Liberty University Hires Open Homosexual Advocate to Choreograph ‘Mary Poppins’ Production

GoldbergLYNCHBURG, Va. — Liberty University, which is considered the world’s largest Christian university and whose motto is ‘training champions for Christ,’ has hired an open homosexual advocate to choreograph its upcoming Broadway-style presentation of Mary Poppins.

The university recently published an article regarding the production, which it celebrates as being the school’s “largest to date.” The article notes that Alluvion Stage Company, an arm of the university’s Department of Theater Arts, “has hired a guest music director, a flight director, and a Broadway choreographer” to assist with the presentation.

“We are very excited to have all of these guest artists join us … They bring a whole new level of excellence,” stated artistic director Linda Nell Cooper. “Our goal with Alluvion is for every show to raise the bar somehow; they have helped us to do that.”

The selected choreographer is Geoffrey Goldberg, a New York City-based artist who has been involved with professional theater for over a decade, and traveled the country for five years assisting with the production of Mary Poppins, among others.

Goldberg’s bio on his website outlines that in addition to being involved with productions such as Grease, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Yankee Doodle, Goldberg also recently directed and choreographed a new musical entitled Bradley Cole. An online review of the musical explains that “Bradley Cole is enriched with contemporary issues such as … shame and confusion over same-sex attraction.” It outlines the plot, where “Ian is secretly, repressively, in love with Ben,” although one of his female friends expresses interest in him.

GoldbergGoldberg’s social media pages also indicate his support and advocacy for the homosexual agenda, posting “Happy pride, everyone” in June of last year, which was designated as Homosexual Pride Month by Barack Obama. Goldberg is also a member of the Facebook group Marriage Equality New York.

Goldberg’s Pinterest page likewise features a board dedicated to weddings, which includes pins for “gay wedding cake toppers,” “custom modern groom invitations for gay weddings or same-sex ceremonies” and a “gay wedding cake” with rainbow stripes.

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Director Linda Nell Cooper told Christian News Network that Alluvian/Liberty University was not aware of Goldberg’s beliefs about homosexuality, but stated that one’s “personal life” is not a factor in the hiring process.

“He was hired based on his professionalism and his talent like everyone else,” Cooper explained. “It never came up in the conversation, nor would it have. … We do not ask about their personal life.”

“We work under professional guidelines. No one knows anything about anyone’s personal lives,” she reiterated.

Liberty University is not new to controversy surrounding the issue of homosexuality. As previously reportedThe Atlantic published an essay last year written by Liberty University graduate Brandon Ambrosino, in which the former student outlined his personal experience of coming out as a homosexual on campus.

“When people find out I underwent therapy at Jerry Falwell’s Christian college, they assume I went through something like gay reparative therapy. But that isn’t what happened,” he wrote in the piece, entitled Being Gay at Jerry Falwell’s University. “I saw two counselors at Liberty … and neither of them ever expressed an interest in ‘curing’ me. Did they have an agenda? Yes. Their goal, which they were very honest about, was to help me to like myself, and to find peace with the real Brandon.”

Ambrosino went on to enroll as a graduate student in Liberty’s seminary program.

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  • Katrina

    Jesus himself allowed a known prostitute to wash his feet and apply perfume that she had apparently purchased with money earned through the profession of prostitution to them… those of you in this discussion who think you know how Jesus would handle this situation may need to step back an reevaluate…there were people in that room who objected violently then too. All Jesus is interested in is saving souls from hell not protecting the saved from the “defiled”! You won’t somehow become defiled by being exposed to someone who has not embraced the truth if you yourself know the truth. Relax. They are the one in danger of being changed not YOU! If your Christianity can somehow be defiled by the presence of an unsaved person then all you really have is a form of religion and not the saving grace of Jesus Christ! Greater is He that is in YOU than he that is in the world. Remember? This man’s beliefs have no power over you if you truly believe and have Christ in you. Submit yourselves therefore unto God, resist the devil and he will flee from you. If you are submitted to God and the enemy tries to come in with a false teaching He can not prevail. Why are you all so afraid of the beliefs of one unsaved man?

    • Bob L.

      you have to be a beautiful Christian, a person with a deep faith and a passionate heart for Christ. It shows in your writings. Blessings and abundant ones too…

    • Will

      Mary Magdalene was a repentant sinner, and Jesus forgave her… She had repented and was
      performing a legitimate unsinful service… an unrepentant gay man doing work in the entertainment industry for a Christian community is apples and oranges…

  • justme

    So, they have that much money to hire three people to do a stupid show that does nothing for God’s ministry?
    are you kidding?
    so he is to just do this show? Or other Christian shows?
    would your hire a Muslim to do a show about Jesus?
    read the Koran, it calls us indfidels and syas that anyone believing that God is three should be put to death.
    at a Christian University?
    Catholic? They serve Mary and Jesus the same and that is heresy.
    voodo priest? Do I have to explain that one?
    an atheist? Need I say more?
    I’m doing a festival ..a worldy job …most of us work in the world and with the world ..correct? But we are not part of it.
    I will invite them to church.
    but how can I hire them to lead the chorus at church? Where everything is done to praise the God, His Son and Holly Spirit, this is reserved for believers, no matter how great a job…it is a leadership position.
    this guy’s j.o.b. Is definitely a leading position.

    we are to teach and show them the way, just as someone taught us.
    not the other way round.
    he is a gay lifestyle , gay marriage, gay advocate.
    leading our young Christians, some who may even be confused about their own sexual lifestyle.
    and he will be welcoming and spreading his beliefs….u think not?

    if you disagree then maybe you should reread the new testament.

  • justme

    The prostitute, adulterer , tax collecter repented from their sins.
    Jesus preached and love them but he did not place them to do His work.
    never did he do that.unless they repented and professed God!!
    they are using Christians money given to do the work of God.
    God’s money to place someone to do his work…yes , the play is senseless too..mary popina? Ridiculous but anyways. I can get over that.
    its progressiveness gone array.
    can we get back to our first love please?

  • Elizabeth

    I believe most are missing a very important point and that is that lately it seems that Christiam ministries are crumbling under the homosexual agenda of pushing this lifestyle as “normal”. There lies the problem. Would Liberty purposely hire a heterosexual who calls him/herself a Christian who is living with another, not being married, or a drunkard, or a thief or an adulterer and so on and place them in a teaching position even if only temporarily? I am sure there are homosexual students on their campus and the love of Christ should be extended with the truth of this sin along with sin in general being explained. Jesus loved the sinner, but NEVER condoned the sin. In fact he sent them off and said sin no more! I am truly disappointed in yet another once strong organization and advocate for truth, wimping out on Christ’s principles.

  • Dr. Jerry Falwell would roll over in his grave, there were homosexuals in his day, did he ever hire one ? We are to witness to them not fellowship with them. I can hardly believe what I am reading from people that claim to know Jesus as their Savior. Truly we are in the last days. Yes, we should witness to him, yes, we should love him. If he refuses to accept Christ as his Savior, we are to shake the dust off and move on.

    • MSmith

      Jerry Falwell actually did hire at least one….the preacher who wrote his biography. So there!

      • Bob L.

        and I do believe Brother Jerry has a gay family member living in Lynchburg, a loving person…

  • Christi

    Just thought I would share a response from another discussion about this topic:

    Homer Massey

    Associate Professor at Liberty University

    The director, Linda Nell Cooper, has stated that he is a guest artist, not hired for any other reason, and certainly is not an “instructor.” Asking about his homosexuality wasn’t part of the vetting process for a guest artist, and Ms. Cooper didn’t know about it prior to this report. I don’t necessarily like it, but I resent the implication that this individual is an “instructor.” I’ve served on committees that interview faculty and this wouldn’t happen.

  • earl coker

    There is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that the woman was a prostitute.

  • Sherri Ellmore


    • Bob L.

      Judge not, lest ye be judged!

  • Nelson H Keener

    It is egregiously offensive to equate gays with prostitutes and adulterers. (Referring to one of the comments above.) This experience can be valuable for Liberty Univ students as well Mr. Goldberg. He will see that most conservative Christian young people are not judgmental or prejudiced toward gays; students will see that gays are caring folks just like themselves. Please, Liberty admin, do not “cave” on this one.

    • Bob L.

      Nelson, you are absolutely right. over the years I have had the honor to know many gay men and women who are faithful Christians and are good witnesses to others .. Doug Oldem once told me at a conference I attended, “You have given me hope and strength in my Christian walk and have helped me to be more loving to gay people.”
      I knew after my talk with him, that we both had touched the heart of God… Blessings to you Nelson!

  • Bob L.

    from Andy “Let’s realize that God’s Grace is more powerful than our hatred, and if we truly have venom in our hearts for this one type of person, are we ‘really’ one of His?”

    another person commented “King James of the Bible translation, he himself was a known homosexual” and yet we accept his work into our lives…

  • Jeffrey

    First off the article never says he is gay only that he is a supporter of the homosexual community. Second, wasn’t the Christain community up in arms this past week that Mozila Firefox showed the door to their newly hired CEO after finding out about his support of traditional marriage?

    The options are to play the same “Be tolerant of everyone as long as they think like me” game that the left plays. Or to hold yourself to higher standard.

    To often the Christian community tries to play both sides of the card and then wonder why the world refuses to respect them.

    Whether or not the administration was aware of this mans social network prior to his hiring. I am proud to call myself an alumni of Liberty University and proud that they are choosing to hold themselves to a hire standard instead of capitulating to the close minded bigotry that is so readily accepted by the Church as a whole.

  • The point on arguing from silence has already been made. I’d like to add that pedophilia is not explicitly mentioned in Scripture, but that does not mean that the Bible does not address pedophilia by way of inference.

    Jeffrey assumes that biblical Christianity supports the same standard of tolerance as the world. No. Jesus said He was The way, The Truth, The Life – there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. When it comes to absolute morality – I don’t even pretend to be tolerant because such is self-defeating to the position of absolute morality.

    Moral authority always flows downward, not up. For example, a hierarchal flow of authority is present within the Trinity wherein authority sequentially flows downward from the Father, through the Spirit, and then the Son. Though considered equal persons of the Godhead, even a casual reader of the Gospels can plainly see that the Son submitted himself to the authority of the Father. Likewise, men and women are co-equal in their personhood though marriage creates a hierarchy of authority. Humanity symbolically mimics the flow of authority within the Trinity and it is expressed between the union of man and woman, flowing downward towards children. In other words, when God created humanity, a natural flow of authority was built into the first family unit and this flow can be intuitively discerned.

    Though marriage between opposite sexes is vindicated by the very design required to sustain the human race, godly principles regarding authority flow dictates the combinations that those unions can and cannot take. For example, when people deviated from God’s original design for a family unit, why was two men married to one woman, polyandry, never permitted? The answer is that since males are ordained by God to be the head of the household, polyandry creates a two-headed monster. Because polyandry would create a multi-headed monstrosity, two or more men concurrently married to the same woman has never been permitted by any ancient civilized nation, regardless how pagan the nation had become (The Celts were not a civilized nation. Both the Greeks and Romans viewed them as a sprawling loose network of barbarians.)
    How would the flow of authority work if two men married the same woman to create a threesome? When the woman gives birth, how would authority over that child flow? If the men are identical twins, today’s DNA testing would not even be able to tell who the father is over the child. Thus, by nature we know that polyandry is confusion and should not be tolerated as being in any fashion like God’s ordained family structure. This truth is even more poignant when consideration is given to the fact that God commissioned men over families to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 9:1). This natural flow of authority against a two-headed monster also nullifies same sex unions: such are an aberration to godly authority flow within society.
    In contrast, why has two women married to one man, polygyny, been allowed in the past by God? The distinction is that polygyny, one man married to more than one woman, does not violate God’s ordained flow of authority. Polygyny has one male head of the household from which normal familial authority springs. Monogamy was God’s ideal given in the Garden of Eden and its preeminence was again settled in First Timothy 3:2 and Titus 1:6 as being the sole pattern to hold up as an example (Except for the desire to become a bishop, most of the other pastoral qualifications are qualities that every man is expected to aspire towards as he becomes a mature Christian).

    Liberty University is suffering from mission drift. Mary Poppins? Really? Is this the best training champions for Christ can do?