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South Carolina Finances Brainwashing Over Education

BJU

(ETA – I’m adding a link to Dr. BA’s excellent blog post about this, so go read it and digg it up if you haven’t already.)

South Carolina has passed legislation to allocate funding for Bob Jones University to prey on the economically disadvantaged of the state while simultaneously refusing to increase funding for lower-income students to attend actual institutions of learning.

A peek above our garters to the very angry Rev. Big Dumb Chimp for pointing us to this article in the Charleston Post and Courier, where we learn that although the new legislation doesn’t mention BJU by name, it is in fact the only new school to qualify under the now lowered standards for qualification for state funding. In other words, this legislation was drafted specifically to surreptitiously send state taxpayers’ money to this particular religious institution despite the facts that it is proudly without credible accreditation, has a history of racial discrimination, and teaches the ridiculous mythology of creationism as though it were actual science.

Bob Jones University is not an institution of learning, but one of fundamentalist indoctrination.

State lawmakers shot down a request for extra financial help for low-income students who will attend South Carolina’s public colleges and universities next year.

Meanwhile, they approved $2.5 million to help low-income students attend Bob Jones University, a private school in Greenville.

The State Commission on Higher Education had requested $10 million to increase grants for some needy students attending public colleges and universities. Last year, low-income public school students received, on average, $1,158 in grants while their private-school counterparts received $3,100, nearly three times as much.

Layton McCurdy, chairman of the commission and former dean at the Medical University of South Carolina, said “the Legislature didn’t think it was important enough. I’m not very happy about that.”

Just exactly what South Carolina students need – a push away from a useful education based on knowledge, information, and inquiry, and even less protection from predatory extreme religious brain washing.

Unsurprisingly, this measure was pushed through by Mike Fair, a Republican well known in state government for repeated attempts to violate the First Amendment to the Contitution through legislation to promote creationism in public schools. His co-sponsor was at first a bit of a surprise though.

Democrat Darrell Jackson, an African American, assisted in the legislation’s passage. What’s surprising about that, in case you were unaware, is that BJU refused admittance to black students until 1971. They then only admitted black students if they were married until 1975, just before the United States Supreme Court ruled the practice illegal.

Further,

In May 1975, as it prepared to allow unmarried blacks to enroll, BJU adopted more detailed rules prohibiting interracial dating and marriage—threatening expulsion for any student who dated or married interracially, who advocated interracial marriage, who was “affiliated with any group or organization which holds as one of its goals or advocates interracial marriage,” or “who espouse, promote, or encourage others to violate the University’s dating rules and regulations.” – Wikipedia page with link to the Supreme Court case at FindLaw.

BJU only dropped this policy in 2000, after the controversial policy of racial discrimination and hatred was brought into the national spotlight because of the visit by His Holiness, The Glorified Houseplant Who Would Be Caesar. While that may be coincidental, it would appear much more likely that it was simply politically expedient and begrudging.

So why would an African American politician choose to sponsor a bill to favor an institution with such racial hatred so deeply ingrained that only the prospect of Theocracy would move them to shove it in the closet?

Turns out, the culprit is religion. Senator Jackson is a preacher. In fact, he is pastor of the only South Carolina mega-church listed in the first volume of America’s Most Influential Churches by Dr. John N. Vaughan, as well as founder and owner of the state’s oldest African American owned PR firm. (Here’s his church’s page making both those claims.)

So the long and the short of Senator Jackson is that he holds three jobs: Spin Doctor, Spin Doctor, and Spin Doctor. Snowing people is his game, and he is apparently very good at it.

These two men have with one bill betrayed the low-income students, the African American community, and the citizens at large of the state of South Carolina. Shameful men, both.

Whence came the art:

That image is titled Greenville, SC – Bob Jones University, by VerdeSam at Flickr

Filed under: Biology, Blogs In Our MonkeySphere, Education, Equality, Fundies, Photos, Politics, Rants, Religion, Science

13 Responses

  1. Infophile says:

    What really scares me is that with the Supreme Court we have now, it’s going to be impossible to get this act rules unconstitutional. All we can do is wait for one of those old fogeys to die while someone sane is in the White House.

    We’re fucked.

  2. JanieBelle says:

    I’m really afraid it may be worse than that, Infophile.

    I’m desperately afraid that His Holiness The Glorified Houseplant Who Would Be Caesar will attempt to remain in power when his term is up. I can’t get past the thought that he’ll create some international crisis to use as an excuse to try to declare Martial Law or some such.

    I hope there are still enough patriots with brains in this country to see that doesn’t happen, but I’m not optimistic. Even the Democrats in Congress are putting up only nominal fights and then rolling over for him like lap dogs.

    THAT is why their approval ratings are worse than his… they were specifically put in power with a mandate to stop and reverse the damage he’s done and continues to do, and they haven’t even made an effort, really.

    We’re worse than fucked.

  3. JanieBelle says:

    P.S. I forgot to explicitly lay out my point, sorry.

    If he pulls such crap, with both the SCOTUS and the Congress in his pocket, who’s to stop him?

  4. Might have been better if they had made the tuition grant to people attending a Bob Evans Family Restaurant – not better by much, but better.
    Between Bob Jones, the late and not-so reverend Jerry the F, and leg-pressin-for-Jesus scumbag Pat Robertson, I truly pity the mental capacity of those who would financially support their so-called ministries. As for those who would pander to them to garner the votes of their fiscal supporters, I hope there is a corner of hell or a quantum state of existence that fits their ethical being.

  5. JanieBelle says:

    BWAHAHAHA! That really tickled me, FFF.

    Thanks for that.

  6. I just observe – Bob Jones does all the work.

  7. Pat Robertson took it on the chin circa 1989 when a local gay/lesbian organization applied through Virginia’s Adopt-A-Highway program to clean and maintain the road in front of Regent University. That volunteerism comes with the privilege of the state erecting signs bracketing the adopted stretch of highway and featuring the name of the volunteer group. Robertson tried to take the matter to court, claiming it somehow besmirched the ‘good’ name of Regent University. The judge’s ruling was the legal equivalent of inviting Pat to make appropriate use of a pile of sand and a ball peen hammer.

    As I heard, the group kept the highway pretty damned clean . . . .

  8. JanieBelle says:

    How embarrassing for the entire country, Mollishka. The rest of the world is shaking its collective head…

    FFF,

    I didn’t know that little tidbit. How incredibly funny… Somebody had a great sense of vindictive humor, and I applaud whole heartedly.

    Kisses to you both.

  9. Patrick says:

    Hi

    I wanted to send you a link (below) but could not find the e-mail button for this blog.
    This could be because I am a little slow or because it is like 7am Monday morning.
    Anyway, here is the link.

    http://synecdochic.livejournal.com/147625.html

  10. JanieBelle says:

    Thanks for that link Patrick, I appreciate it.

    I’m going to do something with it later today.

    Good to see you,

    Kisses

  11. JanieBelle says:

    Oh, and Patrick to keep the spammers at bay from my inbox, my EMail address is posted in the right hand sidebar, but is not a link, and it’s broken up so the spambots don’t find it by looking for the AT symbol.

  12. […] o’ the mortarboard to Janie, whose garters are constantly peeked at, and to Big Dumb Chimp (NSFW stuff in both […]

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