Following a contentious debate with LGBT-activist and author Dan Savage, the president of the National Organization for Marriage, Brian Brown, took to his blog to reflect on the experience. In typical fashion, Brown reiterates his new favorite talking point that it is actually anti-gay Christians who are being victimized by a radical gay minority, not the other way around. With a lengthy, incoherent diatribe that relies heavily on anonymous comments from his supporters, Brown rips into Dan Savage as nothing more than a powerful bully with access to “Not only the White House, but also MTV.” This, of course, is also known as unlimited power and Brown insists Savage has abused his position of responsibility.
Savage wants to believe that he can reconcile his views with Christianity. He keeps telling Christians nothing will change for them if he gets his way: ‘I don’t think LGBT Americans are asking American Christians to do anything you haven’t already done. We know you can move because many Americans have already moved.’
And then he uses his growing power (personal and cultural) to argue that Christianity is wrong, the Bible is wrong, and retaining the traditional understanding of sex and marriage is bigotry because he says it’s like picking and choosing which texts to believe. For Dan, there is no authoritative tradition in the Bible. Just like he gets to make up his theology on marriage, he gets to make up what Christians believe as well, and if we don’t agree with him we are bigots.
Noting the difference between “sexual morality and marriage,” Brown continues his rant:
Let me pose a question to the Dan Savages of the world. Once gay people were a powerless and defenseless minority. Now, you have organized, protested, and become powerful through the use of democratic freedoms and intellectual debate, a powerful cultural force in our time. What use do you intend to make of your power?
Dan Savage is perhaps most lauded these days for using his position of unlimited power to deliver messages of hope to LGBT kids the world over, which even Brown acknowleged.
Regardless, Savage tells debate moderator Matt Oppenheimer that he utterly regrets hosting NOM’s president in his home. ”It was better in theory than in practice — it put me at a disadvantage during the debate, as the undertow of playing host resulted in my being more solicitous and considerate than I should’ve been,” he said. “If I had it to do over again, I think I’d go with a hall.”
Savage’s husband Terry Miller—whom Brian Brown refused to acknowledge as such—agreed. Said Miller, “Brian’s heartless readings of the Bible, then his turns to ‘natural law’ when the Bible fails, don’t hide his bigotry and cruelty. In the end, that’s what he is. Cruel.”