"Anti-Bullying" campaign clever ruse for "gay" agenda attack on Christians

Anti-Bullying Speaker Curses Christian Teens

By Todd Starnes

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.”

Savage, and his husband, were also guests at the White House for President Obama’s 2011 LGBT Pride Month reception. He was also invited to a White House anti-bullying conference.

Savage was supposed to be delivering a speech about anti-bullying at the National High School Journalism Conference sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association. But it turned into an episode of Christian-bashing.

Rick Tuttle, the journalism advisor for Sutter Union High School in California, was among several thousand people in the audience. He said they thought the speech was one thing – but it turned into something else.

“I thought this would be about anti-bullying,” Tuttle told Fox news. “It turned into a pointed attack on Christian beliefs.”

Tuttle said a number of his students were offended by Savage’s remarks – and some decided to leave the auditorium.

“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.

The conservative website CitizenLink was the first to report about the controversy. They interviewed a 17-year-old girl who was one of students who walked out of the auditorium.

“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 asses.”

The executive director of the National Scholastic Press Association provided Fox News with joint statement from the Journalism Education Association that was sent to members – after a number of people complained about Savage’s remarks.

“We appreciate the level of thoughtfulness and deliberation regarding Dan Savage’s keynote address,” the NSPA wrote. “some audience members who felt hurt by his words and tone decided to leave in the middle of his speech, and to this, we want to make our point very clear: While as a journalist it’s important to be able to listen to speech that offends you, these students and advisers had simply reached their tolerance level for what they were willing to hear.”

The NSPA said they did not have a prior transcript of Savage’s speech and that wish “he had stayed more on target for the audience of teen journalists.” They also said it provided a “teachable moment” for students.

As for Savage’s attack on people of faith?

“While some of his earlier comments were so strongly worded that they shook some of our audience members, it is never the intent of JEA or NSPA to let students get hurt during their time at our conventions,” they wrote.

However, not once did the NSPA or the JEA offer any apologies to the students or faculty advisors or anyone else in attendance.

Candi Cushman, who writes a blog on CitizenLink, noted the irony.

“Using profanity to deride the bible – and then mocking the Christian students after they left the room — is obviously a form of bullying and name-calling,” she wrote. “This illustrates perfectly what we’ve been saying all along: Too many times in the name of ‘tolerance,’ Christian students find their faith being openly mocked and belittled in educational environments.”

Tuttle said that he “felt duped” by the event. “There were Christian schools who went to the conference. To have this happen was disappointing and shocking.”

And for some of his students – they felt like the anti-bullying activist was in fact – the bully.

The NSPA said they should have done a better job preparing schools for what to expect.


My favorite part is the part about the speaker and “his” “husband.” :rolleyes:

Let’s see. The keynote speaker at a National High School Journalism Conference uses his bully pulpit to bully religious people in the audience, and then taunts them when they walk out.

The sponsors of the conference never quite managed an apology, simply noting that some audience members "had simply reached their tolerance level for what they were willing to hear.”

Perhaps they were thinking that the audience members lacked sufficient tolerance. Everyone is supposed to tolerate bullying from anti-Christian speakers.

Hmmmm… Why is this not classfied as ‘Hate Speech’ - eh? The Gay lobby ( as distinguished from Homosexual Lobby) can verbally hate Christians, however Christians can not mention Scriptures ( a la Canada) without it being discrimination.

We see the writing on the wall here…

Legal action is requisite methinks if we are to prevail in terms of retaining Christian Civil Liberties - yes?

Hmmmmmm… Which Political party in America is reprents the Gay Lobby now…? Hmmmmmm…

Well said Jim. Like you, we Catholics and all other Christians on the other side of the Atlantic have had to endure this. The European Court of Human Rights establishes the right of the minority to use abusive and defamatory language against the majority.

I also remember in the US, a beauty contest judge, who was also openly gay, named Mario Armando Lavandeira aka Perez Hilton who took exception to one of the contestants giving her Christian views on same sex marriage. This incensed Perez and he attacked Carrie Prejean which involved foul language and defacing Carrie’s photos.

I think it’s time that we started bringing cases forward to ensure that their counter to homophobia (which we are also against) doesn’t result in us becoming innocent victims. On that subject, it amazes me how the vociferous and nasty element of the gay community don’t admit that Christianity is as opposed to homophobia as it is to endorsement of the same sex lifestyle, if not for balance, just for accuracy.

This is the same guy who got people to flood the search results algorithms on google with a less than savory suggestion for the meaning of the word Santorum (i.e. Rick Santorum).

He’s a bully. He’s clearly been a bully for many years, too.

Given that I have not seen a transcript of the speech or extensive quotes from it, I’m not sure I can judge it. However, if his point was that the Bible inspires intolerance toward gay people that fosters an environment in which they are likely to be bullied, I think he is correct.

I would respectfully disagree. It’s not the bible itself that inspires intolerance. It’s the intolerant who misuse and abuse the bible that inspires more intolerance.

There really are sophisticated political machines out there operating on behalf of a generally-shared view of promoting homosexual deviance and fighting Christianity.

Leviticus 18:22 calls homosexuality an “Abomination” and in Leviticus 20:13 Yahweh ordered that men who practice homosexuality “Shall surely be put to death.”

I would say that serves as the justification for people’s disgust of homosexuals, which fosters an environment in which gay people are more likely to be bullied.

One of the verses I alluded to above when I said intolerant people misuse and abuse the meaning of the bible and spread it around.

I would join Farsight in respectfully disagreeing Biblepoe. It’s inflammatory and playing into the likes of Savage’s hands to suggest that homophobia is a “normal” expectation. One of the thing’s that seems to incense the militant anti-Catholic individual is praying for people who endorse the same sex lifestyle. The new testament brought forgiveness and love; Christian love which is willing the good of the other. I therefore pray everyone follow the path and life that our Lord Jesus Christ wanted us to take. Talking about hatred of individuals, even if it is only a commentary, which is what you have provided and therefore probably isn’t your opinion, is rejection of Christian love.
As I said the bible rejects adultery and same sex lifestyle as much as it does homophobia, racism and all other forms of hatred.

Does the bible also infer intolerance toward behaviors like murder and adultery? if a behavior is an abomination, so be it. God’s words, not ours. You can treat a person with compassion without condoning their behavior.

Probably a better summing up than mine. I agree mate

Bullying can ruin people’s lives and that’s not something that should be acceptable.

Yet, the only point he actually made is that he has boundary and rage issues and can’t manage to conduct himself like a responsible professional. He nuked his own message and trashed his own credibility. That seems to be what actually happened, not the spin you supplied.

Please explain to me, in your own words, what exactly is homophobia? Indeed, I know the semantics of the word, but I’m getting awfully sick of hearing people, predominately liberals, use it as a way to insult anyone who does not support homosexual activism. One hundred percent of the time they use the word incorrectly.

I assure you, I do not fear anything about homosexuality. I disapprove of it and find it to be wholly repulsive. I also have the same outlook on things such as pedophilia, broccoli, and some types of cats. I however do not fear any one of those things. I have no fear of pedophiles, broccoli, or cats. In fact, I do eat broccoli from time to time as disgusting as I find it, and I have taken care of my grandma’s cats many times when she goes on vacation (as disgusting as I find them), and quite compassionately if I do say so myself. Never once, when encountering any of these things, including gay people, whom I surrounded by on a regular basis at college, have I had even the slightest shred, twitch, or inkling of fear.

Not liking something is not the same as being afraid of it. Disapproving something is not the same as being afraid of it. Finding something gross is not the same as being afraid of it.

I swear, the next time I hear somebody call me a homophobe for not supporting gay marriage, I might lose it.

It’s the “repulsive” part of your statement that would trigger the homophobe response. I disapprove of thieving, but I wouldn’t ever use a word like “repulsive” to describe my personal reaction to it.

Found it! Comparing pedophile to homosexuality is homophobic. Comparing broccoli to pedophilia is just, well…intriguing.

While i understand that both are clearly sin (homophobia and homosexuality) the two acts are as different as premarital sex and rape. While sin in ofitself is repulsive, surely you will agree that some sin is more repulsive than others. For example telling one’s mother to shut up is awful but its not as bad as killing one’s mother

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