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Asking Bob Jones University

Posted by: John Schroeder at 08:20 am, September 6th 2006     —    Comment on this post »

Last week when McCain shot off his mouth about a hypothetical speech at the fundamentalist Bob Jones University, I sent the following question to the Media Relations Office at that institution:

As I am sure you are aware, John McCain indicated publicly yesterday that he would be willing to address your university.

I operate and am interested to know if your University would invite a candidate of other faith, like for example Mitt Romney, a Mormon, for a similar speech, or if there would be conditions attached to such an invitation?

I received a kind response from Jonathon Pait of that office that read as follows:

We have had political speakers from religious backgrounds inconsistent with our creed. We will continue to do so in the future. In matters of politics the point of demarcation for us is not the religious background but the stand on the issues. We also have not placed conditions on those who have spoken in the past. I see no reason to do so in the future.

At this time, we have no agenda for anyone we would invite – whether it be McCain, Romney, or anyone else. This conjecture concerning McCain was a manufactured story based on a hypotheical question posed by a journalist. Inviting politicians to speak hasn’t even been on our radar and I would be willing to bet that being invited to BJU wasn’t on McCain’s radar screen either.

Jonathan Pait
Public Relations
Bob Jones University

I continue to be amazed that “the Mormon Question” seems to exist only in the minds of pundits, but nowhere in the speech of Evangelical leaders.

[tags]Mitt Romney, Mormon, John McCain, Bob Jones University[/tags]


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