WASHINGTON, January 21, 2014 — Remember Dan Savage, the openly gay anti-bullying advocate who lit into high school students at a national high school journalism conference with a profanity laced, anti-Christian rant in the spring of 2012?
Remember when he called the one hundred or so students who walked out on him during that rant “pansy-a**es”, and then that very next week was chosen by the Obama White House to head their anti-bullying campaign?
Thanks to a Newsbusters article last week, we learned that the very same Dan Savage recently wrote a review on Sarah Palin’s latest release “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.” Except, he didn’t actually read the book – not the entire thing, anyway. His reason? Well, I’m sure there were many, but the primary one he cites over and over is that Sarah Palin didn’t actually write the entire book. How he would know this, I’m not entirely sure.
Within a few sentences, the anti-bullying advocate immediately began trashing Mr. and Mrs. Heath, Sarah’s parents. It will come as no surprise that profanity and whining ensued, calling Sarah the “mother of all rightwing trolls.” Savage’s fear of weapons quickly became evident as he complained about Sarah’s gift of a “nice, needed, powerful gun” for Todd, even rolling out the Newtown shooting as an example to complete his anti-gun rant. Because we all know Sarah was single-handedly responsible for that horrific event.
His biggest issue with the book, however, lies with Sarah’s assertion that Christmas is under attack in this nation, claiming the only reason people refuse to use the term “Merry Christmas” is so that people won’t think they’re ***holes. The anti-bullying advocate calls her “f***ing drama queen” and shares his very tender feelings on the matter.
“There are lots of Americans out there whose religious holidays aren’t also national holidays. The country doesn’t shut down—and public spaces aren’t turned into temples—on Yom Kippur or Diwali or Naw-Ruz. Now, either Jews, Hindus, and Zoroastrians are made of stronger stuff than Sarah Palin…or Sarah Palin is a s**t-talking pimp who makes money playing to the carefully cultivated persecution complexes of conservative Christian rubes who wouldn’t know what religious persecution was if it sat on their faces and s**t in their mouths. (Maybe that’s not an either/or.)
And if I may: Gay people have been persecuted for years, for centuries, for motherf***ing millennia. Really persecuted, primarily by people of faith. And our persecution didn’t take the form of straight people wishing us well but failing to use precisely the right phrase. No, we were burned at the stake, arrested, imprisoned, committed, lobotomized, thrown out of our homes, and fired from our jobs; our children were taken from us, our partners were barred from our hospital rooms during medical emergencies, and on and on and on. And yet… somehow… the joy of giving and receiving b***jobs wasn’t drained from our minds and hearts.”
Of course, he cites no actual facts of conservative Christians burning gay people at the stake, but when did a lack of facts ever stop a liberal?
His conclusion? Because of Sarah Palin, Bill O’Reilly and the extreme right, he will no longer be wishing people a “Merry Christmas” even though he has always been rather fond of the term. In fact, he has determined that using the term “Merry Christmas” is an “***hole move,” and that conservatives made patriotism toxic during the Vietnam War. Never mind that this has absolutely no connection to the actual story.
He ended the diatribe with his own special Christmas greeting for the former governor of Alaska.
“So happy f***ing holidays to you, Sarah. I hope you choke on a cinnamon bun.”
Well, then. If Mr. Savage is any indication of the impact the Obama administration’s anti-bullying campaign has had on students, I’d say we have a long way to go. Meanwhile, he may want to consider classes on anger management, since – by his own admission – he spent more time throwing the book than actually reading it.
Read more of Mr. Savage’s anti-bullying rhetoric at Registered Runaway – Why We Don’t Need Dan Savage