Promoter of Gays Savages Christian High Schoolers at Journalism Conference

Keynote speaker Dan Savage was billed at the National High School Journalism Conference as an icon of anti-bullying but that wasn’t quite what he delivered to the high school wanna-be journalists present at his speech. Anti-Bullying Speaker Curses Christian Teens tells of it; of the substantial numbers that got up and walked out as well, while being called “pansy assess’ by the speaker. Some of the escapees said they felt they were being bullied.

Savage is a prominent lefty darling and gay promoter among other things; he informed the high schoolers how good his husband looks in a speedo during his speech. His vituperative attack on Christians and the Bible was allegedly unexpected, especially as Christian schools were represented at the conference. However, no apology from the organizers was reported.

Three preliminary conclusions from this seem fair: One, Savage, who has made his reputation defending gay folk from unsolicited attacks, is a hypocrite doing to Christians what he deplores when done to gays. Two, his subjecting captive high schoolers to this suggest a lack of both consideration and judgment and Three, he’s no gentleman, if that unfortunately archaic term has any meaning for him. And of course, billing him for anti-bullying expertise is as much a joke as his public manners.

Christians are supposed to deal with those they consider sinners by ‘hating the sin but loving the sinner.’ Somehow, whether or not one shares Christian beliefs, that seems a more impressive and mature position than the immature,  thuggish behavior put forward by this reputedly admired representative of the gay left. Organizers of a national high school conference putting forth such as this, lead one to wonder how they qualified for the position…and from what high school they have not yet graduated.

About Jack Curtis

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5 Responses to Promoter of Gays Savages Christian High Schoolers at Journalism Conference

  1. Ms. Afropuff says:

    Hm…So it’s only bullying when other people are attacking what *you* believe in? Tasteless, Mr. Savage…And anyone else who believes that way.

    I don’t agree with bullying on any front. Not to LGBTs, not to Christians, not to *anyone*. If I disagree with someone or their lifestyle, that’s no reason to treat a person with disrespect. I just read a quote in passing today that said ‘If Jesus never ate with sinners, He’d always be eating alone.’ We’ve all got our own sin-mess. Our responsibility on Earth as Christians is to love each other. If someone is wrong, correct them in kindness and move on. Mr. Savage ought to take a note from that Word.

    This anti-gay, anti-Christian, anti-anything-I-don’t-agree-with-or-makes-me-uncomfortable nonsense today is getting old and needs to end already. People need to calm down. Acting a fool isn’t going to solve anything. If you want to be an example to the world, live your own life right, and quit nosing into other people’s business.

  2. Alex Haiken says:

    Nearly every person who acknowledges an aversion to homosexuality does so on the basis of what he or she believes the Bible has to say. In their mind, there is no doubt whatsoever about what the Bible says and what the Bible means. Their general argument goes something like this: Homosexuality is an abomination and the homosexual is a sinner. Homosexuality is condemned in both the Old and New Testaments. Therefore, if we are to be faithful to the clear teachings of Scripture we too must condemn homosexuality. Needless to say, this premise is being widely debated among evangelicals today and seriously challenged by biblical scholars, theologians and religious leaders everywhere.

    It rarely occurs to any of us that our reading of Scripture is profoundly colored by our own cultural context and worldview. In light of the post above and since I happen to speak and write on this very topic, I thought you might find some of these posts of particular interest and relevance. I would particularly recommend the following:

    “Genesis 19: What Were the Real Sins of Sodom?
    “Leviticus 18: What Was the Abomination?”
    “Romans 1: What Was Paul Ranting About?”
    “Romans 2: Paul’s Bait and Switch”
    “Genesis 1: Turning the Creation Story into an Anti-Gay Treatise”
    “Why No One in the Biblical World Had a Word for Homosexuality”
    “Exegesis: Not For the Faint in Heart”

    (Links to these and more may be found by simply clicking the link below and then selecting the “Archives” page.)

    -Alex Haiken

    • jackcurtis says:

      Thanks for the references. Christianity is uncomfortable and inconsistent on human sexuality, often tripping over simple justice. But then, churches are just people…
      I’ve no reaction to Mr. Savage’s feelings about Christianity and its Bible; he’s entitled. But then, it seems to me, he must offer those with whom he disagrees the same courtesy he expects and when it’s lacking, complains. And it’s my opinion he mishandled and abused his immature audience. He took advantage of his microphone, a monopoly on communication, to do so, making him in my estimation, a bully.
      Homosexuals have a problem with particularly, fundamentalist Christians but there were none such attacking here or for that matter, even defending unless the kids who left could be so described. And he sneered at them from the sanctity of his microphone and his aurhoritative position. On this occasion, Mr. Savage seemes to have been a very poor representative for any cause; he embodied that of which he complained.

  3. I disagree with what he did, BUT I think it’s important to realize that gay people have a different experience than straight people. Gay men are use to being shut down, ignored. Occasionally, we have relationships or potential relationships end on the spot the moment they realize that we aren’t heterosexual. We’ve had to hide it from people in situations in fear of being treated badly. And it’s difficult to overcome that stigma, difficult to have to get used to being called names or having a lot of people dislike you for something we feel. So to have people walk out of your speech because you are homosexual is a slap to the face.

  4. Jack Curtis says:

    Homosexual folk have been and to some degree, are persecuted in many places. That’s usually but not always, undeserved. From that, one must expect some (justified) paranoia, seems to me. But our First Amendment famously authorizes anyone to disagree, which I think extends to walking out of a meeting to express the disagreement. One who enters the pubic arena must be prepared to deal with that, I think.
    I understand Mr. Savage’s feelings and believe he is entitled to them but disagree with respect to the manner in which he chose to express them, particularly given the nature of his audience.

    I conclude therefrom that Mr. Savage either lost self-control, or he is not a very nice man..
    But, nobody has to agree with me!

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