Bill Ain't Jivin'
The NAACP has issued a vigorous objection to Bill Gothard's teachings regarding music, denouncing his principles as "racist propaganda."
IBLP's music program, Sound Foundations, teaches that rock music, with its roots in the voodoo culture and tribal rituals, is sinful and damaging. Sound Foundation instructors have studied the influence of African-Americans on music, and teach that the drum beat (which goes counter to the heart) is inextricably linked to Satanism. Additionally, the improvisation popularized through jazz in the 1920-30's illustrates life without restrictions, boundaries, guidelines and principles, and can be credited for the breakdown of American culture. Jazz and blues led to the development of rap music and hip-hop, which is "too evil to even study," according to Sound Foundations policy.
A concerned ATI family recently sent copies of the Sound Foundations curriculum to several civil rights activists. "Bill Gothard and his Institute must have a hidden agenda of racial suppression to make these assumptions," said an NAACP spokesperson. "It seems his followers are only allowed to listen to 18th century white boys. We've heard our share of ridiculous theories, but this beats all."