Katie Writes in from Soulforce Bus
October 6, 2008 at 1:25PM
We asked Katie Higgins to give us the word from the Soulforce bus after they visited Liberty University on their way to Columbia today. Our visit to Liberty University is an excellent example of why we do push the envelope on the college campuses that say that our voices are not allowed. In 2005, Jerry Falwell allowed over 60 young adults from Soulforce to join students on campus. In 2006, over 20 were arrested and this year, his son, Jerry Falwell, Jr., repeatedly told the media that we would not be allowed on campus. Obviously, we were allowed on and as always, there were many students who were eager to speak with us. So many in fact, that we had to bring them off campus to where the rest of the Riders were. Had we not moved forward with our intention to be on campus, we would have fallen short of our goal for LU students to have the chance to talk with us about our message of inclusion and justice. More so than any year before, we have heard from many LU students who are LGBT and desperately need us to be a voice of reason on their campus.