Is there a nicer, more winsome couple on television than Chip and Joanna Gaines? Probably not. But guess what. They go to an evangelical church that believes marriage to be the union of one man and one woman. Therefore, they must be stopped… or at least that seems to be the view of the Pharisees at BuzzFeed.
This is not a joke. A reporter actually wrote a story reporting that Chip and Joanna Gaines go to an evangelical church where the pastor opposes same-sex marriage. The reporter doesn’t know what the Gaineses believe. She only knows that they go to an evangelical church. And the reporter obviously believes that this is news. It is no secret what is going on here. It’s an attempt to harass the Gaineses for their religious views. That’s the bottom line.
Nevermind that the reporter doesn’t know what Chip and Joanna believe about gay marriage. Nevermind that there should be no religious test for having a show on HGTV. Nevermind that half of the country is going to be in big trouble if this is going to be the new social orthodoxy.
This is so obviously mean and nasty that one wonders if a response is even necessary. Is there really going to be a religious test for hosting a show on HGTV? What other jobs will have this religious test? I can hardly believe that we are having to ask those questions, but we are. And that is the real story here.