(RNS) — A day after Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University in Virginia, tweeted an image of a face mask depicting figures in blackface and dressed as a Klansman, Christopher House, an online instructor for the university, announced his resignation on Facebook.

House, a Pentecostal pastor and an associate professor of communication studies at Ithaca College, responded to Falwell’s tweet, “As an African American man and Christian pastor, I am horrified and appalled that the president of the largest Christian university in the world would knowingly and intentionally use images that evoke a deep history of racial terror for people of color in the U.S., specifically individuals who look like me, for the purpose of a political statement to the Governor of Virginia.”

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