical school has selected Mitt Romney, a Mormon, to speak at the school’s graduation.

In a statement from Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., the school says that the complaints have significantly died down and that many of those complaining “had no affiliation with the university.”

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  1. Thomas

    So what this says is they have no say !

    Good luck in the real world !

    April 23, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. DumbasRocks [R]s

    You know something is deeply WRONG at a university when the students are MORE close-minded than the christian-rightwing administration.

    April 23, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. Larry L

    What could be worse than a university designed to create narrow-minded, brainwashed zeolots too brainwashed to even listen to other view[points? It's scary to know these graduates will be released into the world to spread their hatred and bigotry. Christianity is just another cult.

    April 23, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. Voice of Reason

    They keep saying that the GOP will have to 'hold their noses' and vote for Mitt.

    I guess this is just aprt of the nose-pinching that helps that bitter pill go down, huh?

    Good thing the GOP's not a divided, bitter, fractured, negative, stubborn, narrow-minded, bunch of zealots, or Mitt would be in a lot of trouble come November... Maybe next time the 'big tent' will invite Huntsman instead.

    April 23, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. FED up

    It's kind if like having the NRA endorse Mitt Romney without asking the honest to god opinion of their members, most of whom don't support Romney because he is untrustable. In this case their expecting a bunch of Catholics to vote for a Mormon (yeah right). I'm sure after Romney buys the school a new stadium they'll endorse him to. It's sad and pathetic. I wonder how much he paid CNN, FOX, MSNBC to ruin their journalistsic integrity. And what is Mittens going to tell these students while he imposes on their big day? "Nevermind the debt crisis our country is in, that your generation is going to have to pay off, you can still get a low rate on your student loans."? Reminds me of that commercial "even kids know".

    April 23, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. biologixco

    Mitt Romney LAUGHED about firing thousands of workers.
    What kind of Christian Man would laugh at the plight of his fellow man?
    a. A mormon.
    b. A man who is no Christian at all.
    c. A man who is no man at all.
    d. All of the above.
    The correct answer is D

    April 23, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. Tyrone

    Why YaLL be hatin with da Bishp? Go team MORMON / JACK MORMON 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Romney & Rubio

    April 23, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  8. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    Liberty University is to real higher education what deep fried wood chips are to food. In a sane world ANY candidate who spoke there would be presumptively be considered unfit for office.

    April 23, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. biologixco

    Romney is no Christian

    April 23, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  10. smc

    Liberty is a private Christian university, and they have every right to choose whoever they want to speak at their graduation. But the students ought to be ticked off that their Chancellor is cramming his politics down their throats.

    April 23, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    The Christians want to dictate to everyone. Control, control, control.

    April 23, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  12. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Romney lies. They do not want to hear any more lies.

    April 23, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  13. microraptor

    @DumbasRocks- It's Liberty University. Being a close-minded Christian-Right Winger is an entrance requirement: the science classes teach that the Earth was poofed into existence 6000 years ago just like it says in the Bible. That's not a place that's going to attract a very diverse student body.

    April 23, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  14. Rick in Phx

    Sounds like poetic justice. The conservative right wing has spent the last three years claiming Obama was not a christain and now that it's the republican presidential candidate that's not an evangelical they expect their evangelical right wing to say; "No big deal". Good luck with that

    April 23, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  15. Jane

    I would imagine the "Chancellor" would be thrilled that the school's curriculum has been successful in raising new classes of uninformed, close minded bigots. Isn't this what the university was created for???

    April 23, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  16. Gurgyl

    Forgot we are in 21st century?

    April 23, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    I say it again, somebody follow falwell. They will find dirt somewhere.

    April 23, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |