The White House has announced that President Barack Obama will take the oath of office with his hand on not one but two bibles. One of the bibles belonged to President Abraham Lincoln, and the other belonged to Rev. Martin Luther King. Obama identifies strongly with these two men because Lincoln brought the country through a time of great internal conflict, because King brought about great social change, and because both were killed by white men with guns.
Dan Savage, the founder of the “It Gets Better” anti-bullying campaign, is being criticized for comments he made at a journalism conference attended by high school students. Savage criticized the Bible, saying many things in it are “bullshit”. Offended Christians left the room.
Savage reportedly said: “We can learn 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. We ignore bullshit in the Bible about all sorts of things.”
Savage concluded his anti-Bible tirade with: “You can tell the Bible guys in the hall they can come back now because I’m done beating up the Bible. It’s funny as someone who is on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the Bible how pansy-assed people react when you push back.”
When asked if his confrontational attitude might not be impeding his efforts to get his message across Savage retorted “I used to get beat-up because I’m gay – part of how it gets better is now I’m bigger and can do the ass-kicking!”