Monday, March 26, 2007

The New Civil Rights - Gay Equality Riders

Gay Christians are visiting Christian campuses across the country to teach tolerance. Some aren't very tolerant of them. They have been arrested at Baylor University in Texas as well as on a Mississippi College campus. They can make side trips to show the love and get arrested as well.
Twelve members of the Soulforce Equality Ride were arrested Monday after staging a sit-in at the office of Albert Mohler, the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, to protest his suggestion that a biological basis for homosexuality may be proven, and that prenatal treatment to reverse gay orientation would be biblically justified.
ADDED - Seems there were a few other arrests in other states I missed. Oklahoma, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Utah.
On the westbound bus, riders were arrested at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind., and Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee before the bus headed west toward Provo, Utah, where Brigham Young University is located. The riders stopped in Salt Lake City a few days prior to their visit to prepare for the March 21-22 events.

For eight of this year’s riders the event is something of a homecoming because they are former members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and former BYU students. Matthew Kulisch, 24, and his former BYU roommates Kourt Osbourn, 21, and Emil Pohlig, 25, were students last spring when the Equality Riders came to their school. All three are also gay and out to each other and family members. Kulisch and his friends participated in a SoulForce memorial service, which they dubbed a “die-in,” at the university to remember gay Mormons on and off campus who committed suicide.

Although the school sent out e-mails about SoulForce asking students to treat the riders with respect, five people, including Kulisch, were arrested for trespassing because the university called the service an unlawful public demonstration.

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