As we trudged through one BJU grad’s recent defense of his alma mater (and his follow-up tweet saying our analysis amounted to an attempt at “mind-reading”), we couldn’t help but be reminded of another far more candid BJU defender who said this when we reported on the GRACE investigation back in January 2013:
The conversation devolved quickly from there, with Monte claiming that he never heard of any abuse while attending BJU (and thus that none has ever existed there, much less gone unreported):
And while “Dr.” Monte’s defense of BJU might sound harsh and extreme, it’s no different in substance from what many of the school’s proponents have always said about abuse victims, even as BJU stumbles its way toward the end of the GRACE investigation.
For example, here’s Bob Jones III in 2011 dismissing claims of abuse and publicly stating that BJU has never mishandled a single instance of abuse in its history:
And on BJU’s Facebook page, a few bold folks came out to oppose victims who testified to their mistreatment at BJU’s hand, calling any kind of criticism of BJU “evil” and “Satan’s work”:
In summary, while not everyone who is defending BJU’s handling of the GRACE situation is as extreme as these examples, there seems to be a trend towards a smaller and more shrill group of BJU apologists. We wonder how Dr. Monte and the others seen here will feel if and when the GRACE report comes out.
And remember, this victim and others like her are the ones whom Monte calls “psychos.”