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Bob Jones U. Reposts 'Cult' Remark

Associated Press
Friday, March 17, 2000; Page A28

COLUMBIA, S.C., March 16—The president of Bob Jones University has reposted statements on the fundamentalist school's Web site calling Catholicism and Mormonism cults.

President Bob Jones III said he wanted to show that nothing had changed about his views on Catholicism after it was reported earlier this week that the message in the "President's Corner" no longer referred to Catholicism and Mormonism as cults.

The statements had been removed when a new message from Jones in the school's quarterly magazine was updated on the Web site, the school said.

Reports about the removal, Jones told the Greenville News, were "totally misleading" because they implied the removal was "for suspect reasons or because of embarrassment or cowardice."

"In order to leave no doubt in anyone's mind of the university's integrity and absolute commitment to its biblical principles, the article in question has been reposted," Jones said.

The statements in which Jones had said, "The diminution of evangelistic enterprise to cults which call themselves Christian, including Catholicism and Mormonism, is frightening," will remain on the Web page with the latest column "as long as this present controversy exists," Jones said.

The language was cited repeatedly after Texas Gov. George W. Bush was criticized for speaking on campus Feb. 2.

"Unfortunately, they still treat Catholic-bashing as an intramural sport," said Patrick Scully, spokesman for the New York-based Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

© Copyright 2000 The Associated Press

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