Bob Jones University: Censoring Students


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I will help in any way I can in this wonderful project!

I would LOVE to be a part of this protest and any other for the abusive, misrepresentations, etc. of Bob Jones University!!  While there ('64-'68) I heard Bob Jones Jr. make a "campus only sermon" that was totally a racial superiority blast!  I was shocked at the KKk thinking he spewed out, even worse, the black workers on campus were subjected to this trash!  I know that the racial prejudice that was rampant when I was there, ended the university's tax exempt status...I'm sure they haven't changed their anti-Christian, racial thinking one iota...

Please contact me if I can further your causes!

Posted by ohiostate72 on Wed, 03/14/2012 - 19:48
In the BJU type of culture,

In the BJU type of culture, thinking for yourself makes you a threat to their authority and control.  While they might listen to what you have to say, while they may agree there is nothing wrong with what you said, the fact that you came out and took a stand by saying it, automatically makes you a threat to their control.  Always, it is a threat that must be silenced in the very earliest stages.  My oh my, what would happen to most IFB churches if all the members really, really did read their Bibles and think for themselves??

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 15:59
keep up the good fight.

I'm glad more people are standing up against Bob Jones on these issues. When I was a student from 2006-2008, I was asked to leave because I wouldn't allow them to censor me. I wrote three papers, each a page long, expressing concerns about the school's control of students' lives. Even though John Dalton admitted that there was nothing illegal, immoral, unbiblical, or wrong with what I had written, he still wouldn't allow me to return to school at BJU because he and Jim Berg felt that my refusal to sacrifice my freedom of speech and thought was equal to rebellion, subversion, and "gathering a following." It seems that they haven't stopped silencing students for expressing disagreement or concern. I encourage all those involved to continue to stand strong against the wrongs that they see. Don't let the administration scare you into silence. It's a hard fight, but it's worth it. 

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/18/2011 - 22:39
To Anonymous

Were those the "Voice of Truth" papers? I found them on facebook the semester after I left BJU. They were an excellent plea for students to exercise critical thought and openness, and were also completely honorable toward the institution. I don't know you, but I want to thank you for writing those papers and standing for truth. The Voice of Truth essays immensely helped me begin the process of becoming a thinking Christian, if only by declaring that one could be a Christian and exercise independent thought.  

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 21:16
Not surprising

It doesn't surprise me that they would feel papers like that were a threat. Control is vital on campus. Students who think freely are a threat.

I'd really like to hear more of your story. I'm wondering if you can reach out to me directly. You can find me on Facebook or you can contact me through bjuaccreditation (at) gmail *dot* com.


Posted by bjuaccreditation on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 15:02