In 2002, Dan Savage Was Shooting Up Pictures Of Bin Laden. What Happened?


Check this out. It’s a passage from a 2002 book by Dan Savage, in which the left-wing firebrand recounts his experience blasting at a picture of Osama Bin Laden at a shooting range.

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Dan Savage, for those of you who are unaware, is an openly gay – very openly gay – lefty who attracted notoriety in 2003 after he led a trolling campaign against the socially conservative senator Rick Santorum. Savaged attempted to redefine “santorum” as “the frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex.”

Savage later created a website, “,” which promoted the definition. At one point, it passed the socially conservative senator’s own site in Google’s search rankings. Savage promised to take the site down if the senator donated $5 million to the Freedom To Marry campaign.

As you might expect, I don’t have a lot in common with Dan Savage, who hates right-wingers with a passion. His frequent attacks on Christian conservatives, including his Santorum prank, are childish and whiny.

Yet, for a while at least, he was consistent. If the passage above is to be believed, he was once aware that Muslims hate gays with a passion that far exceeds anything the Christian right has ever thrown at us. So what happened? Why isn’t he at the forefront of anti-Islam activities today? Why isn’t he joining forces with Pamela Geller, or Geert Wilders, or me?

And why, after the Orlando shootings, did he go after “gun culture” and “religiosity” instead of the obvious culprit — Islam?

In fact, Savage did more than that. He began retweeting the inane #IamOmarMateen hashtag, where leftwingers were posting pictures comparing American conservatives and Christians to the Orlando shooter.

Not once did Savage condemn Islam. Not once did he show the same kind of consistency and courage that he did in 2002.

In fact, searching Twitter for tweets from Dan Savage about Islam, I found only three — since 2012. In contrast, he’s tweeted hundreds of times about guns, never positively.

After Orlando, he hasn’t changed his tune — just more limp-wristed nonsense about needing to oppose “hate” (in general, not Islamic hate) and “guns” (in general, not homophobic Muslims with guns.)

What happened to his fiery denunciations of Middle Eastern barbarism? What happened to the Dan Savage of 2002? Why is he ignoring the greatest threat to gays today?

It’s a question I’d like to pose to the entire gay left, frankly.

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