effort by a liberal "fake news" reporter to slander a Christian couple
who appear on a popular television program has backfired in big-time
"news reporter" Kate Arthur wrote an article highlighting the fact that
Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of the HGTV series "Fixer Upper," attend a
church that believes in traditional marriage.
the fact that the Gaines worship at Antioch Community Church in Waco,
Texas. She deplored the fact that the church's pastor, Jimmy
Seibert, preaches that "marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman
in covenant commitment for a lifetime."
In her story, Arthur
challenged the concept that God's grace could help a person with
same-sex attractions to be freed from the homosexual lifestyle.
She cited statements by the American Psychological Association that
efforts to do so would "involve some risk of harm."
obvious intent was to inspire a boycott of the HGTV show by "gay rights"
activists, with the objective of forcing HGTV to scrap future episodes
of the program.
Instead, Arthur's derogatory story
generated a forceful backlash from both Christian and non-Christian
observers, let alone the more than 3 million people who are dedicated
viewers and fans of the "Fixer Upper" program.
President of the Family Research Council, says the latest attempt at
character assassination of Christian celebrities shows the malicious
nature of anti-family media outlets.
"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. "
Texas couple has charmed their way into people's hearts, not just with
their talent for renovation, but with their sweet and genuine
relationship," Perkins added.
Even Brandon Ambrosino, a homosexual columnist for the ultraliberal Washington Post, assailed the BuzzFeed article.
story validates everything that President-elect Donald Trump's
supporters have been saying about the media: that some journalists
will tell stories in deceitful, manipulative ways to take down
"It is not okay to write cutesy articles shaming
religious people as homophobic for simply being one of the millions of
Americans who attend a religious congregation that does not support
same-sex 'marriage'," Ambrosino continued.
David and Jason Benham
condemned what they described as the "bully mafia" trying to
"blacklist" Christians in the entertainment industry.
Joanna are a wonderful family. They're not anti-anything.
They are pro-God, pro-Bible, pro-people, and yes, pro-Jesus.
What's happening right now is a witch hunt."
The Benham Brothers
were to have been the hosts of an HGTV series in 2014 which would have
been called "Flip It Forward." HGTV cancelled the series after an
outcry from the "gay rights" community that David and Jason were
born-again Christians who supported traditional marriage.
latest controversy surrounding Christian television stars brings to mind
the recent furor stirred up over the A&E program Duck
Dynasty. A&E resisted demands that they cancel the wildly
popular program over allegations that the Robertson family were
"anti-gay" evangelical Christians.
It appears that HGTV has
decided to take its programming cue from the experience of A&E
executives. In a statement, an HGTV spokesman said "we respect the
privacy of our show hosts and will not comment on matters related to
their personal lives."
HGTV then tweeted a graphic congratulating
Chip and Joanna for this season's record-breaking premiere. "We
can't wait for the rest of the season," the tweet read.
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Aims to Grow State
Parenthood organizations operating in Missouri have announced plans to
open four new full-service abortion clinics in Missouri should they
prevail in litigation recently filed in federal court. The
lawsuit, filed two weeks ago in U.S. District Court in Western Missouri, challenges state statutes which establish health and safety standards for abortion clinics.
currently only has one abortion clinic providing surgical and chemical
abortions--the Reproductive Health Services clinic in St. Louis City
operated by Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis region. If the
Missouri laws are struck down, Planned Parenthood-St. Louis says they
will open new abortion clinics in Springfield and Joplin.
Parenthood-St. Louis was joined in the lawsuit by Comprehensive Health
of Planned Parenthood Great Plains. The latter Planned Parenthood
affiliate says they will open a new abortion clinic in Kansas City and
reopen an abortion clinic in Columbia if they succeed in challenging the
The first section of Missouri law being challenged by Planned
Parenthood is the state's ambulatory surgical center statute. That
provision, enacted by the Missouri Legislature in 1986, requires that
abortion facilities operated primarily for the purpose of performing
surgical procedures must meet the same health and safety requirements as
other outpatient surgery centers.
The law, which was
sponsored by yours truly while a member of the General Assembly, was
modeled after an ordinance adopted by the City of St. Peters. The
statute was amended in 2007 to include any facility where second or
third-trimester abortions are performed, or where five or more
first-trimester abortions are performed each month.
The ambulatory surgical center requirement was intended to prevent
"back-alley abortionists" with no advanced obstetric training from
performing slipshod abortions in backroom offices with untrained staff
and unsterile equipment. The most recent grotesque example of such
abortion mills was the one operated by the notorious Kermit Gosnell in Pennsylvania which was alternately described by authorities as a "house of horrors" or a "torture chamber."
second aspect of Missouri law being challenged by Planned Parenthood is
one that requires that physicians performing abortion have nearby
hospital privileges. One section of the law specifies that
abortionists must have surgical privileges in at least one licensed
hospital in the community. The other requires that abortionists
have clinical privileges within thirty miles of the location
at which the abortions are to be performed. The
provisions are designed to ensure that women receive continuity
of care from the abortionist should they require emergency care at an
acute care facility.
sections of Missouri law are similar to provisions of a Texas law that
was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in June. In a case known
as Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, disgraced Justice
Anthony Kennedy joined liberal member of the High Court in ruling that
the health and safety standards were "unnecessary health
regulations...that presented a substantial obstacle to a woman seeking
In the new Missouri lawsuit, Planned Parenthood
makes startling legal claims that demonstrate they have absolutely no
concern for the health of the women whose
unborn children they destroy. In fact, Planned Parenthood makes
the incredulous claim that Missouri's outpatient surgery center health
and safety standards will actually "injure Missouri women seeking
abortions by threatening their health."
After decades of
defending abortion as a "safe" surgical procedure, Planned Parenthood
now maintains that abortion is not a surgical procedure at all because
it involves no incision and no general anesthesia. Believe it or
not, Planned Parenthood's lawyers assert that "surgical abortion is not a
sterile procedure," and thus it is not necessary to maintain "a sterile
Should Planned Parenthood prevail in
their Missouri lawsuit, they will be able to implement in our state
their fly-by, drive-by abortion business model. Under this
"medical" scheme, abortionists fly into or drive into distant
communities, perform abortions in assembly-line fashion, and then fly or
drive out of town to their next killing center.
this arrangement, abortionists have absolutely no physician-patient
relationship with the women whose life and health they are
endangering. They have no medical association or credentials with
any legitimate health care facilities in the community. They do
their profitable bloody work as foreign agents and then flee town,
leaving wounded women behind for local medical authorities to care for.
for Planned Parenthood argue that it is an "exceedingly rare event" for
patients to be transferred by ambulance to a local
hospital. Tell that to the 61 women who have been rushed
by ambulance from the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in St. Louis over the last seven years as a result of botched abortions.
As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's Hellerstedt
decision, it is likely that federal courts will rule in favor of
Planned Parenthood's legal challenge to Missouri's longstanding health
and safety standards for abortion clinics. Planned Parenthood
would then be enabled to murder preborn children at any of their
affiliate locations in Missouri.
Lawyers for Planned Parenthood
are asking the federal district court to issue a declaratory judgement
that the Missouri laws are unconstitutional under the Due Process
Clause of the U.S. Constitution. They are also
asking the court to issue a preliminary injunction prohibiting
enforcement of the laws until a final decision in the case is rendered.
is fortunate that the State of Missouri will soon have a pro-life
Attorney General in Josh Hawley to defend the ambulatory surgical and
hospital privileges laws. However, even the most astute legal
strategies are unlikely to sustain Missouri's statutes in light of the
Texas ruling. As a consequence, the health and well-being of
Missouri women will be placed in greater jeopardy until the United
States Supreme Court no longer treats abortion as a legal sacrament.