Luke Parker's brother accuses 'The Bachelorette' and ABC of "manipulating" conversations, pushing "Progressive agenda" to "re-define Biblical Christianity"
By Steven Rogers, 07/22/2019
Luke Parker's brother Mike Parker has lashed out at ABC and The Bachelorette and accused them of "manipulating" conversations to make Luke look bad in an alleged attempt to promote a "Progressive agenda" to "re-define Biblical Christianity."
"I believe it starts with the fact that he's a Bible-believing Christian and that they have a Progressive agenda that they want to push. They are trying to re-define Biblical Christianity. They are trying promote to this cultural Christianity," Mike told Fox News host Todd Starnes during an appearance on his radio show on Thursday.
"This idea that people can twist Scripture and fit it into their lives, and not fit their lives to fit God's Word."
According to Mike -- whose wife Hannah Parker was ironically the one who originally nominated Luke for The Bachelorette -- ABC has been deliberately "smearing" Luke because of his Christian faith.
"The whole season, they've manipulated conversations, they've chopped things up," Mike alleged during the radio show appearance about Luke, whom The Bachelorette star Hannah Brown finally eliminated on last week's episode after the pair argued about their religious views on premarital sex.
After The Bachelorette episode aired, Luke and Hannah also feuded about the issue on Twitter. The following day, Mike's father-in-law, a preacher with his own ministry, also made a blog posting about whether Jesus still loves a Christian if the believer has sex outside of marriage.
Hannah dumped Luke before the overnight portion of their Fantasy Suite date in Greece because she felt Luke was judging and shaming her over the idea The Bachelorette star might have had sex with one or more of her Final 4 bachelors.
However, Mike alleged viewers have just been seeing a fictional narrative that has been edited by The Bachelorette producers.
"They've created a narrative to point him toward the hot topics that they want -- evil, pathological liar, misogamist, this controlling guy, all of these things," he claimed.
"All season long, they have manipulated conversations. They have showed things, they have left conversations out that would leave viewers to believe that he is the guy that they say he is -- this 'Luke P. character.' When in reality, the show didn't go down the way that they are showing it."
According to Mike, Luke only believed Hannah wouldn't be having sex during any of her overnight Fantasy Suite dates because The Bachelorette star had stated that during a public portion of her hometown date with Luke that preceded the overnight Fantasy Suite date.
"On Luke's hometown date when he brought her to a Bible study group with his college ministry... he had a conversation in front of the Bible study group. He shared his testimony [and then] Hannah B. stood up and shared a little bit of her testimony and shared that she wasn't going to be using the fantasy suites for sex, that she was going to be using them for conversation time to further her relationships with the guys," Mike told the Fox News host.
"This led Luke to believe that they were on the same page about sex," Mike insisted.
"So when you see this all go down last Monday night on the episode, Luke believes that they are in agreement. You can see the shock on his face. You can see the portrayal that they're trying to put Luke in -- that he's shaming her, that he's slut-shaming her."
Mike also cited the fact that ABC's Strahan and Sara morning program had former The Bachelor star Nick Viall and former The Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay on to discuss Luke's behavior the day after his The Bachelorette exit aired as additional evidence of ABC's attempts to attack his family's beliefs.
"They didn't have Luke come back and [talk about his time on the show] himself. They had two former Bachelor Nation people come back and do that for him," he told the host.
"[And] the whole conversation went back to this Progressive agenda to redefine their idea of Biblical Christianity, to redefine their cultural Christianity beliefs."
Mike said ABC's alleged attempts to "redefine" Christianity is what caused him to reach out to the conservative news network, which also interviewed Mike during on Starnes' Starnes Country television show.
"When someone stands for Christianity and they don't stand to the Biblical Christianity, that's what brought me onto [your] show, that's why we reached out to you," he said.
"When someone says, 'Hey, this is what I believe,' and they don't base it on what the Bible says, then they are not believing in the same God that I believe."
"What we've heard is that it was basically a bashing of Luke, a bashing of Luke in his face. Again, promoting that Progressive agenda, to redefine what they think Biblical Christianity is into their box," he alleged.
"This is a six, seven hour taping where Luke is in the hot seat with Chris Harrison, the host of the show, for two and a half hours. And that's going to get edited down to a 20-minute conversation and it's going to be all the worst parts of Luke."
"Wherever he stumbles on the questions, wherever he mis-answers, they can fit this into their box -- to again, promote their agenda -- they're going to take advantage of that and they're going to do that."
According to Mike, The Men Tell All special, which was already filmed earlier this month, will include one exchange that will "attack" Luke's faith.
"All we've heard is there's been an attack on him, an attack on his faith. Luke was asked while he was there what he thought a man's place in marriage was between a man and a woman, and he basically said the Biblical idea of man's place in marriage is the man is to lead the woman in marriage. That he is the head of the household," Mike said.
"And he was booed, he was ridiculed, and he was called a misogynist. And all these things, standing on a Biblical Christianity. So again, back to the basis of this conversation, I do believe that they slandered Luke based on his beliefs and his Christianity."
During the show appearance, Mike also addressed rumors that the reunion will show Hannah calling Luke "the embodiment of toxic masculinity."
"What we have heard, what I have read through some of these different spoiler accounts that have kind of put stuff out there is that Hannah tells Luke that he is 'the embodiment of toxic masculinity,'" he said.
"And the reality is, she's talking about 'Luke P.' -- a created character. Luke Parker, my brother, is not the person of 'Luke P.'"
"I mean she labels him [as] that's who he is to his core. She not only says he's the embodiment of toxic masculinity, she also says that's who he is to his core, and she is playing into the hand of this television show. She's playing into the hand that people have seen on TV, and that's not who he is."
Mike insisted his brother is actually nothing like the "Luke P. character" viewers have seen onThe Bachelorette this season.
"I love my brother and we have a great relationship. First and foremost, I want people to know that, if anything, I want to be more like Luke. Luke loves. He loves and he cares for people and he has a heart for Jesus and he wants to share the Biblical truth of Jesus to people," Mike told the Fox News host.
"That's Number one. And Number two... I'm proud of Luke. I'm proud of the way he conducted himself, and I'm proud that he lead an example... that he stood for Biblical Christianity in opposition against this cultural Christianity of, 'I can be a Christian and believe whatever I want to believe about God based on my own ideas and not what God's word says.'"
The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All will air Monday, July 22 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.