Bob Jones University (BJU) is a private non-denominational Protestant university in Greenville, South Carolina, United States, known for its conservative cultural and religious positions.It has approximately 2,800 students, and is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.
When asked by a Newsweek reporter if he wished to play a political role, Stephen Jones replied, "It would not be my choice." Further, when asked if he felt ideologically closer to his father's engagement with politics or to other evangelicals who have tried to avoid civic involvement, he answered, "The gospel is for individuals. We’re not here to save the culture." In a 2005 Washington Post interview, Jones dodged political questions and even admitted that he was embarrassed by "some of the more vitriolic comments" made by his predecessors.The transcript was sent in pamphlet form in fund-raising letters and sold in the University book store.In the sermon, Jones states "If you are against segregation and against racial separation, then you are against God Almighty." The school began a long history of supporting politicians who were considered aligned with racial segregation.During the Fundamentalist-Modernist controversy of the 1920s, Christian evangelist Bob Jones, Sr.grew increasingly concerned about the secularization of higher education and the influence of religious liberalism in denominational colleges.In 2008, the university estimated the number of its graduates at 35,000.
The university's athletic teams compete in Division II of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) and are collectively known as the Bruins.
(The John Mc Cain campaign targeted Catholics with a "Catholic Voter Alert," phone calls reminding voters of Bush's visit to BJU.) Bush denied that he either knew of or approved what he regarded as BJU's intolerant policies.
On February 26, Bush issued a formal letter of apology to Cardinal John Joseph O'Connor of New York for failing to denounce Bob Jones University's history of anti-Catholic statements. I wish I had gotten up then and seized the moment to set a tone, a tone that I had set in Texas, a positive and inclusive tone." Also during the 2000 Republican primary campaign in South Carolina, Richard Hand, a BJU professor, spread a false e-mail rumor that John Mc Cain had fathered an illegitimate child.
His political opponents quickly noted his non-mention of the university's ban on interracial dating.
During the Michigan primary, Bush was also criticized for not stating his opposition to the university's anti-Catholicism.
Even the authorized history of BJU notes that both Bob Jones, Sr. “played political hardball” when dealing with the three municipalities in which the school was successively located. warned the Greenville City Council that he had “four hundred votes in his pocket and in any election he would have control over who would be elected.” Bob Jones, Sr.'s April 17, 1960, Easter Sunday sermon, broadcast on the radio, entitled "Is Segregation Scriptural?