Mike Huckabee News
May 12 2014
Free speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of association are wonderful guarantees in the First amendment. At least they used to be. They still are wonderful if you are a liberal or member of an aggrieved class, whether real or imagined. But for Christians and Jews, the First Amendment has been repealed it would seem. The latest free speech and religious death penalty handed out to someone who put faith and conviction above money and acceptance are the Benham brothers, David and Jason, who were all set to launch a new TV show on HGTV called “Flip it Forward.” The show would feature the brothers as they assist homeowners in the art of flipping a house. The Benhams have made millions doing just that over the past decade, and the show was touted with great fanfare, but that was before a hate group called Right Wing Watch discovered the unthinkable—that the Benham brothers were Christians! Not only were they Christians, but they actually believed that unborn babies are human beings and shouldn’t be killed for convenience, and even more, they actually believe that the natural marriage of a man and a woman is a valuable foundation for society and is keeping with their Biblical beliefs. Even though the show was about houses and had nothing to do with their personal beliefs, the thought police on the left are so intimidated by views other than their own that they launched a bullying campaign to shut down the Benhams. And HGTV became the latest cowardly corporation to fold like a cheap tent in a tornado. And once again, the intolerant left shows their insecurity of an opinion other than their own and decides to trample the first amendment rights of someone because they have the guts to express openly their faith. To the everlasting credit of the Benham brothers, unlike so many part-time Christians and cowardly corporations, the Benham’s reaction to being canceled because of their values was a simple, “If our faith costs us a tv show, then so be it.” How refreshing that they didn’t cower and capitulate and then enroll in some sensitivity classes or promise to never say anything that offends the eternally offended class of whiny people who only want to look at life in a mirror and never through a glass at others who are different. It seems okay to spew hate as long as its directed toward people who hold to Biblical convictions. You can promote homosexuality, pornography, profanity, bigotry toward faith, degradation of women in explicit song lyrics, and recreational drug use with impunity, but God help you if you put in a good word for God. And God better help you because no one else will. Martin Niemoller was a German pastor and outspoken voice against Hitler. He famously said, “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.” I hope it’s not too late to speak out, before the first amendment is completely eviscerated.