Liberty University’s Falwell takes a leave of absence

RICHMOND, Va. — Jerry Falwell Jr. has agreed to take an indefinite leave from his role as president and chancellor of Liberty University.

That’s according to a one-sentence statement the private University of Virginia released on Friday.

The statement said Liberty’s Executive Committee board of directors, acting on behalf of the full board, met on Friday and asked Falwell to take his leave, “which he accepted, effective immediately. “.

Falwell has been president of Lynchburg University since 2007, founded by his father, the late evangelist, the Reverend Jerry Falwell.

No reason was given for the leave, although the announcement came after Falwell apologized for a photo he posted on Instagram of himself and a woman, not his wife, with both of their pants unzipped while on his yacht, CNN reported.

Earlier this year, Falwell came under fire for a May tweet that included a racist photo that appeared on Governor Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page decades ago.

Falwell said his efforts to make a political point were offensive.

Nearly three dozen black alumni spoke out against him, writing in a letter that his rhetoric “repeatedly violated and distorted” Christian principles.

He later deleted the tweet and apologized for any hurt it may have caused, especially to African Americans.

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