Mitt Romney To Deliver Commencement Address At Jerry Falwell’s Liberty Univ.

More than 14,000 graduating seniors at Liberty University, the school founded by Jerry Falwell, will get a special treat when they pick up their lambskin: GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is delivering the school’s Commencement address on May 12.

“We are delighted that Governor Romney will join us to celebrate Commencement with Liberty’s 2012 graduates,” said Liberty Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. “This will be a historic event for Liberty University reminiscent of the visits of Governor, and then presidential candidate, Ronald Reagan to Liberty’s campus in 1980 and of President George H.W. Bush who spoke at Liberty’s 1990 Commencement ceremony.”

Guess the fundies are getting over that whole “Mormons aren’t Christians” thing now that Mitt is the presumptive nominee.

Well, Romney will be in good company: In addition to Reagan and Bush, perennial crybaby Glen Beck delivered a commencement at the evangelical college, where students must promise not to drink, smoke, dance, have sex or vote Democrat.

Kind of makes you think they misnamed the school, huh?


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  • Chuck

    I guess that’s part of his effort to appeal to students…Young Nazi students. Frankly, I’m surprised that the Born Again Evangelical school would even want a Mormon to speak.

  • JP

    I can make at least one safe prediction about November…Willard will get at least 25 percent of the gay vote, just like George W Bush did in 2000 after publicly saying that gay sex should remain illegal in Texas.

    That doesn’t mean Mittens will win, though. McCain got 28 percent of the gays in 2008, but still got his ass kicked overall.

  • 1equalityUSA

    He signed NOMs whacked pledge, not that strap-the-family-dog-to-the-roof-of-the-car-Romney will honor his word, again, again, and again. I wonder who he’ll pick to replace the Supreme Court Justice. He signed a hate filled, in your face, NOM pledge. How desperate can the man be to have power if he is willing to be so blatantly anti-gay and if he’s willing to slink his Mormon buttocks onto the Jerry Falwell grounds to pander to them. He is so gross. As disgusting as it is to watch, I still cannot financially support Democrats. They’ve dangled our rights in front of our noses too long to forgive them. If Obama wins, and that is doubtful, it will be a ‘wait and see’ if he comes through for our disenfranchised, unpopular, misunderstood LGBT. The whole lot of them bite. I can see why older people become grouchy. They’ve seen too much.

  • Codswallop

    Apparently not all of Liberty U’s students drank the Kool-Aid. The comments section about Romney’s speech had 700 comments about it, mainly against because he’s Mormon and not Christian in their eyes, before the comments section was deleted and commenting disabled. Several news sites and blogs wrote stories about the backlash.

    And they’re right. Jesus being in the Book Of Mormon doesn’t make it Christian, since the mythology is completely different, just as Jesus making appearances on South Park doesn’t make it a “Christian” show.

  • 1equalityUSA

    “They have a terrible zoology department.” is one of my favorite comments under the anti-Romney article you posted, Codswallop. What a nut-job President Romney would be. Marching orders from Utah. Scary as Hell.

  • 1equalityUSA

    Strap-the-family-dog-to-the-roof-of-the-car-Romney said,
    “I oppose same-sex marriage. At the same time, I would advance the efforts not to discriminate against people who are gay.”

    Doug105, I don’t think his rape-arative therapy is working…perhaps he needs to give 20 grand annually to Focus on the Family to straighten himself out a little more.

  • Jase

    Wow, how many news stories is Queerty posting today that are already a week old? I’ve never come here for the journalistic integrity, Queerty was just a good news aggregator. But now that everything you’re writing has already been covered by everyone else a week ago, there’s less and less reason to come here.

  • Mikel D McGrew

    Oh, god, do we HAVE to have him in our backyard?

  • Hope

    Actually Romney will be the second Mormon I am aware of who spoke at Liberty University. Glenn Beck spoke at Liberty University within the last couple years. It is also interesting that there is warming taking place between Evangelicals and Mormons because Ravi Zacharias, an Evangelical preacher, spoke at the LDS general conference. This is like so and so speaking at the Southern Baptist Convention. Before long Jonathan Falwell will be warmly received at LDS general conference? Mormons are beginning to be accepted by Evangelicals. There is a great difference between the Mormons and Evangelicals, except for politics.

  • dvlaries

    1equalityUSA said
    “The whole lot of them bite. I can see why older people become grouchy. They’ve seen too much.”
    Exactly. I’m 58, and I’m convinced there ain’t a breathing, walking-upright politician anywhere in this fuckin’ country that believes in any God but money. If they really thought there was an accounting in a next life, how would Bush & Cheney manage to sleep…?

  • 1equalityUSA

    Srap-the-dog-to-the-roof-Romney is so rude too. What a toad!

    “I’m not sure about these cookies,” Romney told a woman at the table. “They don’t look like you made them. No, no. They came from the 7-11 bakery, or whatever.”

    Oops. Turns out, the treats that Romney “wasn’t sure about” came from Bethel Bakery, a local favorite since 1955.

    As news outlets and Twitter pounced on the gaffe, John Walsh, the owner of Bethel Bakery, decided to capitalize on the national recognition. The next day, Walsh launched a “CookieGate” special, giving away half a dozen cookies with the purchase of a dozen.

    “Our customers came out in droves to support their 57-year-old hometown bakery,” Walsh told The Huffington Post in an e-mail. Cookie sales at Bethel Bakery jumped 132 percent last week compared to the previous week, with more than $4,000 worth of cookies sold, Walsh said.

    One of those customers was the local office of the Obama campaign, which quickly bought five orders, Bloomberg reported.

  • B

    As to the “dog strapped on the roof,” the Great and Powerful Romney has claimed that it was in a dog carrier that was strapped to the roof. Unfortunately, the man behind the curtain who we are supposed to ignore hasn’t clarified the situation.

    Come to think of it, that would be a funny nickname for him: Romney, the Great and Powerful, First Presidential Candidate Deluxe.

  • 1equalityUSA

    The animal was so stressed that he blew diarrhea. When Strap-the-dog-Romney’s spawn yelled, “Ew!” Daddy pulled off at a gasoline station, hosed the poor canine off, put him back on the roof, and went on their merry mormon way to Canada. What a bastard. Don’t relay what his ding-bat wife said, “He liked it.” These whacks need to go back to their own kind, planet…star…just go.

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