Ok. Time Out Is Now Over

You can come out and play with the big boys again as long as you promise to play nice! From time to time on my blog I have blathered on about the racism, homophobia, and blatant misogyny found at Bob Jones “University.” But foolish me: You don’t shame religious bigots and hypocrites. They proudly wear the derision of the sane… Continue reading

Uniquely Positioned to Shed Some Light

Introduction In the last few weeks I have seen one too many Facebook posts (typically linking to desperate articles) from my Pensacola Christian School classmates of yore clumsily trying to justify Donald Trump as the “moral choice” in this election. That absurdity is what prompted me to write this post. Those of us who grew up in the fundamentalist movement… Continue reading

The Sacred Versus the Profane–Not Always What You Think

A few weeks ago I saw a StoryCorps vehicle and wondered what it was. I just listened to Dave Isay’s TED talk below. Now I know. Two people come together for an interview, an authentic, simple, pure conversation for about an hour that is recorded by a facilitator. Each participant is given a copy, and a copy is permanently archived… Continue reading

The Art of the Fauxpology

First, I want to express my sincere admiration for Jeffrey Hoffman, the executive director of BJUnity, and all of that organization’s board members. They succeeded in piercing the arrogance of Bob Jones III and holding him to account for his bullying hate speech. Hats off to BJUnity! But I’m taking a harder line than these kind-hearted, good-spirited people. You see,… Continue reading

Attend Bob Jones University?

Moms and dads , if you can read and watch this and still bless your child’s attendance at Bob Jones University, I simply have no respect for you. None.I‘ve written a lot about my former alma mater, Bob Jones University. But, you know, the truth is: I want to stop writing about this family business. I don’t like spending my… Continue reading

Should You Attend Bob Jones University?

Steve Pettit (Wikipedia) Should you attend Bob Jones University now that it has a new president? His last name isn’t even Jones. Mr. Steve Pettit, the newly appointed university president, was introduced to the student body on May 10th, by the chairman of the board, Larry Jackson. In a frantic attempt to save the institution (in its current form) from… Continue reading

Reflecting on Those “Underserved” after being “Ravaged by Abuse”

A non-endorsed remix of Creative Commons 2.0 attribution, non-commercial, share-alike photos by: Lemonhead, Joshua Bousel, and Jason Dickert The New York Times is reporting that Bob Jones University is faulted for halting an abuse study. The first paragraph starts with a bang and gets more heartbreaking from there. GREENVILLE, S.C. — For decades, students at Bob Jones University who sought… Continue reading

Dr. Dwight Gustafson, RIP

Dr. Dwight Gustafson was the dean of the School of Fine Arts at Bob Jones University while I was a student there. He was, in my opinion, one of the university’s great treasures. Above all else, Dr. Gustafson was a gentleman, at all times. Kind. Patient. High standards with a wonderful sense of presence and humor. He was a gifted… Continue reading

Coming Apart at the Seams

Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson for John Shore (click for source) I blogged before about the issue of Bob Jones University having Chuck Phelps remain on its board of trustees after the facts about Phelps’ inappropriate conduct became public as a result of Ernie Willis’ trial for the rape of 15 year old Tina Anderson. In that previous post, I stated… Continue reading

A Brief Moment of Clarity & Consistency

Introduction I have blogged before about Bob Jones University‘s racist history, the current chancellor’s support for stoning gay people (comments made in 1980 to an AP reporter when Jones was president of the institution), and that institution’s persistent subjugation of women. Thinking About Attending Bob Jones University? (focused more on misogyny and racism) Homophobia & Religious Fundamentalism: The Real Issue… Continue reading