A prominent news agency recently reported an incident involving Dan Savage and his speech at a National High School Journalism Conference called Journalism On The Edge. This conference was held in Seattle and was attended by high school students and others interested in journalism. Because Mr. Savage is a syndicated writer, he was invited to the conference as the key speaker. For those who don’t know who Mr. Savage is, he is a militant homosexual and a self-proclaimed expert in sexuality. I use the term “self-proclaimed expert” because he has a B.A. in theater, no formal training or education in the area of sexuality as far as I can tell. Mr. Savage has a history of bashing Christians and anyone else who holds a conservative social view. He is no stranger to attacking the Bible and belittling anyone who believes in God. Though there is a lot I could say concerning Mr. Savage’s views, my focus in this writing has to do with the clear double standard at work in his agenda. Here are a few thoughts concerning his conduct at this event.
Mr. Savage is also guilty of taking advantage of the captive audience in this situation. The students who attended this event were doing so as part of their high school learning experience. Teachers and guest speakers who address high school students are not allowed by law to bash or otherwise demean specific groups of people. Teachers in public schools can lose their jobs for such behavior. Yet Mr. Savage purposely ignored the forum which was largely made up of high school students and proceeded to use vulgarity as well as personally attack those who openly disagreed with his views. Again, shame on Mr. Savage for such childish and immature behavior.
The worst part about what Mr. Savage did has to do with his own hypocrisy. The topic of his discussion was supposed to be about bullying. Mr. Savage leads an organization that speaks out against the bullying of homosexuals and others who have differing views from the mainstream of society. If there is a common ground where Mr. Savage and I might agree, it would be on this issue of bullying. I’m sure my definition of bullying differs from his, however, there is no place in society for one person to take advantage of or hurt another. There are ways to express differences of opinion and or espouse truth without attacking someone on a personal level. Mr. Savage became a bully in his speech, the very thing he was there to speak against. The sad part is his hatred for God, the Bible, and all who follow God is so intense that he cannot see his own failure. Shame on you Mr. Savage for doing exactly what you preach against with such enthusiasm. You are no better than the people you condemn on a daily basis. You really do owe an apology to all those involved with your conduct at that conference.
Mr. Savage does not realize it, but God loves him. Let there be no doubt, homosexuality is a sin just like any other form of rebellion against God. However, Jesus Christ died on the cross of Calvary to pay for our sin, all our sin. There is no sin God will not forgive if we are willing to confess sin, repent of sin, and believe on Jesus by faith to forgive us and save us. Every human being will have to stand before God one day. Mr. Savage can deny that fact all he wants, but it will not prevent it from happening. I pray he will come to know Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior before it is eternally too late. Even if he chooses to reject Jesus to the day he dies, may he realize he is guilty of doing that thing he says he hates the most, being a bully.