On the February 26 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, after playing an audio clip of the beginning of singer Melissa Etheridge's acceptance speech at the Academy Awards in which she thanked her wife and four children, Michael Savage said: "I don't like a woman married to a woman. It makes me want to puke. ... I want to vomit when I hear it. I think it's child abuse." Savage later similarly stated: "I want to puke when I hear about a woman married to a woman raising children because, frankly, I think that it's child abuse to do that to children without their permission. What does a child know? Ask them when they're 16 whether they want to be raised by two lesbians or two men," adding: "What are the two men doing behind the other wall? You think the children don't hear it?"
During the same broadcast, in response to a caller who asked, "How do we answer our kids when we're forced to [sic] -- this homosexuality upon us?" Savage said: "You say there are people who are sexually confused, who think that they're men when they're women. They're not normal. Normal people are not like that. Normal people are like Mommy and Daddy. Mommy and Daddy are normal. There are people who are not normal." He concluded by saying, "That's what you have to say to them otherwise a child will grow up confused."
Here is a man who seriously needs to educate himself about homosexuality. Then again, perhaps an easier start would be to educate himself about hate speech. Now, I have actually had the pleasure of meeting Melissa Etheridge, and a kinder, warmer human being would be hard to find. So Michael Savage and his ignorant opinions about Melissa abusing her children simply by being gay are nothing short of outrageous. Of course, that's what Savage's show is all about. I read a comment on Pam's House Blend in which a thoughtful writer suggested Savage spews out hate and ignorance in order to appeal to frightened, uneducated people, offering them the "lowest common denominator thinking" so they don't have to reach for any better solution to their fears. These people listen to his radio show and run out and buy his books because he validates their ignorance, allowing them to continue to look at the world through teeny-tiny lenses ... while he cashes in.