Ed. note: Earlier today, Bob Jones University issued an apology in response to BJUnity’s change.org petition where we asked Bob Jones III, the University’s chancellor, to apologize for public statements in 1980 that “homosexuals should be stoned to death.” The board of BJUnity, representing our constituency of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, intersex and straight affirming alumni to the best of our abilities, makes the following statement in reply.
Three years ago, when BJUnity launched our petition, we didn’t imagine we would ever see this day. We are grateful for this apology. We are grateful that Bob Jones III has taken responsibility for these words; words that have caused deep harm for many more people than any of us knows. This means a lot to us because it represents the beginning of a change in the rhetoric and conversation.
Once again, we would like to invite Bob Jones III and Steve Pettit to attend our presentation of Matthew Vines at the Greenville County Public Library on Monday evening, where they can also hear from three former BJU students their firsthand experience of the pain from this harsh treatment and we can begin a long awaited process of reconciliation with Bob Jones University. We long for a day when LGBT+ students are as safe as the other students at BJU.
The BJUnity Board of Directors