Culture Challenge of the Week: Being Christian
It’s a story that’s been largely ignored by the mainstream press--perhaps because it challenges the politically correct storyline that it’s gay teens who are persecuted and bullied. Or perhaps it’s because the bully is a man welcomed at the White House—the creator of the LGBT video crusade against bullying, “It Gets Better.”
On April 16, hundreds of teenage journalists gathered at a conference sponsored by The National Scholastic Press Association and the Journalism Education Association. Their speaker? Dan Savage, the sex columnist and gay advocate who conceived of the “It Gets Better” video campaign. His topic? Bullying.
The “It Gets Better” campaign, which aims to give gay teens an anti-suicide message—that life as an LGBT person “gets better”--has come under fire for promoting the homosexual lifestyle and normalizing deviant behavior.
But it wasn’t the video series or its message that created the problem at the event. Savage—a speaker notorious for using expletives and degrading references to sexuality—used his platform to send teens a different kind of message: that they should “ignore” the “bullsh—“ in the Bible where homosexuality is condemned. To loud applause, he mocked Scripture and called it “100%” wrong on sexual morality. (He opened his speech saying he hoped everyone in the room was using birth control.) As his vitriol increased, Christian teens rose and left the room. (See the video of Savage’s remarks here.)