Bob jones university rules on dating
Everything at BJU—from liberal arts classes to daily chapel services—is centered on one thing: preparing you to serve God with your life. I have absolutely enjoyed my time here as a student.
During Bush's appearance at the fundamentalist Christian school last month, the Texas governor told his audience that he shared their views.A fundamentalist Christian University has apologized for racist policies including a one-time ban on interracial dating that wasn't lifted until nine years ago and its unwillingness to admit black students until 1971.Bob Jones University founded in 1927 in South Carolina said its rules on race were shaped by culture instead of the Bible, according to a statement posted Thursday on its Web site. Board of Education ruling found public segregated schools were unconstitutional.Ironically, the policy was not instituted in response to concerns of white parents, but came after an Asian family threatened to sue the school when their son, who was a student at the school, nearly married a white girl. The school lost its tax-exempt status in 1983 after a 13-year battle with the Internal Revenue Service, which said the school's policies violated federal law.The school had justified its ban on interracial dating by saying that God created people differently for a reason. Bush spoke at the school prior to South Carolina's primary.The university has made the right decision."The school banned interracial dating, although it started admitting black students after it lost its tax exemption in 1983 after a 13-year battle with the Internal Revenue Service that cited the school's discrimination.
Earlier Friday, the university used full-page newspaper advertisements in USA Today and South Carolina's largest newspapers to answer some of the national criticism directed at it.
Bush later apologized for failing to criticize the school's anti-Catholic views and racial policies during his visit to the Greenville, S. campus."I'm pleased that they've changed the policy," Bush said Friday while campaigning in New York.
"Right after my speech, I spoke out against the policy.
I said to our administration, ' You know guys, this thing is of such insignificance to us; it's so significant to the world at large. It hurts our graduates; our concern for the cause of Christ; our concern for our graduates; our concern for our testimony; our concern for the school's broader usefulness is greater to us than a rule that we never talk about and it is meaningless to us.
Jon Henry at Please Reconcile has done an excellent, nearly exhaustive job of recounting, line-by-line, the many untruths wrapped up in the LKL interview and in the above statement by Bob Jones III.
Jones told King that the school had no Bible verse to support its ban, and that it was "an insignificant" part of the school's stance against a one-world order.