Columnist and gay-rights advocate Dan Savage is standing by his comment that â€œwe can learn to ignore the bulls**t in the Bible about gay peopleâ€ at a recent conference for high school students, a line that prompted some to walk out and spurred intense online debate.
In aÂ blog post on Sunday, Savage wrote that his remark at a conference for the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association was “being spun as an attack on Christianity. Which is bullshhhâ€¦ which is untrue.â€
â€œI was not attacking the faith in which I was raised,” Savage wrote. “I was attacking the argument that gay people must be discriminated against â€” and anti-bullying programs that address anti-gay bullying should be blocked (or exceptions should be made for bullying ‘motivated by faith’) â€” because it says right there in the Bible that being gay is wrong.â€
Some Christian students walked out of the Seattle speech, prompting another controversial line from Savage: â€œItâ€™s funny to someone who is on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the Bible how pansya**ed people react when you push back.â€