Saturday, March 23, 2013

Another Bob Jones University sex scandal



From WSPA--Bob Jones Administrator Suspended For Soliciting A Prostitute In 1991

Greenville, SC - An administrator with Bob Jones University has been indefinitely suspended from his position for having a prior criminal background.

University spokesman Randy Page issued a statement saying that Dr. Joseph Bartosch was suspended from his position as Chief Brand Officer on Friday, March 15 by school officials. Page states that school officials learned on the same day that Bartosch had been charged with soliciting a prostitute in another state two decades ago and prior to his employment with Bob Jones University.

Bartosch confirmed the allegations to school officials and put himself at their disposal, Page stated. School officials will gather facts about the incident and reach an appropriate decision as soon as possible about Bartosch's employment status.

According to online records obtained from the Superior Court of California, Bartosch was arrested and charged with misdemeanor solicitation of a prostitute in 1991. The records indicate he served three days in jail and was later sentenced to three years of probation.

Bartosch's biography indicates that he graduated from Bob Jones University in 1982 and joined the Administration in 2012. He finished with a Master of Counseling degree in 2006 and an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction in 2007. He lived in Sacramento from 1990-2004 and was Head Master at Sacramento Preparatory Academy.
The official statement from BJU can be read HERE. If you wanna listen to edifying sermons by the fascinating Dr Bartosch, they are HERE.

This new sex-scandal comes directly on the heels of multiple scandals plaguing the school since the 2011-12 academic year, during which rape-apologist Reverend Charles Phelps resigned from the BJU board, amid protests, outrage and general disgust. Accompanying this media-foofaraw, student Christopher Peterman organized a demonstration in support of sexual abuse survivors, and was summarily tossed out of BJU, just a few days before his graduation... supposedly for watching "GLEE" on his laptop. This incident made it to CNN and beyond.

After that blew over, more or less, there were alarming accounts of sexual assaults at Bob Jones University, made public and demanding immediate follow-up. On January 10th of this year, BJU called on a non-profit Christian outfit called GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) to do an independent, third-party investigation. This investigation/inquiry will continue until April 30th. However, it seems to be proceeding in the usual BJU-half-assed manner; although the school dutifully posted this info on their website, it is benignly-labeled a review rather than an investigation. In addition, they haven't alerted students and former students, nor parents, faculty, staff or alumni, that there is a survey being actively conducted. [*see edit below]

According to multiple accounts, the BJU-admin was asked to publicly announce that there was a survey and investigation underway, but they have declined to do so. (sigh) Well, of course they have.

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Minding my own business in a shopping mall, when ... YOW! Accosted by Bob Jones University yet AGAIN!

As I have said here many times, they virtually RUN the upstate.

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Bob Jones University, bane of our existence here in upstate South Carolina, has reacted to recent, multiple sleazy scandals (and persistent rumors) by feverishly gussying up their image. They suddenly have billboards everywhere, featuring fresh-faced, happy kids who could be students anywhere... and these groups of laughing students/poster kids invariably include ONE STUDENT OF COLOR. ((shock)) If anything shows how hard the unrelenting criticism of the past decade has hit BJU, that might be it.

When I moved to Greenville 25 yrs ago, there were NO billboards (and what kind of worldly nonsense is THAT?) and absolutely no advertising for BJU. The overriding sentiment was, they didn't want just ANYbody attending their exclusive fundamentalist enclave. If you called the place to ask admission questions, they would not answer you. You had to be recommended by godly personages and go through specific channels. They kept the majority of people out, and they were proud of it.

When BJU finally produced some cursory mainstream ads, websites and the occasional billboard--the all-white student line-up was blinding. Embarrassing, too, since Greenville is only 62% white. Apparently, BJU didn't notice the discrepancy. It was a joke all over town. People joked that you could tell whose billboards they were from a half-mile down the road: the kids are all white, must be BJU.

They have changed that, at long last. They got the memo. (At least, in the billboards and advertising; I am doubtful the school itself has integrated in any real way.)

Next up, they sold their weird radio station (that once specialized in a strange fundie-android mix of 50s-muzak and KJV-only scripture). BJU also decided to get some SPORTS going on, which they hope will draw more students and sports fans:
[Bob Jones University] plans to become part of the National Christian College Athletic Association and have intercollegiate sports in place by the 2012-2013 school year.

"We really look at intercollegiate sports as rounding out the educational opportunities here for our students here at Bob Jones University," Brian Scoles, spokesman for the university, told WYFF. "Not only will it help them for developing Christ-like spirit on the athletic field, but it's also an opportunity for the community to come to campus to view one more program that we have here."

By next school year, Bob Jones plans to have men's and women's soccer and basketball programs. The athletic opportunities are expected to grow from there, starting in the fall of 2013.
So, they are tarting themselves up! They are getting their act together and taking it on the road.

Specifically, they are trying to pump up enrollment, which is currently dropping like a rock. Various reports (all fiercely disputed by BJU officials) claim that the school now has only a third of the enrollment it had during its pre-internet heyday.

And the fact that they can't even provide decent background-checks on their own employees, isn't going to help. Apparently, the students and food-service employees are subjected to stricter background checks than Bartosch was.

Stay tuned, sports fans.

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*EDIT: 3/24 - Sometime in the last 10 - 14 days, BJU updated the front page of their website's link to the investigation page to read "G.R.A.C.E. Independent Investigation" instead of the completely dismissive and confusing "G.R.A.C.E. Initiates Review" that had been the previous link since January. (thanks to Jeffrey Hoffman for the correction!)

17 comments:

JoJo said...

Wow what a piece of crap place! Unreal.

bryce said...

cant wait to hear the sermons

Sevesteen said...

Every month or so Dan Savage podcasts another story of a youth pastor caught abusing his underage church members. Colleges (not just BJ University)routinely cover up sexual assault. Rabidly homophobic preachers and politicians continue to be caught with gay lovers or escorts...plus all the abuses you've mentioned just at BJU....Compared to all that, I have a hard time getting worked up over a misdemeanor from decades ago.

DaisyDeadhead said...

Sevesteen, well, it tends to be a bit more than that:

1) Joseph Bartosch's particularly unforgiving attitude towards much lesser sins, while not ever acknowledging his own.

2) the fact that there was no background check, when students and low-level workers are subjected to very strict checks and denied entry (and certain higher level positions) for far less.

3) the sexual-repression of the place in general, which allows one standard for the students and low-level workers, and another (as you have said) for the preachers and admin, who are understood to be above reproach.

4) A lot of BJU parents have VERY strict standards regarding sexuality, and do not want someone convicted of soliciting around their kids... in fact, that is one of the things BJU (which controls the homeschooling-textbook and homeschool-testing industry in the USA) warns parents about the dreaded PUBLIC schools! (BJU and other fundie outfits warn them that sex perverts are everywhere, teaching the kids.)
They have nurtured and encouraged very sexually-strict families--and these are exactly the people who are upset about this.

In short, came back to bite them in the butt.

Sevesteen said...

1) Joseph Bartosch's particularly unforgiving attitude towards much lesser sins, while not ever acknowledging his own.

Not familiar with BJ University (other than from your blog) but I'm not at all surprised. People often preach loudest about their own issues, even while keeping those issues hidden.

4) A lot of BJU parents have VERY strict standards regarding sexuality,...They have nurtured and encouraged very sexually-strict families--and these are exactly the people who are upset about this.

I guess I can understand *them* being upset, although I would think 20 years should be long enough for forgiveness. Then again, I apparently don't understand Christianity all that well--I apparently can't understand the literal word of the Bible.

And to be clear, I'm not defending him, just that I've got different priorities in my indignation.

DaisyDeadhead said...

Sevesteen, the Catholic Church says Christianity is 1) Holy scripture, 2) the Deposit of Faith and 3) Tradition. This tends to be true for Protestantism also, but they won't admit it. (The Bible itself, mentions #2 and #3 specifically) But whenever Biblical meaning is in doubt (i.e. lots of times, since it was written in an arcane, dated tongue) you are supposed to go to elders and tradition. Protestants dislike tradition (since it ultimately leads them back to Catholicism), so they have come to rely too much on the elders. In fact, you can often break up a small Protestant sect just by neutralizing/supplanting the pastor/elder, which can't happen in Catholicism, of course. The larger Protestant sects are almost the same as Catholicism in this regard (centralized authority), except most are democratic and the Catholic church pointedly is not.

Bob Jones University is part of the IFB (Independent Fundamentalist Baptist) network -- which means they have NO checks and balances (centralized authority) and thus tend to develop into these pathological kinds of fiefdoms.

Google "IFB" for more.

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Dr. R. V. Gray said...

Interesting report. I was expelled from B.J.U. In 1991 for having a CD by the hair metal band "Poison" hidden under my dorm room bed. Always knew there were bigger secrets there. I was happy to leave!

Anonymous said...

Speaking as a former Catholic their hands are not too clean eitheir. But only focus on the IBf.

Anonymous said...

Yes because public schools having sex offenders and covering their actions is unheard off. And Southern Baptists never speak against public schools I guess. But I guess its okay for them to even though the Southern Baptist covention is covering up sec scandals.

Anonymous said...

By your logic then the Roman Catholics should have been completely free of sex scandals and should have been handling it perfectly. And lets ignore that the SBC is covering up their own sex scandals.

Anonymous said...

And evidently the BBC has come under fire for the number of sex scandals connected to it. Mind you this the British Broadcasting Company not a baptist church that's been accussed of covering for paedophiles. By your logic Jimmy Savile should be innocent because he did not attend Bob Jones or was a member of the IBF. But lets pretend sex abuse and cover ups only happen in one organization while a Catholic school in MD is covering for their principal.

Daisy Deadhead said...

Anonymous, any reason you spammed me with 4 separate half-assed, badly-written comments rather than just one, comprehensive, well-written one?

Is this the way you were taught to write at BJU? Gibberish? Speaks volumes.

Okay, one at a time:

Anonymous writes: Speaking as a former Catholic their hands are not too clean eitheir. But only focus on the IBf.

Say what? Gibberish.

Do you mean, "WHY do I only focus on the IFB?" (not IBF)

Because it's my blog and I do as I please. If you dislike this, start your own blog... but considering your inability to write a readable sentence, I don't think you'd have many readers.

Anonymous: Yes because public schools having sex offenders and covering their actions is unheard off.

Your point?

One of the student teachers who habitually grabbed the teenage girls in my daughter's *public high school* was from Bob Jones Univ. I was surprised BJU allowed their students to do student teaching in public schools. I was upset about that, since I wasn't consulted, and I didn't want that lecherous swine anywhere near my daughter.

And it's "of" not "off"--more evidence of inferior BJU 'education' I guess.

Anonymous: And Southern Baptists never speak against public schools I guess. But I guess its okay for them to even though the Southern Baptist covention is covering up sec scandals.

In the infamous words of Samuel L Jackson: English, motherfucker, do you speak it?

I can't even decipher that mess, sorry.

You probably shouldn't attempt to comment on blogs if you didn't get past the 4th grade.

Anonymous: By your logic then the Roman Catholics should have been completely free of sex scandals and should have been handling it perfectly. And lets ignore that the SBC is covering up their own sex scandals.

What "logic" is that? I didn't employ any "logic" in my article, I just reported the facts and offered my opinion. I don't think you'd know "logic" if it ran over you in a jeep.

Anonymous: And evidently the BBC has come under fire for the number of sex scandals connected to it. Mind you this the British Broadcasting Company not a baptist church that's been accussed of covering for paedophiles. By your logic Jimmy Savile should be innocent because he did not attend Bob Jones or was a member of the IBF. But lets pretend sex abuse and cover ups only happen in one organization while a Catholic school in MD is covering for their principal.

WTF are you talking about? Of course every intelligent person knows that these scandals occur everywhere, and I have written about Penn State and the Catholic Church and everything in between. You DO know that, right? You didn't just drop in here ONE TIME and read ONE POST and then start preaching to me without reading at least A FEW of my 7 years worth of posts? Because, of course, that would make you a fool, as well as incapable of writing a decent sentence.

I have no idea what your gibberish refers to. Do you assume that people know what is in your head without explanation? That is called SOLIPSISM. (Maybe if you pray, it will go away.)

Bob Jones University and its associated enterprises constitute a dangerous and pernicious cult that has deeply harmed and damaged Greenville politically, religiously and personally. Like all evil cults, it needs to be destroyed as soon as possible. Of course, as a moral and ethical person, I am doing my part to hurry this process along. And of course, if you are a moral and ethical person, so are you.

If you are here defending an evil, disgusting, deranged cult that harms and inflicts damage on people, you are evil too. I would prefer you go away and not come back.

I don't like evil people, who defend the evil actions of others. I am sorry that you do.

The Shaman said...

Well,I'm sure Jesus isn't very happy with BJU especially after the John chapter 8 incident.

Holy Mackerel, if I didn't know Christian fundamentalism so well I would find this hard to believe.

Anonymous said...

I don't care if this makes it on the board or not 'cause it IS directly aimed at you. Your are correctly named, madam! Deadhead is perfect as there just really doesn't seem to be anything but grey mush between your ears! Sevesteen OWNED you!!!!

Daisy Deadhead said...

Anon, you are also correctly named: "chickenshit afraid to sign their name" is how anonymous translates. "Scared little android obeying BJU-orders", in other words. Your opinion is therefore not worth too much.

And I am not your "madam"--you must have me mixed up with those whores you and Bartosch habitually visit. Or IS THIS BARTOSCH himself? (unemployed with nothing to do?) Southern Man, better keep your head, don't forget what your Good Book said: A man who visits whores is unclean until he confesses. This means YOU, anon. Obviously, that is why you are here defending your whore-loving pastor; you either ARE HIM or have much in common with him.

My God, they will even contradict their (supposedly) beloved Ten Commandments, if it means defending one of these BJU preachers. As we see, they elevate these men over and above the law of God that they claim to uphold.

Here is the definition of "Deadhead"--since you are pretty ignorant and illiterate, I see, as so many BJU-groupies/students are. Google is your friend, hon. I know that's probably how you find your whores, but you can find other stuff there, too! Try it! I'm sure its a far better education than you got at BJU.

Sevesteen is an evolution-believing atheist, so I am surprised you agree with him so readily... but as we see, the law of God is secondary to upholding the Sinful Freaks of BJU.

Got it. Keep up the good work, and amen.

Daisy Deadhead said...

And hey, genius... you shouldn't do something so stupid as POST AT WORK. That was dumb. (Don't you learn ANYthing at that dumb-as-dirt school?)

IP address:
Greenville Hospital System 199.15.151.250

8:39am is too early for visiting hours, so you work there, right? Any more bullshit from you, I will call them (I have the name and phone # of the tech guy, which helpfully pops up in WHOIS.NET when I enter your IP) and ask just who is harassing me from there. And why are they allowed to fuck around and read blogs on their job? I can get your log-in name and file a formal complaint against GHS against you.

And won't THAT be a fun blog post? I will blog your name over and over, here, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook... the whole nine yards. Not only will you lose your job, you will find it impossible to get another one, after I broadcast your name and occupation all over creation.

Now, run along, before you lose your job AND your ability to earn a living, all due to your own stupidity. Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling.