Bob Jones offers a caring, Christian message for national healing

God love him. This is a letter he wrote to our president; no wonder Bob Jones University is renowned worldwide for its tolerance, compassion and love.

In your re-election, God has graciously granted Americaโ€”though she doesn’t deserve itโ€”a reprieve from the agenda of paganism. You have been given a mandate.

….Don’t equivocate. Put your agenda on the front burner and let it boil. You owe the liberals nothing. They despise you because they despise your Christ. Honor the Lord, and He will honor you.

….Undoubtedly, you will have opportunity to appoint many conservative judges and exercise forceful leadership with the Congress in passing legislation that is defined by biblical norm regarding the family, sexuality, sanctity of life, religious freedom, freedom of speech, and limited government. You have four yearsโ€”a brief time onlyโ€”to leave an imprint for righteousness upon this nation that brings with it the blessings of Almighty God.

Now, where is Bob Jones University located? I forget….

Via Kevin.

Update: Poorman points out that Jones has infinitely more praise for shrub than for the pope, beginning a letter he wrote in 1978 with the line,

Pope Paul VI, archpriest of Satan, a deceiver and an anti-Christ, has, like Judas, gone to his own place.”

Wow.

Okay, Update No. 2: I just got an email from a reader:

I have an online friend who attended BJU for one semester before dropping out (she left the university, got into a car accident, suffered severe brain damage and ended up homeless… and her family laughed at her, telling her it was God’s will because she left BJU.) Anyway, she writes good stories about the weirdness of BJU from time to time, and just posted one a few days ago.

Be sure to visit that site! Here’s how the post starts:

This is the building the “dating parlor” is in at Bob Jones University. Yes, that is where you go if you are on a date or are studying with your boyfriend or girlfriend (they must be of the opposite sex and their skin color must match yours). There are people there to supervise you and make sure that you have no physical contact. There is a 6″ rule. you must be 6 inches apart at all times. They sit and stare into each others eyes for hours. That is all. how romantic is that???? It’s sick. and it’s a real weird feeling to walk into a room and have a dozen people staring at each other in the eyes. You cant touch each other because touching leads to hugging which leads to kissing which leads to sex. Sex is bad unless you are using it to reproduce little fundies.

Thank you, emailer!

I can’t believe this has anything to do with Jesus’ vision of what Christianity should be. It’s a puritan American aberration, a sickness that flies in the face of nature and being human.

The Discussion: 11 Comments

And remember, interracial dating at BJU is expressly forbidden…

November 11, 2004 @ 1:48 pm | Comment

BJU is located in Greenville, South Carolina. It’s reknown for its fundamentalistic Christian extremes. Surprisingly, the campus has a great Raphael art museum or did when I went there on a field trip as junior high school student in 1972. I conjecture that if you’re enrolled there, you know what to expect–they don’t hide their extreme psychotic fundamentalistic conservatism. Now, those folks really scare me! I don’t see them as representative of the South or of Christianity. I do see them as just plain nutty. But damn, someone gives them money for their campus, and that too, scares me.

November 11, 2004 @ 4:25 pm | Comment

I’m just curious, but where in the bible does it ban inter-racial dating? Ironically, maybe the fundies should start pushing for a no-divorce amendment. Considering that gay marriage isn’t destroying heterosexual marriage, they might want to actually focus on the real problem.

November 11, 2004 @ 6:42 pm | Comment

Richard:

I used to work with a lawyer who from a fundimentalist family who went to Bob Jones as an undergrad, and ended up living with his boyfriend in the Village in NYC, so there’s hope. . . .

But Jesus, can you imagine what BJU must have been like for him?

November 11, 2004 @ 10:18 pm | Comment

There is a 6″ rule.

It’s a good thing the poster explained what that meant. I had visions of pants down, rulers out… ๐Ÿ™‚

November 11, 2004 @ 11:42 pm | Comment

Forbidding interracial dating??? These people shouldn’t even have the right to call themselves christians. Nowhere in the Bible is it written that interracial dating is a sin!!! But they probably don’t even open the Bible anymore, so full of their self-righteousness.
Whatever happened to “you shall love your neighbour as yourself”, huh????

November 12, 2004 @ 1:25 am | Comment

I wonder what they think of Clarence Thomas? His wife is white.

November 12, 2004 @ 3:34 am | Comment

Would Bob Jones be related to the late Rev Jim Jones?

November 12, 2004 @ 4:16 am | Comment

Conrad, that’s a great story. I’m surprised your friend lived to tell about it — I can’t imagine a gay person surviving 4 years at that place.

And in case anyone here doesn’t know, where did our beloved president choose to kick off his 2000 South Carolina primary campaign?

November 12, 2004 @ 7:04 am | Comment

As the song goes, “you gotta dance with who brung ya, swing with who swung ya…”

That, incidentally, was a big hit at the gay country dance bars I used to go to with my SO. But it also describes what Li’l George is gonna have to do if he wants to keep his buddies like Bob Jones happy.

November 12, 2004 @ 7:53 am | Comment

looks like racists masquesrading as christians to me.

November 14, 2004 @ 8:38 am | Comment

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