Here is an excerpt from Chapter Twelve: Homophobia: Fighting Stigma with Stigma which discusses the vile, bullying gay rights activist Dan Savage and his vicious tactics.
“A huge part of what animates homophobia among young people is paranoia and fear of their own capacity to be gay themselves.”
– Gay Rights Activist, Dan Savage –
“Every dead gay kid is a moral, rhetorical victory for them. They stand on a pile of dead gay kids.”
– Savage on Christians who oppose gay marriage –
SOCIOLOGISTS say that children who are victims of abuse often grow up to become abusers. This pattern has played out in the life of journalist and gay rights activist Dan Savage, a former victim of bullying who has himself become a bully.
Savage’s hypocrisy was on full display in April 2012 when, while giving a speech to a group of budding high-school journalists about the insidious effects of anti-gay bullying, he called the Christian Bible “bullshit” and began bashing Christians and Christianity. Several dozen students calmly and quietly exercised their free speech rights by leaving the auditorium. As they left, Savage, the anti-bully, hurled homophobic slurs at them calling them, among other things, “panzy-asses.” More recently, Savage ridiculed the gay conservative group, GOProud, for its endorsement of Mitt Romney for president saying, “The GOP’s house faggots grab their ankles on this one.” As we will see, when others behave this way, Savage tries to ruin their lives.
Savage claims that life was hell for him as a gay high school student. He says that he was bullied unmercifully. Motivated by his pained adolescence, Savage formed the nonprofit organization “It Gets Better” to persuade gay teenagers that things will improve; that one day they will learn to love themselves.
This is a good message, to be sure – I support anything that helps young people cope with the trials and tribulations of adolescence. But to the extent that Savage is using his own life trajectory as a model, the message is a palpable lie. If these young people turn out like Savage, it means it gets worse, not better. If they become the hateful bully Savage is, it means they will have become the very thing they loathe.
I begin this chapter with four stories that show how Savage uses Alinsky-style radical tactics to advance the gay rights agenda. The stories are obscene and disturbing, not only because of their content, but also because of what they say about the fanatic’s capacity for intolerance and cruelty. Hold your nose and wade through them because it’s important to understand the lengths to which true-believing radicals will go to achieve their radical agendas.
Story One: Savage Infects Gary Bauer
In 2000, Savage was suffering from the flu while on an assignment for Salon.com to cover the Iowa caucuses. He became so angered by Republican presidential candidate Gary Bauer’s stance against gay marriage that he jettisoned his original plan “to follow one of the loopy conservative Christian candidates around… and write something insightful and humanizing about him” and instead joined the Bauer campaign as a volunteer to get close enough to Bauer to infect him with the flu.
Savage later boasted that he had sucked doorknobs, licked several objects in Bauer’s campaign office and gave Bauer a saliva-coated pen hoping to infect the candidate and his supporters. Savage, a non-Iowan, then registered and illegally participated in the Iowa caucus. He was charged with the crime of fraudulently voting in a caucus. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year’s probation, fifty hours of community service and a $750 fine.
Story Two: Savage Saddlebacks Rick Warren
In 2009, Savage would use for the first time a tactic that would become his trademark: the creation of cyber-memes to ridicule, defame and demonize opponents of gay marriage.
Savage was upset by the popular evangelist and pastor of the Saddleback Church in Saddleback Valley, California, Rick Warren’s support of California’s Proposition 8, which defined marriage as a union of one man and one woman. In response, he solicited the help of his online readers in creating and spreading a new definition of the word “saddlebacking, ” eventually settling on this one: “the phenomenon of Christian teens engaging in unprotected anal sex in order to preserve their virginities.”
Later in 2009, Savage again displayed his religious intolerance calling for gays and lesbians to boycott the State of Utah because Mormons there had supported Proposition 8. “Fuck you, Utah,” he said “we’re going to big, blue Colorado.”
Story Three: Savage Redefines Santorum
In a 2010 speech defending traditional marriage, Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum said that, “In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality.” He then added “that’s not to pick on homosexuality. [Marriage is] not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing.”
Savage was angered by Santorum’s crudely articulated opposition to gay marriage and in retaliation sponsored an Internet contest inviting his followers to create the most offensive definition they could conjure for the word “santorum.” Of the thousands of mind-numbingly hateful entries, Savage’s depraved mind lighted on this one:
“Santorum, (n.) – the frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes a byproduct of anal sex.”
Savage created a website to spread the new definition and to provide a forum for equally radical, equally vulgar gay rights activists to ridicule and defame Santorum and other opponents of gay marriage. In the process, he collaterally damaged Santorum’s wife, parents, siblings, children and anyone else unfortunate enough to bear the surname Santorum.
Later that year, Savage tried to blackmail Santorum by telling him that he would remove the website if Santorum donated $5 million to the gay rights group, Freedom to Marry. “If Rick Santorum wants to make a $5 million donation to Freedom to Marry,” Savage told Mother Jones, “I will take it down. Interest starts accruing now.” Evan Wolfson, the executive director of Freedom to Marry, welcomed the possibility of benefitting from Savage’s extortion saying it would be “a good way for Rick Santorum to start cleaning up the discriminatory mess he and his companions have made.”
One of the first things I learned in law school was that when the law does not provide adequate redress of grievances, people will resort to self-help. They will, like in the days of the Wild West, take justice into their own hands. What Savage has done to Santorum is domestic terrorism. It is a psychologically violent act against which Santorum is defenseless. Santorum can’t force Savage to take his website down. And even if he could, the damage has already been done because you can’t unring the bell. And because he is a public figure, he can’t sue Savage for libel. And even he could, the redefining of his name is probably not actionable. All that is left for Santorum is self-help. The only way he could solve the problem – or at least prevent others from becoming prey to Savage’s defamation tactics – is to play by the same rules Savage plays by. In another place, at another time, Santorum would be justified in having Savage beaten within an inch of his vulgar, depraved and obviously self-loathing life. But because we are in this place, America, at this time, the 21st century, the coward Savage is safe.
Story Four: Savage “Rapes” Bachtorum
In 2011, Savage appeared as a guest on the HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and said that he wanted to rape Rick Santorum, adding that, “I’d be up for whipping up some santorum in Santorum.” Another guest, Mark Mahon, said that he wished Michelle Bachmann’s husband, who holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and runs a Christian outreach program for people with sexual identity issues, would violently rape her. Maher, his audience and his two other guests, the billionaire dot-commer and Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, and the editor of Thomson Reuters Digital, Chrystia Freeland, laughed uncontrollably. A grand time was had by all.
Afterward, not a peep was heard from either the mainstream media or the feminists in protest of Savage’s and Mahon’s cavalier jokes about violent rape. Yet as I pound away at my keyboard, this same mainstream media and these same feminists are in the throes of spasmodic outrage because Rush Limbaugh called a feminist activist a slut.
There are many more savage stories involving Dan Savage, but these four illustrate nicely what a true believer is willing to do to advance his agenda. They also demonstrate that when dealing with a radical you must never make the mistake of appealing to his conscience. He corrupted it long ago for the sake of the cause.
If becoming a destroyer of other peoples’ lives is what Savage means when he tells gay teens that it gets better, they have serial monstrosity to look forward to.