Bob Jones University is a bastion of conservative, evangelical politics. In fact, those wishing to completely indoctrinate their children into a long life of closed-minded philosophies can enroll their children at a Bob Jones school from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Then, they can go directly to the University and earn a Bachelor's degree in fascism. Not really, but they are nuts.
One of their most notable former students is the Reverend Fred Phelps, the idiot who protests the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq saying they deserved to die because America condones homosexuality. They also gave an honorary degree to John Ashcroft, the guy who loved to abuse our civil liberties when he was Attorney General of the U.S.
While Mark Sanford purports himself to be a "man of the people," his choice of Bob Jones III to deliver the closing prayer at his inaugural is a disgrace. He represents a small faction of people in South Carolina, a faction which discriminates against millions of Americans and twists the words of the Bible to fit their narrow definition of society. Shameful.
Here are some of his statements. Visit his Wikipedia page for more:
-Jones once "denounced Ronald Reagan as 'a traitor to God's people' for choosing as his vice president George H.W. Bush, whom Jones called "a devil." But some years later, he personally thanked the elder Bush for being a good president.
-Jones has referred to Catholicism as "the religion of the anti-Christ and a Satanic system" and called Mormonism and Catholicism "cults which call themselves Christian."
-Shortly after George W. Bush won reelection in 2004, Bob Jones III sent a congratulatory letter to the president declaring that he had "been given a mandate. ... Put your agenda on the front burner and let it boil. You owe the liberals nothing. They despise you because they despise your Christ."