KING: All right, the concept that a school -- it is a Christian training, in fact, you call it a traditional, Bible believing Christian place, right? We never have tried to, we have never tried to do that. There have been four, five, six generations of students that graduated from there have never heard this preached in our chapel or taught in our school. KING: But it's a rule, though, they know they can't. I met with the administrators this afternoon before coming here. We don't want this to be a -- here is a great institution, one of the premier academic institutions in America, one of the premier Christian colleges of America. And if all anybody can see is this rule, which we never talk about or preach, which most of our students couldn't even tell you what it is. I said to our administration, you know, guys, this thing is of such insignificance to us, it is so significant to the world at large, the media particularly, why should we have this here as an obstacle?
JONES: Sometimes they have a problem, but you know, people from accredited colleges do, too. One of our graduates recently told me that two years ago he went to the University of Virginia medical school, and I said, how many were in your freshman class? The problem we have today is that our principle is so greatly misunderstood.
The address, probably about 45 minutes in length, was broadcast early in the morning for residents of Greenville, South Carolina (and beyond), who were listening while preparing for the Sunday morning service at their local church. I want you to hear this message through." [To get a sense for what Bob Jones Sr.
The Southern fundamentalist began his address by stressing its significance: "My friends, I am going to bring you today one of the most important and most timely messages I have ever brought. sounded like when delivering a studio address, you can sample the audio below.] In 2008, Stephen Jones--president of the school, son of Bob Jones III and great-grandson of Bob Jones Sr.--issued an apology on behalf of the school, saying (in part): For almost two centuries American Christianity, including BJU in its early stages, was characterized by the segregationist ethos of American culture.
In 1970, the IRS stripped the tax exemption from universities that practiced racial discrimination on any grounds whatsoever.
BJU—along with a Christian academy in North Carolina—sued for reinstatement because it claimed…wait for it…that its "religious liberty" had been violated.
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I have reprinted it below in its entirety, despite some repetitiveness, so that you can read his full case without abridgment.
I disagree strongly with his reasoning here, which is logically, historically, and morally fallacious.
Bob Jones University believes that the Scriptures forbid interracial marriage and dating. From 1971 to May, 1975, taxpayer accepted no applications from unmarried black students, with the exception, since 1973, of staff members who had been at the University four years or longer.
Teachers are required to be "born again" Christians; students are screened as to their religious beliefs and their conduct is strictly regulated.