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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Bob Jones Reposts Anti-Mormon Statement
(Bob Jones Reposts Cults Statement)
Excite News (AP) 16Mar00 N6

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA -- Saying that he wanted to show that the Bob Jones University's position hasn't changed, University President Bob Jones III had statements calling Mormonism and Catholicism 'cults' put back onto the University's website. Jones said that news reports earlier this week gave the wrong impression about the removal. He told the Greenville News that the reports were "totally misleading" and implied that the removal was "for suspect reasons or because of embarrassment or cowardice."

The statements were removed when a new message from the University's quarterly magazine was added to the website, according to the school. "In order to leave no doubt in anyone's mind of the university's integrity and absolute commitment to its biblical principles, the article in question has been reposted," Jones said. He said that the statements will stay on the Web, along with his latest column, "as long as this present controversy exists."

In the statements, Jones says, "The diminution of evangelistic enterprise to cults which call themselves Christian, including Catholicism and Mormonism, is frightening," The statements were cited repeatedly after Republican presidential candidate John McCain criticized front-runner Gov. George W. Bush for speaking on Bob Jones University's campus February 2nd.

Catholics, at least, are still upset at the comments, "Unfortunately they still treat Catholic bashing as an intramural sport," said Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights spokesman Patrick Scully Wednesday.He added that Jones "has an absolute right to teach this type of garbage, but we have the right to shine the light of truth on it."


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