Chip and Joanna Gaines are the hosts of “Fixer-Upper,” a popular home remodeling show on HGTV. They are openly devout Christians. And they are now under fire. A BuzzFeed article is accusing them of being anti-gay. This is because they belong to an evangelical congregation that does not conduct gay weddings and that holds to traditional teachings about sexual morality. That means, according to the Buzzfeed author, that the church is anti-gay. And because the Gaineses belong to this church, that means they must be anti-gay also.
As far as anyone knows, the Gaineses have never discriminated against a gay person (the charge against some Christian bakers and photographers who have turned down gay customers). Nor has anyone found them saying anything negative about homosexuality (as in some charges of pastors “preaching hate.”) No, their transgression is simply belonging to a church with traditional teachings. For this, their jobs are threatened.
Now comedian and talk show host Stephen Colbert is a Catholic. He appears to hold conventionally liberal ideas and supports LGBT issues. But he belongs to a church that, by these standards, is anti-gay! There are, in fact, lots of Catholics in the TV and entertainment industries. Are they all to be disqualified like the Gaineses? Or, to take another example, does BuzzFeed believe that Muslims, who surely have harsher views about homosexuality than even conservative Christians, should be thrown out of Hollywood?
So here we are. Simply being a member of a conservative church may be enough to get you into serious trouble.
After the jump, an excellent article by a gay writer castigating his fellow LGBT supporters for their tactic of dealing with their opponents by shaming and silencing them, specifically criticizing how they are treating the Gainses. [Read more…]