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One apology, six
arrests for Soulforce members

One apology, six
arrests for Soulforce members


While one group of Equality Riders received an apology from Dordt College officials in Iowa for antigay graffiti on their bus, another group was subjected to arrest when Soulforce members entered the campus of Notre Dame on Friday.

Officials at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, have apologized to members of Soulforce Q after the bus they were riding as part of this year's Equality Ride was vandalized Wednesday night. The Soulforce members are visiting Christian colleges across the country in an attempt to open dialogue regarding the schools' antigay policies. Dordt College was the first stop on the itinerary for one of two Soulforce buses. The Des Moines Register reports that college officials were "saddened" to learn about the vandalism and apologized to the group after the incident was reported to the police.

On Thursday a second Soulforce Q group, visiting Notre Dame University in Indiana, was cited and asked to leave campus. On Friday, six of the members were arrested for returning to campus in a show of support for gay and lesbian equality. The Soulforce members were joined by two Notre Dame students.

"As a gay Catholic man who was once in seminary," said rider Delfin Bautista in a press release, "I walked onto Notre Dame today to help make my church a universal church. I did as Jesus Christ did and went all the way for love."

The participants who were arrested were released hours after being detained by police with a date set to appear in court. (The Advocate)

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