A little over a month ago I wrote a post that looked at a story at BuzzFeed about "Fixer Upper" stars Joanna and Chip Gaines who it turned out attend a church headed by a stridently anti-gay pastor who opposes gay rights and supports fraudulent "ex-gay" conversion therapy that is condemned by every legitimate medical and mental health association in America, Moreover, BuzzFeed pointed out, the Gaines, unlike many of the remodeling and flip shows on HGTV, do mot work with same sex couples.
Neither of the Gaines have directly responded to the story although their pastor JimmySeibert says emphatically in his sermon: “Business leaders, you will have to be clear about who you are. And you will have to be willing to stand to lose even a deal or two. As I frequently note, one of the favorite tactics of anti-gay Christian zealots - hate merchants is actual a more appropriate term - is to the claim that they and their ignorance and hate based beliefs deserve to be treated with respect and tolerance even as they spread lies and hatred about LGBT citizens who are merely seeking the same civil rights that heterosexuals have enjoyed for centuries.
Now, via a "New Year's Resolution," Chip Gaines has floated a non-answer to what he and his wife really believe. Instead of addressing the issue head on, we are treated to a nice sounding statements that sound like something a politician speaking out of both sides of his or her mouth might say:
If Joanna and I, who are best friends, don’t see lots of things the same way – how on earth do we expect a world of strangers to magically align? The reality is, we may not all get on the same page and I think that’s okay.”
“If there is any hope for all of us to move forward, to heal and to grow – we have got to learn to engage people who are different from us with dignity and with love. Joanna and I have personal convictions. One of them is this: we care about you for the simple fact that you are a person, our neighbor on planet earth. It’s not about what color your skin is, how much money you have in the bank, your political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, nationality or faith.
“In 2017: We have decided to change the conversation.
You wanna talk about how to build bridges between people that disagree? We want to be a part of that conversation. Do you want to talk about healing and compassion and kindness and restoration? We’re in the restoration business, we can for sure make time for that.”
Restoration business? Does that include "fixing" gays? The Christofascist are always claiming to love gays via the bullshit excuse of "love the sinner, but hate the sin." Meanwhile, of course, they do all they can to harm LGBT individuals and deprive us of civil rights and, in some cases argue for our execution. Sorry, Chip, but I am not buying your attempt to calm the waters so as to protect your money making endeavors. I won't be tuning into your show and I sure as Hell will not be buying any of your products. I will "love" you the same way your church and pastor love me, which is not at all..