Bob Jones U. Apologizes For Racism

At Bob Jones University, a strict code of ethics was observed and black students only date among themselves. This ban on interracial dating along with other racially discriminatory practices resulted in BJU losing their tax exempt status. United States, U. AP Photo, used with permission from the Associated Press. In this case, consolidated with Goldsboro Christian Schools, Inc. This new interpretation of section c 3 followed a federal district court injunction preventing the IRS from granting exempt status to private schools in Mississippi that practiced racial discrimination in admissions. In , the IRS notified Bob Jones University of South Carolina, Goldsboro Christian Schools of North Carolina, and some other private Christian educational institutions that to maintain or receive tax-exempt status, they would have to modify racially discriminatory admissions and association policies.

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The move comes after widespread criticism of the policy in the wake of presidential candidate George W. Bush’s campaign appearance at the school. Jones surprised students and supporters by announcing the policy change during an interview on CNN’s “Larry King Live. Ironically, the policy was not instituted in response to concerns of white parents, but came after an Asian family threatened to sue the school when their son, who was a student at the school, nearly married a white girl.

BJU did not admit black students until the s. The school lost its tax-exempt status in after a year battle with the Internal Revenue Service, which said the school’s policies violated federal law. The school had justified its ban on interracial dating by saying that God created people differently for a reason. George W. Bush spoke at the school prior to South Carolina’s primary. Although other candidates have spoken at BJU over the years without incident, the appearance by Bush was portrayed by political foe John McCain as an endorsement of the school’s extreme beliefs, including its prohibition on interracial dating and its anti-Catholic views.

Bush subsequently made it clear that he does not share the school’s controversial views, and apologized for missing an opportunity to speak against bigotry during his visit to BJU. Haskins said Bob Jones III is serious about trying to reconcile deep spiritual convictions with a changing social and political landscape.

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Jones said the extraordinary national scrutiny the school has received since George W. Bush made a campaign appearance led to the move. Bush appeared at the school last month and later apologized for failing to criticize the school’s anti-Catholic views and racial policies.

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Bob Jones University. South Caroliniana Library. Hard hit by the Great Depression, the school relocated to Cleveland, Tennessee, in and then to its present campus in Greenville, South Carolina, in Enrollment in some undergraduate and graduate majors has remained around five thousand since the s. Maintaining distance from all falsehood is, for separatist fundamentalism, essential to securing the purity of the faith.

Hence, Bob Jones, Jr. While striving for an academic excellence fortified by this sense of spiritual purity, the university has maintained strict codes of conduct governing relations between the sexes and leisure behavior, even when students are off campus. Participation in most secular forms of entertainment is prohibited.

Although highly critical of popular culture, BJU has developed strong academic programs in communications media, ranging from music to cinema, and is noted for the high quality of its operatic and theatrical productions.

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Ban on interracial dating behind Supreme Court decision to drop the IRS revoking Bob Jones University’s tax-exempt status was legal.

Bob Jones University BJU is a private , non-denominational evangelical university in Greenville, South Carolina , United States , known for its conservative cultural and religious positions. In , the university estimated the number of its graduates at 35,; in , 40, Jones recalled that in , his friend William Jennings Bryan had leaned over to him at a Bible conference service in Winona Lake, Indiana , and said, “If schools and colleges do not quit teaching evolution as a fact, we are going to become a nation of atheists.

Jones said that although he had been averse to naming the school after himself, his friends overcame his reluctance “with the argument that the school would be called by that name because of my connection with it, and to attempt to give it any other name would confuse the people”. Bob Jones took no salary from the college and helped support the school with personal savings and income from his evangelistic campaigns. Both time and place were inauspicious. The Florida land boom had peaked in , and a hurricane in September further reduced land values.

The Great Depression followed hard on its heels. Bob Jones College barely survived bankruptcy and its move to Cleveland, Tennessee in In the same year, the college also ended participation in intercollegiate sports.

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Then, for a year period, interracial dating was prohibited. Now the university has announced that its polices were wrong. Lost in the spectacular news accounts of the election of a black man as president of the United States is another event — this time in higher education — that stands as a milestone in racial progress.

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State and federal laws sometimes come into conflict with religious practices, as Reynolds v. United States , , the so-called “Mormon polygamy” case, clearly showed. When religious beliefs and practices protected by the 1st Amendment conflict with the law, which side should take precedence? In what situations does government have the authority to declare that religious institutions are not tax-exempt? The composition of the Court that would consider these and other questions in Bob Jones University v.

United States had not changed since the Island Trees decision. Brennan, Jr. About half of the school’s 5, students, from kindergarten through college and graduate school, were studying for the ministry or some other Christian service. As a private, religious school, Bob Jones University accepted no federal, State, or local funding. Nor, as a tax-exempt, charitable organization under Section c 3 of the Tax Code, did it pay any taxes.

The school’s administration believed that the Bible prohibited dancing, movies, jazz, and rock music, as well as interracial dating and marriage. These beliefs were enforced through a code of student conduct. Between and , only married African American couples could be admitted.

Bob Jones University ends ban on interracial dating

Jones, in an appearance on the CNN program “Larry King Live,” said that he had asked the university’s board this afternoon to end the policy. In his remarks, Mr. Jones, grandson of the university’s founder, provided only a brief explanation, saying the decision was based on a perception that criticism over the policy was threatening to obscure the university’s Christian mission. Jones added: “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?

A fundamentalist Christian University has apologized for racist policies including a one-time ban on interracial dating that wasn’t lifted until nine.

In No. Because of this admissions policy, the IRS revoked the University’s tax-exempt status. After paying a portion of the federal unemployment taxes for a certain taxable year, the University filed a refund action in Federal District Court, and the Government counterclaimed for unpaid taxes for that and other taxable years. Holding that the IRS exceeded its powers in revoking the University’s tax-exempt status and violated the University’s rights under the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment , the District Court ordered the IRS to refund the taxes paid and rejected the counterclaim.

The Court of Appeals reversed. After paying a portion of such taxes for certain years, Goldsboro filed a refund suit in Federal District Court, and the IRS counterclaimed for unpaid taxes. The Court of Appeals affirmed.

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Bush’s visit to the fundamentalist Christian school. He said he met with administrators earlier in the day and decided to end the policy, because “I don’t want to hurt the church of Jesus Christ. The South Carolina university was thrust into the political spotlight last month when Bush gave a speech to the 6, member student body. Bush has since said he regretted not speaking out more forcefully. It was wrong to begin with,” Bush said in a written statement. In the weeks following Bush’s visit, GOP rival John McCain called the policy “idiotic,” lashed Bush for not criticizing the university sooner and launched a phone drive in Michigan targeting Catholic voters that drew attention to Bush’s visit to Bob Jones, whose founders also have called Catholicism a “cult.

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Bush, when he went there during his campaign in South Carolina for the Republican presidential nomination. The fundamentalist university, which has awarded an honorary doctorate to the Rev Ian Paisley, had earlier removed a ban on inter-racial dating following the controversy over Mr Bush’s visit. His rival for the Republican nomination, Senator John McCain, had rebuked Mr Bush for not speaking out against the university’s anti-Catholic stance and the dating ban. The president, Bob Jones III, grandson of the founder, surprised the staff and students when he announced in a TV interview several weeks ago that he had ended the ban on inter-racial dating on the campus.

However, on the college Website Mr Jones continued to say that “the diminution of evangelistic enterprise to cults which call themselves Christian, including Catholicism and Mormonism, is frightening”. This passage has now been dropped from the Website. During the controversy, Mr Jones said in a written response: “If there are those who wish to charge us with being anti-Catholicism, we plead guilty.

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