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Thou Shalt NOT Steal

Thou Shalt NOT Steal

Created By Jim Linderman and Dull Tool Dim Bulb

A Jim Linderman and Dull Tool Dim Bulb Presentation


Evangelist Bob Jones wears a Dunce Cap Megaphone on his Head old time religion

Evangelist and old time religion child preacher Bob Jones poses with his megaphone appropriately placed atop his noggin like a dunce cap.  Long before his secular university was a regular stop for aspiring Republican candidates hoping to claim the religious zealot crowd, Bob Jones was  a door to door vegetable salesman.  His father forced young Bob to memorize bible passages, and soon he was on his way "converting" the whole town.  Interestingly, his first memorable sermon, at the age of twelve, was a defense of the populist party…but he strayed.  WAY strayed.

Despite having a right wing college now named after him, he was a college dropout.  He left school as more money was to be made on the converting trail.  He was soon preaching to millions.  His sermons railed against drinking, dancing and desecrating the sabbath.  Think of that every time you go to the bar on Sunday and dance.  That's three sins in one night, and if you end up in the rumble seat on the way home, I guess that would be four.  No wonder young folk are leaving the organized church like sin-chasing lemmings. 

He made a film depicting sins so lurid, it was nearly banned, but that was an old sideshow and carnival trick to bring in the crowds.  Use the sins to bring them in, but have it end with salvation.

Jones supported politicians who were members of the Ku Klux Klan, but he wasn't too excited about those who professed to be Catholics.  He didn't like science.  He was a segregationist until he was 70 years old and used the bible to prove it.  An example of his wisdom is the statement "It is not an accident that most of the Chinese live in China, it is not an accident that most Japanese live in Japan…"  Brilliant observations like that are characteristic.  Tool of God?  No, just a tool.  He didn't like Jews either.     

A "clap of thunder" convinced him there should be a Christian college.  Just what we needed.  The doors are always open to Republicans, including the first George Bush.  His visit there resulted in a firestorm of hell so profound, the school even had to change their rule against inter-racial dating.

Real Photo Postcard of Evangelist Bob Jones and Family. Azo reverse.  Dated on reverse 1917.
Collection Jim Linderman

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