Dan Savage, creator of the It Gets Better Project, was recently invited to speak as a keynote speaker at NSPA/ JEA’s annual High School Journalism convention, Journalism on the Edge in Seattle. Savage spoke about the bible and how we’ve moved past references to slavery and stoning, and we’re going to have to do the same for homosexuality.
“We can learn to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about gay people,” he said on April 13. “The same way, the same way we have learned to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about menstruation, about virginity, about masturbation. We ignore bullshit in the Bible about all sorts of things. The Bible is a radically pro-slavery document. Slave owners waved Bibles over their heads during the Civil War and justified it.”
At this point, SO many students walked out, offended by what he was saying. Later in his speech he said in reference to those who walked out, “It’s funny, as someone who’s on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the Bible, how pansy-assed some people react when you push back.”
The Advocate has reported that GOProud executive director Jimmy LaSalvia said in a statement that Savage should apologize to the students that were in attendance.
“Dan Savage’s outrageous anti-Christian tirade hurts — not helps — the fight for gay rights in this country,” LaSalvia said. “There is nothing incompatible between being a Christian and believing that all people should be treated equally, and Dan Savage’s attacks on Christianity only fuel those on the extremist fringe who oppose gay rights.”
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