A preview of the week’s big controversy: Dan Savage, editor of recent Pulitzer winner The Stranger and creator of the “It Gets Better” project, spoke some trash on the Bible and what it says about homosexuality at a recent high school journalism conference. People started walking out. Savage didn’t stop. In fact, he made a point of keeping witty and joked when he was done that the people walking out could come back inside. Problem is, folks don’t have a sense of humor and are calling on Savage to apologize — Savage did, but only for people who were offended, not for the comments themselves. Our take: Have they read this man’s advice column? This is tame.
Okay. So here’s the thing. He’s not actually wrong. These are things that are in the Bible. At the same time, there are good parts that people live by and they ignore the bad stuff such as slavery, which is cool. I’m not going to begrudge people that as long as they don’t point to a passage and say, “Well, because of this, I can hate people who are gay.” Then they’re at the top of my shit list.
This is the least offensive thing I’ve ever heard Dan Savage say. The man is transphobic and sexist and I really can’t stand him because of that. But he’s not wrong in this case. People hide behind this one passage and say that because of this, they’re going to ban marriage equality. Well, they’d better ban everything else, too. And bring back slavery while they’re at it. On my wedding night, I’ll even bring the stones. If they don’t do this, they’re just admitting that all they are is homophobic and that what they’re doing is pure discrimination. Which we already know but at least now they can admit it.