HGTV Cancels Show Over Hosts’ Remarks on Homosexuality

By:  Dave Bohon
05/12/2014
       
HGTV Cancels Show Over Hosts’ Remarks on Homosexuality

Twin brothers David and Jason Benham have had their upcoming home renovation show cancelled by the HGTV network over their Christian views on marriage and abortion.

A pair of Christian brothers have had their upcoming home improvement show pulled from the popular HGTV network over comments one of them made about abortion, homosexuality, and same-sex "marriage."

David and Jason Benham, twin brothers from North Carolina who are renowned for “flipping” houses — purchasing ramshackle and needy dwellings, refurbishing them, and selling them at a profit — were set to debut their show Flip It Forward on the HGTV network in October.

But on May 6 a politically motivated attack group calling itself Right Wing Watch revealed that the two committed Christians and former pro baseball players are the sons of outspoken pro-life leader Flip Benham, founder of Operation Save America. In the mid-1990s the elder Benham befriended Norma McCorvey, “Jane Roe” of the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States, ultimately leading her to faith in Christ and a change in her views on abortion.

In its report Right Wing Watch recalled that in September 2012 David Benham organized a prayer rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, called Charlotte 7:14 — based on the scripture 2 Chronicles 7:14 — that coincided with the 2012 Democratic National Convention taking place in the community. The rally was focused on praying for change in the nation, especially concerning issues such as abortion and same-sex "marriage." According to the attack group, during a media interview David "said that America’s Christian majority must repent for tolerating abortion rights, no-fault divorce, legal pornography, 'homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation' and the 'demonic ideologies' that he says have taken over the education system.”

According to CNN, last April HGTV issued a press release announcing the upcoming Flip It Forward show, noting that “after a decade of flipping houses for profit, brothers David Benham and Jason Benham now help families buy the homes they never thought they could afford. In each episode, the guys help a deserving family find a fixer-upper and transform it into their forever home — with a healthy dose of sibling rivalry between the brothers along the way.”

But following the revelations from Right Wing Watch the network immediately issued a statement via Twitter announcing that “HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brothers' series.”

In response, Jason Benham insisted to CNN that the HGTV network had fully investigated the pair and were aware of the comments his brother had made concerning the prayer rally. “When they — a year and a half ago — saw some of the footage where my brother was saying the things he was saying, they spoke with us,” recalled Jason. “They got to know us a little better and then they made a judgment call, recognizing that David and I have no hate in our heart for anyone. We've been running a successful real estate company for the last 11 years and we help all people. There is no discrimination.”

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