|FRC is caught distorting two incidents in one article.|
Leave it to the Family Research Council to go overboard in the distortion department
The following came from its Washington Update:
HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines were just on the cover of People magazine -- and now, they're the face of something else: a controversy over the fact that their pastor preaches the Bible. For the last few years, the Texas couple has charmed their way into people's hearts -- not just with their talent for renovation, but with their sweet and genuine relationship. Their show "Fixer Upper" has exploded in popularity, and the parents of four have never shied away from their faith -- which they've talked about at length in their books and interviews.
Today, that faith is under fire by a handful of far-Left extremists who've latched onto a sermon the Gaines' pastor, Jimmy Seibert, preached about marriage and sexuality. "If someone were to say, 'Marriage is defined in a different way,' let me just say: They are wrong," Seibert said. "God defined marriage, not you and I. God defined masculine and feminine, male and female, not you and I."
Now, I'm not sure why it's news that a Christian church believes what the Bible teaches about sexuality, but apparently, this is a shock to the liberal media establishment. When reporters contacted the church, the communications director pointed them to Antioch's webpage on "beliefs," where it says: "Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime." That was their belief when the church was founded 17 years ago -- and it's their belief today. And, as recent polling points out, Chip and Joanne's church is hardly in the minority! Fifty-three percent of all Americans (not necessarily Christian) told Wilson Allen Perkins polling this month that despite what the Supreme Court ruled, they still define marriage as the union of a man and woman.
Obviously, the Left is trying to do to Chip and Joanna what they unsuccessfully did to the Robertsons of "Duck Dynasty:" take down a hugely successful program in a show of political force. That's unlikely to happen to a couple like the Gaines, who have no interest in renovating their views to suit a narrow ideology. Hopefully, HGTV has learned since its ousting of the Benham Brothers that religious discrimination doesn't play well with viewers.
You'll notice that while FRC talks about "far left extremists," the groups isn't specific about who these folks are. That's probably because they don't exist.
The link provided by the Family Research Council comes from the right-wing publication The Daily Caller. And that article leads to a Buzzfeed article, which was the only item talking about this couple. That's it. Just a Buzzfeed article. As far as it is known, there have been no effort to by any groups or individuals to boycott this couple's television show.
And if that's not enough, in the same news brief, FRC distorts another current event:
Meanwhile, there's no sugar-coating the intolerance at Kellogg's! Like a lot of corporate bullies, the cereal company bowled over shoppers with its decision to pull ads from media heavyweight Breitbart, because the outlet is supposedly too conservative for Kellogg's taste. "We regularly work with our media-buying partners to ensure our ads do not appear on sites that are not aligned with our values as a company," said Kellogg's spokesman Kris Charles. "We recently reviewed the list of sites where our ads can be placed and decided to discontinue advertising on Breitbart.com. We are working to remove our ads from that site." The parent company of brand favorites like Eggo, Pop Tarts, Pringles, Fruit Loops, Frosted Flakes, and more is joining a few lesser known retailers in boycotting Breitbart -- a decision that's sure to rankle plenty of consumers.
While attempting to make Kellogg's sound like a bully by using a Washington Post article, FRC omits Kellogg's side of the story which was also included in the same article:
The company cited concerns that Breitbart News, which has been described by many as portraying alt-right ideals, does not align with its values. The term “alt-right” is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “a set of far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is that ‘white identity’ is under attack by multicultural forces using ‘political correctness’ and ‘social justice’ to undermine white people and ‘their’ civilization.”
In the past, the Family Research Council defended former Breitbart head Steve Bannon while not mentioning how he made the site a resource for the white supremacist "alt-right." Now the FRC seems to be extending Breitbart itself that same courtesy of "sin by omission."
I sincerely doubt that the folks at the Family Research Council aren't aware of what they are doing in both of these incidents. It's not only sad that an organization which claims to talk about "traditional morality" is openly deceiving its supporters.
It's also rather tacky.