Liberty University has temporarily replaced Jerry Falwell, Jr. with another anti-gay Christian bigot named Jerry.
Falwell, of course, took over for his anti-gay Christian bigot father, Jerry.
They just have a never-ending supply of these people…
The current Jerry, Jerry Prevo, who will serve as acting president of the school, is the chairman of the school’s board of trustees. He recently retired as pastor of the Anchorage Baptist Temple in Alaska after nearly 50 years of service, and in that time, his church was known for espousing the same kind of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric we’ve come to expect from the Liberty brand.
For example, when the Boy Scouts said it would allow openly gay members, Prevo said his church wouldn’t allow the scouts to meet there, adding, “No homosexual will enter the Kingdom of God.”
Prevo also said the acceptance of gay people could be blamed on schools:
He blamed public school education for increased societal acceptance of homosexuality.
“Young people these days, I don’t think they know what God says about it,” Prevo said. “Therefore, they are endorsing it.”
Or maybe they know exactly what Prevo’s God says about homosexuality and don’t buy into the hate.
LGBTQ Nation also highlights Prevo’s anti-trans hate:
… His church in 2012 ran transphobic ads to oppose a measure that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Anchorage Equal Rights Initiative.
One of the ads showed a drawing of a balding, hairy, muscular woman going into the women’s locker room at a gym while a bystander looked shocked, relying on negative stereotypes of transgender women to oppose LGBTQ equality.
The other ad claimed that a hypothetical daycare center would be forced to hire “a transvestite who wants to work with toddlers,” implying that LGBTQ people are a threat to children.
How can Liberty change its toxic culture when it refuses to change its leadership?
Falwell was merely a symptom of a much larger problem. Replacing him with an ideological clone means Liberty’s leaders are more interested in changing the window dressing than addressing the school’s underlying problems.