Watching the Dan Savage video again.
The first student walks out after Savage says let’s talk about the bible for a second, because people point out “that they can’t help with the anti-gay bullying because it says right there in Leviticus, it says right there in Timothy, it says right there in Romans…that being gay is wrong.” Boom, she’s up.
That’s very quick. That’s very quick.
Why so quick?
It’s true that people say that. Why is she leaving just because Savage says people say that? Why is she leaving so fast when he hasn’t even said “bullshit” yet?
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
And the second student is up and on his way out.
about farming, about menstruation, about virginity, about masturbation.
Two more up and leaving.
We ignore bullshit in the bible about all sorts of things.
And now it’s a torrent and you can’t count any more.
The bible is a radically pro-slavery document. Slaveowners waved bibles over their heads during the Civil War.
Bigger torrent. Lots of smirking.
The shortest book in the bible is a letter from Paul to a man who owned slaves. And Paul doesn’t say, “Christians don’t own people.” Paul says how Christians own people.
No more walkouts.
We ignore what the bible says about slavery because the bible got slavery wrong.
Two stragglers leave.
It does look orchestrated. Or it looks as though that first one, who was on her feet after one sentence, inspired a bunch of others.