Dan Savage Versus the Christians

by Jason Stotts

One of the things I hate most about christianity, and there is oh so much I hate about it, is the christian propensity to find offense in everything they don’t like and to feel indignation when they are rebuffed: their feeling that they are always right and everyone else is always wrong. This is exemplified by the case of Dan Savage a week or so ago who rightly criticized christians for attacking gays and gay rights, because of the supposed biblical basis for this, while ignoring the rest of the craziness in the bible.  In short, for the complete lack of any integrity that christians demonstrate when they pick and choose from among their god’s completely true and without error book of revelations.

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 masturbation and the eating of shellfish, said, “We ignore the bullshit in the Bible about all sorts of things.”

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. (LINK)

If there really was a god and I actually believed it, you can be damned sure I wouldn’t violate a single sentence of a book of his revelation.  Of course, it’s just a fantasy, so I don’t have to worry about it.  But you think that people who did believe in it would be more serious about reading such an important book and living by it every moment of every day.

2 Responses to “Dan Savage Versus the Christians”

  1. Realist Theorist

    If the comments below are true, Savage seems to be an unsavory character who does no good to the cause he purports to defend. Thought you might want to be made aware of this:

  2. JasonStotts

    A lot of what’s in the link I didn’t know; although, to be fair, I have never given him an unqualified endorsement. From a political perspective, Dan Savage holds to the opposite of all we believe in: he is an open socialist. On the other hand, his advice on love and relationships is often quite good. Unfortunately with our culture as bad as it is, sometimes you have to look for the gems among the mud.

    I endorse a lot of, but not all of, what Dan Savage says about love and relationships, but that is the extent to which I endorse him.