Mike Huckabee and Tony Perkins have
joined the chorus of conservatives condemning Dan Savage for calling
“bullshit” on the Bible's anti-gay message.
Savage is the editor of Seattle's The
Stranger, the founder of the It Gets Better Project and a Rick
month, a group of Christian students staged a walk out as Savage
spoke at a high school conference.
“We can learn to ignore the bullshit
about gay people in the Bible the same way we have learned to ignore
the bullshit in the Bible about shellfish, about slavery, about
dinner, about farming, about menstruation, about virginity, about
masturbation. We ignore bullshit in the Bible about all sorts of
things. The Bible is a radically pro-slavery document. Slave owners
waived Bibles over their heads during the civil war and justified
“If the Bible got the easiest moral
question that humanity has ever faced wrong, slavery, what are the
odds that the Bible got something as complicated as human sexuality
wrong? 100 percent,” he said.
Savage later apologized for calling the
protesters “pansy-ass” and explained that he was not criticizing
Christianity but hypocrisy.
Nevertheless, social conservatives have
lined up to condemn Savage.
“Dan Savage seems to think that it's
okay to bully a Christian kid,” Huckabee, a former governor of
Arkansas, said on the Monday edition of The Mike Huckabee Show.
Perkins, the president of the Christian
conservative Family Research Council, agreed and went on to suggest
that President Obama had given Savage free reign to bully Christian
“President Obama by embracing this
so-called anti-bullying campaign It Gets Better, that Dan Savage is
the brainchild of. The president has really anointed Dan Savage an
apostle of the vision and intolerance and ... that's opened the doors
into these schools and these campuses to take this message. And as
you pointed out, I think what he's doing by his own behavior is
giving kids a living example of what bullying and intolerance really
looks like.” (Listen to entire segment at EqualityMatters.org.)