Originally published April 30, 2012 at 9:18 PM | Page modified May 1, 2012
at 9:59 AM
Dan Savage, Seattle's reigning journalist provocateur, has again stumbled
into the cross hairs of political conservatives, this time for a speech
involving the Bible, gays and what he called a "pansy-assed" protest
by high-school students.
Savage's speech, at a 3,000-student gathering of young journalists in
Seattle, linked bullying of gay kids with biblical denunciations of
homosexuality. Savage, noting the Bible also banned self-gratification and the eating
of shellfish, said, "We ignore the BS in the Bible
about all sorts of things." (i.e. amen, amen amen)
In the speech, Savage, citing Sam Harris' "Letter to a Christian
Nation," said the Bible gave instructions about how to treat slaves. If the
Bible erred "on the easiest moral question that humanity has ever faced ...
What are the odds that the Bible got something as complicated as human sexuality
wrong? 100 percent," said Savage. Students are heard cheering and clapping.
After the walkout, which came after Savage made comments about the Bible,
he suggested the protesting students return. "It's funny,
as someone who is the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the Bible,
how pansy-assed some people react when you push back," Savage