If you haven’t heard, Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, have been outed as Christians.
Now, you would think that they must have staged some sort of press conference or made some kind of public announcement. But no. A BuzzFeed “news” reporter took it upon herself to let the world know that Chip and Joanna’s pastor preaches what the Bible says about marriage – that it is a lifelong union of one man and one woman.
Perhaps BuzzFeed needs to re-educate its staff as to what “news” is.
The practice of hunting down and outing those who might hold beliefs that the culture considers “unacceptable” is a disturbing trend. Have we really reached the point where anyone who holds a biblical view of marriage must be silenced – and not only silenced, but publicly smeared?
It has become increasingly obvious that certain viewpoints are no longer welcome in America.
We see that in our cases defending a floral artist, a cake artist, a t-shirt printer, a graphic designer, and a custom art studio who all simply want to use their artistic talents in a way that is consistent with their beliefs. That means being free to take on the projects that portray messages and promote events that do not violate their faith and to decline the ones that do.
In oral arguments before the Washington State Supreme Court in floral artist Barronelle Stutzman’s case, the state Attorney General made it clear: Christians are free to believe, but they are not free to act on those beliefs.
That’s bad enough, but all the hubbub surrounding Chip and Joanna right now seems to take it a step further. You are not even free to believe certain things without being subjected to a witch hunt.
That should scare all of us.
If our country becomes a place where certain beliefs are silenced and even demonized, and the government can force us to speak messages that contradict our beliefs, we have lost what it means to live in a free America.
So, the question stands: Will we as a culture allow Chip and Joanna’s (supposed) beliefs to push them out of the public square, or will we learn to accept that alternative viewpoints are what make our country great?
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