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Bus tour: Modeling themselves after the Freedom Riders, who traveled by bus to protest segregation during the civil rights era, Soulforce Equality Riders took a 51-day bus tour this spring, stopping at 19 religious colleges and universities that restrict the freedom of homosexuals on campus. The tour was the brainstorm of Jacob Reitan, a Northwestern University graduate, who met a student from Wheaton College at a gay bar in Chicago a few years ago. The Wheaton student observed that if he were to come out of the closet at Wheaton it would result in expulsion from the school. Some of the schools on the tour—like Brigham Young and Liberty universities—had the Soulforce members arrested. Others, like Wheaton, welcomed Soulforce and provided opportunity for students to interact with the group (Chicago Tribune, April 21).


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