Dan Savage, who launched the "It gets better" campaign that President Obama incorporated into his outreach to homosexual youth, mocked Christian students because they disagreed with his opinion of Christianity.
Savage, speaking at a seminar for high school journalism students earlier this month, made a profanity-laced attack on "B.S." in the Bible that he said is used to justify gay bullying.
When several Christian students decided to leave the seminar, "Savage noticed them leaving and called them 'pansies,'" according to Citizenlink, a Christian the first reported the incident.
Savage also called the students "pansy asses," according to Rick Tuttle, a high school journalism teacher who attended the speech. "It felt hostile as we were sitting in the audience – especially towards Christians who espouse beliefs that he was literally taking on," Tuttle told Fox News.
One of the CitizenLink writers noted Savage's hypocrisy. "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," Candi Cushman wrote.
President Obama has allowed Savage to shape his presidential efforts to stop bullying. Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and other White House staff made "It gets better" videos designed to comfort LGBT youth who might be victims of bullying. The videos were recorded as part of Savage's "It gets better" project, designed as a response to reports of LGBT students committing suicide in order to escape bullying.
Attorney General Eric Holder said that the White House is committed to supporting the "It Gets Better" campaign with "robust action" during a forum on bullying last month.
If Cushman's argument is correct, Obama might have occasion to remind Christian students that it gets better for them, too. "Too many times in the name of 'tolerance,' Christian students find their faith being openly mocked and belittled in educational environments," she argued.