LUconn wrote: ↑May 26th, 2021, 9:20 am
I'm halfway through ep 2. As overt as the Falwell's apparently were even in front of strangers, anyone with a semi close relationship with them is implicated. Watch for the board to pretend they were always at a distance from them. They all have to go. Is there a mechanism for that to happen?
The first episode of the Gangster Capitalism podcast begins with the previously unreported story of the Falwells' drunken escapades last summer in Memphis, told by Corilynn, a source who was there. Both Jerry and Becki made passes at much younger people, in full view of the rest of the group. What the podcast did not mention was that a board member, Steven Snyder, was with them and witnessed all of it. He was at the table with the Falwells just like Coriylnn was, but he just looked the other way.
Snyder is an extreme example, but he's not the only member of LU's board of trustees to ignore the Falwells' reckless hypocrisy. For the past several years, I have been trying to point out ways in which Falwell is unfit to lead a Christian school. I knew about rumors of his personal life, but I didn't want to focus on those things. There were plenty of reasons that Falwell should be forced to resign, reasons that were in full view of the public. Falwell was bearing bad fruit and dragging Liberty's reputation down with him.
But the board did not care to notice what Falwell did to hurt himself or hurt the school. They did not care to try to stop him, which would have been gracious to him and to Liberty. And they have still not addressed the grotesque hypocrisy that the world is now very familiar with.
There is not a mechanism for the full board to be replaced, other than if TRBC's board did it, which is unlikely. That's why last August, Save71 proposed a list of current and former university officials whom the board could appoint to a search committee for a new president. You can find the list on our website: https://save71.org/
. I tried to make the list a good cross section of some of Liberty's most capable and earnest leaders, who know the school and its history far better than I do. (No, it doesn't consist of "woke liberals.") Of course our list was ignored, as we knew it would be. But the point we wanted to make is that if the board consisted of humble, Christlike leaders, they would realize that they were unfit to lead and appoint others to serve in their stead. It's far-fetched, and it won't happen. But it should
As Wade Mullen says, “This is really what it comes down to when abuse is exposed, when darkness is brought to light: Who will do whatever it takes to overcome a scandal, and who will do all they must to pursue what is right?” Liberty's leaders have done all they can to keep their heads down, avoid conflict, change the subject, and focus exclusively on things that make Liberty look good. But what would Christlike leaders do in this situation? I think they would do all they must to pursue what is right.
Just imagine how spiritually healthy that would be for Liberty. Earnest apologies . . . resignations . . . a full and thorough investigation. . . forgiveness.