Liberal infiltrates Falwell’s school, shocked to find Christians “normal”

posted at 7:25 pm on April 22, 2009 by Allahpundit

I’m not sure whether to laugh at him for being surprised, sneer at him for treating Christians as if they’re some lost civilization worthy of anthropological study, or congratulate him for what seems to have been a genuinely earnest effort to understand. It’s like that ABC set-up to “prove” that sports fans are homophobic — but in a good way.

He was determined to not mock the school, thinking it would be too easy — and unfair. He aimed to immerse himself in the culture, examine what conservative Christians believe and see if he could find some common ground. He had less weighty questions too: How did they spend Friday nights? Did they use Facebook? Did they go on dates? Did they watch “Gossip Girl?”…

He lined up a publisher — Grand Central Publishing — and arrived at the Lynchburg campus prepared for “hostile ideologues who spent all their time plotting abortion clinic protests and sewing Hillary Clinton voodoo dolls.”

Instead, he found that “not only are they not that, but they’re rigorously normal.”…

A roommate he depicts as aggressively anti-gay — all names are changed in the book — is an outcast on the hall, not a role model.

How earnest was he?

Once ambivalent about faith, Roose now prays to God regularly — for his own well-being and on behalf of others. He said he owns several translations of the Bible and has recently been rereading meditations from the letters of John on using love and compassion to solve cultural conflicts.

He’s even considering joining a church.

He interviewed Falwell before he died, too, again in what sounds like good faith. It’s actually a brilliant idea for a book: No matter which way the experiment turned out, he knew he had a built-in audience waiting for him. If Liberty turned out to be as grotesque as the left’s caricature of it, the nutroots would have snapped it up. As it is, he’ll end up on Hannity’s show talking about how believers are people too. Well played, sir.


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AWESOMESAUCE!!
Please oh please send ALL your kids there and stop trying to force IDT crapology into our secular unis.
Send them to Oral Roberts and BYU too!!!

Yes, because subjective morality has done wonders for our universities. Done some great things for our society as a whole, too.

What you’re basically saying is, “Separate from me those who don’t agree with me.” You do realize what you sound like, don’t you?

Here’s an idea…let’s start busing Christians to special “Christian Camps”! You know, so we can concentrate all of them into one place. It’ll sure be convenient for them, and the rest of us won’t have to listen to their Jesus crap anymore!

Really, all the Christian-bashing comes down to is a rejection of personal responsibility and guilt over doing destructive things to oneself and others.

Translation: I want to drink and do drugs to excess, have promiscuous sex, and generally act like a spoiled brat without having to deal with those pesky consequences or possibly having anyone tell me that what I’m doing is wrong.

Grow up.

TheMightyMonarch on April 23, 2009 at 2:54 AM

So has the backlash started yet?

Quisp on April 23, 2009 at 6:49 AM

AWESOMESAUCE!!
Please oh please send ALL your kids there and stop trying to force IDT crapology into our secular unis.
Send them to Oral Roberts and BYU too!!!
strangelet on April 22, 2009 at 10:38 PM

Well at least you acknowledge Mormons as Christians!

But I hate to break it to you – BYU teaches evolution in it’s Biology department. I guess you’ll have to move onto another stereotype to make sense of the world.

Also, I thought you’d want us to send our children to ‘secular unis.’ so they could be indoctrinated into liberalism?

Also also, can we consider this a fine example of liberal ‘tolerance’?

gwelf on April 23, 2009 at 7:12 AM

I love this story. Thanks, Allah.

I’m sorry, but did you grow up in a cave? You’ve never been exposed to one of around 85% of the country? Even in a liberal enclave, there’s really no chance you could have never had any “exposure” to “these people” unless you live a sheltered life, most likely in an underground bunker.
TheBlueSite on April 22, 2009 at 8:34 PM

While 85% of the country self-identify as Christians, devout Christians who are raised in devout families and go to something like a Liberty University are a sub group – unlike the typical elite Northeastern boarding school Christian who might end up at Brown University.

This is not good news. This is depressing news.
2Brave2Bscared on April 22, 2009 at 10:19 PM

Sheesh. Perhaps you should get thee to a nunnery if you’re looking for absolute purity.

Buy Danish on April 23, 2009 at 8:51 AM

So in othe

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words, they’re just like the world. And we’re supposed to be thrilled about this?…

2Brave2Bscared on April 22, 2009 at 10:19 PM

Wow. We have been found acceptable by the lefty representative of a sad and broken world.

What an honor.

29Victor on April 23, 2009 at 12:02 AM

Pretty well sums it up.

Sometimes it is embarrassing to be ‘different’…but it can also be shameful to be the same as everyone else!!!

Dark-Star on April 23, 2009 at 8:52 AM

But I knew Liberty and the bald hill (which no longer stands out due to the development of the school). I went to wrestling camp at LU when I was a sophomore in hs though.

ThackerAgency on April 22, 2009 at 10:34 PM

Oooh, bald mt. There are a lot of memories there! Heh. But yeah, I’m not even sure what’s left of the mt. with all the building and such.

Weight of Glory

Snowflex, baby, snowflex. It will be a ski hill next season. :)

acleaver on April 23, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Conservatives are people that liberal hate, until the liberals meet them.

hawksruleva on April 23, 2009 at 9:27 AM

But I knew Liberty and the bald hill (which no longer stands out due to the development of the school). I went to wrestling camp at LU when I was a sophomore in hs though.

ThackerAgency on April 22, 2009 at 10:34 PM

Oooh, bald mt. There are a lot of memories there! Heh. But yeah, I’m not even sure what’s left of the mt. with all the building and such.

Weight of Glory

Ski slope, yep.
You know there’s a big sign on it now, and that it’s called Liberty Mountain?

hawksruleva on April 23, 2009 at 9:31 AM

hawksruleva on April 23, 2009 at 9:31 AM

that’s not ‘bald hill’. The reason there was a ‘bald hill’ was because there were three hills that looked the same and only one was cleared of all the trees. That sign was placed on one of the hills next to the bald hill that had trees on it. Like I said, it doesn’t stand out now like it used to. You could go up there and be peaceful and see the entire city of Lynchburgh. It was beautiful. Now there are tons of buildings everywhere.

I remember being up there and watching them construct the coliseum and thinking how much bigger that would make the campus. Now there are buildings everywhere and the coliseum doesn’t even stand out. It’s pretty amazing.

Again, I didn’t think it would survive because it was so small and the rules were so strict. I was wrong.

ThackerAgency on April 23, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Excellent. We need more people willing to look at the evidence objectively.

Aronne on April 23, 2009 at 10:38 AM

So he took an objective look at the subject, let the chips fall where they may and reported what he saw rather than what he wanted to see?

He has no future in American journalism.

Crusty on April 23, 2009 at 10:47 AM

Well, at least he seemed somewhat open-minded, if not particularly original.

I think I’ll skip the book and just wait for the National Geographic spread on these exotic primitives. More pictures and less reading, you know.

CJ on April 23, 2009 at 11:19 AM

No sex, drugs and rock and roll.

No way.

getalife on April 22, 2009 at 8:12 PM

…because dying as an STD infested, brain damaged, deaf nimnul (in THAT order) is getalife’s primary goal in life.

My collie says:

Yeah. After all, if getalife was healthy, capable of rational thought, and able to listen to other people’s ideas, how could he POSSIBLY post the drivel on HotAir that he does?

CyberCipher on April 23, 2009 at 11:37 AM

No sex, drugs and rock and roll.

No way.

getalife on April 22, 2009 at 8:12 PM

And that, my friends, is the real issue. Libs just use the satanist motto without knowing it: “Do what thou wilt.” And they cannot tolerate anyone whose views differ from theirs. It really boils down to a spiritual issue.
Of course, the problem with getalife’s statement is that Christians have actually excellent sex in general as seen by polls, it is just with their spouse. And Jesus can make you higher than any drug, and he can put your feet on the Rock and your name on the Roll.

Christian Conservative on April 23, 2009 at 12:42 PM

And this proves my point that there is no bad reason to go to church. Who knows what can happen? Even if you don’t intend anything positive, that doesn’t mean your life can’t be changed.

I’m offended that he was surprised but happy overall.

Esthier on April 23, 2009 at 1:27 PM

As an alum of LU this story does not surprise me. Anyone who takes any time to study either Dr. Falwell or the school will realize that the media was out to get him. I have friends and family who are just like me idealogically, but they thought that Dr. Falwell was to severe. They had never met him. Dr. Falwell was not anti-gay, he loved homosexuals as a Christian…but he did believe that homosexuality is sin. Just as practicing heterosexuality outside of marriage was also sin. As for the rest of us…
We went to the movies, out to dinner, on dates, to the local coffee house,…and to church. We played playstation, xbox, and nintendo and hung out for hours watching dvd’s. We had jobs and we studied…just like everything else. The only difference is that the majority of us had a similar ethos and we lived (and live) by it. People are always so surprised when they find out we (Christians) are not like the television shows depict us. It is almost funny.

therambler on April 23, 2009 at 1:29 PM

It is not surprising he was shocked Christians were normal because the media has re classified overt Christian expression as deviant.

That is why a disclaimer about content appears after most non humanist Christian program on television (except for Christian channels) while there are not the same disclaimers for anti-Christian expression, as in stories depicting dangerous narrow minded Christians wielding their evil agains the good sane secularists

The television series Seventh Heaven is the seularist’s idealized Christianity with no crosses, no healings, no loud praying, and a lot of social work and getting in touch with inner feelings yet absent of worship of God. It has been used to acculturate a generation of non church raised kids to what ‘good’ Christians should be

He said he owns several translations of the Bible and has recently been rereading meditations from the letters of John on using love and compassion to solve cultural conflicts

Is that what they called John’s writings at Liberty?

John was not meditating, he was evangelizing.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.John 3:36

Good luck to the guy. He is trying

From Christ’s great teachings of the parables:

For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them Matt 13

entagor on April 23, 2009 at 2:15 PM

It’s all good.

Blaise on April 23, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Also, I thought you’d want us to send our children to ’secular unis.’ so they could be indoctrinated into liberalism?

Also also, can we consider this a fine example of liberal ‘tolerance’?

gwelf on April 23, 2009 at 7:12 AM

Nope, I think all christian kids should go to Bible college and christian unis.
Separate but equal, right?
Except for the really smart ones.
And we get those anyways.
;)

strangelet on April 23, 2009 at 3:02 PM

No sex outside of marriage. (man to woman) Drugs only in moderation. And rock and roll.

Yes way.

darktood on April 23, 2009 at 4:50 PM

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