BLOGBuzzFeed Backlash - Nothing Is Gained from Intolerance

By Bob Trent Posted on: | December 05, 2016

Last week BuzzFeed published a story on its website that quickly gained national attention, but not necessarily in the way the website intended. The story focused on Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of the popular HGTV show Fixer Upper. The headline reads “Chip And Joanna Gaines’ Church Is Firmly Against Same-Sex Marriage” and details the teaching of Antioch Community Church on human sexuality, which to the reporter’s surprise, includes marriage as the uniting of one man and one woman.

Over the last two years, and particularly since the Obergefell decision created same-sex marriage, these types of stories have resulted in massive backlash against Christian celebrities – the Benham brothers are a great example. But in this case, the harshest criticism has been for BuzzFeed.


And from America’s universities, a trio of cases. A win in a “free speech zone” case in Arizona in which a student was prevented from passing out copies of the U.S. Constitution – First Amendment included. A hearing in the Ben Shapiro/Young Americans for Freedom case against California State University-Los Angeles regarding outrageous attempts to shut down a talk on tolerance. And two students are denied credit for volunteer work by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire because they chose to earn their credit at a church-run school.  


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Bob Trent

Vice President of Public Relations

Bob Trent serves as vice president of public relations with Alliance Defending Freedom. In this role, Trent oversees all media and public relations efforts for the organization.

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