Confronting the culture

By Jerry Falwell

In my writings for, I try to remain focused on the pertinent issues of the day. However, I am so excited about a new endeavor here at Liberty University, I decided to use this edition to share an important announcement with my weekly readers.

Since I founded Liberty University in 1971, I have envisioned that our first professional school would be a school of law. On Oct. 8, my dream was realized. On that day, the Liberty University Board of Trustees officially approved the formation of the Liberty University School of Law and commissioned our president, John M. Borek Jr., to take the necessary steps to begin classes in the 2003 fall semester. Needless to say, I am excited beyond words about this bold move that I believe will ultimately have a nationwide impact.

Liberty University’s School of Law will employ professors who are: committed to the inspiration and infallibility of the Bible; committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ; committed to a strict constructionist view of the U.S. Constitution; committed to training godly attorneys for the law profession, for service in American government or as judges and justices. Our law school, like Liberty University, will recruit students who have a desire to impact our nation and the world for our Savior.

From the onset, we are pledging to make the Liberty University School of Law an
academically excellent school. We will seek full accreditation with all the appropriate accrediting bodies. Our graduates will be well trained and well prepared to compete in the marketplace with law school graduates from all other quality institutions. Just as Liberty now trains champions for Christ in business, education, the arts and sciences, nursing, journalism, religion and many other disciplines, we will now begin training future lawyers, legislators, judges and national and world leaders.

In a nation that, in one generation, has legalized abortion on demand, removed prayer and Bible reading from our schools and more recently attempted to outlaw the Pledge of Allegiance because of the words “under God,” it is high time that we create a law school that will produce men and women who are committed to the Judeo-Christian ethic, the preciousness of human life and the defense of the Judeo-Christian values that formed this great nation.

In recent years, we have witnessed an acceleration of discrimination and persecution
against people of faith in the workplace and in our nation’s public schools. The Liberty
University School of Law will intently focus on training attorneys who will aggressively defend the religious rights of people of faith in this nation. I envision our graduates going forth to win many important battles against the anti-religious zealots at the American Civil Liberties Union.

In the past, our pre-law students have gone on from Liberty to the great law schools of America. My son, Jerry Falwell Jr., attended the University of Virginia School of Law and is today chief counsel of Liberty University. David Gibbs III went out from Liberty to the Duke University School of Law and today he and his father lead the very influential Christian Law Association. Many other Liberty graduates are now making an impact in the legal world after earning their law degrees in a variety of institutions. Now we will have the opportunity to train future conservative lawyers right here at Liberty!

Liberty will be naming a founding dean and faculty in the next few months. Persons interested in learning more about the Liberty University School of Law may contact the office of President John Borek.

As you can see, we are prepared to make a momentous impact on our nation very quickly. I request that readers keep Liberty University in your prayers. I truly believe that we are training future generations of conservative warriors who will dramatically impact our culture.