Bush’s “compassionate” rhetoric also doesn’t necessarily seem to square with other campaign practices — like, for instance, his Louisiana campaign chairman, Gov.

Mike Foster, who was fined ,000 for purchasing mailing lists from Klansman David Duke, an act Bush has yet to publicly comment on despite repeated inquiries from the press. At a recent convention of the Republican Jewish Coalition, many Bush supporters expressed disappointment at their candidate’s unwillingness to condemn Pat Buchanan’s anti-Semitic outbursts.

Randolph said that when Jones became president three years ago, he asked the civil rights leader not to hold the decisions made under his father and grandfather against him.

Jones is the great-grandson of the school founder, Bob Jones.

Until Keyes pressed him in a TV debate, Bush refused to condemn a supporter — South Carolina state Sen.

Arthur Ravenel — who called the NAACP the “national association of retarded people.” Arizona Sen.

But, the statement added, when God stopped humans from building the Tower of Babel, a story told in Genesis, God did so to prevent them from creating "one-world government." "Based on this biblical account (Genesis 10 and 11)," the statement said, "the university wishes to give God the benefit of any doubt and avoid pursuing any direction that would give assistance to the renewed efforts of man to create a one-world community consisting of one religion, one economy, one government and one race." Despite its stance, the university has admitted interracial married couples. Jones said that although the principle on which the university's former ban was based remained important, the ban itself was "meaningless to us." In its Internet statement, the university described Catholic beliefs as a "false system," but asserted that it loved Catholics as people and wanted to convert them. In the advertisements, the university contended that it was being falsely accused in news reports as a haven for bigotry.

Instead, it said that the real issue in the controversy was the university's constitutional right to its religious freedom.

-- In an unexpected move, Bob Jones University, a fundamentalist Christian institution that had come under national criticism for its ban on interracial dating among its students, abandoned that long-held policy, its president, Bob Jones 3d said tonight. Jones, in an appearance on the CNN program "Larry King Live," said that he had asked the university's board this afternoon to end the policy. Jones, grandson of the university's founder, provided only a brief explanation, saying the decision was based on a perception that criticism over the policy was threatening to obscure the university's Christian mission. ' " He then said that the ban had damaged the reputation of the university's graduates and possibly conservative Protestantism as well.

Jones added: "I said to our administration, 'You know, guys, this thing is of such insignificance to us, it is so significant to the world at large, the media particularly, why should we have this here as an obstacle?

He took over for his father, also named Bob Jones, in 2005.