Homosexual Activist Dan Savage, head of the ‘It Gets Better Project’ (which is endorsed by the Obama Administration), unleashed a stream of venomous anti-Christian hate, at what was supposed to be an “Anti-Bullying” speech at The National High School Journalism Convention, an event for High School students aspiring to be journalists. Savage’s blasphemous bullying was so intense, that large numbers of students walked out in protest (a video clip from the speech is below).
The Convention hosted jointly by the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association, was designed to provide workshops on real-life journalistic experiences. Savage, the keynote speaker for a workshop described: “Student journalists cover a world where bullying, harassment and hazing are part of their experience..”
Instead of discussing the problem of bullying, Savage opened by asking the students if they were using contraception. He then proceeded to talk about his husband and fantasies about him. Following this Savage launched into a tirade against the Bible and its calling homosexuality a sin.
“We can learn to ignore the bulls— in the Bible about gay people,” he pronounced, “the same way we have learned to ignore the bulls— in the Bible about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about menstruation, about virginity, about masturbation. We ignore bulls— in the Bible about all sorts of things.” (source)
Savage then attempted to paint the Bible as a “radically pro-slavery document”, in an effort to show moral inconsistency in the Scriptures. This argument, often used by Bible skeptics, attempts to manipulate the listener by false and deceptively making “slavery” in the ancient Middle East sound like the equivalent to the brutal, horrific slavery of Africans in the Americas and Europe from the 17th-19th centuries, when they were nothing alike. Slavery in the time of the Old Testament was done as a means of paying off debt, was not race based and was not done by kidnapping. Slaves in ancient times lived in their own home on the master’s property, were able to raise their families, received wages and often voluntarily stayed on after the debt was paid in order to continue to enjoy the security living on the property of a wealthy landowner could provide. Many students were stunned and hurt by Savage’s hateful attacks. “I never felt more hurt, felt persecuted,” said 17 year old Haley Mulder. “For me, my faith is what I want to be defined by. For someone to say it was B.S. is really hurtful. I felt put down and bullied because of my faith.”
Homosexuality in the Bible
The Bible is clear, in the New Testament, that homosexuality is a sin. Jesus Christ defined marriage himself:
And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. – Matthew 19:4-6
Romans Chapter 1 outlines the descent of a sinner into what is called a “reprobate spirit” where refusal to obey The Lord turns into outright anger and hatred towards God:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. (Romans 1)
As the Bible states, the sinner knows God exists but chooses to reject God, which leads to that person making themselves God of their own lives. This is what Scripture calls “vain imaginations.” God works with us by giving us a conscience to know right and wrong but we can go to a point where The Lord will give us up to our own ways and that leads to the sexual sins.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: (Romans 1)
Watching the video of Savage, this description captures his behavior. His malice, hatred and wickedness were on full display. Pray for the students who were persecuted to heal emotionally and continue in their faith to stand for the Bible and Christian principles.
But the good news is, like any straight person, Savage is loved by God. The Bible says God is “.. not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9). Pray for Savage to look to Jesus Christ who provides free forgiveness for all sins and to receive a born again Spirit to replace the anger and bitterness he harbors. Jesus was bullied and did not “hit back.” Jesus was taunted, beaten and killed by bullies so that Dan Savage could have a chance to live eternally. And that is what the Bible is about. We are all guilty. We are all condemned by the law. But Jesus provides freedom from sin and grace from God. Let’s pray that Mr. Savage starts to realize that.