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Gay Rights Activist Dan Savage Challenges Prominent Gay Marriage Opponent to YouTube Bible Debate


"Let’s pick on someone our own size!"

It's been weeks since gay rights activist Dan Savage spewed virulent and disparaging words about the Bible, but the controversial columnist isn't quite ready to let the situation die down. Earlier this week, via podcast, Savage decided to take National Organization for Marriage (NOM) President Brian Brown up on his offer to engage in a face-off of Biblical proportions.

(Related: ‘Face of Progressive Hate?’ Gay Rights Activist Dan Savage Goes on Graphic Rant About Homosexuality & the Pope)

"So, what I’d like to do is invite you to dinner. Bring the wife," the writer said during his "Savage Love" podcast on Tuesday. "My husband will be there. I will hire a video crew and we will video sort of an after dinner debate. You have to acknowledge my humanity by accepting my hospitality, and I have to acknowledge yours by extending my hospitality to you.”

This offer, of course, follows a public challenge of sorts offered up by Brown earlier this month. Following the controversy surrounding Savage's comments to a high school journalism conference about the Bible and his subsequent "bullying" of the teens who were offended by his words (he referred to them as "pansy asses"), Brown had plenty to say.

(Related: Christian Teens Bash Dan Savage’s Bible Rant & Claim He Made Some Kids Cry: ‘Put Down & Bullied Because of My Faith’)

Below, see Savage's original Bible rant that started the intense controversy:

"You want to savage the Bible? Christian morality? Traditional marriage? Pope Benedict? I’m here, you name the time and the place and let’s see what a big man you are in a debate with someone who can talk back," Brown wrote in a blog post on the NOM web site. "It’s easy to make high-school girls cry by picking on them. Let’s pick on someone our own size!"

According to The New Civil Rights Movement's David Badash, the dinner would take place at Savage's kitchen table. The gay rights activist would also invite the New York Times' Mark Oppenheimer to ensure fair moderation and discussion. The hour-long debate would then be released on YouTube, unedited.

We'll have to wait and see if this spectacle actually plays out. If so, it will surely prove to be an interesting dialogue on one of the nation's most contentious issues.

(H/T: Huffington Post)

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