The end of lib­eral bul­ly­ing

An at­tempt fails to smear a Chris­tian cou­ple who honor tra­di­tional mar­riage

The Washington Times Daily - - COMMENTARY - By Tammy Bruce

An im­por­tant par­a­digm shift seems to be hap­pen­ing. Case in point: Typ­i­cal gay lib­er­als de­cide to pub­licly bully Chris­tians be­cause of their faith. Bul­lies then ex­pect all hell to break loose, with tar­geted Chris­tians be­ing fright­ened into ei­ther dis­avow­ing as­pects of their faith or, more likely, their busi­ness or liveli­hood be­ing de­stroyed af­ter a cam­paign of pub­lic hate and de­ri­sion.

But, alas, that’s not what hap­pened. While we know the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion was an un­de­ni­able state­ment re­ject­ing pol­i­tics as usual, it may have also sig­naled a par­a­digm shift in­volv­ing an end of Amer­i­cans’ pa­tience with lib­eral bul­lies.

Al­ways on the look­out to an­nounce their per­ceived vic­tim­hood from the high­est mountain, tar­get­ing Chip and Joanna Gaines of the pop­u­lar HGTV show “Fixer Up­per” may have seemed like the per­fect pro­ject by lib­eral bul­lies, but things did not go as planned.

At Buz­zFeed, a web­site that bills it­self as a “so­cial news and en­ter­tain­ment com­pany” re­porter Kate Aurthur penned a story ti­tled, “Chip and Joanna Gaines’ church is firmly against same-sex mar­riage.” For­get that same-sex mar­riage is the law of the land, the left have made now it a fine art to ha­rass peo­ple who sim­ply dis­agree with them on any is­sue.

Ms. Aurthur opens her in­qui­si­tion by de­tail­ing the Gaines’ success and

For­get that same-sex mar­riage is the law of the land, the left have made now it a fine art to ha­rass peo­ple who sim­ply dis­agree with them on any is­sue.

their “small em­pire” (sig­nal­ing there’s plenty to threaten), mocks Joanna’s faith and then at­tempts to ma­lign them by telling the reader that their pro-tra­di­tional mar­riage pas­tor con­sid­ers them “good friends.” We are then led by the nose to the big re­veal of pos­si­ble thought crimes as Ms. Aurthur asks, “So are the Gaine­ses against same-sex mar­riage?”

The Gaines’ crime is that they maybe, might, pos­si­bly, also be­lieve in tra­di­tional mar­riage. Gasp. Who told them they have a right to their own opin­ions with­out be­ing con­demned?

As a gay woman, I find it em­bar­rass­ing to watch gays pub­licly ha­rass in­di­vid­u­als sim­ply for who they are. For sev­eral years now we have watched so-called gay lead­er­ship and their af­fil­i­ated ac­tivists tar­get Chris­tians and their busi­nesses to ei­ther pun­ish them and send a mes­sage to ev­ery­one else — ei­ther con­form to the lib­eral nar­ra­tive or suf­fer grave con­se­quences.

The at­tempt to smear the Gaine­ses by as­so­ci­a­tion is not un­like the in­fa­mous McCarthy­ist ac­cu­sa­tion of sub­ver­sion by as­so­ci­a­tion by ask­ing, “Are you now, or have you ever been, a mem­ber of the Com­mu­nist Party?” In­stead of the Com­mu­nist Party, it’s to­day’s Chris­tians who face ac­cu­sa­tion of dis­loy­alty to the cul­tural gate­keep­ers and is meant specif­i­cally to in­tim­i­date Chris­tians both po­lit­i­cally and cul­tur­ally.

Com­menters on Buz­zFeed rightly called this out as a

“witch hunt,” while con­ser­va­tive gay pun­dit Gabriel Malor ob­served on Twit­ter, Buz­zFeed

“would never pub­lish a piece

‘this TX pas­tor you’ve never heard of op­poses gay mar­riage.’

The tar­get here was the cou­ple … . But the re­porter never as­cer­tained the cou­ple’s view be­fore pub­lish­ing the piece about them. That’s purely ha­rass­ment, not jour­nal­ism,” he tweeted.

Mr. Malor is right. The in­sti­ga­tors of this weren’t in­ter­ested in the ac­tual position of the Gaine­ses, they were in­ter­ested in more Chris­tian hides for their wall.

More­over, the real is­sue here is the fas­cist na­ture of the ef­fort it­self. Af­ter all, why should any­one have to en­dure a pub­lic in­ter­ro­ga­tion about their faith, with the ex­pec­ta­tion of pun­ish­ment if they dare to an­swer a stranger’s in­qui­si­tion in­cor­rectly?

Af­ter a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion el­e­vat­ing a man who ran, in part, on re­ject­ing po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness and the scourge of the left, Buz­zFeed should not have been sur­prised that its at­tempt at pol­ish­ing lib­eral jack­boots was re­jected across the board.

Lib­eral and con­ser­va­tive writ­ers and pun­dits, colum­nists and ac­tivists alike, have re­jected an ob­vi­ously pa­thetic at­tempt to scare what they con­sider pesky red­neck Trump vot­ers into sub­mis­sion with more anti-Chris­tian big­otry.

Bre­it­bart re­ported, “Buz­zFeed News pulled off a tricky feat Wed­nes­day, man­ag­ing to of­fend most of civil so­ci­ety and even its peers in pro­gres­sive me­dia with a hit piece on Chris­tian re­al­ity tele­vi­sion stars Chip and Joanna Gaines.”

The most dra­matic and sat­is­fy­ing dis­play of the pub­lic’s re­jec­tion of anti-Chris­tian big­otry is the fact that “Fixer Up­per,” in the midst of the smear cam­paign, en­joyed a record-break­ing pre­miere on HGTV.

For gays to be at­tack­ing others with ac­cu­sa­tion of dis­crim­i­na­tion is now laugh­able. The only peo­ple these days who are threat­ened with un­em­ploy­ment, the de­struc­tion of their busi­ness or pub­lic shun­ning be­cause of who they are, are Chris­tians. Just ask the own­ers of Port­land’s Melissa’s Sweet Cakes, who an­nounced in Oc­to­ber that they are clos­ing for good af­ter be­ing ruined for de­clin­ing to bake a cake for a gay wed­ding.

The Trump vic­tory po­lit­i­cally crushed the Bush, Clin­ton and Obama ma­chines. Hope­fully the re­jec­tion of the at­tacks on Chip and Joanna Gaines sig­ni­fies it’s also em­bold­en­ing Amer­i­cans in gen­eral to stand up for per­sonal free­dom and an end to a cul­ture of in­tim­i­da­tion.

For gays to be at­tack­ing others with ac­cu­sa­tion of dis­crim­i­na­tion is now laugh­able.

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