Thursday, March 8, 2007

Soulforce Bus Defaced

If you don't know about Soulforce, it's a group of 50 young activists who, in the spirit of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and others, practice non-violent resistance in order to raise awareness about the religious and political oppression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons. They particularly educate about what they term "spiritual violence." According to their website:

Spiritual violence is the misuse of religion to sanction the condemnation and rejection of any of God’s children.

Misusing religion and/or God to support society’s bias against sexual and gender minorities also inappropriately justifies psychological, legal and physical violence against them. Some zealots blatantly articulate spiritual violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people when they scream "God Hates Fags."
Last year they made headlines when they embarked on an Equality Ride in which they visited a number of Christian colleges with the purpose of educating students, faculty, and administrators about the damaging effects of homophobia. They invite peaceful dialogue. This year, Soulforce is setting out for a second Equality Ride in which they will visit 32 Christian colleges and universities. The first stop? It was yesterday, at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.

What happened?

Their bus was defaced, in Jesus' name. (Another block of windows was spraypainted "God doesn't love gays.")

I just wish more Christians would genuinely practice Christianity and stop hating us so much, for no reason whatsoever. And let's not forget the Bible also used to be waved about to justify Black slavery in this country.
Tip o' the pen to Pam, who has also posted more photos.

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