Bob Jones University lost its tax exemption after a 13-year battle with the IRS over whether the university’s policies against interracial dating precluded it as a non-taxable religious educational institution.The university didn’t admit any black students until 1971, 17 years after Brown vs. It then wouldn’t admit any students who were in a mixed-race marriage and created rules to prohibit students from interracial dating.Bob Jones, in Greenville, South Carolina, is a niche school.Indeed, you may have only heard of it if you’re from a Christian fundamentalist background or follow that subculture closely. Although its discriminatory policies preceded desegregation, historian Randall Balmer has noted that it lost its non-profit status due to President Nixon’s crackdown on so-called “segregation academies.” (Among those segregation academies: Jerry Falwell’s Lynchburg Christian School.) Bob Jones received numerous warnings from the federal government and ignored each of them, but when the IRS finally rescinded its status the religious right reacted with outrage, as Balmer recounts: As Elmer L.
And who can forget that 80 percent of white evangelicals just voted for the openly racist Donald Trump?The Environmental Protection Agency chief’s cheap rental agreement with a top energy lobbyist’s wife may not have been only unethical, but illegal.On Friday, NBC 4 Washington reported that the owners of the building where Pruitt rented a room last year “didn’t have a basic business license to operate a single-family rental.” NBC noted that three “units inside the building” belong to a corporation co-owned by Pruitt’s former landlord, healthcare lobbyist Vicki Hart.But the building itself, owned by 223 C Street LLC, is connected to Hart as well.