College bans interracial dating

A letter from the university in 1998 defended the ban on religious grounds, citing the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel: “God has separated people for His own purpose.

He has erected barriers between the nations, not only land and sea barriers, but also ethnic, cultural, and language barriers.

And in 1986, as the head of the Office of Legal Counsel, Cooper signed an OLC opinion that argued that employers could reject job applicants with AIDS if they were concerned about contracting the disease.

was one of the more odious episodes in the history of the Reagan Justice Department.

The university had argued that its ban on interracial dating was based on its sincere religious beliefs, but the Supreme Court upheld the IRS policy, by a vote of 8-1.Bush spoke without mentioning the school's ban on interracial dating.Bush got hammered for the lapse (as well as staying mum on the school's view of Catholicism as a "cult") and apologized.The relative silence emanating from Bob Jones University is all the more remarkable given the intensity of the Republican primary in South Carolina, and the power that the religious right here holds.In many ways, the school is still recovering from the 2000 campaign, when George W.

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