Evangelical students to return degrees in protest at Trump

Evangelical students to return degrees in protest at Trump

"He has inside information that I don't have", Falwell replied. He wrote on Twitter: "The truth as stated by Donald Trump is that violent white supremacists, Nazi, KKK and similar hate groups are pure evil and un-American". Students also criticized Falwell for defending Trump.

One thing is for sure, Trump does not believe there is "moral equivalency" between neo-Nazis and counter protesters, Falwell said.

Falwell has since responded to the group, telling ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that the alumni misinterpreted his comments.

President Donald Trump was "very clear" who the culprits were in Charlottesville, as he called them out by name, and he "does not have a racist bone in his body", Jerry Falwell Jr. said Monday.

Falwell waved off the alumni protest, saying his support for Trump, which included an endorsement during his presidential campaign, is misunderstood.

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After members of the so-called alt-right, KKK and neo-Nazis clashed with counter-protesters, Trump said several sides deserved blame.

After a woman was killed when a vehicle smashed into a crowd of anti-fascist protesters in Charlottesville, President Trump took two days to condemn the KKK and neo-Nazi protesters. Instead of condemning racist and white nationalist ideologies, Mr. Trump provided equivocal and contradictory comments.

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Georgia Hamann, a 2006 alumna and an attorney in Phoenix, Ariz., helped pen the letter.

Those actions, the letter says, "have filled us with shame and anger as alums". "The word in Baptist and evangelical circles is 'repent.'".

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Full disclosure: I'm a Liberty graduate and, for what it's worth, I plan on keeping my diploma because, regardless of who Falwell supports, I worked hard for my degree. They plan to return their diplomas by September 5. Rebekah Tilley graduated from Liberty in 2002 and now works in higher education in Iowa.

In the Facebook group and in interviews, others said bluntly that they were embarrassed to identify themselves as Liberty alumni.

'If some [body] showed up and they saw that they were marching beside somebody who hates blacks, who hates Jews, who wants to do violence, I think they should just walk away, yes, ' Falwell urged.

For Doug Johnson Hatlem, a 1999 graduate who now works as a Mennonite pastor in Ontario, Canada, Charlottesville feels like a tipping point for many alumni who have been concerned about the university's association with Trump. Some are even returning diplomas.

"It really is a watershed moment to have people openly chanting Nazi chants. holding white supremacist signs, and carrying weapons along with all of that, and killing somebody, injuring many in the process", he said. "It shouldn't be 'politically correct" to extend kindness to the hurting, condemnation to the wrongdoers.

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