Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Dan Savage "Duping Christians"

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I mentioned yesterday in this column that Seattle's Dan Savage, a radical activist homosexual, has been awarded the "Emperor Has No Clothes Award" by the atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Their reason for awarding him was "his outspoken criticism of religion" and "his work with the anti-bullying campaign, 'It Gets Better'---an affirming outreach to youth who practice homosexual behavior."

Savage is indeed critical of religion---especially Christianity, and he does indeed champion anti-bullying.

At least in word, if not in deed.

Earlier this year at a conference in Seattle---attended by 3,000 high school kids and sponsored by The National Scholastic Press Association, featured speaker Dan Savage bashed the Bible relentlessly and verbally assaulted the Christian kids in attendance, causing many of the Christians to walk out during his speech.

Hardly what you would expect from the champion of anti-bullying.

He later offered an apology that really was not one.

But how does receiving this distinguished atheist award square up with Savage's latest project "Not All Like That" (NALT), in which he has paired up with "Christians" to launch NALT, using testimonies by Christians to affirm homosexual behavior and assure kids and others that all Christians are not like those who believe homosexual behavior is sin.

And isn't there even a bit of conflict between the belief of atheists and far left Christians?

Wayne Besen, head of the ministry Truth Wins Out and involved with Savage in the NALT project says of the atheist award, "It's a blessing."

Christians involved with Savage in the pro-gay outreach NALT say they are just fine with Savage being honored by the atheist organization.

John Shore, co-founder of NALT says, "Savage getting the award from FFRF does not make him anti-religious."

I agree. Receiving an award does not make anyone anything, however, a brief glance at Savage's history in words and deeds affirm his disdain for religion---especially Christianity. The award merely affirms his beliefs and actions and honors him for them.

Shore says, "No, no, you don't understand; Savage is 'anti-hate,' he is against religion being used as a tool of subjugation against gay people."

He says everyone should agree with Savage---"especially anyone who purports to follow the Prince of Peace."

Is Shore suggesting that if Christians don't embrace the Savage-NALT plan, they are not Christians?

That would be intolerant.

Is embracing and affirming every behavior, regardless of what the Bible teaches, the true test of Christianity for these folks?


One problem. The Prince of Peace disagrees with them.

Jesus Himself has said, "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword, for I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law a man's own enemies will be the members of his own household" (Matthew 10: 34,35,36).

In fact, Jesus said in verse 22, "Men will hate you because of me."

The Jewish leaders misunderstood His mission and hated Him, as some do today. Jesus came to bring personal peace, not "group peace" or political peace.

While Jesus came to redeem or "save" every individual, how we perceive or understand Him will affect how we respond to Him.

His mission is made very clear in the Bible.

If we perceive Him to be merely a good man or good teacher, we will tend to dismiss Him in many aspects of our lives.

If we believe He is the only begotten Son of God, we know He is God who became flesh, taking upon Himself the sin of every human being and paying the price of death for that sin. We also believe that He was resurrected from the dead and the power that resurrected Him dwells in us as His followers. From Him we have received eternal life.

He is not merely a good teacher---He is God.

That Truth can and does divide people---even families. Sometimes people reject Jesus because they have not been told. They have not heard the gospel. Sometimes they reject Him out of rebellion.

How we see Jesus also can blur the lines. If He is merely a good teacher, He certainly is not Lord to us.

Christianity then becomes a philosophy or religion---not a personal relationship.

Besen says there "is no conflict between Savage receiving the award and our project."

"In fact," he says, "it's a blessing. All Christians should support genuine liberty and oppose theocracy. America is a nation with a Christian majority, but it is not---and never was---a Christian nation."

Besen says, "Dan Savage is an emissary and a bridge between the two groups. He has the credibility to tell the non-believers that there are many wonderful Christians who are pro-gay and we should give them a chance."

Peter Sprigg, with Family Research Council says, "Savage clearly has nothing but contempt for Christianity, and any Christians who participate in any initiative that involves him are simply allowing themselves to be used as dupes."

I agree.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Informed. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.


  1. People who say they are Christians but actively promote immoral sexual behavior, including homosexuality, that God clearly says in many places in both the Old Testament and New Testament is wrong, will have to answer to God Himself. Their promotion of homosexuality and sex outside of marriage is not progressive but regressive. Their assault on Christians who want to abide by God's Word is nothing more than rebellion against God. No wonder they have resorted to defending their behavior with aggressive verbal attacks on those that simply refuse to accept immoral behavior as right.
    John 3:19-21, This is the verdict. Light has come into the world, but men loved darkenss instead of light because their deeds were evil. (20) Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. (21) But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God."
    Immoral sexual behavior cannot be reconciled with God's command to come out of the darkness and into the Light.

  2. Christians have become wilfully STUPID. Clever false christians in their midst are tickling their ears. "Hide in your churches little sheep." We have a battle in Spokane WA with nude coffee stand barristas flaunting their nudity and indecency on our main streets and the entrance to one college campus. In Everett--where police have caught them licking whipping cream off eachother for $20-- the battle has raged for over four years. We had a city council meeting earlier this week to protest this behavior. A representative of the Central Valley school district testified that they have had to re-route school buses in Spokane Valley due to the girls hanging out the windows of their stand with just 2 inch "pasties" on their breasts. I drove through one stand....they were nude. And yet, Christians have told me and others..."You are exaggerating...they aren't really nude." My answer is: "Get off your lazy back-side and go see for yourself. What are you, babies?" Not one pastor or priests showed up at this meeting. Not one. Hiding their heads in the sand has become a way of life. So, two Republicans and two Democrats voted to ignore the growing problem. Now the battle moves to Spokane Valley Thursday evening. May God help well as some men with courage to stand between these lions and our children! Cindy Zapotocky

  3. It must irk you to no end to see real Christians showing compassion and love toward their gay and lesbian neighbors. The NALT campaign, like Savage's "It Gets Better" campaign, is already widely successful...

    It must irk you to no end to know that no matter how you slice and dice the demographics, all -- including evangelical Christians -- are moving toward acceptance of their gay and lesbian neighbors. If the Bible were God, God would stand for many things we would not be proud of today.

    Where are the good Christians? When is the last time this "Christian" site spoke of helping the poor? Or the disadvantaged? When is the last time Gary asked for money to help someone truly in need? Instead it's stop the gays! Stop Obama! every day of the week.

    Kudos to Dan Savage for giving real Christians a voice.

    1. Gary is not a minister of Christ, he is purely a political hack. Nothing more, nothing less. And this is purely a political blog.

    2. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie...

      Rev 21:27

      Repent of sin if you want to be saved.

    3. 2:29am

      I *do* believe in spooks, I *do* believe in spooks. I do, I do, I do, I *do* believe in spooks, I *do* believe in spooks, I do, I do, I do, I *do*!

      Cowardly Lion

      Wizard of Oz

    4. You must be really bored or something.

    5. 7:23pm

      It's just that biblical quotes just look so unbelievably freaking stupid to me that I wanted to respond with something equality meaningful.

    6. 12:15

      Ignorance is no excuse nor will it save you.


  4. Perhaps it's because true God fearing Christians don't stand up and say "we're doing this" or "we did that" for the praise of men but do their good deeds in secret for only the Lord to see and reward them accordingly. Not everyone needs to have the praise of men but are waiting to hear the Lord himself say, "Well done though good and faithful servant". In my circle of Christian friends I hear more "pray for Obama & pray for our country" rather than bashing & ridiculing them...we teach our children to pray for others not degrade those who have a difference of opinion.


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