Dan Savage, Methodists, and kids killing themselves.

Columnist, and founder of the It Gets Better projectDan Savage  had this to say to a moderate Christian   who wrote him criticizing his critique of Christianity and its role in the death of  gay youth who had committed suicide:

I’m sorry your feelings were hurt by my comments.

No, wait. I’m not. Gay kids are dying. So let’s try to keep things in perspective: Fuck your feelings.

A question: Do you “support” atheist marriage? Interfaith marriage? Divorce and remarriage? All are legal, all go against Christian and/or traditional ideas about marriage, and yet there’s no “Christian” movement to deny marriage rights to atheists or people marrying outside their respective faiths or people divorcing and remarrying. Why the hell not?

Sorry, L.R., but so long as you support the denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples, it’s clear that you do believe that some people—straight people—are “better or more worthy” than others.

It should be noted that the It Gets Better project was partially inspired by the suicide of an Indiana teenager.

Dan Savage is right and that is why I struggle with the Methodist Church’s statement that “homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.” 

At the end of the day, such doctrine enforces the notion that straight people are “better or more worthy” than gay people.   Christians should do everything possible to prevent violence against social outcasts and those marginalized and pushed out of the mainstream.  And yet, our own statements help create a climate of fear and hatred, statements like “homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.”

Next time a kid in Indiana kills himself after being relentlessly bullied for being gay or being perceived as gay, lets remember that us United  Methodists might have some blood on our hands.


3 thoughts on “Dan Savage, Methodists, and kids killing themselves.

  1. Mike, I think the “blood on our hands” is the failure to teach that bullying and intimidation and picking on the weak is anti-Christian.

  2. I agree John. But, I do feel that when a large christian denominiation officially says things like “homosexuality is uncompatible with Christian teaching” we are doing our part to set the stage for the bullying which has taken so many young lives.

    And that is a shame and anti-Christian.

  3. Savage is a vulgar creep who if he really was treated badly likely got treated that way as the result of his feeling up guys against their will.

    That being said bully’s gay and straight are assholes and everyone knows it.

    However this PC campaign has all the ear marks of an early witch hunt which will only cause more suicides.

    Sadly we have no better chance of stopping anti-gay bullying than we do the bulying of blind kids.

    God help us all.

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