Fox News has no problem objecting to the First Amendment rights of atheists who put up signs which are offensive to Christians. Yet, when the LGBT community and its supporters object to a cable TV program which would be showcasing two brothers with radical views about gays, Muslims, and abortion, it's all boo freaking hoo. Now that the plug has been pulled on Jason and David Benham's HGTV show, Fox News, for which there ain't no Christian like a persecuted Christian have given the Benham boyz a platform from which to rail against the insidious "gay agenda" which is something that Fox's Todd Starnes is intimately acquainted with. Thursday night, Megyn Kelly provided a tepid counterpoint to their whine. Friday night, subbing for Bill O'Reilly, the "traditional marriage" supporting Eric Bolling's response was equally tepid. Be afraid folks, be very afraid of the nefarious "gay agenda
Eric Bolling immediately set the propaganda message by describing HGTV's cancellation of a show featuring the anti-gay, anti-Muslim, and anti-choice Benham brother as "the war on traditional values." As he spoke, the background graphic was a map of the US. The phrase beneath the image invoked the patented Fox "battle" imagery: "Traditional Values Under Seige." He reported that when a "far left blog" (Right Ring Watch) publicized some of the brother's anti-gay comments, the nasty liberal activists demanded that the plug be pulled on the program.
Bolling asked David Benham to explain his comment, stated at a rally, that he love gays but hates the "gay agenda." Benham, not a theologian, said that "Jesus loves all people, but does not love all ideas." (Huh?) He continued his homily: "There's a difference between the gay community and the gay agenda." He continued with the claim that this "agenda" "seeks to silence those that disagree with it" such as - wait for it - "Christians that hold to biblical values." He claimed that the rally, from which Bolling's quote was taken, was just a *Christian prayer service and not a rally against anybody. Bolling asked Jason, "do you believe the gay movement has gone from love and equality to activism and boycots."
In playing the patented Fox persecuted Christian victim (talk about "grievance hustling"), he said that he and his brother are "living testimonies of what an agenda can do." He bragged about how he and his brother have done business with gays whom they "love" but "when an idea seeks to silence any other idea that may disagree with that, then we have ourselves a problem." When he whined about being "showless," David (LOL) asserted that they weren't "victims."
Bolling touted how he was "pro-traditional marriage" but asked if a company should have the right to "pick and choose" their on-air content. David agreed and praised HGTV. Bolling asked how HGTV "found out" about the Benham baggage. Jason said that it was during the vetting process. Bolling wanted to know if the show cancellation was attributable to "gay activists" who threatened a boycott. David stated that even though the company knew of their background, they went ahead with the project. But, according to David, when the show was announced, bloggers started "the smear campaign" (Oh, the irony!) with "complete lies" about the brothers. He specifically noted that **he didn't say that he hates Muslims and that complaints about his and his brother's comments come from "one small segment of America." Bolling asked if Jason were upset at HGTV for catering to "one, very small sliver of America." Jason suggested that HGTV are bullies but "we" love them anyway.
So there you have it. The Benham brothers love the gays but hate their agenda. What more can ya say!
*At this "prayer rally," Benham said that America’s Christian majority must repent for tolerating abortion rights, no-fault divorce, legal pornography, “homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation." Right Wing Watch has the audio.
No, he wouldn’t.
Just remember, Mr Bolling, the next time you suggest that the “free market” can do no wrong. Sometimes—just sometimes—the “free market” succumbs to outside pressure that works against some potential employees.
Or do FoxNoise and the Benham Brothers only seem to acknowledge SOME “Christian biblical values?”