Ashcroft speech at Bob Jones University draws Democrats ire

March 02, 2000
By: Missouri News Staff
State Capital Bureau

JEFFERSON CITY - Democrats are calling on Republican U.S. Sen. John Ashcroft to detail a speech he made in May 1999 when he received an honorary degree from Bob Jones University, the South Carolina school that banned interracial dating and called Catholicism "the religion of the Antichrist."

Ashcroft's office did not return a telephone call requesting comment and a copy of the speech delivered during the commencement ceremony.

No one from Bob Jones University would comment.

Texas Gov. George W. Bush, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, has also been under attack for failing to repudiate the school's policies during a February campaign stop.