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Christian group demands criminal investigation of head of Liberty University

Fri 20 Sep 2019
By Tola Mbakwe

A Christian activist group has started a petition demanding that the head of a US Christian university be criminally investigated. 

Faithful in America has got more than 11,000 signatures so far in efforts to open a criminal investigation into Jerry Falwell Jr, president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. 

The group said in a statement: "Christians are appalled by recent reports about the mismanagement of Liberty University.


"We call on Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring and IRS Commissioner Charles P. Rettig to hold the school accountable. Open criminal investigations into accusations of self-dealing and other misconduct by Liberty's president, Jerry Falwell, Jr., at once!"

The petition comes after an article by Politico Magazine featured several current and former top staff at the school anonymously detailing unethical behaviours from Jerry Falwell Jr.

He was accused of creating a culture of fear and directing business decisions to favour his family and friends.

Falwell, who's one of US President Donald Trump's advisors, has denied any wrong doing and called for the FBI to investigate a "criminal conspiracy" against him.

Faithful in America said: "Nothing about this Trump-like behaviour can be called Christian."

The group hopes to reach 15,000 signatures by the weekend.

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