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crookedshoes's Avatar Comment 1 by crookedshoes

Of course Romney will address Liberty University. They can all slap one another on the back and trade anecdotes about their deity. It doesn't matter how different you are as long as you believe in the same god.

Liberty University is a very strange place. They have "hugging rules".... You are not permitted to hug for more than 3 seconds. Very conservative. Very religious. BUT, hey, you decide to go there.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 17:46:52 UTC | #935772

Neil5150's Avatar Comment 2 by Neil5150

He better wear his magic underwear, if he talks about the fallacy of the trinity...

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 18:18:10 UTC | #935781

Red Dog's Avatar Comment 3 by Red Dog

Liberty University..., actually it should be Liberty "University". The teachers are fourth rate and teach as much Christian dogma in most classes as actual subject content. The really frightening thing is that for a while (under the Bush II administration) Liberty grads were starting to rival Harvard grads for valuable spots in the US government bureaucracy. I've read several books on the unmitigated cluster f*ck known as the US occupation of Iraq and a common theme was that some half wit from Liberty university with no relevant knowledge would be assigned to rebuild important infrastructure such as water, power, stock exchange,... and would piss away billions accomplishing nothing but more pissed off Iraqis.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 18:52:04 UTC | #935792

Mr DArcy's Avatar Comment 4 by Mr DArcy

Liberty University? No doubt many a renowned scholar of this esteemed place of higher education will be able to explain Moses' loss of the tablets containing the 10 Commandments, and Joseph Smith's loss of the Golden Plates containing the Book of Mormom?

A fit place for magic underpants indeed!

"What if you're wrong?"

"Well I ain't!"

(Paraphrase of Richard at Liberty a few years ago).

The actual answer was: "What if you're wrong?"

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 19:11:04 UTC | #935797

Cartomancer's Avatar Comment 5 by Cartomancer

Pffft. I usually like to say that it's not a proper University if it was founded after the Twelfth Century (so as to exclude that nasty little poly in the Fens that was granted its charter in 1231).

By such standards, however, this Liberty "University" probably shouldn't even qualify as a late-night petrol station.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 19:11:37 UTC | #935798

TeraBrat's Avatar Comment 6 by TeraBrat

I don't care.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 19:57:44 UTC | #935815

drumdaddy's Avatar Comment 7 by drumdaddy

It is so frustrating that Jerry Falwell can not be rotting in a hell that does not exist, it would be so appropriate for him.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 21:00:45 UTC | #935825

Mr DArcy's Avatar Comment 8 by Mr DArcy

Comment 5 by Cartomancer

Pffft. I usually like to say that it's not a proper University if it was founded after the Twelfth Century (so as to exclude that nasty little poly in the Fens that was granted its charter in 1231).

Come on! Just because you lost the Boat Race, because of a rogue swimmer and a dodgy umpire! Whatever else, I'm sure Cambridge is more at home with the progress of science and knowledge than a place like Liberty will ever be!

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 21:21:32 UTC | #935829

gr8hands's Avatar Comment 9 by gr8hands

Cartomancer, I have always enjoyed your posts (along with others), and I am wondering if you do your own blog/website, or have a book/ebook out there with more of your wonderful writing?

(Just a side note, the University of Chicago, established 1892. An extraordinary number of Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences have been awarded to University of Chicago faculty members, students, or researchers at some point in their careers. Rivalling any other University.)

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 21:26:14 UTC | #935831

Neodarwinian's Avatar Comment 10 by Neodarwinian

Liberty " University?!?!?" "

What won't this man do to be President? I thought they hated Mormons down Liberty way.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 21:39:37 UTC | #935835

ZenDruid's Avatar Comment 11 by ZenDruid

Comment 10 by Neodarwinian

Liberty " University?!?!?" "

What won't this man do to be President? I thought they hated Mormons down Liberty way.

Haven't you heard? Ever since Obama's contraception thing, they're all Cat holics.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 21:56:20 UTC | #935841

QuestioningKat's Avatar Comment 12 by QuestioningKat

Comment 5 by Cartomancer :

Pffft. I usually like to say that it's not a proper University if it was founded after the Twelfth Century (so as to exclude that nasty little poly in the Fens that was granted its charter in 1231).

By such standards, however, this Liberty "University" probably shouldn't even qualify as a late-night petrol station.

Speaking for North Americans, we say pffft! You nose-up-in-the-air, snobbypants!

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 22:17:38 UTC | #935847

Saganic Rites's Avatar Comment 13 by Saganic Rites

Q'Kat, speaking for the people that gave you your language and are horrified at what you've done to it over there, that should be "Gracious! Such snobbery!'" :-)

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 23:23:14 UTC | #935863

S. Gudmundsson's Avatar Comment 14 by S. Gudmundsson

Comment 1 by crookedshoes :

Liberty University is a very strange place. They have "hugging rules".... You are not permitted to hug for more than 3 seconds.

It's understandable. After all, life begins at infatuation.

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 01:53:03 UTC | #935897

QuestioningKat's Avatar Comment 15 by QuestioningKat

Comment 13 by Saganic Rites :

Q'Kat, speaking for the people that gave you your language and are horrified at what you've done to it over there, that should be "Gracious! Such snobbery!'" :-)

You're right. Who uses "snobby pants" over here? Usually Americans would say something like -"Hey you stuck-up asshole, go F yourself." Gracious!... I'll add that to my list along with words that unnecessarily use the letter "u" as in colour and neighbour.

By the way, if it wasn't for us Germanic people, where would the English language be anyway?

You Brits need to get over the war, that was a long time ago!

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 02:13:29 UTC | #935902

Premiseless's Avatar Comment 16 by Premiseless

Comment 15 by QuestioningKat :

You Brits need to get over the war, that was a long time ago!

You mean the one between Abraham's delusions and the rest of humanity?

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 02:29:25 UTC | #935914

Philster61's Avatar Comment 17 by Philster61

Why isn't he addressing a proper University?

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 02:47:40 UTC | #935928

ShadowMind's Avatar Comment 18 by ShadowMind

Because he doesn't want his audience to be too much smarter than he is, and the local kindergartens were all booked up...

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 03:54:50 UTC | #935942

Stafford Gordon's Avatar Comment 19 by Stafford Gordon

Unless I'm mistaken, there's a passage in The Holy Bible which refers to camels passing through the eyes of needles and rich people going to heaven; this Romney chap's worth a few pennies I understand.

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 06:25:24 UTC | #935966

mordacious1's Avatar Comment 20 by mordacious1

If Romney is going to win in November, he has to convince the other cults that his cult is similar to theirs. You've got a problem when the other cults look at your beliefs as wacky.

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 07:11:53 UTC | #935971

Baron Scarpia's Avatar Comment 21 by Baron Scarpia

I usually like to say that it's not a proper University if it was founded after the Twelfth Century (so as to exclude that nasty little poly in the Fens that was granted its charter in 1231).

That's a little mistaken, I think. Clearly Oxford was the experimental prototype, with all the faults and flaws such things have. Cambridge was the finished product, after the faults of the design were smoothed out...

However, I can't bring myself to call Liberty Kindergarten a 'university'. I just can't.

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 07:42:43 UTC | #935973

SaganTheCat's Avatar Comment 22 by SaganTheCat

Liberty University is a very strange place. They have "hugging rules".... You are not permitted to hug for more than 3 seconds.

this why i'm proud to be british. we don't need silly rules to refrain from excessive hugging

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 11:16:29 UTC | #935989

rationalmind's Avatar Comment 23 by rationalmind

They really are quite literally the "Christian Taliban". Taliban is the Pashto word for "students"

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 14:54:19 UTC | #936035

prettygoodformonkeys's Avatar Comment 24 by prettygoodformonkeys

If Mitt succeeds in some form of Mormon religious coalition with the Christians, America will become the best place in the world to leave.

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 15:10:48 UTC | #936039

quarecuss's Avatar Comment 25 by quarecuss

Mitt following in the footsteps of those other fine Liberty U commencement speakers of the past, Regan and Bush ...

http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=18495&MID=53438

so predictable

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 16:04:04 UTC | #936049

TIKI AL's Avatar Comment 26 by TIKI AL

I will attend if they can get Elton John to do "Born This Way" for Mitt's entrance.

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 20:44:34 UTC | #936108

the great teapot's Avatar Comment 27 by the great teapot

I believe theology is still taught in oxford and cambridge and how long did both institutes exclude atheists for. Give me a red brick college without such a privileged and bigotted past any day of the week. When your history is so piss poor i wouldn't offer it up as plus point.

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 21:47:28 UTC | #936120

alaskansee's Avatar Comment 28 by alaskansee

@Comment 14 by S. Gudmundsson & Comment 1 by crookedshoes :

Liberty University is a very strange place. They have "hugging rules".... You are not permitted to hug for more than 3 seconds.

It's understandable. After all, life begins at infatuation

Laugh all you like but somewhere in the US a state is drawing up laws preventing teachers teaching "gateway" sexual behaviour such as holding hands and kissing with tongues. I shit you not, does anyone remember what state, I think Arizona but I may be wrong.

@ Daniel Clear

Ha ha. Agreed but I'm still for kissing with tongues!

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 21:56:57 UTC | #936124

caseyg5's Avatar Comment 29 by caseyg5

It is very likely the Romney would be ridiculed at "real" universities for his "severely conservative" views as he calls them. Speaking at Liberty U is somewhat of a right of passage for an ultra-conservative trying to impress the far-right wing. He is not their ideal candidate but they accept him anyway because he is the only candidate with a chance to beat Obama, probably more based upon his vast wealth than anything else.

Sat, 21 Apr 2012 00:28:04 UTC | #936149

caseyg5's Avatar Comment 30 by caseyg5

@Comment 28 by alaskansee, That would be the state of Tennessee. But I'm sure others would follow. To our British friends: Understand that the central and south US has this illness. The Northeast and West coast US have little chance of falling into this pit.

Sat, 21 Apr 2012 00:36:40 UTC | #936153