Jerry Falwell Jr. invites 5000 students back to Liberty U amid pandemic. Twitter implodes.

Jerry Falwell Jr. invites 5000 students back to Liberty U amid pandemic. Twitter implodes.

03/25/2020 10:19 am ET Amy Penn

Scores of universities across the U.S. have shut their doors to battle the spread of coronavirus. Even as these colleges send their students home, Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, will allow up to 5,000 students back on its campus this week.

The plan was announced in a statement on March 23 by Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of the private evangelical university.

His directive now goes against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines to curb the virus’ spread. And VA Gov. Ralph Northam’s statewide order banning gatherings of 10 or more people — which includes shutting all K-12 schools for the academic year.

Twitter went ballistic over this dangerous “money grab.” Here’s the story.

Falwell Jr.’s thoughts on COVID-19

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Falwell Jr. is a vocal advocate of Donald Trump. “Thank God we have the best president we could possibly have to deal with a crisis like this,” he said in a recent Fox News Radio interview.

During this talk, he also said that the media is overhyping COVID-19, “Shame on the media for trying to fan it up and destroy the American economy. They’re willing to destroy the economy just to hurt Trump.” He has also referred to coronavirus as a Christmas present from North Korea.

A money grab

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When a parent said the decision was “irresponsible” and looked like a “money grab,” Falwell responded in a very Christl-like manner…nope, sorry. He called the concerned parent a “dummy.”

Professors aren’t thrilled

Angry Emoji Phone

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Marybeth Davis Baggett, an English professor at Liberty University published an op-ed calling Falwell Jr’s decision “foolhardy” and “dangerously wrong.”

“Rather than provide the steady leadership needed at this sober time, Falwell has chosen to indulge and endanger the students…”

Twitter responds

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Users reminded Falwell that he could believe in God and science:

Time for science class

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Some were certain that science would seize the day!

Followed by math

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Some Twitter users even brought out the stats to show how many of them this decision was putting at risk.

Ready to enroll?

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Others hoped that their kid was studying there — only so they could sue the school.

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