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Soulforce gets the 'Christian' welcome in Tennessee

The Soulforce bus, with its “Fags-Mobile” decoration from the coward wingers.

The 51-day Equality Ride continues, and the welcome mat was definitely not rolled out in Cleveland, TN. (Soulforce):

The Equality Ride bus was defaced Thursday evening outside the hotel where Riders were in a planning meeting for their action on Friday at Lee University. As the meeting dispersed, Riders found pink letters scrawled across the side of the bus reading “Fags Mobile.”

The bus driver reported that he witnessed a middle-aged woman and a teenager drive away from the scene, possibly a mother and son. The vandalism and suspect description were reported to Cleveland police, who are investigating the crime.

“The attack on the bus is hate speech, plain and simple, spelled out for everyone to read,” said Jacob Reitan, Equality Ride co-director. “But a more subtle form of hate speech happens when students at the schools we are visiting are told they are sick and sinful just for being the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people God made them to be.”

The attack on the bus came after Equality Riders met with students on the campus of Lee University on Thursday, the first time Riders have been allowed onto the campus of a school since the Ride began on March 5th. Lee University administration allowed only the slightest contact through informal conversation with students on campus. Equality Riders were not allowed to address students in classroom forums, formally present letters from closeted Lee students or pass out literature.

After Lee University, the tour moves on to Jackson, Tennessee to the campus of Union University. One of the Equality Riders, Dawn Davridge, was kicked out of this school for being a lesbian.

* Update on Soulforce Equality Ride

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