I hadn’t even heard of the Bob Jones University before today, so perhaps I shouldn’t be too concerned about the position it holds in our society, but then again, I never back down from a chance to take a shot at the religious right and their hypocritical views. So here we go…
Good ol’ Bob Jones University has a pretty impressive web site and on the surface, their university seems to be pretty straightforward: a South Carolina University that offers “Christian young people the best opportunities for spiritual growth, academic training, and Christian service.” Sounds good, I guess.
But anything beyond a simple search on Bob Jones University digs up some of their gloriously Christian and loving beliefs:
- They are no longer a tax-exempt institution because they will not allow interracial relationships. I guess that leaves me in the cold if, for some reason, I wanted to go back to school and get a Comp Sci degree from them. Incidentally, you can see that they don’t hide this fact on their application for admissions. This is the second time they lost their tax-exempt status — in the 1970′s they did for refusing to admit black applicants.
- They’ve banned gay alumni and threatened to have them arrested if they show up on campus.
- My buddy Bobby Jones called Catholicism and Mormonism the “world’s religious deceptions”. Love that tolerance, Bobby!
The reason BJU is in the news right now (and how I found out about them in the first place) is that it’s a typical location for Republicans to campaign in order to gain the vote of the far right. I don’t necessarily have a problem with Conservative viewpoints, but to actually care what these intolerant, racist nutjobs actually think about you, you must be pretty far to the right yourself. I wouldn’t want to be Alan Keyes (who, incidentally, is coming to the BJU campus) — they might not allow him on campus being that he’s a double-doozy: black AND Catholic (the horror!).
Not much else needs to be said, really. Browse through their site for a laugh and then swing by the recent news articles (from Yahoo!, not the BJU site) for the real deal on this Heavenly institution.
(And by the way, Bob Jones III frightens me. Why is it that the religious right always look so evil?) -ram
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