Thursday, March 9, 2006

Jerry’s Kids

From the Miami Herald:

ROANOKE — A nationwide bus tour to promote gay rights at conservative Christian colleges may get off to a rocky start Friday when it visits Liberty University, which has announced the activist group is not welcome on its Lynchburg campus.

Haven Herrin, co-director of Soulforce’s Equality Ride, said the 35 group members intend to go to Liberty’s campus anyway to promote an end to discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students.

The Rev. Jerry Falwell, the university’s chancellor, characterized the visit as a fundraising ploy and said he would not permit his school to be used for a media demonstration.

“The parents of our students have entrusted their sons and daughters to our care,” he said in a statement. “Liberty has an obligation to these parents not to expose their children to a ‘media circus’ that might present immorality in a positive light.”

University spokesmen would not say whether the activists would be arrested if they went onto the private college’s property for a rally. Up to 75 people are expected to join the group in Lynchburg, Herrin said.

I’d just like to point out to Jerry that Liberty is allegedly a university, not a day-care center, and the “children” entrusted to his care are, presumably, old enough to have graduated from high school and therefore are, at least in terms of the law, considered to be adults (although their choice of college would cast doubt on their decision-making ability). As for presenting “immorality in a positive light,” I would say that Mr. Falwell should look to his own operation: the indocrination of his students with fable presented as fact and the exclusion of differing points of view because it inconveniently threatens his superstitions is a greater immorality than the simple message brought by Soulforce and taught by the savior he professes to follow: Love One Another.