Maybe. Or maybe it just doesn’t matter.
Bob Jones University is apologizing for racist policies that included a ban on interracial dating and its unwillingness to admit blacks until 1971. In a statement posted on its Web site, Bob Jones, a fundamentalist Christian university in Greenville that was founded in 1927, says its rules on race were shaped by culture instead of the Bible. The university said President Stephen Jones decided to issue the apology because he still received questions about Bob Jones’s views on race. The university, which has about 5,000 students, banned interracial dating until 2000. NY Times
I didn’t think so.
It took these backward sanctimonious hinds — allegedly the children of Jesus — over a century to master racism 101. What was the tipping point? Perhaps, as invertebrate lickspittles to Authority of any kind, the fact that the current President-Elect is the product of interracial sex changed their minds.
“We still have a biblical problem with homosexuals,” a spokesman for the university told reporters. “It’s not like we got smart all of a sudden, or chose to confront reality. We’re still the Christian Neanderthals we always were, trust me!”
Meanwhile, across the pond…..
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) — The Vatican’s newspaper has forgiven John Lennon for declaring that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, calling the remark a “boast” by a young man grappling with sudden fame.
A 1966 comment by Lennon to a London newspaper, “We’re more popular than Jesus now,” infuriated many Christians.
“The remark by John Lennon, which triggered deep indignation mainly in the United States, after many years sounds only like a ‘boast’ by a young working-class Englishman faced with unexpected success, after growing up in the legend of Elvis and rock and roll,” the Vatican daily newspaper Osservatore Romano said. — NYTimes
Certainly this news will stop John Lennon from spinning in his grave. You think?
I remember when this was a Very Big Deal. “Authority” was horrified. Parents. teachers, bloviating politicians, clergymen, elder siblings…..they were unanimous in their stern advice to turn our backs on these fucktard British dirties (term of art) for saying such a horrific thing.
It was a s stupid thing to say, of course, but like most such statements, it said more about the sayer than the said-about, and it didn’t mean much of anything anyhow. A kid all caught up with himself beating his chest. Out of his league. Brand new turf. No rules to follow, no stars to copy. Big Fucking Deal.
But “Authority” — church, secular leaders, cultural icons — seized on it and trashed their ass. Unforgiving, nasty, conservative bastard assholes sensing an opening to charge in and put an end to this threat to their control. Ha! Abort, Retry, Fail.
It was all fun and games, folks. You just didn’t get it, did you. Because something was happening, but you just don’t know what it is, do you Mr Jones?
I’m glad, after almost half a century, the Vatican (which I rather respect, despite my complete lack of Faith) has arrived here at last. I”m sorry they didn’t catch on at the time, but hell — who’s surprised? Welcome aboard.
P.S. Please admire the Rickenbacker in the photo.