While Smith continues to defend the character assassination of Chip and Joanna Gaines written by Kate Aurthur on his site, the reality is that millions and millions of Americans not only support the Gaines family, but voted for Trump because people like Smith and Aurthur made them feel under imminent assault for holding multi-thousand year old beliefs still shared by a majority of people on the planet. To maliciously target a Christian couple in an attempt to ruin their careers merely for holding to orthodox Christian beliefs just affirms the left’s increasing bigotry toward people of faith.
The dictionary defines bigotry as “intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself.” Kate Aurthur, Ben Smith, and BuzzFeed are showing absolute bigotry toward Chip and Joanna Gaines by publishing an article designed to provoke a reaction against the Gaines family solely for going to an evangelical Christian church.
The title of Aurthur’s article, “Chip And Joanna Gaines’ Church Is Firmly Against Same-Sex Marriage,” and impetus for targeting them applies to literally any Catholic in the United States who shows up at a church for mass. It applies to any muslim, except that it says “church.” It is a dangerous precedent.
BuzzFeed, under Smith’s leadership, has declared the issue of gay marriage not up for debate. There is no alternate opinion that is acceptable and any of the billion Christians and Muslims worldwide who believe otherwise is a hateful bigot.
Now BuzzFeed has taken their bigotry against orthodox Bible believing Christians and Muslims to the next level. They are now willfully and maliciously targeting them to ruin their careers and livelihoods. That is exactly what BuzzFeed is doing and Ben Smith is being dishonest when he says Aurthur’s article is about HGTV, not the Gaines family.
I am guessing that actual Bible believing Christians are not welcome to work at BuzzFeed because actual Bible believing Christians believe the Bible and the Christian Bible’s New Testament is quite clear about homosexuality though a group of liberals in the country has done their best to pervert the meaning of the scripture.
In Romans 1, Paul wrote,
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
The reason for God giving people up to their dishonorable passions was that they “exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator.” (Romans 1:25)
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 contains this language:
Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
The footnote in the ESV version of the Bible after the phrase “men who practice homosexuality” helpfully notes that “[t]he two Greek terms translated by this phrase refer to the passive and active partners in consensual homosexual acts.”
1 Timothy 1:8-11 reads
Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10 the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.
This is all New Testament scripture and Christians around the world take this to be truth. Homosexuality is a sin, just like adultery, lying, stealing, and drunkenness.
If a Christian believes in the inerrancy of the Bible, that Christian believes this. BuzzFeed and Ben Smith are now taking the position that to believe this is to be unworthy of a job on television. Many, many people voted for Donald Trump because of stuff like this. They felt their faith was up against an existential threat and they fought back with surprising results.
This is not only an illiberal development, it is also very much an un-American concept.