Saturday I blogged about a speaker at an anti-bullying event turning into an anti-Christian bully himself. Today he says he stands by most of his comments.
Columnist and gay-rights advocate Dan Savage is standing by his comment that “we can learn to ignore the bulls**t in the Bible about gay people” at a recent conference for high school students, a line that prompted some to walk out and spurred intense online debate.
He’s trying desperately to spin it, as well.
In a blog post on Sunday, Savage wrote that his remark at a conference for the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association was “being spun as an attack on Christianity. Which is bullshhh… which is untrue.”
“I was not attacking the faith in which I was raised,” Savage wrote. “I was attacking the argument that gay people must be discriminated against — and anti-bullying programs that address anti-gay bullying should be blocked (or exceptions should be made for bullying ‘motivated by faith’) — because it says right there in the Bible that being gay is wrong.”
Except that in his own remarks, he reportedly admitted that he was “beating up on the Bible,” which is pretty close to beating up on — or attacking — Christianity, because without the Bible, there is no Christianity.
“You can tell the Bible guys in the hall they can come back now because I’m done beating up the Bible,” Savage said as other students hollered and cheered. “It’s funny as someone who is on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the Bible how pansy-assed people react when you push back.”
He did sort of apologize for the pansy-assed comment (editing by CNN):
Some Christian students walked out of the Seattle speech, prompting another controversial line from Savage: “It’s funny to someone who is on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the Bible how pansya**ed people react when you push back.”
Savage apologized for that specific remark in Sunday’s blog post, writing that his word choice “was insulting, it was name-calling, and it was wrong.”
Back to the original comments, it’s funny how “beating up on the Bible” is okay, but note that Savage seems to be unwilling to “beat up on the Koran,” even though Islam also teaches that homosexuality is wrong. I wonder why Savage didn’t think to include the Koran in his comments.
We all know the answer to that one, I think. One faith is “politically correct” despite its’ atrocious treatment of women; the other is not, despite many remarkable women of that faith, including most notably Mother Teresa.