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Friday, November 12, 2004

Poking my head up

Backcountry Conservative: Bob Jones Letter to Bush

It's been an interesting morning. I woke up to find "the letter" all over the place. I knew then it would be a long morning. The email and phone calls starting coming.

I read someone on a blog somewhere who said something like, "Who really cares what Bob Jones thinks?" That is his sentiment exactly! He is not one that seeks the limelight. I just got off the phone a moment ago with Fox asking for an interview with Dr. Jones by Tony Snow for the Bill O'Reilly show. He has some obligations here on the campus and felt those were what he should honor.

I'm closing the book on this one. The flash fire is over and those who are inclined to trash BJU aren't going to change their minds.

Peace out.


At 12:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares what Bob Jones thinks?

Obviously, a lot of people. Bob Jones is the president of a very conservative private religious institution that trains thousands of students every year.

Given the high profile visit Bush made in 2000, and the salutation "your friend," I'd think Dr. Jones would have been wise to have kept the letter between himself and the president if he didn't want any publicity. Instead, he read it in chapel and it began circulating within a wider community.

I'd be curious to know how Dr. Jones thought people would react who don't share his worldview? My theory is that many Christian conservatives - so used to speaking to the choir - don't realize how their words play to those who are less inclined to their position. I remember seeing Dr. James Dobson on "This Week with George Stephanopolous" last week, and Stephanopolous made him sound like an ogre. Dobson didn't sound anything like he sounds on his radio program.

Anyway, a perfect example of the law of unintended consequences.

Bryan S.


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