(Today’s Stuff Fundies Like post was just too powerful. I couldn’t keep it to myself, so I’m repeating the contents of a letter published there.)
This is for those of you who still believe in what BJU has to sell–who still give Bob Jones III the benefit of the doubt despite his shameful track record on racial issues.
As you read this horrific tirade against an alumni named “Peter”, keep in mind a couple things:
1. Bob Jones III has NEVER repented of his sin of racism. His appearance on Larry King Live was nothing more than a PR move, filled with backpedaling and ridiculous excuses.
2. Peter’s letter was written asking how BJU could justify its no-interracial-dating stance in the light of Moses’ marriage to an Ethiopian. Now, this is a pretty weak way to attack BJU’s racism, but BJIII just couldn’t resist the chance to go a little crazy.
3. All emphasis is mine. Here you go:
As a young man, you would do yourself a favor to back off and listen to your family and others who know a lot more about the road of life than you do [aka other racists like me] because we have been there.
No, I can’t see your point of view [that BJU’s interracial dating policy is unbiblical]. I am sorry. I don’t suppose that surprises you.
You don’t have to agree with the school’s position on this matter to stay here, obviously; but you do have to keep your disagreement to yourself, because griping isn’t tolerated.
As I mentioned the other day in chapel, 40-50 years ago in America, it was understood by believers, North and South, that interracial dating was not proper. There would have been a few radicals, of course, that would not have agreed, but it wasn’t even discussed in churches because it was just understood.
You and others of your generation who have allowed yourselves to be brainwashed by the media have been sold a bill of goods.
Yes, Moses married a non-Jew. That was what he was criticized for, and the issue for which Miriam, his sister, was judged by God was her criticism of the leader God had appointed and the divisiveness that it brought. The race of Ethiopians has to do with what part of Ethiopia they came from. Haile Selassie, the former ruler of Ethiopia, and the ruling family are not black [an embarrassing factual error]. To make a racial issue out of this is to argue a point beyond all reason.
I could spend my time dealing with this issue, but I am not inclined to because I don’t think you really want to know but that you want to argue. Forgive me if I have misjudged you, but that is how your note comes across.