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."