Bob Jones III, University Chancellor, Apologizes for Saying Gays Should Be Stoned to Death

Former Bob Jones University President Bob Jones III is apologizing after nearly 2,000 people signed a petition demanding he take responsibility for saying that gays should be stoned in anti-gay statements that he made more than three decades ago.

“I take personal ownership of this inflammatory rhetoric,” Mr. Jones, the university’s chancellor, said in a statement Saturday. “This reckless statement was made in the heat of a political controversy 35 years ago.”

The apology came days after the conservative Christian school in Greenville, South Carolina received a petition by BJUnity asking for an apology for comments Mr. Jones, 75, made at the White House in 1980, CNN reported. At the time, Mr. Jones was part of a group of fundamentalist ministers opposed to extending provisions of the Civil Rights Act to homosexuals, CNN reported.