Dan Savage, an anti-bullying and equality activist, is being accused of attacking both the Bible and students who walked out during his recent speech. Does the It Gets Better campaign creator need to heed his own advice more carefully?
Speaking to students at a conference earlier this month, Dan Savage said of the Bible's role in gay bullying, "People often point out that they can’t help it, 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. We can learn to ignore the bulls*** in the Bible about gay people."
Rick Tuttle, a teacher in charge of the students at the speech commented on both Savage's Bible attack and the students who walked out in an act of demonstration.
"I mean, as an educator, I take bullying very seriously," the teacher explained. "My duty is to protect all students from bullying, and so I thought there was value in going to this conference to hear a speech about what I thought was anti-bullying. But what we got was a vulgar, profanity-laced attack on Christians. And some of my students actually asked me if they could leave and I said definitely, they could."
Applauding the students' peaceful choice to leave the speech Tuttle continued of Dan Savage, "He had the bully pulpit, if you would say so, so to speak. And, basically, this is their way to say, 'You know what? I’m going to take a stand.' And, frankly, it took a lot of guts, and these students that you see there that are walking out, I mean, it occurs to me as I see this video, this is what we teach kids to do when they’re being bullied, to walk away. That’s what they did."
In the video below students can be seen quietly leaving the auditorium during Dan Savage's Bible rant. At the conclusion of the subject, the 47-year-old told those still in their seats, "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 to someone who is on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the Bible how pansy-a** people react when you push back."
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