Move over, Harvard law: Now enrolling for right wingers

By Mark Follman
Published August 18, 2004 4:19PM (EDT)

If the Bush administration has been frustrated by Democratic lawmakers in its efforts to stack the nation's courts with right-wing judges, Rev. Jerry Falwell hopes to help Bush's cause -- from the other side of the bench. The Chicago Tribune reports that the religious leader is opening a law school this month at his Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., intending to swell the ranks of attorneys who will fight for conservative causes.

"We want to infiltrate the culture with men and women of God who are skilled in the legal profession," Falwell said. "We'll be as far to the right as Harvard is to the left."

The top issues on the legal training agenda? Abortion rights and gay marriage, says Falwell. Classes start August 23.

Mark Follman

Mark Follman is Salon's deputy news editor. Read his other articles here.

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