Catholics against interracial dating
But the public lynching of thiscollege has created an environment which threatens the freedom for anyindividual or group in America to hold unpopular religious beliefs." Mc Cain uses a line from his speech, part of which has been replayedcontinually by the media since Mc Cain delivered it Monday, as the newtheme of his official campaign website: "We are the party of Ronald Reagan, not Pat Robertson.We are the party of Theodore Roosevelt, notthe party of special interests.At that time, Christians nationwideunderstood that interracial marriage was best avoided." As for accusations calling the school "anti-Catholic," Bob Jones University "stand[s] upon the doctrines of Scripture, which places it atodds with papal edict," but clarifies such a stand does not justify thelabel "haters of Catholics." "If there are those who wish to charge us with beinganti-Catholicism, we plead guilty. "We are far from a perfect place and people," the school'sexplanation concludes, "but we try to love Christ as perfectly asredeemed sinners can.
"No doubt Bob Jones University holds religious beliefs that areoutside the mainstream and unpopular.It also explains the origin of the policy against interracial dating. Each year, 95 percent of the school's pre-med students areaccepted to medical school; in 1996, 100 percent were accepted."It was first stated in the mid-1950s when dealing with an Asian-Caucasian dating couple. Every year the education students rank at the top of the state's examqualifying new teachers, and the state's student legislature regularlyelects BJU pupils into leadership positions.Jones also said the university is not anti-Catholic and that those who work and study there “love [Catholics] in Christ.” “There is a wide gulf between Catholic and Baptist/Protestant beliefs,” Jones wrote.With GOP presidential candidate John Mc Cain's controversialcampaign speech attacking leaders of the"religious right," religion has emerged as the current lightning rod ofthe primary season, and has succeeded in painting Bob Jones University-- a highly-successful, 73-year-old Christian school -- as a pariahinstitution.
The paper adds facts to back up the school's stated stance againstracism. In fact, BJU is now consulting Greenville Technical College in South Carolina on development of that college's interactive classroom program.