Michael Brown

Since when did it become “extremist” to be pro-life, pro-family, and pro-marriage?

On May 10th I wrote an article entitled “Anti-Christian Activists Will Defeat Themselves.” Within days, my thesis was being confirmed.

Last week, Martha MacCallum, sitting in for Megyn Kelly on Fox, hosted a heated exchange between Dana Loesch and Democrat strategist Jessica Erlich “about the Benham Brothers being discriminated against for their Christian beliefs by SunTrust Bank, which had announced that they were cutting business ties with the twin brothers.” (Suntrust reversed its decision 24 hours after dropping the Benhams, with apologies.)

Erlich began her comments by saying, “What I find sad and disturbing is that really what you have here are two attention-seeking reality television wannabe appearing brothers who are political activists who have an extreme agenda, and are trying to cloak it in this, sort of, you know, religious freedom characterization, and using that as a way to get, you know, their own business and drive that. And I find that very disturbing.”

Unfortunately for Erlich, she was wrong on every point. First, the Benhams are Christian businessmen who never once thought about having a reality TV show. (They are close personal friends of mine, and I’ve worked with them in different capacities for years.)

To their complete shock, they were approached by some TV talent finders a couple of years ago with the proposal that they consider doing a reality show, and the rest is history. So, they were anything but “attention-seeking reality television wannabe appearing brothers.” Is it possible that Erlich exposed her bias in her opening sentence?

She next described them as “political activists who have an extreme agenda, and are trying to cloak it in this, sort of, you know, religious freedom characterization.”

Is it possible to strike out on just two pitches? It appears Erlich did just that.

The Benhams are anything but “political activists,” and they hold to their views based entirely on their religious beliefs.


Michael Brown

Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He is the author of 25 books, including

Can You Be Gay and Christian?

, and he hosts the nationally syndicated, daily talk radio show, the Line of Fire. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.