Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of the HGTV show “Fixer Upper,” recently came under heavy fire from BuzzFeed, which published a hit piece revealing that the Christian couple attend a church where the pastor has preached against same-sex marriage.
Speaking Thursday evening on “The Kelly File,” brothers David and Jason Benham, whose contract for their own television show with HGTV was revoked in 2014 after it was revealed that they had previously made statements in opposition to same-sex marriage, came to the Gaineses’ defense.
“Chip and Joanna are a wonderful family, and Chip and Joanna are believers in Jesus Christ,” David Benham said. “They’re not anti-anything. They’re pro-God. They’re pro-Bible. They’re pro-people. They’re pro-Jesus … What’s happening right now is a witch hunt.”
Surprisingly, the brothers also defended HGTV, which according to US Weekly has released a statement in response to the BuzzFeed piece announcing that it does not “discriminate against members of the LGBT community in any of our shows.”
“This isn’t HGTV’s fault,” Jason Benham said. “They’re getting pushed into this and bullied into this and we know what those conversations are like when HG has to call and say, ‘Hey, Chip, Joanna, we got a problem. Cosmo and Buzzfeed are coming at you guys.’”
“We pray that millions of Americans would stick behind Chip and Joanna Gaines and support their right to believe and exercise their beliefs, which are held by millions of Americans across this country,” concluded David.
The full interview can be watched below:
Some might wonder what exactly it was, though, that the Gaineses’ pastor had said that BuzzFeed felt was deserving of an exposé. As was revealed in the original BuzzFeed piece, their pastor said this: “Homosexuality is a sin.”
What the author of the piece never mentioned, however, was that the Bible says the same thing. The news site’s decision to target the Gaineses was therefore in many ways exactly what the Benham brothers described: Christian persecution.
As staunch supporters of religious liberty, faith and traditional marriage, Conservative Tribune does not tolerate persecution of any kind. Rather, we recognize the Gaineses’ right to attend church and worship freely — and applauds others who also recognize and defend this right.
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