September 6, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – X-rated sex columnist and creator of the “It Gets Better” campaign Dan Savage has launched a new campaign featuring a website where self-professed Christians can upload videos of themselves expressing their support for homosexuality.
Savage says that the name for the campaign – Not All Like That (NALT) – was inspired by the many Christians who would come up to him after his speeches around the country and assure him, “We’re not all like that. We don’t all hate and condemn gay people.”
In a video announcing the new campaign, Savage says that he wants to give a platform for such “NALT” Christians to counter the message of “anti-gay bigots” like Tony Perkins (Family Research Council), Pat Robertson (Christian Broadcasting Network) and Brian Brown (National Organization for Marriage).
He is encouraging “NALTs” to create videos of themselves expressing support for “LGBT civil rights” and to upload them to the NALT website, telling them that if they don't speak up their silence will do damage to homosexuals and to “Christianity itself.”
So far the site, which was launched late last month, features some 50 videos.
Pro-family Christian leaders have expressed doubts about the extent of Savage's concern for Christianity.
“It’s so odd that this campaign is coming from gay atheists,” Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) told LifeSiteNews.com. “For Dan Savage to be the arbiter of what is Christian love has to be one of the most amazing things I’ve ever heard.”
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LaBarbera pointed to Savage's history of vicious public attacks against Christian leaders and the Bible, as well as outrageous statements, such as encouraging adultery as a possible solution to a failing marriage, and other graphic sex advice.
“In our culture anything goes. And Dan Savage is living proof of that,” said LaBarbera. “The guy can do anything he wants. He can be the rudest, most vulgar, most extreme person … and the media will never call him on that.”
“He’s looked at all this and he’s said, ‘Wow, maybe I can help the media redefine Christianity.’”
Peter Sprigg of the FRC dismissed Savage’s criticisms that Christians who believe the Bible’s teachings on homosexuality are “hateful bigots.”
“Our position is entirely motivated by Christian love,” he told the Christian Post. “But love does not require that we allow people to do whatever they want (and subsidize it). Love requires that we seek the best for people, and work to bring that about.”
“We sincerely believe that it is in the long-term best interests of such people to abstain from engaging in sexual relationships with others of the same sex, and therefore love requires that we encourage such abstinence.”
While Savage has earned a name for himself as an “anti-bullying” advocate through his highly successful “It Gets Better” campaign, which earned the endorsement of numerous celebrities, including President Obama, the Family Research Council has countered by labeling Savage the country’s “Bully in Chief.”
A video created by FRC features footage of Savage calling Christians “pieces of s–t” and “religious right wing f—ers,” and expressing amazement that he could go from being a sex columnist “who traffics in the skeeziest sex practices known to man,” to one of the country’s most visible and sought-for activists.
Labarbera said he believes the NALT campaign amounts to a “manipulative” effort to “undermine the basic truth that Christianity is incompatible with homosexual behavior.”
“The homosexual activists know that people of faith are the last bulwark of opposition to their movement, so they’re working overtime to fool, trick or undermine Christians who oppose homosexuality.”
The NALT campaign was co-founded with John Shore of Unfundamentalist Christians, and Wayne Besen and Even Hurst of Truth Wins Out. Sponsoring partners include numerous pro-homoesxual organizations that profess to belong to various Christian denominations, such as Methodists in New Directions and DignityUSA.