n November 2012, Bob Jones University, the longtime flagship institution of fundamentalism, announced it had hired GRACE (short for Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment), an independent group of evangelical lawyers, pastors, and psychologists, to investigate the university’s handling of sexual-abuse and -harassment reports.
Bob Jones officials said they were taking the step after watching the pedophilia scandal unfold at Pennsylvania State University the previous year.
But it was consistent with the school's general message as articulated by its leaders, its rules for student life, and its areas of study: Don't trust anything you hear off campus.
At the University bookstore (located right next door to "Great Awakenings" coffee shop), for instance, pamphlets about the Freemasons and the "the facts" about the Roman Catholic church are sprinkled in amongst anti-Darwin screeds and American exceptionalist tracts.
I know they hate when we draw parallels, but Christian schools across the country say the same thing about homosexual relationships now.
How long will it be before most Christians are as ashamed of their current stance on gay rights as they are looking at that handbook with the interracial ban?
The leader of the South Carolina National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said the civil rights group welcomed the statement.
So much for "divide and conquer." I'm not sure this explanation actually makes the policy any more palatable; if anything, I'd say racial fears become a lot more dangerous when they're enveloped into a grand, unifying theory of how the world is going to end.Bush have traveled to the self-described "fundamentalist" outpost to pander to the Christian right, all the while pleading ignorance to its institutional opposition to Catholicism ("a Satanic counterfeit") and its longstanding ban on interracial dating.The dating policy was reversed in 2000 (provided you have parental consent and a chaperone, of course), but the school still has a pretty detailed personal conduct code, which bans, among other things, phones that have Internet access, "contemporary Christian music," Gmail, and "posters of movie and music stars." I stopped by BJU on Tuesday hoping to speak with some current students about what brought them there (the art program is supposed to be excellent), how they like the school, and what they make of the school's not-so-distant history.The interracial dating ban was lifted in March 2000, not long after the policy became an issue in the Republican presidential primary. Bush was criticized when he spoke at the school during one of his first campaign stops.Still receiving questions on race Bob Jones University President Stephen Jones decided to issue the apology because the school still receives questions about its views on race.