Jones told King that the school had no Bible verse to support its ban, and that it was "an insignificant" part of the school's stance against a one-world order.
Jones said the blending of worldwide governments, ethnic groups and religions would signal the coming of the Antichrist and so the school stands against that."We don't have to have that rule," Jones said. It's so significant to the world at large, the media in particular, why should we have this thing here as an obstacle?
In his first meeting with the university’s cabinet, Pettit said he believed it was appropriate for the school to seek its tax-exempt status because the it no longer believes the positions it once held about race.
Pettit called the university’s racist policies a social issue that was not biblical.“The Bible is very clear,” Pettit said as he announced the change to the university Wednesday night.
“We are made of one blood.”Bob Jones University lost its tax exemption after a 13-year battle with the IRS over whether the university’s policies against interracial dating precluded it as a non-taxable religious educational institution.
The university didn’t admit any black students until 1971, 17 years after .
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.
But the university didn’t seek to reinstate its tax-exempt status until 2014 after Steve Pettit took over as the fifth president in the school’s 90-year history.“Organizing as a tax-exempt entity is something BJU has needed to do for quite some time,” Pettit said.
I said to our administration, ' You know guys, this thing is of such insignificance to us; it's so significant to the world at large. It hurts our graduates; our concern for the cause of Christ; our concern for our graduates; our concern for our testimony; our concern for the school's broader usefulness is greater to us than a rule that we never talk about and it is meaningless to us.
Jon Henry at Please Reconcile has done an excellent, nearly exhaustive job of recounting, line-by-line, the many untruths wrapped up in the LKL interview and in the above statement by Bob Jones III.
"Jones said the school had a greater concern for its graduates than for keeping the rule.
During Bush's appearance at the fundamentalist Christian school last month, the Texas governor told his audience that he shared their views.
Paul Achterberg, BJU Admissions Counselor, also wrote a similar email in 1998.