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Helen Smith

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April 30, 2012 - 9:02 am

I watched CNN this morning as they ran the story about “anti-bullying” speaker Dan Savage verbally cursing Christian teens:

The conservative website CitizenLink was the first to report about the controversy. They interviewed a 17-year-old girl who was one of students who walked out of the auditorium.

“The first thing he told the audience was, ‘I hope you’re all using birth control,’” she told CitizenLink. “he said there are people using the Bible as an excuse for gay bullying, because it says in Leviticus and Romans that being gay is wrong. Right after that, he said we can ignore all the (expletive deleted) in the Bible.”

As the teenagers were walking out, Tuttle said that Savage heckled them and called them pansy-assed.

This story has been in the news for days but what struck me as I watched the video of the teens filing out of Savage’s talk was how different their protest and behavior was from that of leftist students who do not like what a speaker is saying. Leftist students will often disrupt right-leaning speakers, such as Ann Coulter at the University of Connecticut or David Horowitz with boos at Emory and keep them from speaking. Leftist students will even storm the stage and attack speakers if they don’t like what is being said such as the time they attacked Jim Gilchrist, the founder of the Minutemen, a group that patrols the border between America and Mexico.

Notice the Christian students allowed Savage to keep speaking and left themselves. It is ironic that the group Savage is condemning is more tolerant of free speech that any group he seems to support.

Helen Smith is a psychologist specializing in forensic issues in Knoxville, Tennessee, and blogs at Dr. Helen.
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