Tell Liberty University trusteesFire Jerry Falwell, Jr.

Posted: March 16, 2020

By mocking the coronavirus on Fox News, then dragging his feet before finally canceling in-person classes at the nation's largest Christian university, Jerry Falwell Jr. has put lives at risk -- and there is nothing Christian about that.

On Friday, Falwell went on Fox to compare COVID-19 to the flu (fact check: they're not the same). He also blamed the president's critics: "Impeachment didn't work... Maybe this is their next attempt to get Trump."

Falwell finally cancelled classes at Liberty University -- but only after ridiculing the idea and waiting for Virginia's governor to legally tie his hands by limiting the size of public gatherings. When one parent shared his concerns on Twitter, Falwell called the worried father a "dummy."

Although classes are now suspended, Falwell continues to dismiss the disease and endanger the lives of Liberty community members. On March 21, he doubled down on his false claims from Fox News, tweeting another comparison of COVID-19 to influenza. In a March 22 op-ed entitled "Dear Liberty University board: Please stop Jerry Falwell Jr. before it’s too late," Liberty professor Marybeth Davis Baggett wrote that Falwell is still requiring professors to work on campus and meet with students in person, despite the dangers of the virus and the ability to work remotely.

We need a grassroots Christian response to show the media that Falwell's ignorance and bullying do not represent the Christian response to COVID-19.

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