Liberty Chancellor Falwell takes indefinite leave of absence

  • Liberty Chancellor Falwell takes indefinite leave of absence

Liberty Chancellor Falwell takes indefinite leave of absence

Jerry Falwell taking an "indefinite leave of absence" from his role as president of Liberty University.

Over the weekend, Falwell posted and quickly deleted a photo of himself standing next to a woman, identified by The Christian Post as his wife's assistant, with both of their trousers unzipped and their stomachs out.

Calls for Falwell's resignation have grown this week since the university president posted - and quickly deleted - a photograph of himself on Instagram with his arm around a woman who was not his wife.

Liberty University did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

On Wednesday, in an interview on WLNI's MorningLine, Falwell provided some context to the photo while also noting that he has apologized to all who were personally affected by the photo.

The leave of absence also came a day after Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) Tweeted that Falwell resign for "appalling" behavior.

Mark DeMoss, a public affairs executive with deep ties in the USA evangelical community, resigned his board seat at Liberty in 2016 after clashing with Falwell Jr. over Falwell's endorsement of then-candidate Trump.

The president of one of the world's largest evangelical Christian colleges has agreed to step aside after posting a photo of himself, pants unzipped.

The photograph showed him on vacation with his trousers unzipped, holding a drink, and with his arm around a woman.

The late Falwell founded Liberty in 1971 with just 154 students.

"I'm gonna try to be a good boy from here on out", Falwell added. However, the university leadership appeared to have already made up its mind. The incident earlier drew widespread criticism and charges of hypocrisy because Liberty University has a strict code of conduct for students that, among other things, prohibits students from having sexual relations outside of a "biblically-ordained" marriage and consuming media with lewd lyrics, sexual content and nudity. He also faced stinging criticism from a group of Black alumni who said in a letter that he should step down after he mocked Virginia's mask-wearing requirement in a tweet by invoking a blackface scandal that engulfed Northam a year ago. Several Black Liberty staff members resigned following the tweet, and several high-profile Black student-athletes announced transfer plans.