A video has been posted on YouTube that shows an anti-bullying activist delivering a Bible-bashing, profanity-laced speech to high school students attending a national journalism conference in Seattle. At one point he called Christian teenagers who walked out of the speech “pansy-assed.”
Dan Savage, the founder of the “It Gets Better” project was supposed to be delivering a speech on anti-bullying. But instead, teenagers attending the National High School Journalism Conference sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association were subjected to a profanity-filled attack on the Bible.
“We can learn to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about gay people — the same way we have learned to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about menstration about virginity about masturbation,” he told the young students. “We ignore bullshit in the Bible about all sorts of things.”
The video shows a number of teenagers walking out of the auditorium as he continued his attack on the Bible, calling it a “radically pro-slavery document.”
“We ignore what the Bible says about slavery because the Bible got slavery wrong,” Savage told the students. “Sam Harris in a ‘Letter to a Christian Nation’ points out that the Bible got the easiest moral question that humanity has ever faced wrong – slavery. What are the odds that the Bible got something as complicated as human sexuality wrong? 100 percent.”
At no point did anyone try to interrupt or refute Savage’s allegations to the several thousand teenagers in attendance.
He also attacked the Republican Party — and specifically Callista Gingrich, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.
“The Bible says if a woman is not a virgin on her wedding night, she shall be dragged to her father’s doorstep and stoned to death,” he said. “Callista Gingrich still lives.”
His speech was interrupted by students cheering and howling.
“There is no effort to amend state constitutions to make it legal to stone women to death on their wedding nights if they’re not virgins — at least not yet,” Savage said. “We don’t know where the GOP is going these days.”
“People are dying because people can’t clear this one last hurdle,” he said. “They can’t get past this one last thing in the Bible — about homosexuality.
At some point in Savage’s speech he addressed the young people who chose to walk out. What he said brought cheers and hollers from those that remained.
“You can tell the Bible guys in the hall they can come back now because I’m done beating up the Bible,” he said. “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.’