Falwell Holds One-Man-Stand As Coronavirus Fears, Criticism Rain Down On Liberty U
Mar 31, 2020

By Kate Riga After nearly 2,000 students flooded back to Liberty University fresh off of spring break, the school’s president Jerry Falwell is mounting a one-man stand against the governor, local officials and The New York Times. The doctor who runs Liberty University’s student health service, Dr. Thomas Eppes, told the New York Times that already at …

Liberty University students report symptoms that suggest coronavirus: report
Mar 30, 2020

By John Bowden Around a dozen students at Virginia’s Liberty University have reported being sick with symptoms that are consistent with the coronavirus. The school’s director of student health services told The New York Times in an interview that nearly a dozen students had reported symptoms similar to those experienced in confirmed coronavirus cases, with three of those …

Teen with lesbian moms forced to listen to anti-LGBTQ “sermons” before school basketball practice
Mar 27, 2020

By Alex Bollinger In a lawsuit filed earlier this month, two mothers in Tennessee allege that their son’s middle school basketball coach forced kids to attend his sermons in order to stay on the team. The lawsuit, filed by the mothers who identified themselves only as “K.K.” and “K.K.,” says that their son signed up …

Jerry Falwell Jr. is keeping Liberty University’s campus open while publicly minimizing the threat of coronavirus
Mar 24, 2020

By Grace Panetta Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University and a close ally of President Donald Trump, is keeping campus open as students return from spring break, despite hundreds of colleges across America moving online and sending students home for the rest of the semester. This week, approximately 5,000 Liberty students return to …

Dear Liberty University board: Please stop Jerry Falwell Jr. before it’s too late
Mar 23, 2020

By Marybeth Davis Baggett Jerry Falwell, Jr. is about to make a terrible mistake. It’s time for the Liberty University Board to stop him and shut the campus down before it’s too late. Although Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s ban on gatherings of more than 100 people forced Falwell to cancel residential classes at Liberty University, the …

Florida Bill Would Let Christians Pray Over the Loudspeaker at Athletic Events
Mar 13, 2020 · 5 

By Hemant Mehta Republicans in the Florida legislature are attempting to pass a bill that would force the state’s athletic association to permit Christian prayers over the loudspeakers during football games. It’s an unconstitutional bill right from the start, but they’re trying to appease the Christian Right, laws be damned. All of this stems from …

Queer Students Are Fleeing This Huge Mormon College Because of its Dating Rules
Mar 11, 2020

By Nico Lang Brigham Young University was the only school Ben Asplund ever wanted to go to. Each of the colleges he applied to were affiliated with the world’s largest Mormon university: the main campus in Provo, Utah, along with BYU outposts in Laie, Hawaii, and Rexburg, Idaho. Asplund was eventually accepted to the Provo …

Former students win class-action against Grenville Christian College
Mar 5, 2020

By the Canadian Press An Ontario judge sided with a group of former students who sued a Christian boarding school over abuse they suffered decades ago. Justice Janet Leiper said Thursday that the now-defunct Grenville Christian College will have to pay yet-to-be-determined damages to the former students. The school in Brockville, Ont., advertised itself as an …

Brigham Young U says policy on homosexual behavior remains the same after reports suggest ban lifted
Feb 26, 2020 · 1 

By Leonardo Blair Officials at Brigham Young University in Utah said Thursday that the school’s policy on “homosexual behavior” had not changed despite reports that a recent update to their Honor Code signified students would no longer be disciplined for engaging in same-sex relationships. “Just know that the Honor Code remains the same and as we have [done] so …

WV House approves Bible course elective for high schools
Feb 26, 2020 · 4 

By Mark Curtis After a sometimes heated debate, the House voted to let individual counties decide if they wanted to have classes on biblical history in public schools. The move is voluntary and the students could decide if they wanted to take the elective courses, or not. Bill backers say these are to be non-religious …

A (Real) Military Trial Took Place at Liberty U., With Students as Lawyers
Feb 25, 2020

By Hemant Mehta Not long ago, a military dog noticed the scent of drugs coming out of the dorm room of a man in the Air Force. When officers investigated, the dog signaled to its handlers that the drugs were on the airman… but nothing was found on his body, or in his belongings, or in …

Two major banks pull support from Florida school voucher programs because of anti-LGBTQ policies
Feb 4, 2020

By Valerie Strauss (Update: Comment from Wells Fargo; a third company withdraws support) Two of the largest banks in the country are ending — at least temporarily — financial support for a Florida school voucher program after a newspaper investigation found that scores of participating schools have policies that discriminate against LGBTQ students. A third …