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Liberty University launches new Christian think tank

The school has partnered with Charlie Kirk for the endeavor

Liberty University, the prominent Baptist Christian school in Lynchburg, Virginia, announced this week the creation of a new think-tank meant to promote Judeo-Christian values in the political and cultural realms.

The Lynchburg News & Advance reports that the “Falkirk Center for Faith and Liberty…aims to shape government policies, national institutions and American culture around Judeo-Christian principles.”

The word “Falkirk” is a portmanteau of the names Falwell and Kirk. Jerry Falwell, Jr., is the president of Liberty University; the think tank is being launched as a collaboration between Liberty and Charlie Kirk, the founder of campus conservative organization Turning Point USA.

In a statement, Kirk declared it “an honor to partner with President Jerry Falwell and Liberty University on this purpose-driven mission.”

Both Liberty University and Turning Point USA are well-known locus points of Trump support and activism. Falwell, Jr., has been a vocal supporter of President Trump since early 2016. Charlie Kirk, meanwhile, has been described as “Trump’s man on campus.” Turning Point USA just recently established a chapter at Liberty.

The think tank will operate under close university supervision, The Advance reports:

The nonprofit Falkirk Center, which is named after its co-founders, will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty University and will be based in Lynchburg. The center is funded by the university, which boasts an endowment of nearly $1.5 billion, according to a financial audit released by the school. A director has not yet been named.

“As attacks on traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs grow in frequency and intensity, the need has never been greater for a national revival of our foundational principles throughout our society and institutions in America,” Falwell said in a written statement. “We are delighted that Liberty University can play a part in this mission for Christ and American ideals.”

Kirk said the think tank will be “used to organize an army of believers in faith and liberty.”

Read the report here.

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