When I first saw this video, I wasn't terribly shocked. I mean, we are seeing more and more prejudice toward Christians and people who hate Christians spouting off their claims on TV, the internet, and YouTube. It seems to be a new trend in America. When I was growing up, being a Christian was pretty mainstream and those who didn't believe in Jesus weren't angry about Christian's beliefs and visa versa. That's one of the biggest advantages of our free speech society. We can each believe what we want and state what we believe without fear of being bullied or castigated for our beliefs. Those days are over.
What really shocked me about this video was the place where this speech took place. Dan Savage is an American author, journalist and editor who writes the internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column, Savage Love. Recently he ventured forth on what he calls an anti-bullying crusade throughout the country. In particular, he focuses on bullying gay people.
Sounds great! I'm also against bullying anyone! Whether for race, size, personality, religion, gender, sexual orientation or anything else. But as it turns out Mr. Savage had an ulterior motive in a speech he gave at a High School Journalism conference last month. Yes, I said High School.
I've copied the video below. I warn you, there is adult language used. (yes, I said High School)
And the people you see walking out are people (probably Christians) who oppose what he is saying.
Yes, I said this was an ANTI-BULLYING speech. Why do I show you this? Because twenty years ago, this man would have been escorted out of this high school for foul language and defaming a religious belief. Both of which would have been completely suitable at an atheist rally or even standing on a soap box in the middle of Times Square. I still do believe in Free Speech!. Just not when you cowardly hide your agenda behind a the guise of a good cause in order to indoctrinate a group of impressionable kids. And where were the teachers? The principal? If you want to have a discourse on what you perceive as fallacies in the Bible or certain doctrines, then be man enough to engage in a professional mature debate with a Bible expert. Not fling your hate-filled drivel at a bunch of young people.
Folks, this is just the beginning. Know your Bible. Be able to give an answer to those, like this man, who pluck verses out of context and spout untruths.
And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. Mark 13:13