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Bob Jones University

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION

Was known as Bob Jones College from 1927-46.

From Bob Jones University v. U. S. 461 U.S. 574 (1983)
Decided: 24-May-1983

Abstract - Facts of the Case

Bob Jones University was dedicated to "fundamentalist Christian beliefs" which included prohibitions against interracial dating and marriage. Such behavior would lead to expulsion. In 1970, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) changed its formal policy to adopt a district court decision that prohibited the IRS from giving tax-exempt status to private schools engaging in racial discrimination. The IRS believed that the University's policies amounted to racism and revoked its tax-exempt status. The University claimed that the IRS had abridged its religious liberty. This case was decided together with Goldsboro Christian Schools Inc. v. United States, in which Goldsboro maintained a racially discriminatory admissions policy based upon its interpretation of the Bible, accepting for the most part only Caucasian students. The IRS determined that Goldsboro was not an exempt organization and hence was required to pay federal social security and unemployment taxes. After paying a portion of such taxes for certain years, Goldsboro filed a refund suit claiming that the denial of its tax-exempt status violated the U.S. Constitution.

Location:
Greenville, SC

Founding Date:
1947

Official Website:
http://www.bju.edu/

STUDENTS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Stuart Epperson
Religion
c. 1935   Salem Communications
Paul E. Glaske
Business
c. 1933   CEO of Blue Bird Corporation, 1992-99
Billy Graham
Religion
7-Nov-1918   Televangelist
Katherine Helmond
Actor
5-Jul-1928   Jessica Tate on Soap
Asa Hutchinson
Politician
3-Dec-1950   DEA Administrator, 2001-03
Tim Hutchinson
Politician
11-Aug-1949   US Senator from Arkansas, 1997-2003
Beverly LaHaye
Activist
30-Apr-1929   Tim LaHaye's wife
Tim LaHaye
Religion
27-Apr-1926   Left Behind series
John MacArthur
Religion
19-Jun-1939   Grace Community Church
Fred Phelps
Activist
13-Nov-1929   Convinced that God hates fags


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