Wednesday, May 2, 2012


On April 29, gay activist Dan Savage apologized for belittling students at an April 13 conference of high school journalists; he did not apologize for his vulgar anti-Christian remarks. That same day he spoke before a crowd at Elmhurst College in Illinois. Here is what he said about Pope Benedict XVI’s rejection of gay marriage

• “What the pope is saying is that the only thing that stands between my d**k and Brad Pitt’s mouth is a piece of paper.”

• “What the pope is saying, once we’re all gay married, we’re going to go extinct in a generation. Because once we’re all gay married, we’re going to forget which hole s**ts babies.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:

They had to have known about Dan Savage’s history of offering obscene anti-Catholic rants when they asked him to speak at the campus chapel. The president of Elmhurst College must have known—he was certainly there to welcome him. S. Alan Ray, a former Roman Catholic seminarian, has issued no apology for Savage’s vulgar attack on the pope. Maybe he agrees with Savage.

We’re going to send this news release to the Elmhurst media, the college’s board of trustees, local government officials, and every Catholic high school principal in the Archdiocese of Chicago. They should know how this college, which boasts of its commitment to diversity and tolerance, treats Catholics.

Had a Catholic speaker, invited to talk about bullying Catholics, taken the opportunity to bully homosexuals, the president would have been forced to resign. It is also ironic to note that Dr. Ray is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation; he can no doubt speak for hours about the horrors of anti-Native American prejudice. Too bad he couldn’t spare Catholics a minute to apologize for Savage’s assault. But maybe he agrees with Savage.

1 comment:

  1. I heard this discussion of Savage's presentation on Kresta in the Afternoon. My high school-aged daughter who attends a Catholic school was in the car and I almost turned off the podcast because I didn't want her to hear Savage's rant. I knew she would too quickly believe his comments about the Bible being irrelevant because it supposedly got both slavery and homosexuality wrong. I am glad I kept it on. Al noted that, contrary to Savage's uneducated comments, St. Paul did not support slavery. In fact, he instructed Philomen to treat his slave as a brother. I also pointed out to my daughter that it was Christians who fought to have slavery outlawed in the 19th century. Savage stated that slavery the easiest issue to see the truth of, and if the Bible got slavery wrong than it couldn't have gotten homosexuality right. I stated to my daughter that abortion is extremely easy to see the truth of, yet so many gay activists are also actively pro-choice. They certainly get that issue wrong! I'm glad that I had the chance to have that brief discussion with her, since I'm afraid she is getting a lot of her opinions from Facebook-level discussions.

    I am disturbed that Savage was cheered when he indicated that the students who walked out were finding out what it felt like to be on the other end of the Bible's instruction to beat people, implying that the Bible encouraged people to beat gays. I find that threatening, and it actually encourages a kind of bullying of Christians, on the entirely ignorant position that Christianity encourages people to beat those who do not meet standards of sexual morality. The students who cheered are as ignorant as Savage is.