A REASON TO HOMESCHOOL: OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SUPPORTED, ANTI-BULLYING ACTIVIST DAN SAVAGE GOES ON ANTI-BIBLE RAMPAGE AND ‘BULLIES’ CHRISTIAN STUDENTS, FOR THEIR FAITH
Dan Savage is a name that we at The Christian Republic have never heard of but he is the founder of the “It Gets Better” campaign aimed at shedding light on the negative impacts of bullying in our schools and truthfully our society as a whole. The cause of bringing awareness to the problems of bullying is an admirable cause and one that should be taken on but not by just anyone and especially not by someone who would bully Christian Students as he did here:
Warning: This video contains bad language which has NOT been bleeped out!
The Obama Administration relies heavily on the “It Gets Better” project to promote the anti-bullying message and the President even took the time to create this video for the project.
Oddly, it would seem that the President may agree in part with Savage’s rant about Biblical hypocrisy, as the origins of slavery, anti-gay and overall bigotry using the book of Leviticus as the source as his justification. Remember this?
The controversy over Savage’s speech has already begun; the Blaze reported:
The National Scholastic Press Association and Journalism Education Association, who co-sponsored the event, responded in a statement that they did not have a prior transcript of the speech, and wished he had stayed more “on target.” However, they wrote optimistically: “We have already heard from some advisers who have turned this into a teachable moment for their students.”
One teacher was more condemnatory, saying the language and material was inappropriate for high school students, and if anything, Dan Savage was bully in this regard.
“If he was doing this with a bunch of college journalism kids, that would be a different story — that’s more rough and tumble. How many of the kids who didn’t walk out felt backed into a corner? To me, that’s bullying behavior. It has all the symptoms, as far as I’m concerned.”
Candi Cushman, a CitizenLink blogger, concluded:
“Using profanity to deride the bible – and then mocking the Christian students after they left the room — is obviously a form of bullying and name-calling,” she wrote. “This illustrates perfectly what we’ve been saying all along: Too many times in the name of ‘tolerance,’ Christian students find their faith being openly mocked and belittled in educational environments.”
Breitbart.com reported on the significant support Savage and his project have received:
The Obama Administration has placed significant support behind the so-called It Gets Better Project. The White House has devoted a specific section of the WhiteHouse.gov website to the Project. President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and many other administration officials have cut videos on behalf of the Project.
Now, the message of the Project is worthwhile. The organization is designed to protect children from bullying; its suggested pledge states:
The question is whether this support will continue now that Savage’s bullying tactics to bash Christians has been revealed, that remains to be seen.
Commentary: There seems to be a theme to justify the removal of the Christian faith from the public of using Old Testament books like Leviticus and Deuteronomy which translates in some of the older versions of the English Bible as slaves.
Here’s the problem with using Old Testament scripture, people like Dan Savage don’t’ understand the difference between the Old and New Covenants. The Law of Moses was given to the Jewish people after they asked God through Moses for the law. The law was given to prove to God’s people that they couldn’t earn righteousness by following a set of rules and was the reason God’s sent Jesus.
Secondly, the foundation of the word Christian is a belief in Christ and I’ve not read a single passage where Jesus instructed us to stone our daughters for not being virgins. But Jesus did defend an adulteress against the very same people who wanted to use the Law of Moses to stone her. I’ve not read any scripture where Jesus promotes the idea of slavery in any form but doesn’t promote the idea of love – even to love our enemies. Following the teachings of Jesus is what a Christian represents.
Where Christians have gone wrong is when they use the Old Testament to judge others. For example: It’s often asked of Religious leaders if homosexuality is a sin and the Old Testament clearly states that it is, but we use that to judge people who are homosexuals, when instead we should be doing the exact thing that Jesus did with the adulteress and giving grace freely.
Because we’ve failed to see the distinction between the Old and New Covenants, we open the door for people like Dan Savage to misrepresent the truth of the Bible. I’m as guilty as the next at keeping one foot in the law and one on Grace and it’s usually when I need Grace both feet find themselves firmly in the New Testament but when I want to point to someone’s faults I use the Old Testament. It needs to change. We like Jesus can speak the truth without judging others for their issues.
Just for the sake of stating truth; in Leviticus what was translated in older versions of the English Bible to be slave, in Hebrew mean servant. Hebrew words ebed (male) and amah (female) are gender specific but both mean servants.
If it were slavery as we understand it to be, then why was it a rule to free all slaves after 7 years of service or sooner if it fell on a year of Jubilee? I’m not a biblical scholar but I can use common sense and a search engine to translate actual Hebrew to English to gain a better understanding of the Bible’s truest meaning and maybe others should take the time to do the same before they light people up for their beliefs.