I am surprised at Dan Savage. Not that it excuses Fox News's ignorance, but he comes across jsut about as bigoted as their framing.
Dan falls into the same trap the asshole Bible thumpers do. You can't treat the Bible as one solid book. It has many sources and anyone who actually went through even a year of Bible study through any decent church or religious group knows this.
As for Saint Paul, my argument to him would be the same to the assholes against gays and gay marriage. We're called Christians. The shit Paul said is secondary to the teachings of Christ in the Holy Gospel. Most Churches stand for Gospel readings, not for epistles. Paul wasn't even one of the originals and he wasn't Jewish, so it makes some sense that he'd confuse the old Jewish laws. Even believing that he may have been imbued with the Holy Spirit and had a vision of Christ and all that, and I don't think he was even at Pentecost, he is still just a man. And Christians believe only the divinity of Christ and God are infallible and perfect. Men like Paul, like the rest of us, are imperfect. (Let's not get into that whole Pope thing.) And you shouldn't even bother with that line in Leviticus because of the whole "new and everlasting covenant" that Christ teaches. Otherwise, they should be declaring God hates shrimp too.
And really, I'm shocked that Dan went off on this little rant at a bullying talk. What about gay Christian teens who still accept the rest of Christianity, but reject the bigots hating on gays and bullying them? Great. He's just alienated them more. Instead of trying to bring people together, he's letting his own anger and chip on his shoulder tear people apart more. He's giving into their hate and fanning the fire these failures calling themselves Christians stared.
By saying that beatings of gay kids are "justified by the Bible", he's giving the fucking bigots power. To me it's better to know what you're talking and declare how wrong these bigots are for using the Bible to justify their hate. Cause that's all it is. People taking texts out of context for their own holy war. And I'm sad to see someone on the side of the angels like Dan doing pretty much the same thing to get back of them instead of being the better man.