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One group was founded to preach the Gospel, while the other was founded, well, to promote racism and violence.

But the one thing the two do have in common is the color of their white robes, which was a source of consternation after some students, faculty, and school officials confused the groups earlier this month on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

The Independent reports that Father Jude McPeak, a Dominican Friar and member of the St. Paul’s Catholic Church network in Bloomington, was on his way to get some frozen yogurt when he was mistaken for a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

From the Independent:

It took a little while for the identity error to unravel. A handful of worried folk at Indiana University passed around a note informing fellow ‘Hoosiers’ to watch out. McPeak had been seen along 10th Street – off campus – and some thought he could be a potential threat.

Resident assistant Ethan Gill sent an email round to those in the Eigenmann building. He wrote: There has been a person reported walking around campus in a KKK outfit holding a whip. Because the person is protected under the first amendment rights, [campus police] cannot remove the person from campus unless an act of violence is committed.

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Eventually, the alarm was defused. It became apparent that McPeak was simply fetching some sweetness from a frozen yoghurt shop called Red Mango. He ordered an original and dark chocolate froyo mix with coconuts and peanuts on top, according to The Tab, which first reported the story.

In an effort to avoid mix-ups in the future, McPeak’s local group of Dominican Friars tweeted a guide for “how to recognize us.” Can’t say we blame them.

SOURCE: Independent | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter

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