To the rest of the world (and to most thinking individuals), stories of “surviving” Bob Jones University are akin to M*A*S*H Army Surgeon Major Frank Burns being awarded the Purple Heart¹ for “shell fragments”…
Egg – shell fragments.
Lately undocumented stories of abuse at Bob Jones University have been circulating across the net – being posted and re-posted on lesser blogs trying to get their traffic up (or sell merchandise)²[see updated footnote] by publishing something scandalous and salacious, all the while knowingly participating in rumor-mongering and hearsay by validating anonymous claims of sexual misconduct. Claims that range from rape (hetero and homosexual) to being “felt up” on a date – off campus.
These undocumented and unconfirmed stories are seemingly so numerous and pervasive that one has to wonder –
Did any student ever make it out of Bob Jones University unscathed?
The Disaffected say no.
All of you who attended BJU – and not just attended, but graduated – all of you BJU Alumni – you have all been abused. Oh, you may not realize it yet – but that’s just the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) talking. Just wait – eventually you will remember…
And when those suppressed memories start flooding back, please, The Disaffected beg, please send us “Your Story.”
But not all stories – not the good stories – just stories of abuse. We don’t care who or what you are. Just write and we will believe all of it – and swear by every word – and ban those who dare disagree or bring up uncomfortable realities.
These unproven and unverified derogatory tales solicited and posted by these anti-BJU websites and Facebook pages are not published and discussed to “help victims” – that’s a ruse – that’s the con, the trick, the cloak. That’s not the goal here. The true agenda driving these sites (and their creators) is not assistance or “change” or improving things at Bob Jones University, but loathing, vengeance and the ultimate goal of closing BJU.
Keep in mind – closure of BJU is the eventual and definitive goal.
When The Disaffected demand “changes” – total closure is the only “change” that will satisfy them.
Sadly, it appears that current BJU president, Dr. Stephen Jones, may be listening. Changes have been made. I’m not sure if Dr. Jones understands that no change will ever convince The Disaffected that BJU is no longer “a great wrong and a great evil.”³
Recently, one of the best definitions for The Disaffected came from an unlikely source – a book on history, politics and the future of liberty. The Disaffected’s hatred for BJU…
“…finds a receptive audience among the society’s disenchanted, disaffected, dissatisfied, and maladjusted who are unwilling or unable to assume responsibility for their own real or perceived conditions but instead blame their surroundings, ‘the system,’ and others. They are lured by the false hopes and promises of utopian transformation and the criticism of the existing society … Improving the malcontent’s lot becomes linked to the utopian cause. Moreover, disparaging and diminishing the successful and accomplished becomes an essential tactic … By exploiting human frailties, frustrations, jealousies, and inequities, a sense of meaning and self-worth is created in the malcontent’s otherwise unhappy and directionless life. Simply put, equality in misery – that is, equality of result or conformity – is advanced as a just, fair, and virtuous undertaking. Liberty, therefore, is inherently immoral, except where it avails equality.”*
One common bond among the BJU Disaffected is their desire for equality, fairness – the oft’ repeated phrase, “Because we are here, too” comes to mind. The BJU Disaffected desire some type of utopia where traditionalists, conservatives – fundamentalists – are compelled, not only to suppress their deeply held religious beliefs, but also required to agree with what they may see as aberrant behavior or a lifestyle that is contrary to centuries-old doctrine. Being “tolerant” is no longer good enough.
Dr. Jones – you are trying to change for the wrong people.
Forget The Disaffected – they will always disparage you and BJU no matter what you do.
We are the majority – the Un-abused Survivors of BJU (US of BJU) –
We are the ones that graduated and MOVED OUT of Greenville County.
We are the ones that eventually realized that our unaccredited degree was a minor problem – one that could be overcome by demonstrating our knowledge and abilities.
We are the ones that appreciate BJU – its frustrating (and sometimes humorous) flaws and its extraordinary strengths.
We are the ones that owe a great debt to faculty, staff and fellow students for what they taught us – life changing ideas, attitudes and concepts.
We are the ones that without BJU, entire families would not have existed.
Dr. Stephen Jones — we are the ones you should listen to.
US of BJU – not “them”…
¹M*A*S*H, “The Kids”, 1975
²UPDATE: If you clicked on the merchandise link and found nothing, it appears that The Disaffected have removed their items from Cafe Press. Someone ripped off my scanned Demerit Slip from this blog… and was putting it on t-shirts, mugs, etc.
³From a survey by “Stearns Enterprises, RE: Objectives & Modes”, in response to the question: Would you be willing/able to help fund causes that undermine or alter BJU?, March 2011
*Mark R. Levin, Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America’s Freedoms, 2012, pp. 7 & 8