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Maggie Gallagher Comes To The Defense Of Benham Brothers, Attacks Pro-Gay Allies As Anti-Religious

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Maggie Gallagher has (natch) weighed in on the bigoted Benham brothers controversy. Unsurprisingly, she's comparing the cancellation of their HGTV show to "McCarthyism" and has placed part of the the blame on what she believes is an entertainment industry with an agenda.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b004d29f6970d-800wiShe adds that she fears liberals will "redefine" religious beliefs:

"If the Benham brothers are able to survive and flourish as home building faith filled reality TV stars, the dark curtain will have lifted a bit. The future will look brighter, new possibilities will open up, whether it is on traditional existing media, or whether we begin to fund and create our own networks of communication. For as the Benham brothers have made clear, for them, whether they are on TV or not, matters not so much. For the future of a free, tolerant, and religiously diverse America, it matters a great deal. The contest right now is whether or not the Left and their LGBT allies will successfully redefine mainstream orthodox Christian (or Jewish or Muslim) beliefs as the equivalent of racism. Or whether we will forge a peculiarly American path to a better, more diverse, and tolerant outcome for us all."

Meanwhile, the Benham brothers themselves are out there talking to Glenn Beck about they feel like same-sex marriage is "not healthy" for the nation.

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  1. Maggie:"You must be tolerant of our intolerance."

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 18, 2014 7:22:58 PM


  2. lol.

    calling gay marriage evil and lgbts pawns of the devil is not building a more tolerant america.

    maggie has a long list of horrible demeaning things she has said about lgbts, including the fact that she views being gay as "unfortunate."

    fight this religious hypocrisy and homo-hatred machine.

    join the freedom from religion foundation today.

    www.ffrf.org

    Posted by: candide | May 18, 2014 7:26:39 PM


  3. lol.

    calling gay marriage evil and lgbts pawns of the devil is not building a more tolerant america.

    maggie has a long list of horrible demeaning things she has said about lgbts, including the fact that she views being gay as "unfortunate."

    fight this religious hypocrisy and homo-hatred machine.

    join the freedom from religion foundation today.

    www.ffrf.org

    Posted by: candide | May 18, 2014 7:26:39 PM


  4. Ho, hum. Another day, another idiotic right wing antigay "christian" remark. It's okay for Maggie and the Benhams to say the most outrageous things about gay people under the guise of their "christian" beliefs, but when anyone criticized them for their bigotry and venom, that person is supposedly attacking Christianity - as though Maggie and the Benhams represent mainstream Christians, and as though any religious belief is off limits for criticism.

    Posted by: john patrick | May 18, 2014 7:27:55 PM


  5. I thought Mrs. Srivastav had promised to drop out of the public eye?

    Posted by: Gregory in Seattle | May 18, 2014 7:31:56 PM


  6. Yawwwn...Maggie, you're about 3 weeks late for this one.

    Posted by: Gio | May 18, 2014 7:36:44 PM


  7. Old news Maggie. Everyone's been over this incident for weeks now. Get new materiel.

    Posted by: SecodnH | May 18, 2014 7:37:20 PM


  8. If by "religion" she means her particular brand of anti-gay bigotry, then by all means count me as being anti-religion.

    Posted by: The MIlkman | May 18, 2014 7:49:34 PM


  9. What they really fear is not being able to openly trash & disdain gay people, like the old days. No more tolerating bigotry even when it's masquerading as 'religious fervor.'

    Yep... they're exactly right.

    Posted by: pete n sfo | May 18, 2014 7:50:47 PM


  10. why does she always look so stupid., that expression really makes you think there is something wrong with her

    Posted by: walter | May 18, 2014 8:28:35 PM


  11. People should not fear having thoughts and opinions of their own, but when your opinions become public, especially to a large audience, then consequences can arise. These two men are minor celebrities whose anti-social opinions about gay people have cost them air time. Not many media companies want to be perceived as demonizing a demographic.

    Posted by: Pop | May 18, 2014 8:38:01 PM


  12. People should not fear having thoughts and opinions of their own, but when your opinions become public, especially to a large audience, then consequences can arise. These two men are minor celebrities whose anti-social opinions about gay people have cost them air time. Not many media companies want to be perceived as demonizing a demographic.

    Posted by: Pop | May 18, 2014 8:38:47 PM


  13. I wonder if the poor miserable creature ever smiles. Her world must be a dim, dismal place with no room for joy or happiness. She seems to need people to victimize. Our response needs to be, Cheer up Maggie, It gets better. Though I doubt she could appreciate the pun.

    Posted by: Steve | May 18, 2014 8:51:03 PM


  14. Maggie, honey, calling out evangelical bigots for their hatred and bigotry isn't "anti-religious". It's simply calling out evangelical bigots for their hatred and bigotry.

    Now, sit down, shut up and have another donut.

    Posted by: jamal49 | May 18, 2014 10:24:30 PM


  15. It is only because there are no actually anti-religious ads that Maggie is able to spew this nonsense.

    If there were anti-religious ads, it would be too easy to tell the difference between anti-religious, and pro-gay.

    Posted by: Randy | May 18, 2014 11:54:44 PM


  16. @walter - I think of her as Dolores Umbridge in the toadlike flesh.

    Posted by: Gregory in Seattle | May 19, 2014 12:56:17 AM


  17. Am I wrong, or is she bringing Jews and Muslims into her "save our religious diversity" discourse for the first time? Is this an attempt to create a Christian–Jewish–Muslim anti-gay alliance? Might explain why she's back despite saying she would retire. And a frightening prospect if she, or anyone else, can pull it off.

    Posted by: LemmyC | May 19, 2014 2:08:37 AM


  18. You took the words right off my keypad David! Essentially she's saying, "LGBT people and their allies just need to shut up and accept our persecution against them."

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | May 19, 2014 2:22:48 AM


  19. Her kind kept ours off the mainstream airwaves for decades... turnabout IS fair play. Yesterdays victors disagree, but oh well.

    Posted by: fanboi | May 19, 2014 2:33:21 AM


  20. LOL "tolerant," "diverse," "mainstream"!

    Maggie needs to learn what some of these mean.

    Posted by: KevinVt | May 19, 2014 3:34:30 AM


  21. News keep this tired story going? Help advertisers? Who give a Scheiße!

    Posted by: L G. | May 19, 2014 4:36:28 AM


  22. It does seem to me, being not an American, that Maggies' comments are actually working in the LGBs' favour. With a foul mouth like that who would want to side with her.

    Posted by: lee | May 19, 2014 4:45:22 AM


  23. whenever i see a headline about maggie gallagher, i misread it as maggie gyllenhaal. maggie! no. and then i see it's that other maggie.

    Posted by: Keith | May 19, 2014 7:42:57 AM


  24. Idiots babbling nonsense. Why is anyone paying attention to these dullards?

    Posted by: Onnyjay | May 19, 2014 8:07:29 AM


  25. This is such a tired horse to keep dragging around. These evangelicals can't quite rap their head around what a freedom means. What a separation of church and state means - and why this country was even created. This country of ours is not a christian state. In order for EVERYONE to have the FREEDOM to practice ANY religion or their choice or NONE - we have laws that protect against any one religion trying to force a religious state on EVERYONE.

    Your Freedom of religion is not the issue - you can practice your religion any way you want as long as you don't break civil laws - which are put there so that your religious freedoms don't tread on others religious freedoms.

    Maggie - you say that my sin is abomination. What about yours? Are you not obese? Is that gluttony? Should you be shunned for your sin? Didn't you have a child out of wedlock? should you be shunned for your sin?

    And does your religion's few of sin really mean anything to anyone not of your religion?

    If something is against your religion - don't do it. But if it is not against MY religion - STFU.

    Posted by: HankNYC | May 19, 2014 8:27:16 AM


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