From the LGBT alumni of – snigger – BJU:
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney enthusiastically accepted the endorsement of Dr. Bob Jones III, Chancellor of Bob Jones University, during the last election.
“We’re proud to have Dr. Jones’ support and look forward to working with him to communicate Governor Romney’s message of conservative change to voters,” Romney spokesman William Holley said in a statement in October 2007.
The endorsement of Bob Jones was once a much-sought-after prize in South Carolina’s early primary. In 2000, George W. Bush’s speech before the BJU crowd brought controversy to his campaign because of the university’s rule forbidding interracial marriage and dating. One month later, BJU reversed its long-standing policy on CNN’s Larry King Show. All serious Republican candidates, including Ronald Reagan in 1980 and George H.W. Bush made the pilgrimage to America’s “Fortress of Faith” in the upstate town of Greenville.
Back in those days, the following statement by Dr. Bob Jones III, then president and now-chancellor of BJU, barely raised an eyebrow:
I’m sure this will be greatly misquoted but it would not be a bad idea to bring the swift justice today that was brought in Israel’s day against murder and rape and homosexuality. I guarantee it would solve the problem post-haste if homosexuals were stoned, if murderers were immediately killed as the Bible commands.
Go to any bar in the Dupont Circle area and you’re liable to find a few stoned gays (trans folks too probably.)
But I digress….
If the corporatist media did its job the way that it tried to do a job on candidate Barack Obama in 2008, then – forget the North Carolina nutjob – the entirety of the Mormon religion would be Multiple Choice Mitt’s “Jeremiah Wright problem.”
Our questions for Governor Romney are:
(1) Were you aware in 2008 that Dr. Jones and BJU had advocated the stoning to death of homosexuals?
(2) If yes, why did you accept his endorsement? If you weren’t aware, why not?
(3) This time, will you accept his endorsement? Or will you join our petition drive calling on Dr. Jones to apologize for his rampant, blatant homophobic statements?
Will the corporatist media even go for the low-hanging fruit of Bob Jones?
I’m not holding my breath.