Soulforce Met with Vandalism, Arrests, at Palm Beach Atlantic U.

Six members of the gay Christian group Soulforce, which is taking its 2008 Equality Ride to Christian colleges and universities across the South, were arrested after being barred from the Palm Beach Atlantic University campus. They arrived there on Monday to meet with students and raise awareness about tolerance and the lack of safety of gay and lesbian students on campus.

SoulforceSoulforce writes, in a press release: “As ten of the Riders were turned away, six remained and were arrested, one by one. Those arrested were Jarrett Lucas, 22, from Philadelphia, Danielle Cooper, 19, from Maplewood, NJ, Lauren Parke, 25, from Seattle, Enzi Tanner, 24, from Minneapolis, Nicholas Rocco DeFinis, 22, from Lansdale, PA, and Zak Rittenhouse, 21, from Frankfort, OH. Students looked on as the young adults were placed in handcuffs and moved into a police van.” Those arrested are set to go before a judge today.

Here’s a report from WPTV.

Soulforce adds: “Today’s visit to PBAU comes after a night of harassment for participants of the Equality Ride. Sunday evening, the glass door of the bus was bashed in with a hard object. Two panes of glass were shattered and small portions of the vinyl wrap were scratched off. A police report of the incident was filed.”

The group recently completed a very successful visit to the late Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University.

Six arrested during protest at Palm Beach Atlantic University [sun-sentinel]
Equality Ride Faces Vandalism, Arrests at Palm Beach [soulforce]
Florida Christian University Welcomes Gay Youth with Handcuffs & Brick [gaysofla]


  1. CK says

    What a nice ‘Christian’ response from the good people of Palm Beach…. surely a good thing, keeping people out of the Chapel. I mean, really how dare they!? (all said with very thick sarcasm)

    Ugh… sickening! Damn… how dare these people in WPB masquerade as ‘Christians’ when they are driven by such fear, hate and bigotry? Soulforce are not some terrible threat to anyone, they just want to have open dialog with conservative counterparts. I guess REAL dialog is not part of the conservative ideology. It’s do and say as we do and say, or get arrested.

  2. Sargon Bighorn says

    Soul Force is well meaning, but it’s like asking a Muslim or Jew if they’ll now accept pork as a food. I’m under the impression it won’t happen. Of course one can want to “dialog” with them; best o’luck. It’s the same with being Gay for the radical “Christian” militants. But hey, if Soul force wants to spend their time and money, knock yourself out fellas.