MSNBC host Rachel Maddow took a cheap shot at Liberty University in a podcast interview the other day with her leftist colleague Chris Hayes.
The conversation turned to religious where Ms. Maddow smeared evangelicals and Christian institutions of higher learning.
“This anti-intellectual, anti-elite line of argument that we’ve seen from right-wing populists since the beginning of time,” she declared.
“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,” she went on to say.
She continued, “These things add up. They have real results in the world. Is there going to be a backlash to that? Is there going to be a resurgent intellectualism in hard line conservatism that isn’t the kind of white supremacist stuff that we’re seeing, which is the pseudo-intellectual stuff, right? I don’t know, but it adds up. It adds up over time.”
As our friends at Newsbusters put it, liberals think folks educated at Liberty are poor, uneducated and “easy to command.”
In reality Liberty University is a school that thrives on debate and free speech, unlike many government-run schools.
The university has introduced students to a diverse group of speakers – from former President Jimmy Carter and Sen. Bernie Sanders to President Trump and even yours truly.
Compare that to places like the University of California Berkeley where conservatives are treated like enemy invaders and evangelical speakers are persona non grata.
It’s true that Liberty University is firmly rooted in Judeo-Christian philosophy — the same philosophy that is the foundation for our nation.
I’d say we are better off with a private Christian university that affirms the teachings of Jesus Christ, than a government-run university that affirms the teachings of Karl Marx.