The Republican candidate for Illinois governor is being attacked in a campaign ad for homophobic and racist materials taught at schools he founded.Before the opening of early voting in Illinois, the incumbent Democratic governor, J.B.
Pritzker, took out a new campaign ad against his Republican opponent, Darren Bailey."Did you know Darren Bailey runs a school?" the narrator in the ad asks the audience. "And they use quite the curriculum."A section of the ad highlights excerpts from Bob Jones University Press publications.
That publisher is the same one Bailey's school uses to get its textbooks.Among the claims is his school teaches that LGBTQ+ people "have no more claims to special rights than child molesters or rapists."Before he ran for the Illinois House of Representatives in 2016, Bailey and his wife Cindy launched a fundamentalist Christian school in Louisville, Ill.
That year, Bob Jones University Press began rewriting its history books to remove or soften some of its more controversial or offensive claims, NBC affiliate KSDK reports.BJU Press has recently removed racially charged content from its textbooks, including language that sometimes spoke of slavery or the Ku Klux Klan with forgiveness, the station says.Several years before Bailey founded Full Armor Christian Academy, BJU's second-edition textbooks contained the sentence, "The majority of slave holders treated their slaves well."KSDK obtained copies of current textbooks at Full Armor Academy.