August 4, 2021

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. to step away from leadership ‘indefinitely’

Liberty University President and Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. has been forced to take a leave of absence from the famously conservative institution after he came under fire for a newly-deleted Instagram post. 

Liberty University issued a statement confirming Falwell’s “indefinite” leave of absence from leadership on Friday:

The Executive Committee of Liberty University’s Board of Trustees, acting on behalf of the full Board, met today and requested that Jerry Falwell, Jr. take an indefinite leave of absence from his roles as President and Chancellor of Liberty University, to which he has agreed, effective immediately.

The university’s Board of Trustees’ request did not explicitly outline the reason for the abrupt decision, but the announcement came shortly after Falwell was accused of hypocrisy by many on the right and the left for violating his university’s own dress standards.

The scandal that purportedly forced Falwell’s abrupt departure arose after he posted a picture to Instagram with his arm around a woman that was not his wife with both of their pants unzipped.

Falwell responded to those questioning his judgment for publishing the photo with a flippant apology in which he explained that the woman was his wife’s assistant and that they were attending a “costume party.”

“It was a costume party on a — we were on vacation. And, anyway, long story short it was just in good fun. That’s it,” Falwell said in his response to accusations of misconduct.

GOP Rep. Mark Waller (R-NC), a minister who is also involved in Liberty University leadership, called for Falwell’s resignation on Friday, tweeting: “Jerry Falwell Jr’s ongoing behavior is appalling. As a Music Faculty Advisory Board Member and former instructor @LibertyU, I’m convinced Falwell should step down.”

Falwell has yet to issue a public statement regarding the decision. This is a developing story.

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Folores (@guest_1033363)
11 months ago

Sometimes people forget who they are,where they are. A video or picture is a 24/7, attack on harmless fun,privacy,. All of which can be misconstrued on any level.poor judgement, yes. But as a Christian and a conservative, surely he knew there are always someone gunning for him. Why give them fodder? Indefinite? A little harder.

Theodore (@guest_1033367)
Reply to  Folores
11 months ago

If he can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was a party that he was going to, and that his wife was totally okay with it, and that there was no nonsense involved. Then it is we who should apologize to him but, it appears as though he doesn’t have that excuse. He loaded the cannon and aimed it at himself.

Carlos Ricardo (@guest_1033411)
Reply to  Theodore
11 months ago

I wonder who took the pic?

James Whit (@guest_1035299)
Reply to  Folores
11 months ago

Agreed…

paw paw (@guest_1033364)
11 months ago

So true Folores!! You’re so right; WHY give them fodder?!

Oscar Pearson (@guest_1033368)
11 months ago

This behavior is standard for the left and ok by them. It is unacceptable to those who are supposed to have a standard of decency. I applaud the decision but at the same time would like the same judgement be handed out to those on the left. Can you imagine the thousands that would have to “take a leave of absence.”

Bill Liedtke (@guest_1033421)
Reply to  Oscar Pearson
11 months ago

The left has no standard, anything they do, they cover each other. But Jesus said. “you are the light….. If he was at a party, he is still the Standard setter and that is a gutter Standard should never be seen in a Christian party.

James Whit (@guest_1035302)
Reply to  Oscar Pearson
11 months ago

No! I would need to buy a bigger computer with more than a terabit of memory at least. Would there be enough time?

Tom (@guest_1033389)
11 months ago

Typical to try and point the figure at imaginative others rather than address the issue. Why would just your pants be unzipped for a costume party and your hand be in the precarious position it is. Was he going as an elephant with his trunk showing?

Teal Tiki (@guest_1033399)
11 months ago

I may be the only one wondering this but … exactly what is the “costume” they were dressed as? Does his wife’s “costume” also have her wearing unzipped shorts? Does this ‘excuse’ really fly for anyone?

Marie (@guest_1033873)
Reply to  Teal Tiki
11 months ago

☝️ I too observed that same curiosity.

david (@guest_1033403)
11 months ago

give the guy a break, nobody is perfect !

joe savage (@guest_1033551)
Reply to  david
11 months ago

Give Jerry Falwell a break? It’s a shame the right can’t extend the same courtesy to Dr. Fauci who was forced to take on security for him and his family all for doing his job. A job he has done for decades.

James Whitaker (@guest_1035306)
Reply to  joe savage
11 months ago

fauci the flip-flopper! The guy with connection to big pharma! I would have fired his butt a long time ago. He leans in the direction the wind is blowing at the time!

Kurt Walker (@guest_1033423)
11 months ago

Let he with “clean hands” cast the first stone????? Someone asked a very good question. Who took the picture?? Further why would they “pose” for such knowing it was bound to bring wrath from those who wanted him gone.

Jo (@guest_1033425)
11 months ago

This is not appropriate. I didn’t see any costume they had on. But, I did see his arm around her and both had sippers down. For someone calling themselves a Christian, this scene was not Christian. This is not casting stones, this picture is showing real, up front reality.

Maria Zito (@guest_1033426)
11 months ago

I am so sorry for Mr. Farewell. Obviously he did not think that there was nothing wrong with the photo because he post it. A man of his caliber probably has destroyed his good name and of the renown college he directs. He should know that men never forget and many don’t forgive and look for the opportunity to destroy anything that proclaims the gospel of God. I wish him well and we love you Mr. Farewell. God bless you.

P Lightfoot (@guest_1033549)
11 months ago

That would be OK if it was any demonrat or Willy Clinton and Monica or killery and her secretary or any lgbtqxyz person

Nancy (@guest_1033580)
11 months ago

Judge not lest you be judged.

Sandy Miller (@guest_1033581)
11 months ago

One comment above says give the guy a break.. Seriously? He is suppose to be an example of a Christian and what he did is not a Christian example. It’s not like he is a young, just learning the ropes guy, he is an adult who is plenty old enough to know better. Not the first time some questionable things have occurred at Liberty University that makes me question just how much of a “Christian” University they are.

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