Irony Alert: Gay activist Dan Savage gives anti-bullying speech – bullies Christians and calls objecting students “pansies” [Darleen Click]
You just can’t make this stuff up
Earlier this month, over 2,000 high school journalism students gathered in a Seattle convention hall for a session they thought was on a popular web-based anti-bullying campaign. Instead, the speaker, founder of the “It Gets Better” project and sex columnist Dan Savage, used the platform on April 13 to slam the Bible and various religious groups, parade his relationship with his gay partner, and name-call over 100 students who got up and walked out in the middle of his speech.
Teachers, parents, and students have since complained about Savage’s crass language and off-topic ranting at the biannual Journalism Education Association’s National High School Journalism Conference.
“As a former journalist, I am generally open to other people’s points of view. But when he started getting vulgar and attacking, it was clearly over the age-group appropriateness,” said Rick Tuttle, a journalism teacher at Sutter High School in Northern California who brought six of his students. “Ironically he was talking about bullying, and he was bashing people.” […]
“People often point out that… they can’t help with the anti-gay bullying because it says right there in Leviticus, it says right there in Timothy, it says right there in Romans, that being gay is wrong,” Savage tells the crowd in a short video posted on Tumblr by a student attendee.
“We can learn to ignore the [expletive] in the Bible about gay people the same way we have learned to ignore the [expletive] in the Bible about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about menstruation, about virginity, about masturbation,” Savage said.
At this point, student Jenny Patterson yelled “That’s bull,” and walked out. As other students followed, Savage called them “pansies,” she said.
Patterson said she had put up with Savage’s cussing and “references to how good his husband looks in a Speedo and how he has to pry him off.” But his attacks on Catholics, Mormons, and Christians for their stance on homosexuality went too far.
“I didn’t come to hear someone preach to me about how wrong my beliefs are,” said Patterson, 17, who came with Sutter High’s Tuttle. “I don’t know what the agenda was behind [Savage’s] session, but it was unnecessary.”
But it was necessary, Jenny. Necessary for him to have you and your fellow students, who object to his practiced obscenities, publicly exposed.
h/t RS McCainTags: anti-christian, bigotry, bully, dan savage, high school students