THE 2000 CAMPAIGN: THE RELIGION ISSUE; Interracial Dating Ban to get rid of

THE 2000 CAMPAIGN: THE RELIGION ISSUE; Interracial Dating Ban to get rid of

By Gustav Niebuhr

  • March 4, 2000

A fundamentalist Christian institution that had come under national criticism for its ban on interracial dating among its students, abandoned that long-held policy, its president, Bob Jones 3d said tonight in an unexpected move, Bob Jones University.

Mr. Jones, within an appearance regarding the CNN program »Larry King Live,» stated that he had expected the college’s board this to end the policy afternoon.

< р>»In reality, to date, we now have dropped the rule,» Mr. Jones stated.

In the remarks, Mr. Jones, grandson associated with college’s creator, provided only an explanation that is brief saying your choice ended up being centered on a notion that criticism on the policy was threatening to obscure the university’s Christian objective. »We have actually a broader testimony,» he stated.

Mr. Jones added: »I believed to our administration, ‘You understand, guys, this thing is of these insignificance to us, it really is therefore significant to your globe most importantly, the news specially, why should we have this right here as an obstacle?’ » then he stated that the ban had damaged the trustworthiness of the college’s graduates and possibly conservative Protestantism too. »I do not like to harm the church of Jesus Christ,» Mr. Jones stated.

Your choice additionally came only times after Democrats in Congress had proposed an answer that could have condemned the university for the ban as well as for statements that Bob Jones leaders are making about Roman Catholicism, which have been interpreted as attacks on Catholics as a whole (an intent that the university has rejected). Sigue leyendo