Wednesday, March 22, 2006

How did you spend your spring breaks?

I used to spend mine watching TV and playing video games. A few of my more enlightened (or nerdy) friends would occaisonally do things like Ecuador service projects, or build houses in Mexico.

No one ever mentioned something like this, though.
During March and April the Soulforce Equality Ride is visiting 19 religious and military schools to give voice to those who can not speak up themselves because of oppressive school policies. Many of these schools expell lgbtq students who come out or are outed.
What's that? Gay christians trying to stand up for themselves? Heaven forbid!! I know, let's arrest them for trespassing.

Now, yes, all of these Universities are is private property, which, coincidentally, is why they can ban whoever they want to (like, gays, or Jews). At the same time, arresting peaceful protestors seems a little bit... what's the word?

Oh yeah. Pussy-ish.

Because I have a special fondness in my heart for Jerry Falwell, I'm going to focus on him. Jerry, I know you enjoy saying whatever diarrhea spews to yout mind, and like being given forums left-and-right for it. So you of all people should appreciate how important the right to free speech is, right? How can you be threatened by a bus-full of gays who simply disagree with your policies? And why arrest them? Why not, say, challenge them to a debate?

News flash, Jerry. God doesn't talk to you, Jesus is mad that you're exploiting his memory for cash, you're a general douchebag, and, to top it all off, you're a god-damn coward. Go eat your twin brother. (No, I'm not making that up.)

So far Soulforce has gone to five universities, and arrests have been made at at least three of them. Their bus was sprayed with anti-gay graffiti at a fourth. Charming.

For updates, check out their website and news section. You can also check out each of the 20 planned stops and see why they made the cut.

Edit: You think they'll be making the yeshiva circuit next year?

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