Bob jones ban on interracial dating
Bob Jones University (BJU) is a conservative, Christian arts college in Greenville, South Carolina that was founded in 1927. Bob Jones III assumed the responsibilities of president. Stephen Jones was installed as the fourth-generation president during commencement in 2005. The University did not enroll Africans or African-American students until 1971.
Although the founder, Bob Jones Sr., was a Methodist, the school has over time been more affiliated with the Independent Baptist movement, due to similar viewpoints on religious and moral issues. The University has litigated its racial policies to the U. From 1971 to 1975, BJU admitted only married black students.
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Bob Jones University lost its nonprofit tax exemption after the U. Internal Revenue Service in 1976 found that the conservative religious college was practicing racial discrimination with its ban on interracial dating.
Ronald Reagan, Dan Quayle, Pat Buchanan and Robert J. Bob Jones, Sr., the founder of BJU, was fearful of obtaining academic accreditation for the school.
The issue in the court case was the university’s refusal to allow interracial dating or marriage among students, staff or faculty of the university, a rule it has since abandoned.Students are not allowed to have posters of movie and music stars and fashion models in their dorms or watch films or listen to New Age, jazz, rock and country music (including Contemporary Christian music). Conservative and modest dress styles are required and tattoos, dyed hair and body piercings (with the exception of ear piercings for female students) are all banned. Bush campaigned at BJU, where he stated "I look forward to publicly defending our conservative philosophy." His Republican rival, John Mc Cain, used the visit against Bush in a telephone calling campaign that turned out Catholic voters for the Senator.The Mc Cain ad stated "Governor George Bush has campaigned against Sen.In 2000, Bob Jones III dropped the interracial dating rule.The University owns BJU Press, which along with A Beka are the two largest publishers of textbooks for the private Christian school and homeschool market.