Is Dan Savage The
Real Bully Here?

Dan Savage has caused a ruckus by unleashing his true feelings about the Bible during a high school anti-bullying talk. Watch video of some students walking out on the It Gets Better campaign creator's speech, while others cheer his comments on.

Dan Savage

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."

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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."

Watch Dan Savage's Bible speech and the student walkout here:

What is your reaction to the student walkout and Dan Savage's Bible speech?

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Comments on "Dan Savage's Bible "bulls***" causes student walkout"

Becky May 06, 2012 | 8:46 AM

I agree with Emma who says that we're not the ultimate judge. I may not believe that homouality concurs with what we're taught is natural, and may not fulfill evolutionary paths- but I'm no one in the grand scheme of things to judge anybody. I believe in God, it's up to Him. I certainly wouldn't accept a foul attack on Christianity, when the intention was to support tolerance. This guy is sorrowfully misguided if he thinks that's acceptable.

Emma May 02, 2012 | 7:16 AM

Kate, I think you are absolutely right. I respect your stance and the way you can verbalize it in such a respectful manner. The two aren't mutually exclusive and I think it completely demeans what Savage was trying to get across by reacting the way he did. He should take a lesson or two from the students!

Emma May 01, 2012 | 11:10 AM

I think it's great those students took a stand for what they believed. I am shocked that an anti-bullying speech attacked believers in such a way. It is clear what the Bible says on homouality, I don't believe it is BS to be ignored, but we are still called to love others and we are not the ultimate judge.

Robyn April 30, 2012 | 12:52 PM

Good for those kids! Too ironic that an anti-bullying speech ended up with the speaker bullying people in his audience.

Jenn April 30, 2012 | 12:28 PM

Wow, good for the students who walked out. Dan Savage was way out of line and made himself look like a complete hypocrite.

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