Jerry Falwell Jr. Reminds Rachel Maddow That ‘Most Ivy League Schools Were Founded by Preachers and Evangelists’ After She Said Liberty University Wasn’t an ‘Actual Higher Education’ Institution

The president of Liberty University is defending the school after an MSNBC host slammed it and one of its graduates, saying the Christian university is not an “actual higher education” institution.

It started with a comment by Rachel Maddow on a podcast with Chris Hayes, another MSNBC host. Maddow was arguing against what she called an ‘anti-intellectual, anti-elite line of argument’ from right wing populists and said:

“We’ve got a new Justice Department spokesperson who’s from Liberty University, and Liberty University was founded by a televangelist so that your Christian child wouldn’t be corrupted by actual higher education. And now that’s the spokesperson for the Justice Department.”

Kerri Kupec, a 2011 graduate of Liberty’s law school, is the new director of the department’s Office of Public Affairs.

Jerry Falwell, president of Liberty University, released statements on the Todd Starnes radio show responding to the claims made by Maddow.

“When she makes stupid comments like, ‘Liberty is not a real university because it was founded by a televangelist,’ she needs to study her history. Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, most of the Ivy League schools were founded by preachers and evangelists, and that’s a long tradition in this country, and she just shows her ignorance and religious bigotry by making comments like that,” Falwell said.

“Liberty has been fully accredited since 1980 and already has a medical school, law school, (and) school of engineering. We have 2,500 professors who got their degrees at every major university in the country. I couldn’t be prouder of what we have accomplished.”

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SOURCE: CBN News, Christian Ellis

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