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But the university hadn’t sought to reinstate its tax-exempt status until 2014 after Steve Pettit took over as the school’s fifth president in its 90-year history.
“Organizing as a tax-exempt entity is something BJU has needed to do for quite some time,” Pettit said.
Cultural or biological mixing of the races is regarded as a violation of God’s command.
Although the Court recognized this as a sincerely-held religious belief, it upheld the IRS’s determination regardless.
The topic of same-sex marriage has become one of the most debated social issues in recent years. One of the most prominent of these exemptions is the protection from legal liability for any religious groups that refused to provide their buildings or services for same-sex marriage ceremonies (my home state of Minnesota, which legalized same-sex marriage earlier this month, followed in the long line of other states by also adding this provision).
The Supreme Court itself is expected to issue decisions in two potentially landmark cases on the matter (Hollingsworth v. Interestingly enough, religious rationales were also cited by much of the opposition to the very well known civil rights struggle for racial equality some 40 years ago.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. -- whether Protestant, Catholic or Muslim -- the freedom to worship.
Where many proponents of same-sex marriage rights frame the struggle as one for civil rights, many opponents of same-sex marriage cite religious reasons for their resistance.However, a Supreme Court ruling celebrating its thirtieth anniversary today, Bob Jones University v. S., demonstrates that religious objections to the civil rights movement of the 1960s were not given quite the legal deference that such objections to same-sex marriage enjoy today.