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Jerry Falwell, Jr., president of Liberty University and an early supporter of Donald Trump, shared Tuesday in a Facebook post about an encounter he had with Hillary Clinton in 1989 that has led him to believe religious liberty will be one of her "prime targets" if she wins the presidency next week.
In the post, Falwell, who had just graduated from University of Virginia School of Law and was serving as Liberty's general counsel at the time, wrote that the Christian college, which was still fairly small then, was struggling to make ends meet. "Creditors were threatening to foreclose on the campus and the very survival of the university was in jeopardy," he wrote.
Falwell was tasked with keeping creditors at bay, finding loans to help Liberty pay its dues and working to restructure the debt. In 1989, Falwell said he was introduced via one of the college's donors to Stephens, Inc., an independent financial services firm headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The Liberty president said the attorneys at Stephens, Inc., pushed the college "to abandon its Christian traditions and doctrinal foundations" so it could "save a few dollars by issuing tax exempt bonds instead of taxable bonds."
"Liberty refused to make any changes that were core to our mission and the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that Liberty could not issue the cheaper tax exempt bonds because of our Christian mission," Falwell wrote.
For several years, Falwell said the encounter has "persistently nagged" him. It wasn't until this election cycle that he realized why: Clinton was allegedly one of the lawyers who suggested Liberty move in a more secular direction.
Not long ago, I was looking through the old files and was shocked to realize that the bond counsel that had attempted to force Liberty to abandon its Christian mission years earlier was none other than the Rose Law Firm! By then, Bill Clinton was president and the Rose Law Firm had become famous from the many Clinton scandals in the 1990s. The names of the law partners on the letterhead I found included Hillary Rodham Clinton, Webb Hubbell, Vince Foster (who was mysteriously found dead in a park a few years later) and others who rose to prominence when Bill Clinton was president.
I have no doubt that, if elected, one of Hillary Clinton's prime targets will be the religious freedoms of all people of faith across our nation. The federal government is already using Title IX to attack the religious freedoms of faith based colleges and universities.
Falwell is predicting Trump will win on Election Day, despite the coverage Trump has received by the media, which he described as "a wing of the Clinton campaign."
"I believe Americans will be wise enough next Tuesday to avoid putting itself through an experience like the one Liberty University was forced to endure in 1989," he wrote. "I believe Americans will elect Donald Trump and Mike Pence and send Hillary Clinton and all her corruption back to the private sector."
Falwell has remained one of Trump's highest profile evangelical endorsers throughout the election cycle. He recently made headlines for a decision to pull an anti-Trump editorial from the school's student-run newspaper, The Liberty Champion, and for a "Liberty United Against Trump" petition, which has earned more than 2,000 signatures.
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