Bob jones university against interracial dating
After a 13-year legal fight, the university lost its tax exemption in 1983. Bush of Texas, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. Bush's opponents, Republicans and Democrats alike, faulted him for not taking the opportunity to speak out against the dating ban and the statements on the Catholic faith. It was wrong to begin with, and that's why I spoke out against the ban when I was asked about it at a news conference immediately after my visit there.And as late as Wednesday, the university was attempting to explain the ban on interracial dating according to its belief that the Bible teaches that God does not want a unified and undifferentiated world.'' God made racial differences as he made gender differences,'' said a statement the university posted on its Internet site. Tonight, the school has done the right thing.'' In a paid advertisement that Bob Jones took out today in USA Today and in South Carolina newspapers, the university said it did not hate Catholics, but asserted that a ''wide gulf'' existed between Catholic and Protestant beliefs."In so doing, we failed to accurately represent the Lord and to fulfill the commandment to love others as ourselves. Though no known antagonism toward minorities or expressions of racism on a personal level have ever been tolerated on our campus, we allowed institutional policies to remain in place that were racially hurtful." The school, which has about 5,000 students, banned interracial dating until 2000. Bush was criticized in 2000 for a campaign speech at the school while the interracial dating ban was in place.
The university was not affiliated with any particular religious denomination but was committed to the teaching and propagation of fundamentalist religious doctrine.After the IRS published Ruling 71–447, university officials accepted applications from African Americans who were married to spouses of the same race but continued to deny admission to unmarried African Americans.Following the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal’s 1975 decision in prohibiting private institutions from excluding minorities, Bob Jones University again revised its policy and permitted single African American students to enroll while implementing a strict rule that prohibited interracial dating and marriage.But, the statement added, when God stopped humans from building the Tower of Babel, a story told in Genesis, God did so to prevent them from creating ''one-world government.'''' Based on this biblical account (Genesis 10 and 11),'' the statement said, ''the university wishes to give God the benefit of any doubt and avoid pursuing any direction that would give assistance to the renewed efforts of man to create a one-world community consisting of one religion, one economy, one government and one race.'' Despite its stance, the university has admitted interracial married couples. Jones said that although the principle on which the university's former ban was based remained important, the ban itself was ''meaningless to us.'' In its Internet statement, the university described Catholic beliefs as a ''false system,'' but asserted that it loved Catholics as people and wanted to convert them. In the advertisements, the university contended that it was being falsely accused in news reports as a haven for bigotry.Instead, it said that the real issue in the controversy was the university's constitutional right to its religious freedom.