Christian writer Jonathan Martin was forcibly removed from attending a concert at Liberty University due to his criticism of Trump ally Jerry Falwell, Jr.
An evangelical Christian writer and pastor says he's been banned from the Liberty University campus for criticizing President Jerry Falwell, Jr., a longtime ally of President Donald Trump. The writer, Jonathan Martin, said in a Twitter thread that he was on the campus of Liberty, a private Christian college in Lynchburg, Va., Monday night for a concert by the duo Johnnyswim when he was escorted away by armed campus police.
Liberty University defends itself.
In a lengthy statement, Liberty University said the university welcomes "peaceful debate," and that Martin was removed because officials believed he intended to hold an unauthorized event on campus. The statement said he did not follow protocols for campus events, that such events require advance notice and authorization and that he was seeking publicity.
Earlier Monday evening, Martin had announced his intention to hold a prayer meeting the next morning on the Liberty campus, a Christian University.
That statement followed multiple previous tweets in recent days, where Martin had talked about holding a "peaceful action" on campus to respond to Falwell. He said he had been "overwhelmed" by the interest.
Official Ticket From Liberty University Police
Thread by Jonathan Martin on why spoke out against Liberty University's Jerry Falwell, Jr.