Finally, most shockingly to those of us raised in the unapologetic culture of fundamentalism, Bob Jones III appeared on CNN’s “Larry King Live” to announce the school was dropping its interracial dating ban.
The grandson of the school’s founder and president of the university, Jones explained to King that the ban, which had cost the school its tax exempt status in 1983, was part of the school’s resistance to “one world order.” Part of Biblical literalist doctrine, “one world order” is believed to signify the end of time, as governments, religions, and races come together and the antichrist appears on Earth.
“And I reject the politics of those who try to pit one group of Americans against another, of those who try to divide us based upon our race or based upon our faith.” Jeb Bush, a converted Catholic and governor of Florida, then came to his brother’s defense on “The Today Show,” offering examples of other politicians who had addressed audiences with whom their values didn’t align.
The governor added he would be willing to speak there as well (fast forward 15 years, there’s no word of a Bush-Bob Jones sequel).
Sometimes it takes actually seeing things written down to make them “real” to those of us who weren’t actually at the school when this policy was in effect. I read this handbook from 1995-96 and literally felt like I needed to throw up.
Me too…It’s amazing how many decades after our country passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 it took for BJU to come around to racial equality.
“When I go to speak to voters, I don’t necessarily have to embrace the policies of the university,” he said.
In 2008, the university estimated the number of its graduates at 35,000, in 2017, 40,000.About Hemant Mehta Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on You Tube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. Steve Pettit and Carl Abrams talked about Bob Jones University, a Christian liberal arts college at the center of a Supreme Court Case about civil rights and religious liberty.grew increasingly concerned about the secularization of higher education and the influence of religious liberalism in denominational colleges.Children of church members were attending college, only to reject the faith of their parents.