Dr. Carl McIntire, the usually indefatigable fighting fundamentalist, threw in the towel twice last month after being clobbered by the New Jersey state board of higher education and, in unrelated action, by estranged leaders of the Valley Forge-based American Council of Christian Churches, which he founded in 1941.

The radio preacher announced that his embattled Shelton College will move from Cape May, New Jersey, to the former Boeing building in his recently acquired multi-million-dollar complex at Cape Canaveral, Florida (see January 29 issue, page 31), in time for the fall semester. The exodus marks the end of McIntire’s hassle with New Jersey over loss of Shelton’s right to grant degrees (see February 12 issue, page 45). The board had cited the school for alleged inadequacies and infractions.

McIntire at first vowed to fight the case in the courts, but, he explained on radio, he would lose too many students and dollars in the long litigation. He switched money solicited on his broadcasts for the legal battle to a “refugee fund” for moving expenses. What about the new building Shelton will leave behind, a million-dollar white elephant? “It will stand as a monument to the educational tyranny of New Jersey,” McIntire says. (The board may not have heard the last of McIntire; he is dickering to buy a huge but deteriorating YWCA building in Atlantic City for a Bible institute and conference center.)

McIntire predicts Shelton will thrive in the milder climate of Florida’s educational requirements. The move aborts his previously announced plans to open a new Florida school named Reformation College.

In the American Council of Christian Churches (ACCC) matter, McIntire acceded to a New Jersey superior-court injunction that forbade ...

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