Liberty University’s Choice of Commencement Speaker Should Not Surprise Us

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Last week Secretary of State Mike Pompeo berated a female reporter, cursed at her, and belittled her intelligence.  Then he issued a press-release calling her a liar and belittling her intelligence again.  And then he tweeted a scripture verse calling her a liar and suggesting that she is a fool.

One might expect that a Christian college would condemn Pompeo’s behavior in the same way I did in this post.

But at Jerry Falwell Jr.’s Liberty University, this kind of behavior qualifies Pompeo as the university’s 2020 commencement speaker.

Here is the press release:

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell announced Monday, Jan. 27, that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will address the Class of 2020 during May 9’s Commencement ceremony. 

Pompeo joined the Trump Administration April 6, 2018, when he was sworn in as Secretary of State. He previously served as the Director of the CIA, CEO of Thayer Aerospace, and President of Sentry International. 

Pompeo, a former U.S. Army officer, patrolled the Iron Curtain as a cavalry officer before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The West Point and Harvard Law graduate served four terms as a congressman for Kansas’ 4th District and has one son with his wife, Susan, according to

Falwell said Pompeo defends foundational American freedoms and understands and supports the faith community and mission of Liberty University. 

“Secretary Pompeo is a man who leads our nation with excellence and with a passion for protecting our citizens at home and abroad,” Falwell said to Liberty News. “We have been privileged to welcome many of our nation’s greatest leaders to Liberty’s stage, and we are looking forward to hearing from another as Secretary Pompeo inspires our graduates to make their own marks on the world as Champions for Christ.”

Pompeo joins the ranks of the national leaders who addressed graduates at previous Liberty Commencement ceremonies, including Vice President Mike Pence (2019), former President Jimmy Carter (2018) and President Donald Trump (2017).