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Published On: Fri, May 9th, 2014

HGTV cancels ‘Flip It Forward’: hosts’ biblical views are ‘anti-gay,’ Ellen DeGeneres’ show set for 2015

HGTV has pulled reality series Flip It Forward allegedly because the hosts of the show, brothers David and Jason Benham, are part of a family supporting the pro-life movement and traditional marriage.

The network made its announcement on Twitter stating, “HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brothers’ series.” The real estate series was set to debut in October.

An article by Right Wing Watch detailed the family’s activist history in the pro-life movement. The twin brother’s father, Flip Benham, is director of Operation Save America.

While speaking at a North Carolina rally for a constitutional amendment that would define marriage only between a man and a woman, David Benham said in 2012: “We have no-fault divorce; we have pornography and perversion; we have homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation; we have adultery … while the church sits silent and just builds big churches.”

flip-it-forward benham brothers flip housesThe brothers have been flipping homes for years and the television program hoped to share their insights for house-flipping success with Charlotte-area couples that never thought they could earn extra income for their families.

David told Deadline he and his brother had been “really excited” about the reality series, thinking it would give them “that opportunity to show America that you can be Christian and not be so extreme on one side of an issue that you’re not loving toward people. I was excited about that opportunity,” he said.

Faith Driven Consumer, the group behind the IStandWithPhil.com movement, which played a key role in Phil Robertson’s return to Duck Dynasty, has launched the #FlipThisDecision campaign calling on HGTV to reinstate “Flip it Forward.”

“This is pure intolerance, discrimination, and bullying toward those who hold to widely held and legitimate views. HGTV’s rash actions hold no place in America’s rainbow of diversity. Whether people agree or disagree with the Beham’s faith-driven perspective is beside the point; the Benhams have a right to have those views and to be treated equally with those who hold to other viewpoints. This is the very definition of tolerance,” said Chris Stone, Founder of Faith Driven Consumer and Certified Brand Strategist.

In a statement the Benham brother’s said:

“We were saddened to hear HGTV’s decision. With all of the grotesque things that can be seen and heard on television today you would think there would be room for two twin brothers who are faithful to our families, committed to biblical principles, and dedicated professionals. If our faith costs us a television show then so be it.”

HGTV announced last week that openly gay talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres launches her new show ‘Ellen’s Design Challenge’ set to air in 2015.

 

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  1. Chuck Anziulewicz says:

    I just watched an interview with Benham Twins on CNN. First of all, their claim that the views of Christians were being “silenced” is BS, since many Gay people ARE Christian, and many Christian churches support equality for Gay Americans. And when they talk about the sinister “Gay Agenda,” they never detail what that “agenda” is. Well, Straight people have never had to worry about being fired from their jobs, kicked out of their rental properties, turned away from businesses, or denied the right to marry the person they love just because of THEIR sexual orientation. I don’t think it’s asking too much that Gay people shouldn’t have to worry about these things either. THAT’S what the “Gay Agenda” is.

    David Benham has made it abundantly clear that he thinks marriage equality for law-abiding, taxpaying Gay couples is somehow “attacking the nation,” and that, “We are not going to allow the demonic forces and agendas behind them to destroy life.”

    Sorry, but I think that goes a little beyond the pale. David Benham may say he doesn’t HATE anyone, but the animosity he has often expressed toward Muslims and Gay people is all I need to know. He has every right to his prejudices, but he does NOT have a right to a program on a private TV network.

    But who knows? Maybe he can get a time slot on Fox News.

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