If you thought guilty by association was out of fashion, think again.

If you thought not having enough information ever stopped stopped a false accusation, think again.

BuzzFeed published one of the shoddiest hit pieces in recent memory Tuesday, with no evidence whatsoever that Chip and Joanna Gaines were against gay marriage, but still very strongly making that insinuation. No quotes from Chip, Joanna or their representatives who could not be reached. No evidence of any position save their attendance at a church where the pastor is against same sex marriage. That's not exactly an unheard-of position among Christian denominations, congregations and their leaders.

How shoddy? A column by writer Brandon Ambrosino in The Washington Post calls the Buzzfeed piece "dangerous." Ambrosino, himself a married gay man, asserts "the entire case is made by speculation and suggestion" and he's not wrong on this. Nor is he wrong about the possible consequences of being a practicing Christian in today's world.

"Is the suggestion here that 40 percent of Americans are unemployable because of their religious convictions on marriage?" Ambrosino posits. "That the companies that employ them deserve to be boycotted until they yield to the other side of the debate — a side, we should note, that is only slightly larger than the one being shouted down?"

And yes, he even notes the political climate that produced a Trump victory, an impossible scenario wholly discounted by the know-it-all left, that this sort of thinking is akin to a witch hunt and folks know it.

It is no longer out of the mainstream to accept or tolerate gay marriage, it has happened. At the same time, that acceptance did no more destroy the presence of Christianity within our society which most of the time has a differing viewpoint. It is ridiculous to believe that believers want to put gay folks into gulags, and feel empowered to do so because Mike Pence is Vice-President.

This lack of understanding blows, but not as much as hit pieces on people who haven't done anything wrong.