Bob Jones University: Censoring Students
This page has been demanded by the administration to be shut down. The protest has been condemned! One of the founding members of this page has been threatened and he was asked to leave this group as an admin.
The other admins of this group will continue to stand! We are not afraid of standing up and asking BJU to DO RIGHT!
That is ALL WE ARE ASKING! ----- DO RIGHT! BE OPEN and TRANSPARENT!
In response to Chuck Phelps being reinstated on the board some students have started an FB group urging Bob Jones University to Do Right. I urge you to go and show the students support. Please join the page. Also do not forget about the petition and please write the board.
In a "sermon" preached on Tuesday (11/15) "Dr." Bob said on stage that the school (Bob Jones University) has never and will never cover up abuse or rape. He assured us that they would not employ or even have someone "on the board" who does that (cover up abuse or rape). We'll see if that statement is factual or not, but then I came across the Do Right group on FB and saw the message quoted above I was appalled.
Simply put this is censorship. There is no equivocating, there is absolutely no good explanation for this action. Bob Jones University is trying to censor student's legitimate speech and concerns. Which begs the question, What are you hiding? Bob Jones III seems pretty confident that Chuck Phelps did no wrong, and that taking him on the board is absolutely the right decision. He's assured us that that they don't sweep scandals under the rug. So why ask a student, with legitimate concerns, to close an FB group and never speak of Chuck Phelps again? If you did no wrong than there is nothing to worry about. If you don't "sweep" scandals under the rug what do you call this? Because it looks to me like you are trying to silence a student from speaking, which last I checked, is exactly like sweeping a scandal under the rug.
But regardless of how hypocritical this is, having just preached the sermon on Tuesday, there are far greater concerns both ethically and academically. Bob Jones University is a private institution, therefore, students are not automatically granted any freedom of speech, however, generally it is understood that students are allowed to think for themselves. Ethically this is justly viewed as a breach of basic human rights. A student has no obligation to see eye to eye with their university. And if he/she chooses to express their disagreement, generally, it is in very poor taste that the school would threaten a student for doing so. In fact, most people would call that a clear violation of human rights.
Academically this now proves that Bob Jones III teaches anti-intellectualism. Apparently keeping your "eyes open" is only if they are open to truth as he [Bob] sees it, and "shutting the door" includes shutting the door on students with legitimate concerns. This proves that BJU is *not* an academic institution. It can't be one. The point of academia is to train a student to eventually learn for themselves. The student is freed from rote so they can cognate for themselves. In this case just as a student was about to take off and fly Bob Jones University is attempting to clip his/her wings. You can learn at Bob Jones University, just not too much. Stifled academia ceases to be academia.
Finally Bob Jones University took a minor situation, a student with concern, and blew it way out of proportion. It is called the Streisand Effect. And this is yet another example of it. This FB group was sitting under 100 before this message was posted. Now several blogs have picked up on it and the group continues to grow, as does the petition. BJU would have been wise to leave well enough alone. Again, if there is no controversy, if BJU did no wrong than there is nothing to worry about. Let the student speak, some people will listen, but truth will always absolve you. In this case they took an issue that had legs and just gave it wings. The issue that probably would have gone unnoticed is now soaring into the public light. BJU can't hide from this scandal anymore. The student's concerns went from mere concerns to legitimate criticism. BJU validated the student by trying to silence him/her.
It is time to make our voice heard. Students it is time to unite and let Bob Jones University know that you won't be bullied. Now is the time for action. Don't let them walk over you, don't let them brush you aside like you are meaningless. Don't let them take away your academic freedom. Bob Jones University is an institution. There is nothing sacred about it or its founders. It was put here by man and is thus a sin prone institution capable of being in error.
Parents and Alum we have a duty to watch Bob Jones University. We need to make sure that it doesn't overstep its boundaries. We need to keep it and its leaders in check. Bob Jones III seems to think the board is above reproach, it is clear from this situation that BJU is not concerned with our thoughts on the issue, and it is very clear that BJU has moved away from academia and sorely in the camp of indoctrination. We have a duty to help right the wrong. To clear the institution of ignorance and arrogance.
Let's help to make this student's sacrifice worth it. Lets stand united with him to Do Right!