1) It was 20-30 students out of an audience of 2,800.
2) They walked out on his speech, that's not stifling his criticisms.
In a free society, people are free to get up and leave if they hear something they don't like, whether it was pre-planned or not. They didn't stop his presentation. They are free to walk out, just like no one is forcing you or I to sit in a church and listen to a priest say that gays are going to hell.
By the way, Dan Savage has already apologized for his actions. So really even he admits he was over the top and didn't think before he spoke.
1. They didn't walk out. It was a pre-planned, co-ordinated bit of theater. If there was a "wrong" here, it was using these children as part of their larger agenda. And by them, I mean the churchly folk.
2. This is part of a larger campaign in this country to make it so that religion cannot be legitimately criticized.
3. Anyone who has ever read or heard Dan Savage speak knows that this is always how he expresses himself; to say this was "aimed" at anyone is ridiculous, and buys into the fake outrage of the right-wing.
As a Canadian living in Australia, you must be aware that as much as what gets reported on here, a great deal does not. So I'm going to just assume that you don't realize that this is a classic travesty----what went on has almost nothing to do with what actually happened.[/quote]