We know he advocates bullying people who disagree with him, because he himself used bullying.
“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.”So, some people complained to the National Scholastic Press Association, since this high school lesson in bullying was supposed to be a journalism lecture. Here is what they said in response:
“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.Hmmm. I noticed that, too. I wonder why. I also wonder what would have happened if the whole thing were reversed.
Look, if bullying is wrong, then it is wrong. DON'T DO IT. If they guy is a jerk, admit it, and apologize for it, and refuse to pay him. He is a bully. You are bullies for paying him to bully others.
But the principle at work is not "bullying is wrong," but this: "It is wrong to bully us. It is wrong to bully gays. Bullying per se is ok, if it's not directed at us, if we're the ones bullying."
That's the world we live in. And it's getting worse and worse every day.