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What about Bob (Jones)?


Gazette staff March 6th, 2013

Steve Green, the president of Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby, spoke at Bob Jones University on Feb. 25. According to a statement from the Christian fundamentalist university, Green was to tell the story of his family’s Christian company and discuss the Green Collection, the world’s largest collection of biblical manuscripts and antiquities.

Credit: Brad Gregg

Bob Jones University, you might recall, earned international fame in 2000 when its 73-year history of forbidding interracial dating came to an end. The South Carolina university is known for its biblical literalism and strict student morality codes.

As such, a school that unironi cally refers to itself as BJU is an outspoken opponent of homosexuality. In fact, Chancellor Bob Jones III distinguished himself as a staunch biblical literalist when he recommended that gays and lesbians be stoned to death, in keeping with the Bible’s commandment.

As of now, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students simply are expelled if they engage in nonhetero intercourse. We don’t know if Green was aware of the university’s policies prior to his visit, nor do we know how BJU feels about the Affordable Care Act’s birth-control mandate that has so rankled Hobby Lobby (although CFN can make a guess). A representative for the school said Green’s speech has not been made available in digital or analog format.


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03.05.2013 at 11:53 Reply

I did email them and tell them what the school is about, but have received no response. My guess is that they are using each other.

 

03.05.2013 at 12:16 Reply

the speech is on youtube, by the way. I don't know if this site allows links in comments?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThIK3MEH20Q

 

03.20.2013 at 11:22 Reply

I have attended Bob Jones University for most of my schooling and while I do not agree with the school (and Dr. Jones III) on many issues, I have never once heard Dr. Jones III make a statement advocating the stoning of gays and lesbians. Obviously, I have not heard him every tim ehe has spoken publicly. I would welcome more information about this comment. (when and where the comment was made) As a historian I put great faith in properly cited evidence.

 

 
 
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