General Election 2012 is officially off and running with the crowning of this season’s Terrifying Liberal. And if there’s one thing that scares old people more than an angry black preacher, it’s a gay man with self-esteem and no particular interest in shoes or sconces. If he dares to ask you to read your Bible critically—in front of children!—he must be destroyed. (Destroyed is defined here as exploited for maximum Obama-association points.) Congratulations, Dan Savage! You’re a distraction!
The story so far: a couple of weeks ago, Dan Savage gave a speech to a high school journalism conference called “Journalism on the Edge.” To a question about the Bible’s stance on homosexuality, Savage said this:
We can learn to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about gay people. The same way, 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.
In response, a group of Christian students followed the cardinal rule of journalism: walk out of the room if you hear something challenging. To which Savage said:
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.
Profane and provocative perhaps, but fair enough; someday someone is going to have to provide a coherent answer as to why Christians don’t stone adulterers but do vilify gay people. But this morning, two weeks after the speech in question—yet mysteriously one day after the release of the Obama campaign’s Osama bin Laden ad—Breitbart.com has devoted its entire front page to Dan Savage and the White House’s involvement in his It Gets Better Project. 10 stories in all, ranging from outraged (“He called Christianity bullshit!”) to outraged (“He licked Gary Bauer’s doorknob when he had the flu!”) to outraged (“He mentioned his boyfriend wearing Speedos in front of my teenage daughter!”).
The centerpiece is a picture of—in the delicious prose of Ben Shapiro—”Savage, his partner Terry Miller, and Vice President Biden as snug as peas in a pod.” Big journalism indeed.
Forget that the Obama Administration has been wide-open about its support of the It Gets Better Project. Forget that President Obama recorded an It Gets Better video himself. Forget that saying there is bullshit in the Bible is not the same thing as saying Christianity is bullshit, and that all those kids who walked out of that speech were able to snuggle right up into the arms of their openly-Christian parents, teachers, counselors, pastors and friends in a way that gay kids never, ever can, even with “Glee” on the air. Forget that standing up for yourself isn’t bullying. Forget it all, because Breitbart.com has uncovered a secret history of anti-Christian behavior within the White House.
Expect to be deafened by the wails of the persecuted Christian in the coming weeks, and to see the word anti-bullying in quotation marks. Oh, and probably some more of this.