April 12, 2019 : By Liberty University News Service - Office of Communications & Public Engagement
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Artist and performer Joe Piscopo broadcast his radio show live from the Liberty University campus on Friday morning, joined by Liberty President Jerry Falwell and School of Business Dean and former U.S. Congressman David Brat.
In introducing Falwell on the show, Piscopo called him a “great American and a great man of strong faith” and said what he has done with Liberty University is “second to none.”
The two talked about President Trump’s “tough” leadership in business and the recent signing of the executive order for free speech on campus. Piscopo recognized Falwell as being at the forefront of this issue and asked him what the order means for conservative college students.
“It’s good news for conservative students,” Falwell said. “When I was in college in law school, a lot of liberals would say, I might not agree with you, but you have a right to say it. They don’t say that anymore — they just say to shut up. … That’s why Liberty has prospered so much; It’s because these other schools are running the conservatives off by their totalitarianism,” he said. “I think it’s great. That’s what higher education is supposed to be about, the free expression.”
Throughout the show, which is the No. 1 show on New York City’s AM970, Piscopo shared his impressions of Liberty, calling it a “booming university” and speaking highly of the friendliness and hospitality that he and two of his children had received during the visit. Piscopo posted a picture of himself and his children at Liberty on his Instagram.
“The feel is here, the positive energy is here, the respect is here. I walk down the hallway and everybody is friendly,” Piscopo said.
Falwell said it all started with his father, Liberty founder Jerry Falwell. “He loved people and it was contagious. He hired those kinds of people and attracted those kinds of students, and we’re still attracting those types of students,” he said.” I have visitors all the time say they can’t believe students stopped them on the sidewalk and asked if they needed directions — on most college campuses, they won’t make eye contact with you. It’s something we’re really proud of. It grows out of our faith-based mission here, how to treat other people.”
Piscopo spoke with Brat on defending religious freedoms, the rise of anti-Semitism, and preserving the Judeo-Christian tradition.
“Every great thinker always stayed within the lanes until about the 1960s; now it’s open season on everything that made us great,” Brat said. “Our Jewish brothers and sisters are under attack—we need to come to their defense because Christians are clearly next. You see on the campuses, there’s no freedom of speech, freedom of religion. These are First Amendment things, and unfortunately there’s no appreciation of these first principles.”
When posed the question about how faith plays a role in business education, Brat said there’s a key distinction at Liberty in comparison to other schools. “If you go to Harvard Business School, there’s tons of books but they can’t define what ethics is; they can’t define what the good life is,” he said. “They’ve been fighting that fight for hundreds of years, all the major schools … Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford. The left has a problem with ethics. … If you bring up religion, they’ll laugh you out of the room. At Liberty, it’s totally different, we teach the Bible in worldview classes. If you can’t, as a culture, define what is good, you’re in trouble. The ultimate irony is that the left is winning the ethical argument; they’re calling us haters, and we love them back. That’s how we operate.”
Piscopo replied: “Keep the fight.”