Bernie Sanders has been scheduled to speak next month at Liberty University. For those not familiar with it, Liberty University was founded in 1971 by the late Jerry Falwell and is a fundamentalist Christian evangelical institution. Take a look at its Mission Statement.
It is a place where creationism and a young Earth is taught in biology classes. They say that they teach both (i.e., the “controversy”) but of course it should not be a surprise as to which theory is declared to be the winner, especially since Answers in Genesis provides some of the readings and the faculty they hire are required to have beliefs compatible with young Earth creationism.
I think it is great the Sanders is speaking there. I myself find it much more fun to speak to audiences that are totally opposed to my way of thinking because I am a firm believer that there will be a few who can be reached and swayed away from doctrinaire thinking.
It will be interesting to see what kind of reception that a democratic socialist like Sanders, with his views on income inequality and climate change, will get from the conservative campus. Given that the university administration has had run-ins in the past with student organizations that identified with the Democratic party, the fact that he is even allowed on campus is encouraging.
(You can go to Sanders’s website to join the campaign and contribute and here to see where he stands on the issues. Despite the media trying to paint him as some kind of extremist candidate, a majority of Americans actually support him on most of the issues he stands for.)