BJU & Focus Brands Cook Up a Partnership

For Bob Jones University grads of the last century, used to creamed eggs (chicken abortions), Welsh rarebit (which may or may not have contained actual rabbits), and rainbow-hued ham slices (what was that stuff?!), the scene would be considered surreal —

And too good to be true.

In the latest effort to increase enrollment, Bob Jones University has made some changes to the old Dixon-McKenzie Dining Common.

And we’re not talking about removing planters and a new paint job.

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As you enter the Dining Common, or “DC”*, as it is known among the students, you are greeted by a sign for McAlister’s Deli, and, just to the left of the deli, an arrow points the way to Moe’s Southwest Grill, should you feel like some “Tex-Mex” before class. (I’m sure your classmates will appreciate the extra helping of refried beans you had…) At the other end of the DC’s huge interior, there’s a sign for Schlotzsky’s—

Ahh – what’s that smell?!

There’s a CINNABON!!

We asked the BJU spokesperson where the Auntie Anne’s and Carvel’s were located.

“Food trucks,” replied the unnamed BJU spokesperson as we walked under a covered walkway. “We have food trucks along East and West Drive. You did see Fudgie the Whale waving as you drove in, didn’t you? We usually have him out along Wade Hampton to welcome students and visitors. Beats the old “gate house,” doesn’t it?” The spokesperson laughed and continued, “I think we put a Bruins shirt on Fudgie just to give him that ‘BJU student’ look.”

Recently, current BJU president, Steve Pettit, talked about the “3000” —

“No, not enrollment goals,” our BJU spokesperson corrected as he gulped down the last of a Caramel Pecanbon, “calories. He was referring to calories. Feel like a Oreo Carvelanche? Ice Cream truck dead ahead…”

Rick Altizer BJU

In a seemingly unrelated story, Focus Brands Inc. has named Rick Altizer (above), BJU graduate and current member of the BJU Associate Board of Trustees, as president of its McAlister’s Deli division. This hiring of Mr. Altizer was confirmed by an anonymous Focus Brands Inc company spokesperson.

Mr. Altizer did not return our calls for comment, but did email us free coupons good for any McAlister’s Deli sandwich (hot, grilled, club or classic). What? No Cinnabon coupons?!

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*Not to be confused with DC as in “Discipline Committee.”

 

 

BJU Bruins Suffer Unexpected Defeat

Pensacola, Florida — What was supposed to be another easy win for the Bob Jones University Bruins Sword Drill Team, turned into an unexpected and agonizing defeat after losing their final pre-season sword drill to another conservative Christian school, Pensacola Christian College.

“I guess we got overconfident,” said an unnamed BJU Bruins spokesperson. “We were undefeated up until this point and the university had just been named third most affordable university for 2017 — I guess that went to our head. ‘Pride before a fall’ and all that.”

Pensacola Christian College, which was named third most adorable college for 2017, was not expected to win against the dominant BJU team. But, by using one of the oldest tricks in the history of sword drills, the PCC Eagles managed to trip up and ultimately defeat their rivals.

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“We knew that BJU no longer exclusively used or taught the King James Version of the Bible,” PCC president, Troy Shoemaker, told our reporter, “so we were pretty sure the old ‘Book of Hezekiah’ trick would work. And it did!”

“I can’t believe we fell for it,” said the BJU Bruins team captain dejectedly, “we are better than that.”

It should be stated that, after watching the jubilant celebration of the PCC Eagles Sword Drill Team, no one in the stadium had the heart to tell them that the Book of Hezekiah is not in the King James Version — or any other version of the Bible.

Just As I Am EXPRESS

The sermon concludes.

The invitation is given.

The congregation sings a muted version of Just As I Am (while silently hoping for just the first and last verse.)

And walking down the aisle seems impossible.

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You need Just As I Am EXPRESS.

Mega-Church Replaces Ushers With Drones

Fort Worth, Texas — The Big McLargeHuge Potential Prosperity Church took a bold step yesterday during their Sunday morning worship service and replaced all ushers with remote controlled drones in the shape of flying crosses.

During the offertory, the assembled congregation seemed unfazed by the intermittent buzzing as the drones swept over them, pausing only to have bills placed into the hovering offering plates.

Church Drones in Mega Church

“It’s time our church embraced twenty-first century technology,” a church spokesperson commented. “It helps us cut personnel costs, plus the drones seem to intimidate— I mean, convict those reluctant to tithe into giving something to make the drone leave them alone.”

This was in response to post-service allegations that a few of the drones seem to “dive bomb” those who failed to acknowledge the passing offering plates.

The company that makes the drones, I’ll Fly Away, Inc., is pleased to see their product debuting in such a large church. A company official stated they were already receiving orders from other mega-churches.

“Won’t be long, ushers will be a thing of the past,” remarked the Big McLargeHuge Potential Prosperity Church spokesperson, “and, let’s just be honest, ushers have always been drones anyway.”

This blog sponsored by:

Church Drone GEaston 2016

BJU Announces Post-Rapture President

Greenville, SC — In an unprecedented show of foresight, and after weeks of intense, sometimes confrontational negotiations, Bob Jones University has negotiated a deal to make former faculty member, Dr. Camille Kaminski Lewis, President of Bob Jones University after The Rapture occurs.

“It seemed like the thing to do,” former BJU president, Dr. Stephen Jones said, “especially after she helped me get the earned doctorate my dad wanted me to get.”

Steve Pettit BJU Plans Post Rapture

“We couldn’t be more pleased,” said current BJU president, Dr. Steve Pettit, after the formal announcement. “We hated to leave the university in the hands of the cinema and business majors. We needed someone with a quasi-scholarly background and, because of our repeated correspondence over the past decade, I immediately thought of Camille Lewis.”

When asked about the deal with BJU, Dr. Lewis quipped, “I’d show you the signed papers, but they’ve already put them in the BJU archives and I don’t have access to them. Just wait,” she continued, “after The Rapture, I’ll be first in line! I’ll open the BJU archives and make them accessible to everyone!”

Details about Dr. Lewis’s future post-Rapture BJU presidency are sparse, but an unnamed BJU spokesperson mentioned that there are instructions for Dr. Lewis to make contact with Buck Williams, Rayford Steele and the rest of The Tribulation Force and work with them. Presently, there is no way to confirm these alleged instructions.

When asked, Dr. Camille Lewis denied there were any “commands” given or dictated to her.

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“It will just be nice to finally have all of these ‘fundamentalists’ out of the way,” Dr. Lewis commented. “I can finally make the changes necessary to make BJU a first class institution!”

When asked what those changes may be, Dr. Lewis replied that, “a group of respected, secular scholars would decide.”

“But I will say this,” Dr. Lewis added. “The fish they serve will change. Fish is not square or round. Fish is fish. And, when I become president, it will look and taste like fish.”

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BJU Reclaims the Goatee for God

After viewing photos of faculty and students on the Bob Jones University website, some conservative BJU alumni voiced concern that the growing popularity of facial hair among Christians is just another sign of worldly influence. Some even made comments alluding to the fact that “the rapture” is near.

Goatees BJU

“Did they ban razors at BJ?” one pastor asked.

“Men who don’t shave are just not trustworthy,” said another BJU graduate. “It means they have something to hide.”

“My son will go to PCC¹,” responded one mother of a potential student. “I think they make them shave there.”

An anonymous BJU spokesperson responded to our queries.

“The Devil has claimed the goatee long enough!” our BJU spokesperson said. “We are declaring a reclaiming of — a reclamation of the goatee for God. It’s time we started looking like the Jesus we claim to worship.”

This embracing of male facial hair (female facial hair has never been a widespread problem) by BJU is an abrupt change from the rules of old. Rules appearing in the BJU “Student Handbook” were very clear:

Bob Jones University Hair Regulations 1982

“Back then,” the anonymous BJU spokesperson said, “facial hair was associated with beatniks, hippies and those in rebellion against society and the Lord. Remember, there were a lot of beards at Woodstock! But, that has changed now.”

It could be that “the change” began nearly a decade ago when former BJU president, Dr. Stephen Jones, debuted a naturally grown goatee for a stage role. But, the goatee was fleeting, making occasional appearances, shyly coming and going, doubting and hesitating —

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“The rules were a bit of an issue,” our BJU spokesperson said, “as they always are here at BJU. The ‘Old Guard’ still viewed facial hair as a sign of rebellion, a sign of evil — like The Evil Spock in that episode of the old Star Trek. But we watched Dr. Jones very closely while he had a goatee and detected no significant rise of evil.”

It was that observational “Jones Goatee Data” that was the catalyst for the eventual facial hair rule change.

“And, unlike Lot’s wife, we haven’t looked back!” the BJU spokesman laughed. “Finally — after years of being associated with sin and evil, the goatee is now God’s. And that’s where it’s going to stay.”

When asked if the current BJU president, Dr. Steve Pettit, will grow a “goatee of solidarity,” the BJU spokesperson took a serious tone.

“It is a very serious personal commitment,” he said, “not something to be taken lightly. Growing a goatee will be Dr. Pettit’s decision based on God’s will for his life and that of the university”

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¹PCC = Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola, Florida

SACS: Show Me Yours…

“SACS” is short for “SACSCOC” which is short for “Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges” — which I puerilely pronounce as “sacks cock.”

So, what does SACSCOC do?

They are the regional accreditation gurus for eleven southern states — South Carolina is one of those states.

Bob Jones University is in South Carolina.

BJU wants accreditation — something they have pooh-poohed (with much pooh-pooh) over the past decades, for fear it will cause spiritual and biblical compromises and have witchcraft taught in the classroom…

…or something like that. I didn’t really pay much attention back then.

Apparently, accreditation doesn’t have the stink of compromise (or sorcery) it once did, so the scholarly types at BJU now think accreditation by (or through) SACSCOC is a splendid idea.

And why not? For years BJU has been hounded, vilified and ridiculed by “those who know better” that degrees from BJU were “worthless” because they lacked accreditation. The quality of your BJU education did not matter. According to The Educational Wizards of Smart and those disgruntled BJU alumni (cf. The Disaffected), the fact that there was no accreditation behind that BJU degree just added to the very long list of reasons to avoid attending The Fortress of Faith in the first place.

Now, BJU appears to be on the verge of accreditation, and those same voices who daily whined and pined that their BJU degrees were worthless — the very same voices are now against BJU accreditation — and would love to stop it.

One Facebook page, written and managed by Camille K. Lewis, is soliciting material — not to help advance BJU accreditation, but with the hopes of hindering it.

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Can’t help. Most of my teachers have retired or passed away. It has been 30-plus years, after all. But this next one…

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Oh, yeah. I still have the letter(s) from BJU telling my parents what a bad boy I was. Here, 30-plus years on, in 2016, the letters are extremely entertaining and are good for a laugh. Seriously doubt if SACSCOC wants to read the lurid and gory details of my expulsion and subsequent ejection and banishment from the Campus à la Jones.

But, maybe SACSCOC would like to read how BJU gave me a second chance? After two years (and a cordial conversation with Jim Berg) I was welcomed back — and finished, walking out with my “worthless degree.”

College is like that. An unequal mixture of Good and Bad. Joy and Pain.

Both combine to give us strength and make us what we are.

Put that in your SACSCOC and smoke it.

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Faith-Healing, Prayer & Car Repair

Does faith-healing and prayer have an effect on auto mechanics? Will “prayer and fasting” extend the life of a Ford Taurus automatic transmission? Will the “laying on of the hands” correct that awful suspension noise in your Chrysler 200? Is it possible that an exorcism will rid your Chevy Malibu of that horrible air conditioner stench? Does praying and promising God anything and everything actually improve your vehicle’s fuel economy when the “low fuel” light comes on and you’re on a dark interstate in the Middle of Nowhere?

It was in the Wall Street Journal, December, 2008, that I read about this Detroit mega-church praying for the entire automotive industry. The sermon was titled, “A Hybrid Hope” — photo below:

A Hybrid Hope Wall Street Journal Dec 2008

At the altar was a Ford Escape (hybrid), a Chrysler Aspen (hybrid) and a Chevrolet Tahoe (hybrid) — all three of these vehicles received the offering of prayer, healing and long life.

Today, none of these vehicles are being manufactured in hybrid form. The Aspen is gone entirely.

Leaving in doubt the efficacy of prayer in the automotive world.

Years before “A Hybrid Hope” was preached in the Motor City, I speculated on the value of faith healing, prayer and auto mechanics…

The Laying on of the Hands Geo Metro GEaston

And praying for the GEO Metro worked.

In 2009, Car & Driver magazine tested a 1998 Metro (now wearing the “Chevrolet” badge) with 110,000 miles on it against a 2010 Toyota Prius and a 2010 Honda Insight — both the new Toyota and Honda were (still are) hybrids touted for their “Save the Planet” fuel economy.

In fuel economy, the Metro beat the Honda Insight and tied the Prius, delivering 42 MPG.

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So, get on Ebay, find an old Metro…

And let the praying begin.

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Churches Sponsoring NASCAR

When I first sketched this cartoon back in 2002, I thought it would be a bit outrageous to have churches sponsor NASCAR race cars. “The First Baptist Dodge.” “The Assembly of God Ford.” “The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Chevrolet.” And, so on.

Fourteen years later…

Bob Jones University Chevrolet Silverado Pick-up

Okay — technically not a church — or a car. But many times in its storied history, Bob Jones University has acted like a church (and held church on campus) and many of you who own trucks drive them like cars and expect the same level of performance and comfort…

NASCAR and church sponsorship

Is there a “Calvary 500 Sprint” in NASCAR’s future?

Word is the Presbyterian Reformed Toyota is predestined to win.

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BJU: NASCAR Sponsorship to Drive Up Enrollment

“Heavenly father, we thank you tonight for all your blessings, you said in all things give thanks. So we want to thank you tonight for these mighty machines that you brought before us…

Thank you for GM Performance technology and R07 engines. Thank you for Sunoco racing fuel and Goodyear tires that bring performance and power to the track…

Lord, I pray and bless the drivers and use them tonight. May they put on a performance worthy of this great track. In Jesus’ name, Boogity Boogity Boogity, A-MEN!”¹

There it was. Big and blue. Sitting in front of the Dining Common — ironically, sitting almost in the same spot the nightly post-evening meal “Snail Trail” use to begin…

The Bob Jones University Chevrolet Silverado Racing Truck…

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NASCAR BJU Silverado Pick-up

NASCAR BJU Bruin Race Truck

Sporting BJU colors and “66” (for the number of books in the Bible), this truck is ready to drive new students to BJU.

“We already have the geeks and nerds for our computer and engineering programs,” commented an anonymous BJU spokesperson. “We got the nerds using Pokémon Go and making the Dining Common a PokéStop. Now, with the BJU Bruin Racing Truck, we’re after the rednecks — the backbone of America.”

With the addition of a BJU racing truck, there had been rumors that the university was preparing to reopen some of its closed trade programs, such as, auto and diesel mechanics. But the spokesperson for the university said those rumors were untrue.

“Those new students we glean from our NASCAR sponsorship will be funneled into our Ministerial Program in the School of Religion,” the BJU spokesperson said. “Loud noises. Crashes. And people going around in circles. They’re a perfect fit!”

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¹A few lines from an actual prayer prior to the start of the Federated Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race (July 23, 2011 ), offered by Pastor Joe Nelms of the Family Baptist Church, Lebanon, TN.

More on church sponsorship of NASCAR…

BJU Uses Pokémon Go to Lure New Students

(See UPDATE below)

It’s summer, but the campus of Bob Jones University is bustling with activity.

Monday morning, a Squirtle (along with a few Zubats and a Bulbasaur) was spotted in front of the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium (FMA) — plus, it was discovered that the Dining Common was a designated PokéStop.

Pokemon Go Used At Bob Jones University

“The ‘Lure Module,'” whispered BJU President Steve Pettit, not wanting to disturb near-by Pokémon hunters. “That’s the real trick to this. We can only use it for thirty minutes or so, but it turns our PokéStop into a magnet for creatures — even the rare ones! And where the creatures are,” President Pettit continued, “new students are not far behind.”

In the last few years, BJU has experienced a decline in student enrollment. The combination of higher tuition costs, a flagging economy, increased competition and a shrinking pool of potential students has been difficult to overcome.

But President Pettit is undeterred — and decidedly optimistic.

“Pokémon Go is just another tool the Lord has provided us with,” Dr. Pettit said. “Once the gamers are on campus, we provide them with brochures, tours and good ol’ southern hospitality, in hopes that they will enroll this fall and continue their quest here at Bob Jones University.”

Pettit did later add that BJU is looking for those that “don’t run from a fight” and that “no matter how worthless the beast, they always try to catch it.”

“Now that’s the kind of character we are looking for,” Pettit said.

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UPDATE: bjuedu — Spotted on campus. (For those wondering, can’t be caught with a Poké Ball.)

The Dean of Men: Liverman

“After his release from the military, he entered Bob Jones College in the fall of 1946 which was located at that time in Cleveland, TN. He later moved to Greenville when Bob Jones University moved here where he completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in the School of Religion. At that time, he began his work in the Dean of Men’s office where he remained until his retirement in 1981.” ~ from the William E. Liverman Obituary, Mackey Mortuary, Greenville, SC

Dr. Liverman, Dean Liverman (as I knew him), passed away last week. He was 90 years old. The photo that appeared beside his obituary looked nothing like the Dean that I remembered. But, I have not seen Dr. Liverman since his retirement from Bob Jones University in the summer of 1981 — now 35 years ago.

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I remember Dr. Liverman’s retirement — 1981 was my first time trying double sessions of Summer School at BJU. For the entire time — 8 weeks — there was no Dean of Men. And, for me, no “hair check.” By the end of Second Session, I had quite the ‘fro and zero demerits!

Prior to that, late in the fall of 1980, I had my last disciplinary encounter with Dean Liverman. By “disciplinary encounter,” I mean I was sitting in the Dean of Men’s office waiting for my punishment to be handed down.

This was back when BJU was bursting at the seams. Dorm rooms designed for three were now housing four or five. In 1980-81, I was on the second floor of Reveal (one of five men’s dorms) and there were four of us in one room.

And, late in the fall of 1980, all four of us from Reveal 210 were sitting in the Dean of Men’s — Dr. Liverman’s — office. Why? It happened like this…

Blame it on COBOL. Me and one of my roomies had Dr. Guthrie’s COBOL class. As a Computer Science major/minor, one of our duties was to empty the keypunch machines (this was 1980, remember) of their punches (or “chads”¹) that were stored in plastic containers under the keypunch machines. My roommate and I were emptying the machines and decided that it would be a brilliant idea to collect the punches in a garbage bag and take them back to our room…

And we did. That November evening, the entire BJU campus stock of keypunch chads were in Reveal Room 210.

But not for long.

“White Glove” was a day set aside (Saturday² before Thanksgiving) to give your dorm room a deep cleaning — hence, the name “White Glove.” It was strictly enforced. Failure meant repeating the process until approved. Refusal or delinquency meant demerits. It was a real pain in the ass and ruined a perfectly good Saturday.

Friday night. The night before White Glove. My roommate and I talked the rest of the room (including the APC³) into a little scheme. Pick a room on our hall — any room at random — go in at 2 or 3 AM when everyone is asleep and “T.P.” the room with keypunch chads.

And we did. We picked the room next to the Hall Monitor.⁴ Got up at 3 AM. Entered the room (no locks on the doors). And “made it snow” keypunch chads. We put them everywhere. Beds. Sink. Floor. Closets. Even in the wall-mounted telephone. When we left, that room looked like a “Winter Wonderland.”

Back in our room, all four of us laughed ourselves to sleep.

Next day. White Glove.

In our hall, a crowd had gathered around that one random room. There was a mixture of disgust and laughter that someone could be so cruel (or so awesome!) to do this to another dorm room on the night before White Glove.

“Uh, guys…” I said to my roomies. I pointed to the floor.

A trail of chads led from the sabotaged room, down the hall, straight up to our room door…

They got us. Some of the chads must have leaked out of the bags or stuck to our feet.

We were made to clean up our “Winter Wonderland” — plus, we all had an appointment with the Dean of Men, Dr. William Liverman.

Dr. Liverman sat behind his desk. In the room, two other Dorm Supervisors sat giving me and my three other roommates disapproving looks.

“So, let me get this straight,” Dr. Liverman began. He looked sternly at all of us from behind his black-framed, kidney-shaped glasses. “You set your alarms for 3 AM and all of you willingly got up to participate in this prank.” He looked at my APC. “I would think you would have stopped it.”⁵

Silence for a moment. Then laughter.

Dr. Liverman was laughing.

“All my years,” he said. “Just when I think I’ve seen it all. Something new.” And he laughed some more.

“Of course,” Dr. Liverman said as the laughter died down, “you do realize this is Major Horseplay. You will each receive 25 demerits. You’re fortunate it’s not 50.”

Dr. Liverman, folks.

He lives on.

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¹Made famous by the Florida Bush/Gore 2000 election debacle – remember “hanging chads?”
²There was also a second White Glove the Saturday before spring Bible Conference.
³APC = Assistant Prayer Captain – appointed as the room’s “spiritual leader.”
⁴Hall Monitor = in charge of either east or west hall.
⁵No one in this room was any type of “religion” or Bible major. Two were Accounting. One was Business. I was Cinema.

The Big Rewrite

Saw this on the biased, left-wing weblog The Daily Kos—

“I spoke with former BJU professor Camille Lewis, who knows as much about BJU as anyone.  Lewis spent the first two decades of her adult life at BJU as both a student and a professor…”

The “I” is the unnamed liberal writer and the “Camille Lewis” is our favorite former Bob Jones University faculty member, the de facto Queen of The Disaffected, creator and founder of Do Right BJU, earner of a doctorate amidst the cornfields of Indiana, Ph.D. and independent scholar, Camille K. Lewis.

Lewis, “who knows as much about BJU as anyone” — really? Two decades at BJU and you too can be a BJU Historian. (Dr. John Matzko needs to know this. Dr. Matzko, finally! You can relax! Camille Lewis has got this!)

So, as a historian, a BJU expert appearing in various national media, a self-proclaimed “independent scholar,” a beggar of donated bucks for “travel and research,” how does Camille K. Lewis handle history?

Easy to figure out. Let’s look at her history.

Camille Lewis BJU Review 2006

“I know no other place with such a gathering of genuinely gracious, earnest and intelligent men and women.” Camille Lewis, BJU Review, Spring 2006 (above)

Camille has made a HUGE deal (little Donald Trump lingo there) out of her leaving her teaching position (Rhetoric & Public Address Department Head & Speech Faculty) at BJU and has written and posted repeatedly about her 2007 departure from The Fortress of Faith.

Depending on where you begin to read, Camille Lewis quit BJU — or was forced to resign — or was threatened with termination — or — read on and see what I mean…

Reformed Theology — Mid-2008, memory of 2007 would be reasonably fresh in one’s mind. Camille Lewis comments that she left BJU over “reformed theology” — Calvinism…

Camille Lewis Reformed 05-11-2008

Camille Lewis Reformed 07-28-2008

Roughly the same time period, an entry from the Camille Lewis blog alludes to a difference with BJU regarding God’s working (Christian code for theology) in their lives…

Camille Lewis Blog quote

Notice how this is written. The impression is that, as a couple, they were “expressing how God was working…” And this “expressing” was arousing the ire of their BJU superiors. So, how was this “expressing” being done?

Food Critic — Griping about the food is a big “no-no” at BJU — silly, I know…

Camille Lewis Food Critic DC

“Keswick” refers to more theological differences with BJU. “DC fare” refers to the BJU Dining Common food — specifically the fish…

Camille Lewis Fish 2005

Books — This is quasi-theological, since many of the books Camille Lewis recommended would never be recommended by “the Powers that Be,” i.e., BJU. A February 2008 post from the Camille Lewis blog not too long after the Lewis’s BJU departure…

Camille Lewis Reading Books

Spanking — Another quasi-theological post regarding corporal punishment. BJU teachings are definitely Old School — “spare the rod, spoil the child.” Camille’s viewpoint is decidedly different. And while a member of the BJU faculty, she expressed her opinion that spanking a child is not a “command,” but a suggestion in the book of Proverbs. This occurred in July 2006 on an the internet forum Sharper Iron. In Camille’s blog (2010), she comments about the role these “no spanking” posts had in her leaving BJU…

Camille Lewis on Spanking

Publish or Perish — A very detailed description is given of the Camille Lewis departure in the Kenneth Burke Society Journal, Spring 2008 — again, less than a year after the BJU departure. In this article, Camille Lewis details the saga of “The Last Chapter” — the final chapter in her dissertation that appeared to criticize the theology (theology – again!) of fellow faculty member, Dr. Jim Berg.

“After a long series of meetings and document exchanges, on July 13, 2007, both my husband and I received an ultimatum from President Stephen Jones and Vice-President Gary Weier: ‘If you cannot hold your [theological] position without openly promoting it in spoken or written communication to colleagues, students, or others at a distance from the University, we would have to come to a parting of ways.’

The directive gave us two choices: capitulation or termination. We chose to resign. To be silent would be anti-intellectual and unethical. And what follows here is the chapter that was evidently too threatening to be published while still within the Bob Jones University cloister.”

Some more comments (2010) made on the Camille Lewis blog as to why she left BJU. First one was addressing their struggle with the fact that they would be violating their contract of employment with BJU…

“…we realized that with that ultimatum they had changed our contract. We had complied with every one of their requests — from blog posts about campus food to book recommendations to internet forum participation to dropping accepted chapters from published works. But silencing our conscience was too far. …  And two weeks from the ultimatum, we resigned. God had pushed us out, but He’d given us a very soft place to land.”

The “silencing” was about theology. Reformed theology. Calvinism.

In November 2008, after Dr. Stephen Jones issued an apology for BJU’s past racial policies, in the comments of “Jonesing for an Apology,” Camille Lewis was on-line again, posting in defense of conservative fundamentalists, like those at BJU…

“So I know it’s fun to use these fundamentalists as a punching bag. But it’s not necessary, nor does it bolster your case. They do have a very, very peculiar and separatist reality that does not comport with the rest of the world’s. Believe you me — I know that way better than you all do.”

After a few delays, in April 2011, ABC finally aired “20/20: Shattered Faith” which mentions details of the Tina Anderson case and the role of Chuck Phelps and properly reporting sexual abuse to law enforcement. In that “20/20” episode, we see and hear a few seconds of Camille Lewis, where she mentions that IFB churches are in every town, women are subordinate and men are in charge…

Camille Lewis ABC 20 20

But the Tina Anderson episode of “20/20” was not about Camille Lewis. Camille played a tiny role and only spoke for a few seconds (cumulative). This was Jocelyn Zichterman’s big media break. Camille was a bit player.

But this was the first time since leaving BJU in 2007 that Camille Lewis is associated with anything relating to “sexual abuse” — and none of it associated directly with BJU, but indirectly through a “network” of IFB churches, most of which had some type of an affiliation with Bob Jones University. The resulting outcome of Tina Anderson’s trial highlighted the inept counseling of Dr. Chuck Phelps. From that point on Chuck Phelps was on the Camille Lewis radar.

In November 2011, Camille Lewis discovered that Chuck Phelps was a member of the BJU Cooperating Board of Trustees, prompting the start of a petition, website and Facebook page (“Do Right BJU”) to have Chuck Phelps removed from the Board because of his handling of the Tina Anderson rape case while he was Tina’s pastor. The movement against Phelps used a current BJU senior as a “front man” to push a so-called “student led ‘Wear Red’ protest” on December 12, 2011 to have Phelps removed. That protest did take place…

Camille K Lewis red balloons

But Chuck Phelps had already removed himself from the Board two weeks prior shifting the theme of the protest to remember “victims of sexual abuse.” From the Camille Lewis blog, December 2011…

“We released the balloons slowly. When I released the few that I did, I said the names of the sexual abuse victims I know personally. Like “Jennifer.” And Cathy. And other names still too much in the throes of recovery.”

And at this point, year-end 2011 — four years after leaving BJU — this was when the Camille-based “sexual abuse” bandwagon started to roll. It’s obvious that Camille decided that this the way to get noticed — like Zichterman before her. And it did. I’ve seen Camille Lewis quoted and pictured in The New York Times and the (now defunct) Al Jazeera America news network. (Still no book deal — yet.)

So, after all this time reading about Camille’s theological struggles, “Publish or Perish,” spanking kids and bad fish, you can imagine my surprise when I read The Daily Kos account (June 26, 2016) of why Camille Lewis left Bob Jones University…

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She left because of “sexual abuse” — in “disgust,” no less.

Right.

Or should I say “Rewrite.”

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•Thanks to those who contributed & granted permission. You know who you are.

Prophecy

For years, the European Union (EU) has been the first sign of the future One World Government, led by the Antichrist of your choice.

Except — no one saw Brexit — and what could be the end of the EU…

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Could it be that — all of these prophets are wrong?

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Do Right BJU: Winning!

A Bit of History —

It was late October 2011 on the campus of Bob Jones University. The door slammed hard as a current BJU student, Pete¹, returned to his dorm room, humiliated and angered by another “counseling session” with the Dean of Men. Pete, a BJU senior, stood for a moment seething. His eyes caught the familiar rectangle of his laptop —

And that’s when it happened.

An idea.

A Facebook page unlike all other Facebook pages…

Do Right BJU Facebook logo

Do Right BJU…

So, Pete, took his laptop and gave life to his creation. A smile once again spread across his face…

DRBJU Founded - Joined Facebook

At least that’s what we were repeatedly told happened. “I was the sole initiator of DRBJU. Eventually I asked several individuals to help me out…”² Pete told one of the moderators on Sharper Iron, May 10, 2012. Again and again the story was told of the brave and valiant BJU student risking life and limb, creating a Facebook page, the title of which was based on a Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. “chapel saying” — “Do right!” — the implication of the page being that BJU, et al, was not “doing right” and needed correction.

And that correction, that guidance, would come from the BJU students themselves, led entirely by Pete.

In November 2011, when I first heard this story, I knew right away it was total horse shit. This had the stink of Camille K. Lewis and her cadre of malcontents (later known as The Disaffected) all over it.³ And I said so — repeatedly.

Until one evening that same November, the sole creator of Do Right BJU commented on my blog:

DRBJU Facebook - original purpose

Originating from a Greenville (SC) area Starbucks (according to the IP) let me know that this was indeed Pete, the sole creator, the main administrator, of Do Right BJU. In other words, the comment was legit.

What struck me about the comment was the stated purpose of the Do Right BJU page:

1) Get Chuck Phelps off the board
2) Get regional accreditation
3) Get Dr. Bob (3rd) to shut up

Ignore the fact that “abuse” or “sexual abuse” was never mentioned. Just the removal of Dr. Chuck Phelps from the BJU Board of Trustees — which happened a few days (December 2) after this comment was written, Chuck Phelps resigned of his own volition, stating he (Dr. Phelps) had become a “distraction.” This made the whole “12-12-11 Wear Red” on-campus protest quite lame since Phelps was already gone.

But, DRBJU had accomplished Goal #1. Check that off.

And this week…

June 16, 2016 — Bob Jones University was granted regional accreditation candidacy status by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

DRBJU set to accomplish Goal #2. Check again.

There is no “Jones” as BJU President. And the only noise that Dr. Bob Jones III (now quietly the chancellor) has made was to apologize for saying homosexuals should be stoned…

DRBJU Goal #3 — for the win!

Yet, no one over at Do Right BJU Facebook is touting their success. The page is quiet. Dead.

Pete has moved on, I guess.

But, Pete’s creation — his REAL creation — was those Three Original Goals…

And he achieved them all.

Winning!

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¹Not the student’s real name
²Sharper Iron, May 10, 2012 to SI Moderator James Peet
³More information on the actual creators of DRBJU/Facebook

Gatorphobia

From CBS News…

Disney Closes Beaches

“Disney closes all beaches at Florida Resorts”

Why all beaches? Because of one bad alligator? Seems dangerous, divisive and reactionary. Policy and statements rooted in fear and ignorance.

Most alligators just want to enjoy the water and the warm sun. When they do hunt for food, alligators don’t consider humans to be part of their diet. Rather, alligators prefer smaller animals, killed and eaten in a certain way. Bottom line is this — a majority of alligators are peaceful and seamlessly coexist with all of us.

Some have even found employment at Disney World, providing entertainment at “Splash Mountain”…

Disney Gator

Rather than overreacting in an ignorant, gatorphobic manner, we need to find out what radicalized this particular alligator. What caused this alligator to depart from the peaceful path of coexistence and attack a helpless human being? Was it the environment? Parents?

So, Florida Fish & Wildlife, put away your guns!

Education is what is needed. Not the mindless closing of all beaches. Not more killing.

Let’s stop the hate. Let’s stop Gatorphobia.

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Bilderberg 2016: Deep Truth

“Is that what they teach you in med school now? Find a hole and stick something in it?”
~ Me, to my doctor, after a conversation about a colonoscopy

DATELINE: Dresden, Germany

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Meanwhile, at a medical facility near you…

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Later…

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And now you know…

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Chuckles in Chef

Grab your Reading Buddy

Time for another FLASHBACK!

Today, we pause a moment to remember the blog called “Chucklestravels” and its coverage of BJU’s little known (and often ignored) scandal surrounding the (then) newly appointed “Chef Branding Officer.” In order to fully grasp the impact of this relatively unknown BJU scandal, I have attached the following screen-shot from the 2013 “Chuckles” blog…

ChucklesTravels - Chef Branding Officer BJU

Back in 2013, I was still the CEO of The Hidalgo Grain Company (an independent think tank located in southeast central Illinois) and I as CEO, applauded “Chuckles” sniffing out this hidden BJU scandal. So, in the desire to see a fellow blogger succeed and in the spirit of cooperation, The Hidalgo Grain Company posted the following comment to the “Chuckles” blog…

The Hidalgo Grain Company Comment to ChucklesTravels

When last viewed (in 2013), our “Comment was awaiting moderation.”

But our helpful (and sincere) comment never appeared.

What kind of a world do we live in when creamed eggs and Welsh rarebit (which may or may not contain actual rabbits) can silence the truth?

Apparently the writer or writers of “Chucklestravels” has/have been bought off by Bob Jones University in order to keep this second and potentially devastating scandal quiet.

Or, perhaps, the “Chuckles” blog comments are managed by multiple individuals and our helpful feedback was deleted by accident.

Mistakes like that happen…

…when there are too many chiefs in the kitchen.

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Throne Room: Breached!

Recently, claims have been made — and I can’t believe I am even writing this — that a fellow blogger broke into a home (that was on the market) and took pictures of the owner’s bathrooms…

Throne Room Breached

The claims were made by Cathy Harris, a known accuser of Bob Jones University’s former Dean of Students, Dr. Jim Berg (Harris claims Dr. Berg threatened her with a rat trap*) and Harris was the organizer of at least one sparsely attended protest outside the BJU campus and is a co-conspirator with The Disaffected‘s de facto Queen.

Harris makes many fanciful claims — she has a wonderful imagination —

Or DOES she?!

Could it be one of our Secret Camera Ninjas was careless?!

Throne Room Impossible

Your mission: Photos of The Queen’s Throne Room

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Throne Room Impossible Camera Ninja One

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Throne Room Impossible Camera Ninja Three

Mission: Complete

Throne Room Breached Warning

You have been warned.

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*According to a Dec. 2014 news story appearing in the Greenville News (but strangely, never mentioned in the comprehensive G.R.A.C.E. Report…)

BJU Discipline Committee “DC” List, 1987

Another FLASHBACK! post —

Obligatory Trigger Warning
Many of you who have suffered through the Discipline Committee may find The DC List difficult to process. We urge you to take steps to care for yourself in protective ways, seek support and only read The DC List in a place of safety (like a Starbucks or a Donald Trump Rally) and with the encouragement of a faithful companion or a “Reading Buddy.”

Discipline Committee, or “D.C.,” was the Bob Jones University way of notifying and (in some cases) allowing a student to contest demerits that were handed out for infractions as small as forgetting to vacuum your dorm room floor to fighting, drinking, going to movies — you know, “The Big Sins”…

Demerits usually were dished out one at a time. Occasionally they came in clusters of 5, 10, 25, 50, 75, etc., depending on the act. A student was allowed 150 demerits per semester. Over that, and you were expelled, or “shipped.” There were warnings along the way. Hitting 50 demerits caused you to receive a warning of impending doom. Get 75 demerits and you were Permanently Campused, or “P.C.’d.” — you could no longer leave the campus grounds. (You will note the “DC List” posted the names of those “PC’d.”)

During my BJU stint, I accumulated well over 300 demerits, having only one semester where I received zero demerits. I was “shipped” well before this list was generated – so don’t look for me.

From nearly 30 years ago, March 31, 1987 —

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03 DC List

04 DC List

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06 DC List

07 DC List

08 DC List

09 DC List

10 DC List

11 DC List

12 DC List

13 DC List

14 DC List

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Lurching Forward…

Jerry: “Why are we looking back all of the time?”

Joel: “Because when you look back, you know what you’re going to say. That’s why. You know what to say about the past. You don’t know what to say about the future.”*

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*Jerry Seinfeld & Joel Hodgson, “A Taste of Hell From on High” Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Sigmund’s Slip

Bob Jones University is thirty years in my past. I have no relationship with the university — good or bad (although I was told by a current faculty member that I was considered “friendly”) — my now adult children did not attend BJU (or any private Christian college) and I am not a member of the BJU Alumni Association. I do, however, have friends still there and I value their friendship and respect their commitment to the university and its mission.

It saddens me to see BJU becoming smaller. It was going to happen — the pool of students was shrinking while the tuition ballooned. What is it now? In the $20K range? Other conservative private colleges (such as, Pensacola Christian College) have been siphoning from the same shrinking pool. Unless there’s some dramatic reversal (or a miracle – a literal miracle) — it seems inevitable that the pool will drain dry and, like some other small colleges, the doors will shut.

Which brings me to Sigmund’s Slip (quasi-crossdressing reference there)…

Sigmund Freud Freudian Slip GEaston

Today, I (twice) received an email from the BJU Alumni Association asking for me to host a “BJU Alumni Home Meeting.” That was fine. I don’t mind hearing from my alma mater, but I’m afraid that I’m not much of a “host.” (Check the Dining Commons records — I was terrible!)

But that’s not what caught my eye.

It was a typo in the following email (highlighted in green)…

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“We are drawing near our decline.” *

Yes, unfortunately, I believe you may be…

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*I am fairly certain they meant to write “deadline” — but, Sigmund’s Slip…

Career Opportunity! Join the TSA!

As part of the Obama Administration’s “Shovel Ready” Employment Initiative, the United States Department of Genital Security announces career opportunities with the Toilet Security Administration (TSA) as Level One Public Toilet Genital Checkers.

Toilet Security Administration TSA

As a Level One Genital Checker (L1GC), you will be empowered to check the genitals of anyone requesting access to a public toilet and deny access to anyone appearing to be an incompatible user of the public toilet facilities. No previous experience is necessary, but general knowledge of genital location and identification is helpful. Being literate in any language is useful (but not required) as it will be necessary to cross-check names appearing on the “Do Not Go” list generated bi-monthly by United States intelligence services.

The TSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.* Non-citizens, carnival workers and convicted felons encouraged to apply. Advancement opportunities available after the first hour of employment. Tobacco use prohibited. Health and dental insurance required via enforcement of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010.

Glove up now for an exciting future with the TSA!

Glove Up TSA

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*If accepted as an employee of the TSA, you will be automatically registered to vote as a Democrat in the next election. Proof of United States citizenship not required.

Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne…

…On the Internet.

Uh-oh, rumblings at The Castle of The Disaffected…

Queen of The Disaffected Camille K Lewis Throne Net

An Edict is issued…

I just came across this blog post, and I’m going to have to respectfully request that you delete the photos from your website. Those are my photos that I produced as part of my duties as the realtor who sold the home. They are copyrighted intellectual property … and cannot be legally reproduced without permission. Please remove the photos as soon as possible, but no later than 11:59pm on Sunday, May 8, 2016.

And, yes, the photos of the various Throne Rooms, the “intellectual property,” were removed — or at least recategorized.

You may laugh, but understand — this is what is going on inside The Queen’s head…

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Disaffection runs deep. Into the mind it will creep — until all that you say, do, think and post is tainted by pure fantasy.

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bath04-ggat - thrones-logoNOTE: We here at inktrekker would like to think the Greater Greenville Association of Thrones (ggat) for the use of these photos. Also, My Listing Service (MLS – not to be confused with Multiple Listing Service which is something entirely different.)

When you’re in Greenville and you need a throne, think Greater Greenville Association of Thrones!

NOTE #2: Unfamiliar with The Disaffected and their de facto Queen? Click here for more information…

The Dark Secrets of the BJU Ceremonial Mace

Another in our FLASHBACK series…

It has now been a couple of years since the Bob Jones University Ceremonial Mace made its inaugural appearance.

We see The Mace being carried here (see arrow)

Bob Jones University Mace Carried

And a close-up here…

Bob Jones University Mace

The Mace began life as Dr. Bob Jones, Jr.’s walking stick, “made from rare African Blackwood.” And what I thought was Elvish, is actually “a silver inlay of the Ten Commandments in Arabic.” The top portion was constructed by BJU staff artists.

But, as usual, there is some controversy regarding the inlayed symbology – at least among The Disaffected, unemployable “independent scholars” and other ignorant dolts. Most, if not all, know what each of these finely crafted inlaid symbols mean, their origin, their history and why they appear on the BJU Ceremonial Mace.

For example, this weird looking cross (note arrow)

Bob Jones University Mace Cross

That’s right.

Everyone with even a modicum of intelligence knows where this symbol originates (look at the arrow)

He-Man and Masters of the Universe

Let’s have another look at the BJU Ceremonial Mace…

Bob Jones University Mace He-Man Cross

It’s too close to be a mistake!

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NOTE: At the risk of having their well-earned Bob Jones University degree revoked, an anonymous BJU grad sent me this secret iPhone pic of how The Mace is used at secret BJU Board Meetings. To see the photo, you must click here…

Angry Grads: Where Are They Now?

FLASHBACK
Bob Jones University Commencement
May 2012

After watching their newly minted graduates walk across the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium stage, happy families trickled out into the brilliant South Carolina sunshine to shake hands, take photos, embrace and wish each other well—

But wait —

Up in the Sky

What’s that sad, shrill whine emanating from the sky above?

Angry Grads - DoRight Banner

It’s THE ANGRY GRADS!

The Angry Grads

Truth Seeking Grads of Bob Jones - RED

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DoRight BJU Facebook - WHITE

LGBT Alumni of BJU BJUnity

Bob-whackers - GREEN

C Petey Peterman - BLUE

Christopher Peterman - BLUE 3

Cathy Harris - ORANGE

Dr Camille K Lewis - RED Balloons

Ah, the memories! The heady days of grabbing the crayons, making a banner and digging up a few shekels to hire a pilot and plane. What fun!

Since May 2012, BJU has held four banner-less commencements…

And The Angry Grads have been a no-show.

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Flood of Cash? Build an Ark

Tacos.

I was making tacos when I live-streamed the debate between “The Science Guy” (Bill Nye) and “The Creation Guy” (Ken Ham). Going into the debate, I knew much more about Bill Nye than I did Ken Ham. My kids grew up watching Bill Nye the Science Guy on TV, but Ken Ham was unheard of by me until I discovered (via Google) a few years ago that an old college friend of mine was shooting video for Ken Ham’s “Answers in Genesis” (AIG). The debate was predictable — and did what most “debates” do —

Changed the mind of nobody and hardened the position of everyone.

But this debate also raised awareness for Ken Ham’s* “ark park,” The Ark Encounter…

Ark Encounter Website

And raised donations…

Ark Encounter Donations

Wow. That’s a flood of money…

Answers in Genesis Ark Ken Ham Creation Land

The cartoon above was drawn before the debate (2013 – debate was Feb. 2014), and before I had any idea what this “ark park” was going to be called. So, like Adam before me, I gave it a name…

“Creation Land”

In my view “Creation Land” (Ark Encounter) is a lot like “Holy World” (The Holy Land Experience) in Orlando. And I don’t understand why someone who professes to see Creation and the Bible as Divine Acts of God would want to cheapen it all with John-the-Baptist shower curtains, Sermon-on-the-Mount little league batting helmets, Dead-Sea-Scrolls steak knives and The-World-Is-Coming-To-An-End lawn furniture…

Handing tickets out for God.

Step right up, folks.

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*The debate certainly helped Bill Nye’s notoriety, as well.

God’s Tax

Emancipation Day, celebrated by the District of Columbia on April 15, was responsible for personal federal income taxes being due today, April 18, 2016. Nearly 50%* of Americans pay no federal income taxes** — yet many of those same 50% receive “refunds.”

That’s no “refund” when you paid in nothing to begin with — or you get back more than you paid in.

That is a “gift” — from those of us who paid.

God’s “tax” was 10% — it is referred to as a “tithe”…

Rusty the Tithe Sniffing Dog

Arguments still abound whether God meant 10% of gross or net income.

Either way, 10% is not much money.

To get around this problem, the “Prosperity Gospel” was invented. The more you give, the more you get. It’s called “God’s Economy of Giving.”

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Others call it “Private Jets for Jesus.”

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Quasi-tax RelatedThis Was Your Best Life Now!Jesus Jet

*Figures for non-federal income tax-paying Americans range from 45% to 57% – according to whom you ask. Whether this is good or bad, I leave to the experts…

**Just to be clear, Social Security is not a “tax” — it’s supposed to be a promise that the money you paid in to Social Security will BE THERE when you retire. Okay, okay, stop laughing…

Holy Os

Never have I been a fan of breakfast. Last thing I want to do when I first wake up is eat. Breakfast for me is coffee — no sugar — fat-free cream and coffee. Three cups later, the spirit returns…

Holy Os Breakfast Cereal

Back in 2002, when I first sketched this, I called the spiritual cereal “Glory Os”…

Someone, who was a little more worldly-wise than I, said it sounded too much like “glory holes.”

I changed the name.

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FLASHBACK: The Hidalgo Particle

(First posted May 2014 — Many of these “particles” have died, but some new ones have since formed in the matrix, so I have updated the collision image.)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAY 30, 2014 – Researchers at the CERN Large Hadron Collider located in Meyrin, Switzerland have discovered that some particles collide better than others. Dr. Delmo I. Kiltsapp, one of the chief research scientists has given this variation in destructive power a name: “collidability.”

One particle with a particularly high Collidability Factor (or CF) was The Hidalgo Particle, which, when accelerated to 98% C using CERN’s 27 km Large Hadron Collider and collided with a larger group of Disaffected Particles, splintered The Disaffected into entirely new sets of unknown sub-particles.

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Dr. Delmo I. Kiltsapp
Hidalgo Project Administrator

“Amazing,” Dr. Kiltsapp said, “That such a small, short lived particle like The Hidalgo could produce such a creative splintering effect!”

CERN released an annotated image capturing the collision and the sub-particles produced (below).

Speculating as to whether or not there is an unknown particle out there with a greater CF, Dr. Kiltsapp, refused to elaborate.

“We must keep researching – at least, while the grant money lasts.”

Hidalgo Particle Disaffected Collision

©2014, 2016 CERN

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The Monkey on the Back

Recently on another blog, a commenter attempted to draw a distinction between the personality and de facto leadership of Camille K. Lewis and something called “The Cause.”

“I would not identify myself with Camille even tangentially. But make no mistake–there were many people who sympathized with the cause without at all sympathizing with Camille.”

Many, like the commenter above, have forgotten what the true “cause” is…

1) First and foremost – the closing of Bob Jones University. “Chains on the gate,” I believe was the term.

2) Vindication of Camille K. Lewis for all that she has suffered at the hands of BJU, et al (Jones, Berg, Lawson, NGU, etc.)

3) Number 1 & Number 2 are interchangeable – they are the same thing.

None of this ever had anything to do with “victims” or any type of “abuse,” sexual or otherwise. For example…

When “Do Right BJU” was conceptualized and created by Camille Lewis & Company (collectively known here as The Disaffected) in the late summer/early fall of 2011, that Facebook page had a three-fold stated purpose. (These were also the reasons for the 12-12-11 “Wear Red Protest.”) From DRBJU administrator Nov. 28, 2011

1) Get Chuck Phelps off the board.
2) Get regional accreditation.
3) Get Dr. Bob to shut up.

What happened was this:

1) Chuck Phelps resigned the BJU Board at the very end of November 2011, taking away the true purpose of the 12-12-11 “Wear Red Protest.” Protest organizers, Camille Lewis and other disaffected locals, changed the protest’s purpose to “recognizing abuse.”

2) Currently, BJU is striving for accreditation. Camille Lewis daily rails against BJU attaining accreditation on her various WTF?BJU pages.

3) Dr. Bob (Jones), Stephen Jones, in fact, no Jones is at the immediate helm any longer.

So, job done, right? Why is any of this stuff still around?

Because, BJU is still around…

“He tasks me. He tasks me, and I shall have him!”*

So, G.R.A.C.E. was foisted upon an already weak BJU president (Stephen Jones) and BOZ & the Gang were going to bring to light abuses and scandals that would leave Jim Berg sobbing in his office with a revolver pointed at his head—

Instead, G.R.A.C.E. found nothing but sometimes ignorant employees and frequently overworked staff members. No lurid tales of wanton sexual deviance, rat-traps or abuse. In fact, even incorporating 40 years of BJU students, nothing at all. Non-news about a non-event.

This huge “zero” has led Camille K. Lewis to speculate that…

“Boz Tchividjian hasn’t said word one since the release of the GRACE Report, leading many interviewees to conclude that he agreed to a gag order in order to finish the investigation.”

Camille K Lewis Monkey on my Back

Now, BOZ, the would-be savior and hero, is in on it.

The actual truth is very, very simple — Bob Jones University is still open, Jim Berg is still speaking, writing and publishing. People are still reading and enjoying Berg’s books. BJU is pursuing accreditation, making the necessary changes and adapting to a smaller overall enrollment. All is good.

Except for The Cause…

The Monkey…

He’s still there — on the Doctor’s back…

And he tasks me! He tasks me!!

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*KAAAAHN!!

The Affairs of “Evangelical Royalty”

These two combined words, “evangelical” and “royalty,” are not mine. They come from The American Prospect, the left-tilting liberal quarterly, and appear in a fawning article written by Kathryn Joyce called “By Grace Alone” (May/June 2014)…

The American Prospect

The pertinent passage is as follows:

“GRACE was founded by a member of evangelical royalty: Boz Tchividjian…”

After popping a couple of Dramamine, I was able to slug through this BOZ love-fest…

“Though he’d be hard to pick out of a crowd, with his close-cropped brown hair, glasses, and blazer-and-khakis…”

…and get to the purported reason why this article was written: Protestant Christian Sex Scandals.

“Tchividjian had become convinced that the Protestant world is teetering on the edge of a sex-abuse scandal…”

A scandal, the article goes on to say, rivaling that of the Catholic Church or Penn State (2011). But, there’s a problem. It seems that…

“…’good ol’ boy’ networks routinely cover up victims’ stories to protect their reputations. He [BOZ] fears it is only a matter of time before it all blows up in their faces and threatens the survival of powerful Protestant institutions.”

In October 2012, these “cover ups” caused Christian talk show host, Janet Mefferd, to exclaim:

“This is an epidemic going on in churches. … When are evangelicals going to wake up¹ and say we have a massive problem in our own churches?”

Yes. The churches. Like Bob Jones University—

Wait — BJU has no on-campus church.

Well, then the massive problems and sex-abuse scandals mentioned with graphic, trigger-warning detail in the comprehensive 2014 G.R.A.C.E. Report on BJU—

There were none. It was non-news about non-events.

So —

Tchividjian Resigns Jul 2015

Tchividjian Fired Mar 16 2016

Tchividjian Affairs Mar 21 2016

Oh — there’s the church. There’s the scandal. There’s the “good ol’ boys” network.²

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¹This article from The American Prospect and the phrase “wake up” were highlighted by Greenville-Taylors, South Carolina-based Facebook page administrators and bloggers, all claiming independent fundamentalist churches were “cults” and were covering up sex abuse. That highlighting may explain the vandalism at near-by Hampton Park Baptist Church (pastored by a BJU grad and attended by BJU students/staff/faculty), December 2014 — occurring just days after release of the G.R.A.C.E. report on BJU.

Hampton Park Baptist Church vandalism Wake Up 12-24-2014

²Note the focus of Tchividjian’s (now former) organization, Liberate Network…

“…a resource ministry focused on ‘God’s inexhaustible grace‘ that Tchividjian founded in 2011.”

Also his favorite topic…

“…he [Tchividjian] feared that his message of grace—the topic of many of his previous books—might be undermined.”

Fallen From GRACE

FLASHBACK: Blessed Subtraction

The phrase “blessed subtraction” (pronounced “bless-ED“) comes from an October 2007 sermon by Mark Driscoll —

“I’m all about blessed subtraction. There is a pile of dead bodies under the Mars Hill bus — and by God’s grace it’ll be a mountain by the time we’re done.”

Strange phrase. And when I first heard it, it stuck in my head. Blessed Subtraction, apparently, is defined as removal of those who are in your way or, as a lot of preachers (of all faiths) like to say, removal of those who are in God’s way.

What amazes me is that guys like Mark Driscoll (or pick your own scandalized preacher) can always — always — count on being able to “return to the ministry.” And, such is the case for Mark Driscoll, as he begins his tenure as “Senior Pastor” this Easter Sunday (March 27) in Phoenix, Arizona

Mark Driscoll New Church Mar 27 2016

Photoshop allowed me to use a little blessed subtraction and isolate Driscoll’s photo. It is all about him, after all.

FLASHBACKPortions of the following originally posted August 12, 2014.

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“Truth seeking graduates of Bob Jones” was a Facebook page primarily administered by former Bob Jones University faculty member Camille K. Lewis. This Facebook page (and its fans) promoted the effort to get G.R.A.C.E. and Team BOZ to investigate BJU for alleged sexual abuse. “Keep Calm and Tell G.R.A.C.E.” was the mantra. BOZ “Evangelical Royalty” Tchividjian, the head guru at G.R.A.C.E., was their champion. The Sun rose and set on Planet BOZ. In their world, words from BOZ carried the weight of law. These people — The Disaffected — invested all of their hopes and dreams (i.e., the total destruction and collapse of BJU, plus the suicide of The Berg) in Saint BOZ.

Which is why this is funny —

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The cited Slate article (August 6, 2014) talks about BOZ and G.R.A.C.E. taking a stand against sexism and sexists, yet AT THE SAME TIME, Mark Driscoll’s “Resurgence” was listed as a G.R.A.C.E. “partner” and The BOZ prominently appeared on Driscoll’s website. (See “FLASHBACK: BJU, G.R.A.C.E. & Mark Driscoll“)

It wasn’t until August 11, 2014 that Mark Driscoll was “blessedly subtracted” from the G.R.A.C.E. “Partners” page — and that was only after this blog, inktrekker.com, pointed out the hypocrisy.

“Truth seeking graduates of Bob Jones” Facebook page also deleted their above post. Just one example of the skewed disingenuousness of this whole G.R.A.C.E. charade and the attacks on BJU, its ministries and its faculty, staff and students.

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FLASHBACK: BJU, G.R.A.C.E. & Mark Driscoll

Originally posted August 9, 2014, well in advance of the G.R.A.C.E. “comprehensive report” issued (finally) in December 2014…

TRIGGER WARNING — Grab your Reading Buddy. You have been warned.

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“G.R.A.C.E’s performance in the ABWE scandal was like mud sliding up a hill while giving ABWE credibility as an organization dealing with a problem that they tried to sweep under the rug for more than ten years. The victims did an outstanding job of keeping the scandal alive against incredible odds until the G.R.A.C.E experts said, We will take it from here. Now the issue is barely spoken of in evangelical circles, if at all. The victims, known as the Missionary Kids, were directly responsible for getting a medical license taken away from one of the perpetrators. G.R.A.C.E’s only other open “investigation” is Bob Jones University. Their only closed “investigation” is New Tribes in 2010 via a “report,” but two arrests were made prior to G.R.A.C.E’s involvement and one afterward that had nothing to do with the report. The arrest was made due to a tip from an internet user. New Tribe was sued by a victim in 2011.” ~ DisG.R.A.C.E: The Boz Tchividjian Fraud; Gracing the Victims into Obscurity, 09-25-2013

NOTE: At the time of the original post, August 9, 2014, G.R.A.C.E. “Partnerships” listed “Resurgence,” part of the Pastor Mark “Penis Houses” Driscoll Ministries. See below:

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BUT — when I pointed out this BOZ/Driscoll relationship, someone (a user at Sharper Iron) contacted The BOZ and asked, “Why are you partners with Driscoll?” The BOZ response below:

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THE EXCUSE was decidedly old school — “Blame the website.”

YET — a month later, September 12, 2014, on Mark Driscoll’s website…

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In Defense of Berg

February 2016: There was a Seminary Conference held at Bob Jones University. The chief organizer was Dr. Jim Berg, Dean of Students (as I knew him) at BJU. This was a conference geared toward ministering and instructing those who minister and instruct others. This conference had absolutely nothing to do with any response to any report (or “investigation”) done by any group touting themselves to be the “Christian Justice League” for those claiming abuse.

(Of course, I am referring to Team BOZ and the 2014 G.R.A.C.E. Report regarding sexual abuse at Bob Jones University. The previous post, “The GRACE Retort,” was all about how this “comprehensive report” turned up nothing…)

About Jim Berg: From 1981 until just a few years ago, Mr. Berg (as I knew him), now Dr. Berg, was Dean of Students, as well as a professor, author and speaker. His primary role as Dean of Students necessitated contact with BJU students who were having issues with university life, socially, mentally, academically or spiritually. It was Dr. Berg who performed the thankless job of expelling students, and dealing with angry and/or over-protective parents who looked at BJU as a reform school, rather than a private educational institution. In Dr. Berg’s own words…

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“In many cases, it was the last chance they had with this son or daughter. They thought, ‘We’ve done everything else we can. Let’s send them to Bob Jones.'”

Back to the February Seminary Conference: On the website she writes, former BJU/NGU¹ faculty member, Camille K. Lewis, claims that during Jim Berg’s closing session, Dr. Berg was actually responding to the GRACE Report. Lewis states:

“But one main actor has not yet delivered a response – Jim Berg. Until last month at the Seminary Conference.”

If you listen to the entire (nearly) one hour session, Dr. Berg never once mentions anything that could remotely be construed as a response to any report.²

Yet, Camille K. Lewis sites this particular line from Dr. Berg and interprets it as a direct response to the 2014 GRACE report:

“You can’t be Dean of Students and have people happy with every one of your decisions. It just doesn’t work that way. And I remember one time I made a decision and some people were taking up that thing on the internet. And I was deeply crushed, deeply hurt, because what was being said was entire lies — that’s not what happened.”

No one, other than Camille K. Lewis, who has a personal vendetta against Dr. Berg, could interpret this as a response to a particular report — any report.

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Regarding the “personal vendetta” aspect of this, Camille K. Lewis has stated (repeatedly) that she lost her BJU faculty position over her desire to be publically (via a published dissertation) critical of Dr. Berg and his 2002 book, When Trouble Comes.

“While delivering a repeat sermon from his book When Trouble Comes, Jim Berg’s version of The Prayer of Jabez, Jim chokes up in describing his ‘hardships’ which, like David’s, were ‘created by other people’s lies.’”

After all of these years, the anger still seethes, eh, Camille?

First of all, When Trouble Comes is not a Berg version of The Prayer of Jabez. The only thing Dr. Berg’s book has in common with Jabez is the commonality of size and binding — which was by design. Dr. Berg clearly explains this…

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“I was meeting with the BJU Press about Created for His Glory which I was writing at that time, and we were talking about the production schedule and what they needed from me, and this kind of thing. And they said, ‘By the way, what do you want to write next?’

I said, ‘I would like to write a small book on how to handle a crisis. … I’d like to put that down in a small book’ — The Prayer of Jabez had just come out some months before that, I want it to be about the size of The Prayer of Jabez, and I want it to be hardbound. Because it needs to look like a gift that you give somebody in time of trouble, and if it’s hardbound, they’re not going to throw it away – probably. And they will pick it up in a time of need.”

Commonality of size, binding and convenience — not content, as Lewis would have you believe. This is typical of her rewriting of history — just twist a word, here – a meaning, there. Truth matters not. Truth is not the goal.

I have my own history with Jim Berg. He sat in the Dean’s Office as I was being expelled from BJU back in 1982. However, Dr. Berg was also personally instrumental in allowing me to return to BJU a few years later and complete my degree, a decision, on both our parts, that changed the course of my life.

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¹NGU — North Greenville University. Lewis was terminated there, as well. Just as it was at BJU, it wasn’t her fault.

²Dr. Berg gets repeated mentions in the 2014 G.R.A.C.E. Report, yet neither the Dean of Men, Dean of Women or Dormitory Supervisors (or whatever they call them now) get mentioned or questioned. Why? All of these positions involve dealing with students and their problems.

The G.R.A.C.E. Retort

TRIGGER WARNING: “…reading this report may trigger painful memories and you may find portions difficult to process. We urge you to take steps to care for yourself in protective ways, seek support and only read the report in a place of safety and with the encouragement of faithful companions.” ~ Dec. 10, 2014, The “GRACE Team” announcing the release of the “comprehensive report” regarding sexual abuse at Bob Jones University

An announcement about non-news about non-events — yet, somehow, “The GRACE Team” (a.k.a., “The Christian Justice League”) managed to stretch nothing into 300 pages* of — nothing.

Which is why nothing has come out of this “comprehensive report.” But, that’s in keeping with G.R.A.C.E. tradition. Their reports carry no legal weight. Their “interviews” are not depositions and are not bound by any legal privilege or any legal statutes.

In light of actual sex crimes committed against women (and a few men) at secular and state run institutions, the GRACE Report looks rather silly. Poor counseling, bumping, brushing and a claimed boob-grab really doesn’t cut it in a world where other universities repeatedly deal with actual on-campus sexual assaults, rape and, in some cases, death.

Pathetic. I would be embarrassed to be associated with it.

There is, however, at least one person still beating the dead GRACE horse…

Our old friend at WTF?BJU.org

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There is now a whiff of conspiracy in the air. WTF?BJU.org (Vol.5, Num.7, no less) hints at BOZ being silenced or “gagged” by the almighty and all-powerful BJU…

“BOZ Tchividjian hasn’t said word one since the release of the GRACE Report leading many interviewees to conclude that he agreed to a gag order in order to finish the investigation.”

Maybe, BOZ is just embarrassed.

But, sex abuse — or abuse, in general — none of that really matters to WTF?BJU.org. In reality, the real reason to dredge any of this up is to discuss The Evil One, The Nemesis, The “one main actor” who “has not yet delivered a response — Jim Berg.”

Berg.

All of this is about Berg and a (now) decade old grudge over a publication that no one would (or could) read.

Chuck Phelps? Red Balloons? Chris Peterman? BJUnity? GRACE? —

All were tools, the means, to take on “The Berg” of Bob Jones University…

(to be continued)
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*We had to keep waking them up, but finally our researchers and editors have distilled the 300 pages of the GRACE Report into an easy-to-read volume —

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— available where sold.

GRACE Report for Dummies

Need more GRACE?

Another Trump Endorsement

Donald Trump has a growing list of endorsements. Some are surprising, some are not. And some are a bit weird.

Like all of those University of Illinois Chicago students demanding Trump Hats…

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Weird.

Dr. Ben Carson, a.k.a., “Dr. Giggles,” was a bit of surprise. Pete Rose — no surprise, after all, Trump and Rose both have gambling in common.

But, this one — this one, I can’t explain…

Michael Moore Endorses Trump

Maybe Michael Moore needs a new hat—?

Voting in Florida tomorrow…

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Making Tribbles Great Again

On their distant home planet of Gerrold, disaffected tribbles, who are tired of losing to the Federation, tired of being abused by rogue traders and tired of living in fear of the Klingons, have found a new leader…

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Meanwhile…

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Two Corinthians

So, two Corinthians walk into a bar where they met two Thessalonians for drinks…

It was back on January 18, 2016 that candidate Donald J. Trump spoke at Liberty University (home of Jerry Falwell and Liberty School of Law: former employer of The BOZ) and, in quoting from the New Testament, referred to the book of Second Corinthians as “Two Corinthians”…

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…forever cementing in our minds that Mr. Trump is probably not a Bible scholar — and setting up one of the best opening lines for a good Bible Joke.

Yes. There are Bible Jokes.* (Q: What kind of car did the disciples drive? A: A Honda. It says in the Book of Acts, “they were all with one Accord, in one place.”)**

Mr. Trump’s Bible faux pas was about as silly as falling for the old “turn to the book of Hezekiah” line used by many a preacher over the years. Personally, I found it more amusing than anything else. Certainly not offensive. In Greek, Corinthians are not “One” or “Two,” but “Alpha” and “Beta.”

There’s even a Three Corinthians, if anybody is counting. And Paul mentions two other letters giving us a total of Four Corinthians (that Paul admits writing) and one pseudonymously written using Paul’s name.

Five Corinthians, then?

Reminds me of this cartoon from 2003…

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*Q: What sport did Joseph play? A: Tennis. Bible mentions Joseph “serving in the court of Pharaoh.”

**Q: When does the Bible mention drinking & reckless driving? A: The Book of Acts — Paul was stoned and dragged him outside the city.

I have more…

Trump University: Hair Check!

Men, those of you who attended Bob Jones University back in the days of the dreaded “Hair Check” will relate to this…

During my days as a student, Hair Check was randomly conducted in one of two ways: 1) A dormitory “Hall Monitor” would walk into your room and check each resident or, 2) the same Hall Monitors would stop you as you tried to take your seat before the daily required Chapel Service started. If you were caught with hair that did not meet University standards, your Student I.D. card was confiscated and, following Chapel, you had to go to the Dean of Men’s office to get the I.D. card back. The Dean of Men made the final determination as to whether your hair conformed to university standards or not.

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There was never any warning — Hair Check was meant to catch you off guard so you couldn’t hairspray yourself out of getting Demerits.*

Seems silly now, but nearly half of all of my University issued Demerits were hair related.

Who knew that hair was an integral part of a liberal arts university education!

Hair. University.

That got me thinking…

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Obsession with hair? Another commonality?

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*Demerits were like penalty points against you. Violations of rules were categorized according to “major” and “minor” categories. If a student received more than 150 demerits during a semester, that student would be expelled. Hair Check violations were on a sliding scale. No demerits for a first offense, but repeat offenses resulted in double digit demerits. Most I ever received for a single Hair Check was 25.

Jones & Trump: Commonalities Revisited

UPDATED (Footnotes) Feb 29 2015 • 15:20 CT

Under normal circumstances, I don’t do this. By “this” I mean post another blog similar to one previously posted (see Feb. 23, 2016), but this has become just a little too weird.

Last week’s original blog was based on the alleged “heckling” of a Donald Trump representative (a black pastor) at a “Faith Family Forum” that took place Feb. 12 at Bob Jones University prior to the South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary, which, as you may know, was won by Donald Trump. The accusation of “heckling” was weak, but it gave me a start-point for a blog by asking the question:

Where were the Trump supporters at BJU?

The Founder of Bob Jones University, Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. (who died in 1968), seems to have much in common with Donald Trump* — I assumed there would be overwhelming Trump support at BJU’s forum for the candidates.

Admittedly, my original blog was a bit tongue-in-cheek, but after I posted the original blog, similarities kept appearing — even getting my attention while watching the Sunday political shows…

Rather than “UPDATE” the original blog, I am re-posting with some new additions…

Bob Jones Sr and Donald Trump

Neither consume alcohol.

Both have married more than once.

They have bankruptcy in common.

They have mixed political party affiliations in common.

Both men have used their respective positions to influence politicians.

Jones & Trump are authors.

Both have (had) similar views on immigration & its effects.

Jones & Trump have issues with The Pope.

Jones: “No doubt the problem is with you!”
Trump: “You’re fired!”

Both men have reputations as tyrants in the way they run their businesses.

Both are boisterous speakers, known for their energy in front of a crowd.

Reviving or making America great – a common theme.

Jones: “Builder of Bridges”
Trump: “Build the wall!”

Both stand (stood) without apology.

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Both men started colleges, universities, based on their name and reputation…

Both men have been tarnished by or shown a tolerance toward the KKK.**

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*It should be noted that the purpose of this blog is not criticism of BJU or Donald Trump; rather, the purpose of this blog is to point out the commonalities of two seemingly dissimilar men. I appreciate the accomplishments of both of these men but, at the same time, I am also aware of their individual failings.

**Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. was openly supported by the Second Iteration of the KKK (1920s) and, from his pulpit, Dr. Bob, Sr. praised the “fine men” of the Klan. Donald Trump’s controversy is not the same. His appearance of tolerance toward “white supremacist groups” was blamed on a bad ear-piece provided by a CNN affiliate in Florida, Trump’s location during the Jake Tapper interview.

Previously, when asked to join the Reform Party in 2000 (Ross Perot’s baby), Donald Trump said this:

“The Reform Party now includes a Klansman, Mr. Duke, a neo-Nazi, Mr. Buchanan, and a communist, Ms. Fulani. This is not company I wish to keep.”

Trump, running for President as a Republican in 2015, now praises Buchanan.

Pat Buchanan has spoke at Bob Jones University — Donald Trump has not.