By: Elliott Finesse
Re: HONEYMOON HARGIS
RIGHT WING REV. PERVERT OFFERS ADVICE ON FAMILY VALUES
After you read this file consider sending BJ e-mail telling him what you
"Americans are tired of "educational professionals" operating in a vacuum,
trying out whatever they wish, defying community standards, as they
experiment with the minds of our precious children."
-- Billy James "Honeymoon" Hargis
I have just learned that one Dr. Billy James Hargis has an account on AOL
(BJHargis@aol.com) and is posting extreme right wing religious/political
dogma & bullshit as downloadable files in the debate forum library.
Hargis is the author of such infamous tomes as Rhythm, Riots, and
Revolution and the best seller, Is the School House the Proper Place to
Teach Raw Sex? a comically ironic title as it turns out.
I was shocked to see this guy back in business. You see, 20 years ago a
scandal rocked his world.
'The reverand performed the wedding ceremony for the two students of his
Bible college. On their honeymoon wedding night the groom and the bride
were stunned to discover that BOTH of them had slept with the Rev. B. J.
He will forever after be known as "Honeymoon" Hargis.'
Time Magazine February 16, 1976, p. 52
Rev. Billy James Hargis An ultra right fundamentalist, has long denounced
sexual sin and spoken out as a defender of traditional virtues in an
increasingly lax society. In 1968, his organization published the
bestseller (250,000 copies) Is the School House the Proper Place to Teach
Today however, Hargis stands accused by former colleagues of committing
some of the very sins he has railed against. Time Correspondent Anne
Constable and Reporters Richard Walker and Tom Carter have learned that
five students -- four of them men -- at his American Christian College in
Tulsa have come forward and said that President Hargis has had sexual
relations with them. Asked about the charges Hargis declined to give any
specific reply. Through a lawyer he stated: "I have made more than my
share of mistakes. I'm not proud of them. Even the Apostle Paul said,
'Christ died to save sinners. of whom I am chief.' Long ago, I made my
peace with God, and my ministry continues."
That ministry centers on the Christian Crusade, which was founded by
Hargis in 1950 to promote far-right political and religious causes, and
includes radio and TV programs and the Christian Crusade Weekly. Hargis
rallies have featured such notables as former Major General Edwin Walker
and Governor George Wallace.
Hargis founded American Christian College to teach "anti-Communist
It was at the college that Hargis' sexual troubles surfaced in October
1974, when the first of the five students confessed to then Vice President
David Noebel. Noebel's account: Not long before, Hargis had conducted a
wedding for the student; on the honeymoon, the groom and the bride
discovered that both of them had slept with Hargis.
Later, Noebel says, three more male students told him of having had sexual
relations with Hargis over a period of three years. They said the trysts
had taken place in Hargis' office, at his farm in the Ozarks, even during
his tours with the college choir, the "All-American Kids." Noebel was told
that Hargis justified his homosexual acts by citing the Old Testament
friendship between David and Jonathan and threatened to blacklist the
youths for life if they talked.
Noebel, a Hargis aide for twelve years, described how he felt when he
first heard the students accounts: "For two weeks, I couldn't sleep. I
know we had to get Hargis off campus or we were going to lose the whole
school." Finally, on Oct. 25, 1974, Noebel and two other college officials
confronted Hargis and two of his lawyers. According to two of those
present, Hargis, who has a wife, three daughters and a son, admitted his
guilt and blamed his behavior on "genes and chromosomes."
Two days later Hargis preached a farewell sermon to his Tulsa
congregation, then turned the presidency of the college over to Noebel.
But Hargis stayed around the campus for weeks before he officially severed
ties with the Christian Crusade and allied groups. His resignation came
only after the Hargis organization had agreed to cash in their $72,000
life insurance policy on Hargis and give him the money, and had guaranteed
him a $24,000 annual stipend. Meanwhile, Hargis announced that he was
retiring to his Ozarks farm because of ill health.
By February 1975 Hargis felt energetic enough to try to regain control of
the college, but the board backed Noebel. Deprived of Hargis' name and his
astounding money-raising talents, however, his former operations soon
found themselves strapped for cash, and in September all but the college
accepted Hargis' offer to return. The decision was risky, says Loyalist
Jess Pedigo, president of Hargis' David Livingstone Missionary Foundation.
"We thought his coming back might have been premature, but he was a broken
man. He was truly repentant, and we urged him to forget the past.Ê'Let he
who is without sin cast the first stone.' Perhaps more to the point, adds
Pedigo, "There was a danger of bankruptcy."
The American Christian College, however, has not forgiven Hargis. It took
months for Hargis to transfer to the college the deed to the modernistic
church building and the 8 1/2 acre campus. Without it, the school had no
hope of getting regional accreditation. Worse, Hargis has given the
college limited access to the names on the fund raising list that all the
Hargis organizations formerly shared. Says Noebel: "He's been telling
everyone we are going to sink. Well, obviously we will sink as long as he
holds the mailing list." Some 70% of the schools income comes from
contributions. Enrollment has dropped from 228 to 160, and since word of
the scandal spread to parents one teacher has talked 25 of them into
letting their children stay enrolled.
The remaining collegians are perplexed, but most back Noebel, even though
they once idolized Hargis. The five students who originally accused Hargis
have left town to make new lives for themselves. As for their parents, one
father, who reports that his son's three-year involvement with Hargis
began at age 15 or 16, wept as he said, "I will forgive him his sins
because God's Word tells me what I must do, but I will never forget his
acts against my son."
** Excerpt from one of Hargis's many rants available on Line**
The attack on the American family intensifies (2/94)
The following is from a recent edition of Christian
Crusade Newspaper, P.O. Box 977, Tulsa, OK
74102. The newspaper is in its 42nd year of
publication. We can be E-mailed on
America On Line as BJHargis, on Compuserve at
72204,541, and via the Internet as
Note: This articicle is from the forthcoming book
"If Hillary Says It's For the Kids, Grab Yours and Run"
by Dr. Billy James Hargis, publisher
Keith Wilkerson, editor
Denver school officials recently hosted a three-day conference at
taxpayer expense, training educators from 30 states and Canada in tactics
for keeping Christian parents from "interfering" in the education of
America's children. One expert -- who travels nationwide holding such
training sessions -- warned school officials: "My research suggests that
the Christian right is dedicated to the destruction of our educational
Traditional concepts such as marriage are scorned by these liberal
social engineers who have decided to reinvent America -- whether we
like it or not.
Alternative lifestyles, which our mothers taught us to call
"perversion" and "living in sin," are praised and applauded amid a theme
that America desperately needs "change."
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