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Dan Savage publishes apology for profane language in wake of criticism

In a column for The Stranger published over the weekend, Dan Savage offered an apology for his choice of language at a National High School Journalistic Conference last week. He expressed regret for describing the students who walked out on his talk as “pansy-assed,” saying, “I wasn’t calling the handful of students who left pansies…just the walk-out itself.”

However, he added that the distinction is one “without a difference,” much like the phrase “love the sinner, hate the sin.” Savage explained that gay people take offense to the latter phrase, and rightly so; then added, “likewise, my use of ‘pansy-assed’ was insulting; it was name-calling, and it was wrong. And I apologize for saying it.”

Savage also addressed his comments about the Bible (in which he referred to the “bull—t” the Bible says about gay people), noting, “I didn’t call anyone’s religion bull—t. I did say that there is bull—t – ‘untrue words or ideas’ – in the Bible.” Savage explained that he never attacked Christianity as a whole, nor intended to do so with his comments about the Bible.

“I was not attacking the faith in which I was raised,” Savage wrote. “I was attacking the argument that gay people must be discriminated against—and anti-bullying programs that address anti-gay bullying should be blocked (or exceptions should be made for bullying “motivated by faith”)—because it says right there in the Bible that being gay is wrong.”

Dan Savage sums up his attack as one against hypocrisy, as opposed to the Bible or Christianity, and adds that perhaps he should have chosen a different word to illustrate his point. However, he concludes that, “while it may have been a regrettable word choice, my larger point stands: If believers can ignore what the Bible says about slavery, they can ignore what the Bible says about homosexuality.”

“All Christians read the Bible selectively,” says Savage. “Some read it hypocritically—and the hypocrites react very angrily when anyone has the nerve to point that out.”

Read the complete article for The Stranger here.


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2 Comments for “Dan Savage publishes apology for profane language in wake of criticism”

  1. Edward Shuherk, MD

    Thank you Mr Savage. Guys like you and Ben Cohen are such great people for pointing out that people deserve to love the way God created them. Eing gay is not a choice nor is it a sin. It’s a sexual preference engineered during embryogenesis and thus created under God’s watchful eye. Much of the beauty In this world we owe to incredibly creative gay men and women.

  2. Having read this I believed it was really enlightening.
    I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this information together.
    I once again find myself personally spending a lot of time both reading and posting comments.
    But so what, it was still worthwhile!

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