If you don’t think conservatives are not capable of demonstrating tendencies of “snowflakery,” and their own brand of SJW (in their case, CJW, Culture Justice Warriors), sink your teeth into this story about a Christian College President that didn’t like a pastor who showed up on the campus to challenge the school President’s enthusiastic support for President Donald Trump. The Pastor is attempting to challenge a narrative among some Christians that Donald Trump is ordained by God to save America, that he is the Cyrus of the 21t Century.
Cyrus was the Babylonian King that freed the Israelites and helped them rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. He was an imperfect man, which is how they view Trump, as an imperfect man that God is still able to use for good.
Having that opinion in and of itself is fine, as opinions go, but going beyond having that opinion to trying to shut down dissent from that opinion, that is where this college President appears to have crossed the line. To be fair, the report was created by a Christian media outlet, so don’t let’s assume all Christians are on board with the whole Trump is Cyrus narrative.
For now, I’ll leave this story at this, but this is a story I may come back and revisit, because I think there is a lot more to say about what happened here.
A prominent Evangelical pastor was escorted off the grounds of Liberty University Monday night.
Author and pastor Jonathan Martin took to Twitter after authorities demanded he vacate the campus while socializing backstage after a Johnnyswim concert…..
This was evidently in response to my strong criticism of @JerryFallwellJr’s alignment not only with the darkest contours of Trumpism, but… expressly with Steve Bannon & the alt-right he represents. I came to the show tonight as guests of @JOHNNYSWIM & @amandasuramirez.
The move raised confusion as to why a pastor would be banned from a Christian campus when he simply wanted to pray.
However, President Jerry Falwell Jr. told CBN News that the decision was made to dismiss Martin from the campus for failure to comply with event protocol and to prevent what may have escalated into a hostile scenario, given Martin’s past of fiercely ridiculing Falwell’s support for President Donald J. Trump. The university requires guests to complete the proper paperwork to hold events in their facilities or on their campus. The university also holds the right to refuse access to the public under their own judgement, given its private jurisdiction.
Liberty University released a statement in response to the incident, which included the following:
“In light of the climate of protests associated with campuses across the country, Liberty University takes seriously its obligation to preserve and maintain campus safety and security…It may be possible that Jonathan Martin knew his unauthorized event would ultimately not be permitted to occur on the private property of Liberty University but he simply hoped to garner more attention to his cause by having his efforts stopped. So be it. The judgement was made that it was safer to stop the event before it started than to attempt to turn away an unknown number of people who traveled to Liberty’s campus. Either option likely gives Mr. Martin’s cause the publicity he apparently seeks. The university cannot be concerned with whether its actions provide additional oxygen to either side of a debate but rather must be concerned about safety and security of its campus.”
Students took to social media to express their concern that the administration was censoring free speech, a move that would fall in staunch contrast to Liberty University’s reputably conservative values.