Jerry Falwell Jr. will take an indefinite leave of absence from Liberty University after posting a racy photo to social media.
On his vacation Fallwell’s pants were unzipped, his stomach was hanging out, and he is standing next to a woman with her pants open.
He later deleted the photo.
The school issued a brief statement saying that the executive committee of Liberty’s board of trustees met Friday and requested that Falwell take leave.
On Thursday, Rep. Mark Walker a Southern Baptist minister and former Liberty instructor and vice chairman of the powerful House Republican Caucus, called for Falwell’s resignation, citing several recent scandals, writing on Twitter,
“Jerry Falwell Jr’s ongoing behavior is appalling. I’m convinced Falwell should step down.”
Bible teacher Beth Moore wrote,
“I just want everybody to zip up their pants is all.”
Speaking to the Lynchburg, Va., radio station WLNI, Falwell said the woman in the photo was his “wife’s assistant” — and, he said, the inspiration for undoing his pants zipper and exposing his stomach.
“She’s pregnant, so she couldn’t get her pants up.
And I had on a pair of jeans that I hadn’t worn in a long time, so I couldn’t get mine zipped, either. And so I just put my belly out like hers.”
“She’s a sweetheart and I should never have put it up and embarrassed her.”
There is also video from the party where the notorious pants photo was taken that has also surfaced.
The video is supposed to be a parody intro to the show Trailer Park Boys, highlighting each of the partygoers dressed up as a different character, with Falwell as “Julian.”
It shows guests getting drunk, dancing, lounging around, and pretending to smoke cigarettes. In the background of one shot are a bunch of empty red Solo cups one might find at a college house party.
All of this is pretty ironic given that Liberty University prohibits alcohol consumption for all students, on or off campus.
“We were on vacation. And, anyway, long story short it was just in good fun. That’s it.
I’ve apologized to everybody. And I’ve promised my kids I’m going to try to be–I’m gonna try to be a good boy from here on out.”
Falwell’s father, Jerry Falwell Sr., was a prominent Southern Baptist pastor who co-founded the once-influential Moral Majority, a group that pushed for conservative politics. After his death, his sons succeeded him.
Paul Rudnick FTW…