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A 'Freedom Ride' To Anti-Gay Colleges
Star Tribune ^ | March 03, 2006 | Pamela Miller

Posted on 03/03/2006 7:54:29 AM PST by wallcrawlr

When Jacob Reitan heard a young man talk about the pain and fear he felt as a gay student at Wheaton (Ill.) College, a school that opposes any expression of homosexuality, he got an idea.

Reitan, 24, of Eden Prairie, was inspired by such stories, as well as by an admiration for the civil rights activists of the 1960s, to organize a "freedom ride" that will travel by bus to 19 U.S. colleges with religion-based policies that exclude gays. The young activists, who are Christians, hope to talk with students and faculty members. This morning, Reitan and four others will fly to Washington, D.C., to join about 30 other "Soulforce Equality Riders" for training before they set out on their seven-week, cross-country crusade.

On Thursday night, hundreds gathered at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis to honor the Minnesota participants -- Reitan; David Durand, 26, and Carolyn Westra, 25, both of Minneapolis; David Coleman, 23, of Delano -- and ride co-organizer Haven Herrin, 23, of Dallas.

Issues around homosexuality deeply divide U.S. Christians. Some believe the Bible compels them to oppose gay rights, while others say it calls them to advocate for them.

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At Thursday's service, Coleman received a standing ovation after he spoke emotionally about being kicked out of North Central after revealing that he is gay.

"God loves you just the way you are," said Coleman, who was a senior when he was asked to leave the college last year. "Nothing can take us away from the love of God."

Durand said the riders will speak "for those who can't speak for themselves, because they must stay closeted."

Said Westra: "These [anti-gay] folks won't come to us, so we have to go to them."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: apostasy; brokebackbustour; deviance; homosexualagenda; perversiontour; recruitment; sissies; turdburglars; wheaton
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Dont miss that extra comment at the end of the article comparing this to the civil rights movement.
1 posted on 03/03/2006 7:54:31 AM PST by wallcrawlr
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To: wallcrawlr
"These [anti-gay] folks won't come to us, so we have to go to them."

The love that dare not shut up strikes again.

2 posted on 03/03/2006 7:55:52 AM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances and it advances relentlessly freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: wallcrawlr
"God loves you just the way you are," said Coleman, who was a senior when he was asked to leave the college last year. "Nothing can take us away from the love of God."

What a fallacy that statement is: "God loves you just the way you are,"

God loves you but not as you are.

He wants you to change.

3 posted on 03/03/2006 7:56:32 AM PST by wallcrawlr (http://www.bionicear.com)
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To: wallcrawlr

They should be arrested for disturbing the peace and being a nuisance (to say the least).


4 posted on 03/03/2006 7:56:40 AM PST by indcons (The MSM - Mainstream Slime Merchants)
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To: wallcrawlr
If I was interested in a particular college, and then found out that it took official positions that conflicted with issues I held dear, I would look for a different college that was more compatible with my world view.

What I wouldn't do was unleash a flouncy caravan of attention seeking drama queens with bullhorns in a futile attempt to mold the college to my opinion.

5 posted on 03/03/2006 7:59:59 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: wallcrawlr

It will be interesting to see who fixes who. I'm hoping these young Christians can have their energies redirected.


6 posted on 03/03/2006 8:00:33 AM PST by ansel12
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To: wallcrawlr

"When Jacob Reitan heard a young man talk about the PAIN and fear he felt as a gay student ..."

EXIT ONLY, Dumba$$!!! ;)


7 posted on 03/03/2006 8:01:24 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: wallcrawlr

Bingo! We have a winner.


8 posted on 03/03/2006 8:02:36 AM PST by JeeperFreeper
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To: wallcrawlr

One should feel pain and fear as an active homosexual. The practice is detestable to God and Paul warned that no one involved in it would enter the Kingdom of Heaven. We are not being helpful to homosexuals if we make them feel comfortable and accepted, any more than we are helping alcohols by enabling their addiction.

Deal with it.


9 posted on 03/03/2006 8:03:00 AM PST by Elpasser
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To: wallcrawlr

Amen. These people will do anything they can to try to justify their sin. They seem to miss large parts of the bible in their studies. Sodom and Gamorrah, Leviticus, Ezekial, etc. We are to love the person, not the sin. God will judge the sin. They also fail to realize the bible is as relevant today as when it was written. If you believe you are gay or that the lifestyle is okay in God's eyes, you are not a believer, period.


10 posted on 03/03/2006 8:03:25 AM PST by Millicent_Hornswaggle (Retired US Marine wife)
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To: ansel12

"Christians" who hold views entirely inconsistent with the teachings of both the Old and New Testaments. And whose contrary views are, it seems, their core values.


11 posted on 03/03/2006 8:03:37 AM PST by little jeremiah (Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. CS.Lewis)
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To: wallcrawlr

I'm betting these schools are private schools and not state or federally funded?


12 posted on 03/03/2006 8:04:13 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: dead

"What I wouldn't do was unleash a flouncy caravan of attention seeking drama queens with bullhorns in a futile attempt to mold the college to my opinion."

LOL! "flouncy caravan" that's EXCELLENT! I shall steal if from you and use it again someday.


13 posted on 03/03/2006 8:04:32 AM PST by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: DirtyHarryY2K; DBeers

One for the list.


14 posted on 03/03/2006 8:05:02 AM PST by little jeremiah (Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. CS.Lewis)
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To: wallcrawlr

"God loves you but not as you are."

You might want to check your theology there.

God does love everyone just the way they are. Yes, he does expect people to change, but that hasn't nothing to do with God's love.


15 posted on 03/03/2006 8:06:35 AM PST by webstersII
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At Thursday's service, Coleman received a standing ovation after he spoke emotionally about being kicked out of North Central after revealing that he is gay.

"God loves you just the way you are," said Coleman, who was a senior when he was asked to leave the college last year. "Nothing can take us away from the love of God."

Durand said the riders will speak "for those who can't speak for themselves, because they must stay closeted."

Said Westra: "These [anti-gay] folks won't come to us, so we have to go to them."

16 posted on 03/03/2006 8:07:13 AM PST by DirtyHarryY2K ("Ye shall know them by their fruits" ;-))
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To: dead

Boy - I feel sorry for the people that have to share the interstate rest stops with this group.


17 posted on 03/03/2006 8:07:42 AM PST by Waverunner
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To: TexasCajun

Yes but...

I'd bet that there are some programs any private school has access to for some fed/state funds.

But also the students can get fed/state aid to attend.

It all depends on the type of cirriculum the school has.

If its general education with majors...then they prob have access to fed/state money.

If its devotional and seminary...then prob not.


18 posted on 03/03/2006 8:08:46 AM PST by wallcrawlr (http://www.bionicear.com)
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To: webstersII
I dont need to "check my theology"

Youre saying the exact same thing I am.

God loves you but not as you are.
He wants you to change.

I'm sorry it wasnt worded properly for you.

Anyone who thinks that God will "love" them into heaven needs to "check their theology". God requires us to recognize our sin and repent.

The reason that student makes that statement is to excuse their behavior.

When he says, nothing can take us away from the love of God", he's not providing critical information that would provide the salvation these students need.

For a senior at a christian college he's obviously shamefully an immature christian when it comes to doctrine.

19 posted on 03/03/2006 8:15:17 AM PST by wallcrawlr (http://www.bionicear.com)
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To: wallcrawlr

Wheaton is a private college. The school, it's administrators, and it's alumni have their own rights as well, and the government should not infringe upon them by telling them they cannot make policies on morality at a private school.

The school should simple expell this idiot.


20 posted on 03/03/2006 8:16:31 AM PST by untrained skeptic
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To: wallcrawlr

...was inspired by such stories, as well as by an admiration for the civil rights activists of the 1960s...
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The problem here little Jacob, homosexuals choose to be this way, blacks, women never were something else and then became this way.

Remember, homosexuals are trying to make society accept them for what they have become, not for who they are.


21 posted on 03/03/2006 8:16:35 AM PST by downtoliberalism ("A coalition partner must do more than just express sympathy, a coalition partner must perform,")
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To: wallcrawlr
Reitan, 24, of Eden Prairie, was inspired by such stories, as well as by an admiration for the civil rights activists of the 1960s, to organize a "freedom ride" that will travel by bus to 19 U.S. colleges with religion-based policies that exclude gays.

Oh I see. The freedom to sodomize some anonymous stranger is equivalent to the freedom to vote and not be lynched based on the color of your skin. Got it.

No wonder Blacks are almost universally hostile to the butt-sex rights movement.
22 posted on 03/03/2006 8:18:58 AM PST by Antoninus (The only reason you're alive today is because your parents were pro-life.)
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To: wallcrawlr

Why the hell would a gay student go to a school like Wheaton? It isn't like their aren't plenty of schools that love queers and offer majors in queer studies and the rest.


23 posted on 03/03/2006 8:20:30 AM PST by SmoothTalker
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To: dead

Same here.

I swear that some of these "activists" chose these colleges simply so they can make a big stink when they get kicked out for violating the rules.

I know where North Central is and I'm aware of the type of college it is. If this guy didn't know the profile of the college before we was admitted, he's not very bright.

Or as mentioned above, he's nothing more than an agitator.


24 posted on 03/03/2006 8:22:17 AM PST by MplsSteve
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To: Waverunner
Boy - I feel sorry for the people that have to share the interstate rest stops with this group.

Oh man, that's a horrible thought to wake up to. A road trip vacation gone ugly because of bad arrival timing at the Sodom & Gamorah rest stop. Make the images in my brain stop! Please! Aargh!

25 posted on 03/03/2006 8:22:55 AM PST by MarineBrat (Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.)
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To: MplsSteve

Meant to say "...before he was admitted...".


27 posted on 03/03/2006 8:24:48 AM PST by MplsSteve
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To: SmoothTalker

Because those sick, demented losers want to make that college the SAME HOMOSEXUAL HELL that they are trying to make the rest of the world!


28 posted on 03/03/2006 8:25:03 AM PST by Lion in Winter (The older I get the more I want to see ISLAM EXPOSED AS THE SHAM it is...)
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To: wallcrawlr

Take a look at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. They have rejected all government aid so that they don't have to deal with the strings attached to that money.


29 posted on 03/03/2006 8:25:26 AM PST by mak5
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To: downtoliberalism
"Remember, homosexuals are trying to make society accept them for what they have become, not for who they are."

Absolutely correct.

30 posted on 03/03/2006 8:26:25 AM PST by Lion in Winter (The older I get the more I want to see ISLAM EXPOSED AS THE SHAM it is...)
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To: wallcrawlr

and yet there will be a "heroic" documentary about the whole trip.

They will report it as if there were thousands even though there were only a handful (and one died of "somthing" along the way)


31 posted on 03/03/2006 8:26:46 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: SJSAMPLE

Gay agenda = bragging about how you have sex with and how you have sex.

Sorry, I really don't care to know who a person has sex with or how. To be honest, it is none of my business. However, when you force me to listen, I will resist.


32 posted on 03/03/2006 8:33:00 AM PST by dhs12345
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To: wallcrawlr

"Brokeback Bustrip."

}:-)4


33 posted on 03/03/2006 8:38:35 AM PST by Moose4 ("I will shoulder my musket and brandish my sword/In defense of this land and the word of the Lord")
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To: Moose4

LMAO


34 posted on 03/03/2006 8:48:51 AM PST by DirtyHarryY2K ("Ye shall know them by their fruits" ;-))
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To: wallcrawlr
"Nothing can take us away from the love of God."

Actually, it's called Sin and yes it can.

35 posted on 03/03/2006 8:48:59 AM PST by FormerLib (Kosova: "land stolen from Serbs and given to terrorist killers in a futile attempt to appease them.")
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To: indcons

The caravan probably won't make it past the first public men's room.


36 posted on 03/03/2006 8:50:02 AM PST by FormerLib (Kosova: "land stolen from Serbs and given to terrorist killers in a futile attempt to appease them.")
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To: Antoninus
No wonder Blacks are almost universally hostile to the butt-sex rights movement.

This is why the Rats are in big trouble. They've tried to build a coalition of groups that are fundamentally opposed to each other. Republicans build their coalitions based on ideas, while the Rats build their on race and other special interests.

37 posted on 03/03/2006 8:52:06 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: wallcrawlr
"God loves you just the way you are," said Coleman, who was a senior when he was asked to leave the college last year. "Nothing can take us away from the love of God."

That was Mr. Rogers who said he loves you just the way you are. Much as I loved Fred Rogers, he was not God. God says to keep His commandments, and that includes chastity outside of marriage and staying married to a person of the opposite sex if you want to have sex and children.

38 posted on 03/03/2006 8:54:13 AM PST by Albion Wilde (The best service a retired general can give is to...mothball his opinions. Omar Bradley)
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To: wallcrawlr

Reitan's problem isn't with the anti-homosexual universities, it's with the Holy Bible.


39 posted on 03/03/2006 9:05:29 AM PST by Ol' Sparky
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To: dead

I agree. These "gays" say they just want to live in peace, but get in your face with their beliefs, all the while shouting down yours. Get outta my face, and I will leave you alone!!!!!!!!!


40 posted on 03/03/2006 9:10:50 AM PST by joe fonebone (Woodstock defined the current crop of libs, but who cleaned up the mess they left?)
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To: FormerLib

LMAO...or the first public/RV park.


41 posted on 03/03/2006 9:16:33 AM PST by indcons (The MSM - Mainstream Slime Merchants)
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To: wallcrawlr
More shoving their way into places that choose "Freedom of Religion" and "freedom of Association" among other rights.

Their mission is to impose their will on others, has nothing to do with rights!
42 posted on 03/03/2006 9:19:34 AM PST by gidget7 (Get GLSEN out of our schools!!!!!!)
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To: downtoliberalism

While I stand with you on the moral unacceptability of homosexuality, don't think for a minute that these people "chose to be that way." They didn't choose to have the attraction that they do; the DID choose to act on it.

I think an analogy to alcoholics or child molesters is apt; both hate themselves for what they do and wish they could stop, but continue to engage in their destructive behavior.


43 posted on 03/03/2006 9:23:15 AM PST by Elpasser
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To: Elpasser
I dont see alot of "haters" at the gay pride parade.


If they cared about quitting they wouldn't be so full of pride.
44 posted on 03/03/2006 9:27:22 AM PST by wallcrawlr (http://www.bionicear.com)
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To: wallcrawlr
At Thursday's service, Coleman received a standing ovation after he spoke emotionally about being kicked out of North Central after revealing that he is gay.

"God loves you just the way you are," said Coleman, who was a senior when he was asked to leave the college last year. "Nothing can take us away from the love of God."

In I Cor 5:1-5 God lays out very clearly how unrepentant sexual sin in the body is to be dealt with.

I Cor:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

They are to be shunned.

Now if it were a lost person struggling with this we are allowed to be a little more accomodating, but once they get saved God expects them to repent of their sin and do it no more.

Therefore I say that one cannot be a Christian and a 'homosexual'. Since by claiming to be a 'homosexual' you are stating that you've never repented of that sin and how could you become a Christian without repenting? You cannot.

45 posted on 03/03/2006 9:43:05 AM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: MplsSteve; dead
I swear that some of these "activists" chose these colleges simply so they can make a big stink when they get kicked out for violating the rules.

This is exactly correct. The key point to remember is that everything for the 'homosexual' is about the sex. That's why they label themselves by their sexual practice.

The second law of homosexuality:

To the mentally healthy person (heterosexual), sex is something you do;
To the mentally diseased person ('homosexual'), sex is everything you are

46 posted on 03/03/2006 9:46:32 AM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: wallcrawlr

queer ping


47 posted on 03/03/2006 12:14:02 PM PST by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: wallcrawlr
" "These policies are based on religion, but we don't believe that's what Christ came to do. He came to throw off old laws, to expand our understanding of what God meant."
Jesus Christ certainly did NOT come to earth in human form to promote the behaviors involved in homosexuality.
Queers ( their word NOT mine so please can the outrage) can't use the Bible or religion to add respectability to living a sinful life. We are all sinners. I certainly am. Nevertheless, there is a world of difference between committing sinners privately and publically advocating for acceptance of sinful loathsome behaviors. The only connections between the Black man's condition of slavery in America and the queer notion of homosexual rectitude are in the minds of the left.
48 posted on 03/03/2006 2:26:39 PM PST by jmaroneps37 (John Spencer is the warrior we have been waiting for.We can trust him with our future.)
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To: wallcrawlr
The young activists, who are Christians, hope to talk with students and faculty members.

Then it is possible for a Christian to be condemned to hell. Romans 1 and 1 Corinthians 6 makes it quite clear who will not inherit the Kingdom, and homosexuals make the list.

49 posted on 03/03/2006 3:44:04 PM PST by fwdude (Prohibition----->Taboo--->Tolerance--->Acceptance-->Mandate->Enforcement)
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To: webstersII

A.W. Tozer said that God is easy to please, but difficult to satisfy.


50 posted on 03/03/2006 3:46:25 PM PST by fwdude (Prohibition----->Taboo--->Tolerance--->Acceptance-->Mandate->Enforcement)
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