Bradlee Dean attacks Dan Savage for calling parts of the Bible "bullshit"
Bradlee Dean is on the offensive again, launching a vicious and inane attack on Dan Savage for being critical of the Bible.
Savage spoke to high school students recently and talked about how it's possible to "ignore the bullshit" in the Bible about gay people "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," Savage said. "We ignore bullshit in the Bible about all sorts of things."
That prompted Dean to write an editorial, "Deranged Dan Savage at war with God," where he criticizes Savage as a "bully," accuses him of "licking doorknobs," and blasts Barack Obama for hiring "over 225 homosexuals and transvestites" in the federal government, "including Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, who 'queerified' Harvard."
Dean goes off on Savage for "bullying" Christian high school students in a speech, claiming it was hypocritical of Savage, who runs the "It Gets Better" project aimed at raising awareness against bullying.
Dan Savage said we can ignore the Bible's "bullshit" about gay people
That segued into a brief rant on "Barack Hussein Obama" -- right-wingers' favored way to "link" Obama to "Muslims," and, presumably, terrorists -- where he blasts the President for making an "It Gets Better" video for gay youth. Obama, Dean suggests, is soft on child pornography, the North American Man-Boy Love Association, and gay people.
Keep in mind this is the same president who overlooked the investigation into the Pentagon (5,000 Pentagon employees were investigated for child pornography), who appointed over 225 homosexuals and transvestites into key positions in government (including Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, who "queerified" Harvard), and who appointed as a safe-schools czar Kevin Jennings who wrote the forward to a book entitled "Queerifying Elementary Education." Jennings' hero was Harry Hay, an icon for NAMBLA (North American Man and Boy Love Association) whose motto is "Sex before 8 before it's too late" when marching in gay-pride parades.
The rest of Dean's rant is equally outrageous and entertaining: Dean blasts Savage for saying, in 2006, that he thinks about "fucking the shit out of [Rick] Santorum," and says gay rights are about "promiscuity."
Of course, Dan Savage wasn't launching an attack on all of Christianity when he spoke to high school students recently. He was pointing out the problem of cherry-picking from the Bible to justify your political positions, in this case a reference to people who justify anti-gay beliefs by citing scripture. From a transcript of the relevant passages:
The Bible. We'll just talk about the Bible for a second. People often point out that they can't help it -- 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.
We can learn to ignore the bulls**t in the Bible about gay people. The same way, the same way we have learned to ignore the bulls**t in the Bible about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about menstruation, about virginity, about masturbation. We ignore bulls**t in the Bible about all sorts of things. The Bible is a radically pro-slavery document. Slave owners waved Bibles over their heads during the Civil War and justified it. The shortest book in the New Testament is a letter from Paul to a Christian slave owner about owning his Christian slave. And Paul doesn't say "Christians don't own people." Paul talks about how Christians own people.
We ignore what the Bible says about slavery, because the Bible got slavery wrong. Tim -- uh, Sam Harris, in A Letter To A Christian Nation, points out that the Bible got the easiest moral question that humanity has ever faced wrong. Slavery. What're the odds that the Bible got something as complicated as human sexuality wrong? One hundred percent.
The Bible says that if your daughter's not a virgin on her wedding night -- if a woman isn't a virgin on her wedding night, she shall be dragged to her father's doorstep and stoned to death. Callista Gingrich lives. And there is no effort to amend state constitutions to make it legal to stone women to death on their wedding night if they're not virgins. At least not yet. We don't know where the GOP is going these days.
People are dying because people can't clear this one last hurdle. They can't get past this one last thing in the Bible about homosexuality.
Um, one other thing I wanna talk about is -- [chuckles] -- so, you can tell the Bible guys in the hall that they can come back now, because I'm done beating up the Bible. It's funny, as someone who's on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the Bible, how pansy-assed some people react when you push back. I apologize if I hurt anyone's feelings. But. I have a right to defend myself. And to point out the hypocrisy of people who justify anti-gay bigotry by pointing to the Bible, and insisting we must live by the code of Leviticus on this one issue and no other.
Of course, Savage's remarks have been controversial amongst the chattering classes -- even some liberals and gay people are critical of Savage's remarks -- but it's fair to say Dean isn't engaging in much of an intellectual discourse here. Then again, nobody turns to the tracksuit-wearing homophobe for intellectual discourse.
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