A number of politicians, including Ronald Reagan, Alan Keyes, Bob Dole and Dan Quayle, have visited the school in the past. John Mc Cain was quick to condemn the appearance because of the school’s intolerance toward Catholics and its policy that forbade interracial relationships.Their appearances didn’t have the same fallout as when presidential hopeful George W. The theory is that mixed breeding could lead to the destruction of earth and disintegration of humankind as we know it, according to Genesis 10 and 11, in which God destroys the Tower of Babel, scattering humans across the globe to prevent them from creating a one-world government. “The university wishes to give God the benefit of the doubt,” explains the BJU Web site. Bob,” as he is affectionately known to students and faculty), made a March 3 appearance on CNN’s “Larry King Live.” During the show, Jones offhandedly remarked, “As of today, we have dropped the [interracial ban].” Three days later, Dr. Although neither of us was sure what BJU defines as a “serious dating relationship,” we figured it was somewhere between first and third base.It then wouldn’t admit any students who were in a mixed-race marriage and created rules to prohibit students from interracial dating.
The issue in the court case was the university’s refusal to allow interracial dating or marriage among students, staff or faculty of the university, a rule it has since abandoned.But the university didn’t seek to reinstate its tax-exempt status until 2014 after Steve Pettit took over as the fifth president in the school’s 90-year history.“Organizing as a tax-exempt entity is something BJU has needed to do for quite some time,” Pettit said.The First Amendment gives Bob Jones University the freedom to create policies and guidelines under which we operate. Bob Jones University is a 73-year-old institution grounded in academic excellence and Biblical doctrine.Our impeccable and respected academic credentials are the envy of many in the academic world.In a March 3 “Letter to the Nation” printed in full-page ads in USA Today and South Carolina’s three biggest newspapers, Dr. So Denise and I hit the campus grounds on foot, tucked and buttoned into our Sunday best and full of ersatz evangelical zeal.
To get the full campus tour, I thought I’d pose as a gung-ho prospective student who, along with my chocolate honey bear, had managed to avoid every single newspaper and television and radio broadcast in the past six weeks. Craig, a senior in the humanities department, meets us at the admissions desk. He slings a blue blazer over his starched-cotton shoulder as we walk.
This is the crux of the issue Bob Jones University faces today.
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.
Reality: This was true at one time in the past (10-15 years or more) when students were not allowed to date to breakfast.
Side note on meals: before 1988, many meals (dinner every weekday, and the Sunday noon meal) were "family-style," meaning you were seated at an assigned table and served as if you were at a restaurant.
As high-profile as BJU tends to be, you are bound to hear some very unusual things.