Claiming that Dan Savage is the “national leader” of the marriage equality movement (HUH?) NOM has launched a letter campaign to President Obama demanding that he denounce the It Gets Better Campaign. Here’s the text of the letter, which NOM will also send to Congress.
I am grateful for the White House’s emphasis on creating a safe and civil school environment for children of all ethnic, social and religious backgrounds. This is a goal that we all can share. But I was appalled by the hostile anti-Christian rant recently unleashed at a Southern California high school by Dan Savage, founder of the “It Gets Better” campaign. I see that Savage’s “It Gets Better” campaign is prominently recognized on the White House website as a model for anti-bullying programs across the nation. Is this truly the sort of example that your administration wants to hold up for a model to the nation? It got so bad as Savage cursed the Bible that a number of students quietly got up and walked out of the auditorium. This isn’t the sort of “bully pulpit” our nation needs. I urge you to publicly disavow Dan Savage, making it clear that your administration does not support this sort of bullying, and that respect and civility extend to people of all backgrounds and beliefs.
As I’ve mentioned here before, this so-called “walkout” was very likely staged and prearranged by Focus On The Family, whose anti-Day Of Silence event was also taking place on April 19th and who that very day posted quotes from the involved students. For those unaware, FOTF asked Christian parents to keep their kids out of school on the annual day for observing anti-bullying campaigns.
If you watch the clips closely, you’ll see that students begin to get up and leave before Savage even says his first sentence about religion. You’ll also note that FOTF strategically placed a high-rez camera to capture the three rows of the audience of 2800 that walked out. These students, who exited with smirks and at least one “thumbs-up” to the camera, didn’t feel “bullied” or “offended,” they were asked in advance to attend and then walk out. Faked fakery, but quite well executed considering the result. Brian Brown is probably sending Focus a big fat check from the Vatican.