I only know two things about Chip and Joanna Gaines: 1) My mom is obsessed with their HGTV show, and 2) Chip is a big doofus and apparently the luckiest man alive. Home-renovation shows aren’t really my thing, but they seem like a nice couple and they do nice things for people. Look up the word “nice” in the dictionary and you’ll see a picture of those two, surprising you with how wonderfully they’ve renovated it.
But they’re also devout Christians. So, of course, they must be destroyed. Kate Aurthur at BuzzFeed has the grim, socially unjust details:
Their church, Antioch Community Church, is a nondenominational, evangelical, mission-based megachurch. And their pastor, Jimmy Seibert, who described the Gaineses as “dear friends” in a recent video, takes a hard line against same-sex marriage and promotes converting LGBT people into being straight.
So are the Gaineses against same-sex marriage? And would they ever feature a same-sex couple on the show, as have HGTV’s House Hunters and Property Brothers? Emails to Brock Murphy, the public relations director at their company, Magnolia, were not returned. Nor were emails and calls to HGTV’s PR department.
That’s right: Those people you’ve seen on TV go to church. GET THEM!!!
Remember when famous people weren’t held accountable for the views of their pastors? It wasn’t that long ago…
2008: fixation on Jeremiah Wright is McCarthyism
2016: 6-part expose on the hate-filled underbelly of the Waco remodeling industry
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) November 30, 2016
What a difference November 8 makes.
Well, Chip and Joanna have the right to their religious beliefs. And if you don’t like those religious beliefs, you don’t have to watch their show or otherwise support them financially. People like Kate Aurthur and all the other miserable creeps at BuzzFeed can keep finding ways to turn Americans against each other, and the Democrats can keep losing elections and wondering what the hell happened. It works out fine for everybody.
By the way: If you see some lunatic running around trying to kill people because he thinks Allah told him to, please keep his religious beliefs out of it. Don’t be a bigot.