As many as 100 high school students walked out of a national journalism conference after an anti-bullying speaker began cursing, attacked the Bible and reportedly called those who refused to listen to his rant “pansy assed.”
The speaker was Dan Savage, founder of the “It Gets Better” project, an anti-bullying campaign that has reached more than 40 million viewers with contributors ranging from President Obama to Hollywood stars. Savage also writes a sex advice column called “Savage Love.”
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“It became hostile,” he said. “It felt hostile as we were sitting in the audience – especially towards Christians who espouse beliefs that he was literally taking on.”
Tuttle said the speech was laced with vulgarities and “sexual innuendo not appropriate for this age group.” At one point, he said Savage told the teenagers about how good his partner looked in a speedo.
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“The first thing he told the audience was, ‘I hope you’re all using birth control,’” she told CitizenLink. “he said there are people using the Bible as an excuse for gay bullying, because it says in Leviticus and Romans that being gay is wrong. Right after that, he said we can ignore all the (expletive deleted) in the Bible.”
As the teenagers were walking out, Tuttle said that Savage heckled them and called them pansy-assed.
“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.”
Thinking more about incident in which anti-bullying advocate Dan Savage bullied the students he was addressing, I have decided that it is illustrative of so much that is wrong with the way liberals approach social problems. Dan Savage indicates that he had been bullied, and I believe him. He is a seething cauldron of hatred and he oozes venom. Few people become that way without suffering abuse. But the Christian teens he insulted and mocked aren’t the ones who are going to go about bullying gays. Most of the bullying will be done by the jocks and aggressive male teenagers who find homosexuals repulsive and pathetic.
And that is the basic problem. The reason that gays will be bullied is that most humans have an instinctive reaction of disgust and aversion to perversion, and a number of them will translate this disgust into violence. There is nothing we can do about this, it is human nature and the best we can hope for is to advise gays to be discreet about their sexuality. But for Savage, and for liberals generally, the problem isn’t human nature, which we cannot change, but ideas, which we can change. In their minds, homophobia and bullying will simply disappear once we get those who adopt Christian morality to change their minds about homosexuals. So they mistakenly locate the problem in ideas which can be changed rather than in the concrete reality which cannot be changed. And this leads them to “fight back” at the wrong target, demonizing Christians and holding them responsible for bullying.
2. A vaguely neocon-sounding organization compiles a video of the abuse it’s received at the hands of pro-gay “marriage” leftists. The author muses:
“We’re witnessing a moral revolution,” continued Ritchie, “and sometimes I wonder: Will the aggressive attempt to redefine God’s marriage lead to a new religious persecution?”
Like the kids say: “Duh.”
3. California State Senator Ted Lieu, a quotation-marks Catholic, pushes for a bill to outlaw reparative therapy for minors and require adults to sign a consent form acknowledging that it’s all BS:
“Senate bill 1172 would ban children under 18 from undergoing so-called sexual orientation-change efforts and would require adults seeking such treatment to sign informed consent forms indicating they understand the potential dangers, including depression and suicide, of reparative therapy and that it has no medical basis,” the measure’s sponsor, state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, said in a press release.
Lieu’s bill would also create a new cause of action in civil law, permitting lawsuits to be brought against therapists offering “sexual orientation change efforts” if the treatment occurred “without first obtaining informed consent or by means of therapeutic deception, or if the sexual orientation change efforts were conducted on a patient who was under 18 years of age at any point during the use of the sexual orientation change efforts.”
“To obtain informed consent,” says Lieu’s bill, “a treating psychotherapist shall provide a patient with a form to be signed by the patient that provides informed consent. The form shall include the following statement:
Having a lesbian, gay, or bisexual sexual orientation is not a mental disorder. There is no scientific evidence that any types of therapies are effective in changing a person’s sexual orientation. Sexual orientation change efforts can be harmful. The risks include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior.
Medical and mental health associations that oppose the use of sexual orientation change efforts include the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Counseling Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
In addition, says SB 1172, “Under no circumstances shall a patient under 18 years of age undergo sexual orientation change efforts, regardless of the willingness of a patient’s parent, guardian, conservator, or other person to authorize such efforts.”
Lieu, a self-identified Catholic, introduced the bill at the request of Equality California, a pro-homosexual lobbying group.
4. Support for an anti-gay “marriage” amendment is dropping… in North Carolina. (Granted, they still favor it by 14 points). No one seems to notice or care about the obvious fact that the overwhelming success of gay “marriage,” an issue invented ten years ago and passed virtually everywhere despite overwhelming opposition, proves pretty much conclusively that American democracy is a fraud, both in theory and in practice.
5. Whatever happened to Dharun Ravi, the Indian-born former Rutgers student convicted of the non-crime of outing his gay roommate who was making no effort to cover up his identity? Evidently, he’s seeking an appeal, but that’s about all I’ve heard. The spectacle of human sacrifice was consummated at the moment of his conviction, so I suppose the crowd isn’t interested in the clean-up detail of all the viscera.
EDIT: And now for something completely different: Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, WI, has stepped up to defend a few traditionalist priests beleaguered by the treachery of their liberal laity, whose irrational, recalcitrant hatred of the priests recently forced the closing of the parish’s Catholic school after donations dried up. You can see the bishop’s letter here, including a delicious and only-thinly-veiled suggestion that canonical punishment may result if their scandalous behavior continues.