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Dordt College officials apologize to harassed gay activists

Saturday Mar 10, 2007
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SOUIX CITY, Iowa -- Officials with Dordt College in Sioux Center have apologized to a gay organization that was harassed there earlier this week.

One of the anti-guy obscenities written on the Soulforce bus.
The group, Soulforce Q, says it is part of a national organization that works to end political and religious oppression of gays.

Sioux Center was the group’s first stop on an Equality Ride 2007, aimed at bringing a message of equality and inclusion to Christian colleges like Dordt. The college’s faculty and student handbooks say the school ’holds as uacceptable sexual relations with someone of the same gender.’

"We’re prepared to run into things like this, but we didn’t expect it on the first night," Soulforce Q spokesman Kyle DeVries said.

Shortly after arriving in Sioux Center from Minneapolis Wednesday night, the group was harassed by people making lewd comments and gestures. The group’s bus was also vandalized with anti-gay slurs.

College officials were "saddened" to learn about the vandalism, said Dordt spokesman Norlan De Groot. The school apologized to the group and the incident was reported to police.

"We don’t want to see that happen here," De Groot said.

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