The radio station affiliated with Bob Jones University discontinued the every Saturday airing of “Ron Williams/Hephzibah House” program on WMUU sometime around August 5, 2011. We are sure that the discontinuation of “Ron Williams/Hephzibah House” had nothing whatsoever with CNN producers investigating Hephzibah House for Anderson Cooper’s UnGodly Discipline series. Nothing whatsoever to do with those same producers contacting Bob Jones University and WMUU officials asking why it would carry a program where girls have told of abuse for nearly 40 years. Word is that after Bob Jones and WMUU officials were called by CNN producers, BJU/WMUU spokes-person who then called back the next day and told CNN producers that WMUU no longer carried the program.
For nearly 30 years, Ron Williams/Hephzibah House was aired on WMUU. Suddenly, the program disappeared without an explaination. None. For years, Hephzibah House survivors, and supporters of Hephzibah House survivors had plead with Paul Wright, Bob Jones, III and others to remove this child abuser from WMUU. The program was never removed and the survivors called liars, bitter and worse.
Hephzibah House has not been listed on WMUU list of Broadcasters for months.
What is interesting that a few days ago, I found that Ron Williams of Hephzibah House is once again listed on WMUU’s list of Broadcasters.
Ron Williams/Hephzibah House has not been listed until recently. We’ve been checking. We also have screenshots should this listing disappear without an explanation.
Here is a response from a survivor of Hephzibah House. Her response is very touching well worded and was written 5 days after Chris Peterman’s expulsion. In my opinion, it shows Bob Jones University’s pattern of deception.
BOB JONES UNIVERSITY: A LEGACY OF DECEIT
Three years ago, while visiting family in Greenville, SC I walked into WMUU for an arranged meeting with its station manager, Paul Wright. It was the first time in seventeen years I’d approached someone within the Independent Fundamental Baptist religion. I was terrified, but I did it anyway, because my cause was greater than my fears. I was there on behalf of the survivors of Hephzibah House. Specifically, I was there to plead for the removal of Ron Williams from the airwaves of WMUU.
The meeting, for my part, went very well. He was kind and considerate to me. During this meeting he told me that WMUU had no affiliation with BJU. He also begged me for time to make a prayerful and informed decision. I admired his honesty and sincerity, so I decided to give him that time. I went home to Baltimore believing in this man. To be clear, I liked Paul Wright. I trusted Paul Wright.
A few months prior to this, [A woman who has advocated for HH ladies and repeatedly asked that WMUU remove Ron Williams/HH off its airwaves] walked into the office and was surprised to find Paul Wright there as well. He was carrying a dossier on Hephzibah House survivors given to him by Ron Williams. What followed is something that to be honest hurt me very much. Mr. Wright, not knowing of my friendship with the woman in question, proceeded to trash me to both her and Dr. Bob the third. He twisted my words and on several occasions he outright lied about what I shared with him.
My personal hurt aside, I want to look at the dynamics of this event. Here was the manager of a radio station in an office that by his own words, he should never have been in. Yet there he was, secretly discussing an issue that both parties swore ignorance to. Dr. Bob has long claimed ignorance to the abuses that STILL take place within the confines of Hephzibah House. (Never mind that several summer staff actually interviewed for positions at Hephzibah House right on the BJU campus.) I’m going to be honest; I actually get very angry when I consider this. The level of dishonesty surrounding this is absolutely shameful. Unfortunately this did not end here.
After tirelessly working for three years to get WMUU to do the right thing, CNN aired the story about Hephzibah House. Less then 24 hours later, Ron Williams was pulled from the airwaves of WMUU. I was elated and frustrated at the same time. I finally faced the truth. This religion will NEVER protect their children on their own. They do not have the character or strength to take a stand for the sake of their children and demand better. I’ve been sitting on this information for some time now. So why talk about it now? Because recent events occurred that infuriated me to the point where I could no longer remain silent.
Last week I read about Chris being expelled, months after BJU assured the public that no such action would be taken. This incident got me thinking and so I pulled up WMUU and did a general search for Ron Williams and you guessed it, I found him. He is still listed as one of the broadcasters of WMUU. We keep calling for transparency, but what you must understand is this. BJU is unable to be transparent or honest about a single thing. If our religious leaders cannot uphold common decency and honesty in their dealings with their OWN people, then why should a quote un-quote, lost and dying world listen to their teachings either?
WMUU is under Gospel Fellowship Association (GFA) which is the mission agency associated with Bob Jones University.
You know, the mission board that Chuck Phelps is on? The mission board whose Administrative Director lamented that Chuck Phelps resigned from Bob Jones University Co-operating Board. Even after Phelp’s own testimony proved that a former member admitted to Phelps that he [the rapist] was the aggressor for the rape of a 15 year old girl who was also in Phelps’s congregation at the time.
Who is the president of GFA, you ask? Bob Jones III.
Just want to get that out of the way for those who think they can run onto this blog and tell us that Bob Jones University has nothing at all to do with WMUU.
We may have been born at night, but not last night.