Susan Stamper Brown

"The mind of a bigot," wrote Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., "is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract." In other words, bigots tend to shrink in size and weight the closer they get to the truth. This appears to be the case with one such bigot who happens to be the founder of the "It Gets Better" project -- an organization endorsed by the Obama administration created to provide encouragement to bullied lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teens.

The organization's founder, Dan Savage, seems to have become the very thing he fights against. Recently speaking about bullying before a group of teenage journalists, Savage went on an anti-Bible rant and said "We can learn to ignore the bulls-t in the Bible about gay people," and then called the teens that walked out of the lecture in protest, "pansy-as-es."

This case is not isolated. While on the Bill Maher's "Real Time" television show awhile back, Savage said he "sometimes thinks about f***ing the s*** out of" former GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum. It is one thing to disagree with someone's religious beliefs and quite another to suggest punishing them for those beliefs by committing a homosexual rape crime.

Savage's contempt extends beyond the Bible and Christianity to the Republican Party. It obviously makes little difference to Savage that the GOP has rejected two Evangelical Christians and currently leans in favor of a Mormon to be their presidential nominee. Savage continued, during the same teen journalist conference, with an over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek comment, "We don't know where the GOP is going these days" -- referring to the ancient practice of stoning to death sexually active unmarried women.

Much like what the Westboro Baptist extremist group does, Savage cherry picks scriptures and provides twisted, if any, context. Bullies like Savage are cowards and pick on those whom they feel they have power over. Christians are easy targets because they normally do not retaliate, unlike some in the Muslim world who still practice stoning.


Susan Stamper Brown

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