The self-righteous exit

And I’ve been meaning to post Dan Savage telling high school students how the bible got some things wrong.

We ignore what the bible says about slavery because the bible got slavery wrong.

What’s interesting is that a whole bunch of kids got up and stalked out. What’s your point, kids? That it’s good to persecute gay people because it’s in the bible? Or as Savage said –

It’s funny as someone who is on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the bible how pansy ass some people react when you push back.


  1. Achrachno says

    You know, Tis, from the applause and the laughter, it sounded like maybe most of the kids were on Dan’s side. Certainly I could hear more that seemed to approve than I could see leaving in disapproval. I wonder if there are any figures on how many left vs. the number that stayed.

  2. evilDoug says

    I design electronics for a living (swell thing to do with my biology degree). I encounter data sheets that are watermarked “obsolete”. When the publishers of bibles start so-marking the bullshit sections, I might spend some of my contempt budget somewhere else. Somehow I think somewhere else isn’t going to make my shopping list any time soon.

    If they had taken up a collection beforehand, they might retained the services of a fashionable High Dudgeon in which to depart, instead of having to merely walk out in a lowly Huff.

  3. Ysanne says

    It’s funny as someone who is on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the bible how pansy ass some people react when you push back.

    No big surprise: After all, bullying is about being a coward who picks on weaker kids, not about a fair fight with somebody who can defend him/herself.
    Great how Dan pointed it out.

  4. Egbert says

    Christians are highly sensitive when it comes to their sacred ethical spaces. Problem is, their spaces want to invade everyone else’s space, and that’s not so sensitive, but blatantly confrontational.

  5. says

    Egbert — Amen to that. I’m so sick of fundamentalists demanding respect for their beliefs while blatantly refusing to respect the beliefs (and rights) of others. Arrogant Christian privilege is never a pretty sight.

  6. says

    I think Matt and Trey erred with The F Word by not getting Dan Savage, in conjunction with that episode, to use the f-word as they redefined it so that it might actually have lost some of its homophobic association. Because Dan seems to be pretty good at seeding new definitions for established words in the public sphere.

  7. Brother Yam says

    I’m with Bernard with this one. The looks on the faces of the kids that walked out looked nothing like the ones that would be offended. I saw a lot of smirks and giggling. This stinks like a set-up. My guess is that when Dan said something controversial (like that wasn’t going to happen), they would all stamp their tender little feets and pout their pouty faces.

    Also, considering what goes for journalism nowadays, I’m not surprised…


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