To the Contrary

Bob Jones apology

It took Bob Jones University a long time to catch up to the rest of society in dropping racist policies, but the school made a significant and eloquent apology last week for its failures. ...

It's a worthy apology that should enable the school to move past racial controversies, join the wider society of Christian higher education and better fulfill its mission.

Some critics will say it is too late, and it is late in the sense that these policies never should have been enacted and should have been ended decades before they were.

But it is never too late. A Christian school should know particularly well that there is no time that is too late to repent and change. At this point in time, this is what Bob Jones University needed to do. ...

The racist past of this school made it controversial and kept it from being as much a part of the Upstate community as it could be. This apology should be the beginning of a new relationship between the university and the region. The school can now take full membership in the diverse community in which it is located, and the community can begin to accept the asset that this university provides our region.

Repentance leads to reconciliation. Let the healing proceed.

Jamming cell phones

After a successful test last week of equipment that jams cell phone signals, state prison officials plan to petition the Federal Communications Commission to allow such a pilot program. They also plan to ask Sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham to seek legislation that would let local law enforcement agencies use cell phone jamming equipment in certain emergencies, according to a report in The Greenville News.

Currently, FCC regulations only let federal law enforcement agencies and federal prisons jam cell phone signals. ...

It seems reasonable that the FCC should trust state and local law enforcement with this equipment. Certainly the ability to block cell phone transmissions from inside state prisons could keep guards, other inmates and the general public safer. And letting state and local law enforcement use this technology could be appropriate in certain emergencies.

A pilot program in the South Carolina prison system wouldn't commit the state or the FCC to permanently change the rules, but would allow South Carolina and the equipment provider an opportunity to show how effective this equipment could be in a real-life situation.