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His fight for civil rights and his legacy were mocked and derided. Golf claps all around for the Christian school that’s a little less racist today than it was yesterday.Others have speculated as to the reasons for this about face today. It still has a long, long way to go when it comes to respecting the rights of people who aren’t exactly like them, but if the school can acknowledge its segregationist past, maybe it’ll come around in a few decades and admit LGBT people deserve some rights, too.(Image via Stuff Fundies Like.Among those who have met with Pettit have been Marco Rubio, Cruz, Rick Perry (who has since left the race) and Mike Huckabee. Scott Walker, who also left the race, telephoned him as a candidate.Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina and John Kasich have contacted his office to come and meet.“There was a certain amount of backlash” to Bush’s visit, Beasley said, “but it backfired against those who tried to make that an issue. Tim Scott, the state’s first African-American, contacted him about hosting a town hall with Carson.
The school has awarded honorary degrees to another list of famous political figures, including Strom Thurmond, George Wallace, Lester Maddox, Olin Johnston, Bob Inglis, Lindsey Graham, John D. But it was Bush’s visit 15 years ago that triggered a wave of political attacks against the school over its policies banning interracial dating and its branding of Catholicism as a “satanic counterfeit.” Egged on by Democrats, lawmakers in Congress that year introduced resolutions condemning the school’s policies, and Arizona Sen.“I think it does open up the opportunity for them to bring candidates on campus now that maybe a couple years ago would not have been as receptive to visiting,” he said.