By Ben Velderman
SEATTLE – An anti-bullying speaker at the recent National High School Journalism Conference used his keynote address to deliver a blistering attack on Christians and the Bible.
The attack came from noted sex advice columnist and anti-bully advocate Dan Savage, who on an earlier occasion has publicly wished all Republicans were “f****** dead.”
When Savage began lecturing the young journalists in attendance to “ignore the bulls**t in the Bible,” an estimated 100 students walked out of the conference, resulting in Savage calling them “pansy assed,” according to Fox News’ Todd Starnes.
(A video of Savage’s remarks can be seen here.)
Rick Tuttle, a journalism advisor forSutterUnionHigh SchoolinCalifornia, told Starnes the atmosphere was “hostile … especially towards Christians who espouse beliefs that he was literally taking on.”
Tuttle added that Savage’s speech was full of vulgarities and “sexual innuendo not appropriate for this age group.”
Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of the conservative gay organization GOProud, condemned Savage’s attacks.
“It is ironic that someone whose claim to fame is fighting bullying would resort to bullying tatics in attacking high school students who were offended by his outrageous remarks,” LaSalvia said, according to Examiner.com.
LaSalvia said Savage should apologize for his comments.
Savage isn’t the only one who should deliver a mea culpa.
Since Savage is a well-known partisan (with direct ties to President Obama) and has a history of making incendiary comments, the high schools that participated in the conference should apologize to parents for not warning them about what their children could expect at the journalism conference, namely R-rated vulgarities, Christian bashing and left-wing politics.
As disgusting as Savage may behave, he is a known quantity. His participation was a giant red flag that school officials chose to ignore.
Parents deserve an apology, as do taxpayers who should be exempt from underwriting any conferences that attack the religious beliefs of any group. And school officials need to use better judgment in selecting the conferences in which they choose to participate.