Obama ‘bullying summit’ invites leader Dan Savage who blamed Christians for gay bullying
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 10, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Among those invited by the Obama administration to attend its conference on bullying today is one of the most vitriolic leaders in the homosexualist movement, whose gay bullying initiative laid blame for the violence squarely at the feet of Christianity. Multiple gay websites today highlighted Savage’s attendance at the conference.
In a video released Wednesday, the President and the First Lady introduced the summit as part of an effort “to make our schools and communities places where no one’s made to feel alone or afraid for being different.”
Gay columnist Dan Savage posted on Seattle’s The Stranger blog Wednesday that he had been invited to the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention scheduled for Thursday, which the administration announced was attended by 150 advocates and policymakers.
Savage praised a video taped by President Obama last year after a number of suicides by young people related to bullying incidents.
Savage founded the It Gets Better Project, an initiative for ending harassment targeting children and teenagers with homosexual tendencies, in September of last year. The sex advice columnist, who was “married” to his gay partner in 2005, is widely known for his crude antipathy toward those who oppose homosexuality or same-sex “marriage.”
In an October 15 letter, Savage responded to a letter asking him to stop antagonizing those with Christian beliefs about homosexuality in his anti-bullying campaign. The writer, evidently referring to the suicide of a 15-year-old boy the previous month, pleaded with Savage to recognize that Christian opposition to homosexuality does not equate to bullying against gays.
“I was saddened and frustrated with your comments regarding people of faith and their perpetuation of bullying. As someone who loves the Lord and does not support gay marriage, I can honestly say I was heartbroken to hear about the young man who took his own life,” wrote “L.R.” “If your message is that we should not judge people based on their sexual preference, how do you justify judging entire groups of people for any other reason (including their faith)? There is no part of me that took any pleasure in what happened to that young man, and I know for a fact that is true of many other people who disagree with your viewpoint.”
Savage responded: “I’m sorry your feelings were hurt by my comments. No, wait. I’m not. Gay kids are dying. So let’s try to keep things in perspective: F*** your feelings.”
The columnist went on to insist that, as a Christian, L.R. was “partly responsible for the bullying and physical violence being visited on vulnerable LGBT children” by believing in “dehumanizing bigotries.”
“Try to keep up: The dehumanizing bigotries that fall from the lips of “faithful Christians,” and the lies about us that vomit out from the pulpits of churches that “faithful Christians” drag their kids to on Sundays, give your children license to verbally abuse, humiliate, and condemn the gay children they encounter at school,” he wrote.
Savage has been noted for his other rampages against Christianity and prominent Christian personalities: in reaction to Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren’s support of California’s Proposition 8, he invited his readers to vote to define saddlebacking as “the phenomenon of Christian teens engaging in unprotected anal sex in order to preserve their virginities.” A similarly crude contest was held to mock the name of former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum after the latter issued remarks against homosexuality.
The columnist was sentenced to a year’s probation, community service, and a fine after he illegally participated in an Iowa caucus in order to - Savage claimed - infect Republican presidential hopeful Gary Bauer with the flu because he opposed same-sex “marriage.”