Catholics against interracial dating

Bob Jones University last night abruptly said it was dropping its controversial ban on interracial dating. It also came the same day that the university shelled out big bucks on full-page newspaper ads insisting the conservative Christian school is not racist and doesn’t hate Catholics.

“As of today, right now, we’re dropping it,” Bob Jones III said on CNN’s “Larry King Live.” The stunning announcement came after the university took intense heat for the ban — publicized after GOP presidential candidate George W. Bush had been slammed for visiting the fundamentalist campus and not condemning its controversial views.

Jones also said the university is not anti-Catholic and that those who work and study there “love [Catholics] in Christ.” “There is a wide gulf between Catholic and Baptist/Protestant beliefs,” Jones wrote.

With GOP presidential candidate John Mc Cain's controversialcampaign speech attacking leaders of the"religious right," religion has emerged as the current lightning rod ofthe primary season, and has succeeded in painting Bob Jones University-- a highly-successful, 73-year-old Christian school -- as a pariahinstitution.

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We don’t quake or blush with embarrassment over the term ‘religious conservatives,'” Jones wrote in yesterday’s ads.While praising the school’s virtues, Jones said, “now we’re being defined as a racist school, that’s all the media talks about.” He said the mixing of governments, ethnic groups and religions signals the coming of the Antichrist — and that the school still stands against that.“We do not expect everyone to agree with us or like us.It also explains the origin of the policy against interracial dating. Each year, 95 percent of the school's pre-med students areaccepted to medical school; in 1996, 100 percent were accepted."It was first stated in the mid-1950s when dealing with an Asian-Caucasian dating couple. Every year the education students rank at the top of the state's examqualifying new teachers, and the state's student legislature regularlyelects BJU pupils into leadership positions.

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