Unless you’ve been living under a rock – or avoiding ALL forms of media, you may be aware that Central Texas has been a hotbed of debate over abortion recently. A catheter and brightly colored sneaker sporting single mother who chose life has been heralded as a ‘hero’ for enacting a nearly 14 hour filibuster to prevent the passage of a bill that would prevent abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and would ensure that abortion clinics had the same surgical care requirements as your local Lasik location. The bill that would protect women seeking an abortion from dying from things such as a perforated uterus was considered ‘anti-woman’. In the end, the bill wasn’t passed because of a wild disruption in the gallery of the Senate that prevented the vote from taking place prior to midnight (it was passed 19-10 at 3 minutes after midnight). ‘Democracy’ shouted those who prevented its passing.
What became clear while watching what was happening at the Capitol was the amount of anger on display – but not by those wearing the blue shirts. Reports of the chants of ‘Hail Satan’ are widely known – but there was much spitting on and harassing of those in blue shirts by those in orange. What I don’t understand is the anger?
Last night I came across a retweet of a tweet from Dan Savage. I was initially struck by his negativity and anger – oddly, I decided to go to his Twitter feed and began reading his other Tweets. Many had made the one I initially read look happy and glee filled.
America summed up in one sign – almost. Needs a "Jesus" to be truly complete. http://t.co/EeA3TsTztl
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) July 8, 2013
Rather than simply accepting that there are those who disagree with his lifestyle, Dan Savage has become what he hates. Or, perhaps he always has been what he hates. His story about being bullied and treated poorly because of his life choices is both sad and compelling. He has, however, lost his way as a role model in his anger and vitriol. Here are some samples of Tweets from a man who preaches no H8. Warning – vile and graphic language.
This morning's gay agenda: bake some banana bread, make breakfast for my boys. Take that, traditional marriage!
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) July 6, 2013
Even other Christian opponents of marriage equality think Mike Huckabee is an opportunistic douchebag: http://t.co/m8HqnZPOHl
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) June 28, 2013
Why do Republicans wanna shrink the size of government? So they can cram the government up your vagina, ladies. #standwithwendy
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) June 26, 2013
Pastor to flock: Screw as I say, not as I screw. http://t.co/DWdjo9N76a
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) June 6, 2013
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) June 13, 2013
And celebrating his porn contest:
I run this little amateur porn contest in Seattle and Portland… pic.twitter.com/hHa21bdfbq
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) July 5, 2013
This is the man that President Obama and the White House celebrated and promoted as part of their support of the ‘It Gets Better’ project. After reading some of the Tweets above, I’m perplexed as to whether it really has gotten better for Dan Savage or whether he has become stuck in the place of an embittered and unhappy human being who spends his life feeding on the negativity that he and others so openly, willingly and widely spew.
How is it that he cannot see how he has become the very thing he hates? Perhaps he does, but he doesn’t care because he sees himself being paid very handsomely for doing so.
So very very sad. A man in need of prayers.