Dan Savage accused of bullying after journalism conference
Dan Savage is accused of “bullying” a group of students who walked out of a talk he was giving at a Seattle high school journalism conference.
The controversy began last month when the columnist called a group of two dozen high school students “pansy-a–ed” after they left his talk because he spoke negatively about the Bible’s references to gay people.
“We can learn to ignore the bulls— in the Bible about gay people… 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,” he said. “We ignore bulls— in the Bible about all sorts of things.”
Then, while a dozen students were walking out, he quipped, “It’s funny, as someone who’s been on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the Bible, how pansy-a–ed some people react when you push back.”
After a clip of the video went viral this weekend, National Scholastic Press Organization, which organized the conference, called the comments “inappropriate” and denounced Savage for having “belittled the faith of others.”
Rick Tuttle, one of the teachers in attendance who brought his students from Sutter Union High School in Southern California, told Fox News he was incredibly upset over Savage’s remarks.
“This speech I thought was going to be about anti-bullying, and what we got was a vulgar, profanity-laced attack on Christians,” he said.
On a blog post earlier this week, Savage defended his comments, saying “I didn’t call anyone’s religion bulls—. I did say that there is bulls— — ‘Untrue words or ideas’ — in the Bible.”
“I would like to apologize for describing that walkout as a pansy-a–ed move,” he said. “I wasn’t calling the handful of students who left pansies (2,800 + students, most of them Christian, stayed and listened), just the walkout itself.”
Savage pointed to the standing ovation and hundreds of signed books as what he said was evidence the number of people offended was few.
“It wasn’t like I sneaked up on a Bible study class and commandeered the podium,” he told the Seattle Times. “I’m like the Devil. You have to invite me in.”