It Gets Better Project creator Dan Savage has found himself in hot water after video of his April 13 keynote address to a convention of high school journalists on the power of social media and the problem of anti-bullying veering into a lecture on Christian hypocrisy went viral. Savage said people often say they can’t help with anti-gay bullying because the Bible tells them it’s wrong. “We can learn to ignore the bulls— in the Bible about gay people,” he said, “the same way we have learned to ignore the bulls— in the Bible about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about menstruation, about virginity, about masturbation. We ignore bulls— in the Bible about all sorts of things…” Some in the audience applauded, some got up and quietly walked out. Watch this segment of his speech in its entirety below (“The Bible says that if a woman isn’t a virgin on her wedding night, she shall be dragged to her father’s doorstep and stoned to death… Callista Gingrich lives,” he says).
After he brings his point home — “People are dying because people can’t clear this one last hurdle, they can’t get past this one last thing in the Bible” — he announces he’s ready to move on. “So you can tell the Bible guys in the hall that they can come back now because I’m done beating up the Bible,” he says. “It’s funny as someone who’s on the receiving ending of beatings that are justified by the Bible how pansy-assed some people react when you push back… I apologize if I hurt anyone’s feelings, but I have a right to defend myself and to point out the hypocrisy of people who justify anti-gay bigotry by pointing to the Bible and insisting we must live by the code of Leviticus on this one issue and no other.” READ FULL STORY »