Dan Savage served a sassy, but truthful dish at the National High School Journalist Conference in Seattle. In his speech, Dan discussed how Christians misuse the Bible for their own benefit. He said:
"We can learn to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about gay people -- 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."
As he was speaking, many students got up left the room. Dan continued saying:
"You can tell the Bible guys in the hall they can come back now because I'm done beating up the Bible. 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."
The incident was recorded and uploaded to YouTube. Once this video went viral, conservative groups quickly jumped on this story. An interesting point of view came from a Fox News interview with GOProud executive director Jimmy LaSalvia.
Dan Savage's outrageous anti-Christian tirade hurts - not helps - the fight for gay rights in this country. 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.
While I think Dan could have used better words in his speech, I agree with his points. The double-standards of Christians should be brought out on the carpet, but was the National High School Journalist Conference the best place to do this? Was Dan right or wrong in his approach?