Earlier this month Dan Savage spoke at a "seminar" for high school journalism students. During the speech Savage attacked "bull shit" in the Bible, calling the book which millions around the world believe is the Holy Word of God, a "radically pro-slavery document." He went on to say that the Bible suggested among other things that non-virgin brides be stoned to death.
I am not a biblical scholar, but if such things do appear in the Bible, they must be in the Old Testament. No sane person suggests that the passages on slavery and stoning to death should be taken literally and practiced today. Yet, Savage snidely remarks with reference to the biblical stoning to death of non-virgins: "Callista Gingrich lives." And then he adds: "There is no effort in State constitutions to stone women to death on their wedding night if they're not virgins...at least not yet. We don't know where the GOP is going these days."
A YouTube video of part of his speech is posted below:
During Savage's talk a bunch of courageous Christian students turned their back on him and walked out of the room. He noticed the walkout and called it "pansy ass."
This is the same Dan Savage who last year said of Republicans: "I wish they were all f--king dead," a comment for which he issued an apology a day or so later. You can decide for yourself whether or not his apology was sincere. Twenty minutes later in the same program, Savage said: "I sometimes think about f--king the s--t out of Rick Santorum." To my knowledge he hasn't issued an apology for that comment.
This is the same Dan Savage who in May, 2003 created and publicized the "'Santorum' neologism," which Wikipedia describes as follows:
In May 2003, sex columnist and gay rights activist Dan Savage held a contest among his readers to create a definition for the word "santorum", as a response to comments by then-U.S. Senator Rick Santorum during an interview with the Associated Press that had been criticized as anti-gay. Savage announced the winning entry, which defined "santorum" as "the frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex." He created a web site, spreadingsantorum.com (and santorum.com), to promote the definition, which became a prominent search result for Santorum's name on several web search engines.I think it is plain that Dan Savage is one vile, twisted human being. However, in this country such a man should have a right to think and say what he wants. [Although I really don't understand how this insolent, little prick was able to spread his manure on high school students.] We used to say "it's a free country" to excuse such filth, but it's difficult to say such a thing today only because it's not such a free country anymore.
In 2010 Savage offered to take the site down if Santorum donated US$5 million to Freedom to Marry, a group advocating legal recognition of same-sex marriages. In September 2011 Santorum asked Google to remove the definition from its search engine index. Google refused, responding that the company does not remove content from search results except in very limited circumstances.
What I think is most despicable about Dan Savage is that, like so many of his ilk, he's a grown man who acts in public like a child who needs his mouth washed out with a bar of soap. Free or not, has our society and culture rotted to such an extent that our major media, intellectuals and left-leaning commentators hesitate to publicly and forcefully condemn such profanity in social discourse?
Dan Savage, you should be ashamed of yourself. No decent person is impressed by your smug performance in front of children and your misguided hatchet job on Christianity. You are a disgrace and an embarrassment. You should be shunned by all right thinking persons.
What's worse than Savage's speech and behavior, are those who endorse him. According to the Washington Examiner, Dan Savage is deeply connected to the Obama administration. Ironically, Savage is Maximum Leaders anti-bullying czar:
President Obama has allowed Savage to shape his presidential efforts to stop bullying. Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and other White House staff made "It gets better" videos designed to comfort LGBT youth who might be victims of bullying. The videos were recorded as part of Savage's "It gets better" project, designed as a response to reports of LGBT students committing suicide in order to escape bullying.To paraphrase the Bible, by their friends you will know them.
Attorney General Eric Holder said that the White House is committed to supporting the "It Gets Better" campaign with "robust action" during a forum on bullying last month.