Bob jones university policy on interracial dating
When GOP presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Ben Carson visited Bob Jones University last week in separate events, it signaled to many in the political community that the evangelical institution in Greenville once again was ready for the national political limelight.
The fundamentalist Christian school had once been an obligatory stop for GOP conservatives running for president, attracting the likes of Ronald Reagan in 1980 to George W. But BJU’s policies banning interracial dating, which ended after Bush’s visit, and its branding of Catholicism by a former BJU president as a “satanic counterfeit,” along with a political disinterest by a later BJU president, made the campus less a routine campaign destination – until this year. “We realize this is an important event in the history of our country and we want to do our part in giving our students the opportunity to be educated and make right choices.” Former Gov.
“You would hope that you would have an influence on the thinking. “Because we are in line with appropriate race relationships with anybody.” He met Carson once in the airport in Greenville. I said, ‘Ben Carson.’ He was very kind, and I told him who I was and we sat on the same plane together.” Cruz, he said, came to BJU to ask whether he could hold a religious liberty rally on campus.
But the university hadn’t sought to reinstate its tax-exempt status until 2014 after Steve Pettit took over as the school’s fifth president in its 90-year history.“Organizing as a tax-exempt entity is something BJU has needed to do for quite some time,” Pettit said.
“We are made of one blood.”Bob Jones University lost its tax exemption after a 13-year battle with the IRS over whether the university’s policies against interracial dating precluded it as a non-taxable religious educational institution.
The university didn’t admit any black students until 1971, 17 years after Brown vs. It then wouldn’t admit any students who were in a mixed-race marriage and created rules to prohibit students from interracial dating.
Among those who have met with Pettit have been Marco Rubio, Cruz, Rick Perry (who has since left the race) and Mike Huckabee. Scott Walker, who also left the race, telephoned him as a candidate.
Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina and John Kasich have contacted his office to come and meet.