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Brothers disappointed in HGTV ouster

HGTV Cancels Plans For Reality Show Starring Anti-Gay Activist


By David Bauder

NEW YORK (AP) -- Two brothers shown the door by HGTV before their upcoming real estate show made it on the air say that if their Christian faith cost them a shot at TV fame, "then so be it."

David and Jason Benham said Thursday they were disappointed that HGTV pulled the plug on "Flip it Forward," due to debut in October. After the network announced the show was upcoming, the lobbying group Right Wing Watch labeled David Benham an "anti-gay extremist" and reported on statements he made against homosexuality and gay marriage.

HGTV spokeswoman Audrey Adlam refused to say why the show was canceled.

The Benhams, based in Concord, North Carolina, had planned to use their experience buying cheap homes and renovating them in their new show.

"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," they said in a statement. "If our faith costs us a television show, then so be it."

They said that "anyone who suggests that we hate homosexuals or people of other faiths is either misinformed or lying."

Right Wing Watch said David Benham led a prayer rally in 2012 to "stop homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation." The group said Benham publicly supported passage of a North Carolina constitutional amendment that defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

The Benhams' spokesman, Sylvester Smith, did not immediately return calls for comment about the lobbying group's report.

The twins' father is the Rev. Philip "Flip" Benham, an evangelical pastor who heads Operation Save America, a North Carolina-based anti-abortion group. The father was sentenced to 18 months of probation in 2011 after being convicted of stalking a Charlotte, North Carolina, abortion doctor; he had passed out hundreds of "wanted" posters with the physician's name and photo on it.

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seattlewkr May 08 2014 at 10:40 PM

Talk about denial and hiding in hetero marriages...
Those two look as gay as it gets. Seriously.

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jo.haa May 08 2014 at 10:54 PM

Hell, go to MSNB and get a job, Sharpton works there and hates faggots and whites. If he can work there surely these two can. Not mention racists ideology. Reverend? Bahahah, reverend bahahahaha you are gonna burn in hell

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yHciG5kPxU

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Gene May 08 2014 at 11:00 PM

If Christ were alive in America today there's a good chance the Democrats and liberals would seek to have HIM crucified. Christianity is under attack worldwide more than at any time in history. God help us.

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cumpeled Gene May 08 2014 at 11:41 PM

PLEASE!! ONE word from Jesus Christ's mouth that "Gays are equal to any other man" and it would be YOU dragging out his cross again, and condemning his religion. What would Jesus Do? He would say LOVE one another.. pass love.. NOT pass hate. It is that simple. You are reconditioned, jaded, hateful... sounds like Jesus would love you.. NOT!

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Hi cumpeled May 09 2014 at 3:54 PM

He wouldn't agree with sin, God is Holy.

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jb48146 May 08 2014 at 11:02 PM

We are supposed to be an accepting society. With the exception of faith in Jesus Christ. That is not acceptable.

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cumpeled jb48146 May 08 2014 at 11:34 PM

Jesus Chirst has NOTHING to do with HATRED. STOP speaking for Jesus Christ. You don't know him.. you read words written by thousands of years of editing and deleting by Kings, governments, etc., for their own agendas.. and you preach what you have learned. Not what you have been shown by Jesus. Take a history course or two.

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edmccurdy May 08 2014 at 11:04 PM

What about a persons thoughts and beliefs Isn,t that what the first ammendement ... I agree with them and refuse to change. Liberals think everyone should agree with them, however there are many people that disagree and that is their right... Who are the radical left to tell me as a conserative to think different.. I will NEVER CONCEED TO THEIR THOUGHTS. My rights to speak against what i dont believe will not be taken from me.. HGTV can go to Hell....

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tizzmine May 08 2014 at 11:05 PM

great attitude.....GOD is way more important.........discrimination
they had queer eye as a show.....so gay is ok......no NO WAY
BUT ANTI GAY IS NO......COM'ON.....GAY IS WHAT THE DICTIONARY SAYS PERVERT
YES THEY ARE PERVERTS......THAT IS FACT......NOT DISCRIMINATION

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Drew Vantrease tizzmine May 08 2014 at 11:24 PM

The dictionary says
gay [gey]
adjective, gay·er, gay·est.
1.
of, pertaining to, or exhibiting sexual desire or behavior directed toward a person or persons of one's own sex; homosexual: a gay couple.
2.
of, indicating, or supporting homosexual interests or issues: a gay organization.
3.
having or showing a merry, lively mood: gay spirits; gay music.
Synonyms: cheerful, gleeful, happy, glad, cheery, lighthearted, joyous, joyful, jovial; sunny, lively, vivacious, sparkling; chipper, playful, jaunty, sprightly, blithe. Antonyms: serious, grave, solemn, joyless; staid, sedate; unhappy, morose, grim; sad, depressed, melancholy.
4.
bright or showy: gay colors; gay ornaments.
Synonyms: colorful, brilliant, vivid, intense, lustrous; glittering, theatrical, flamboyant. Antonyms: dull, drab, somber, lackluster; conservative.
5.
Slang: Often Disparaging and Offensive. awkward, stupid, or bad; lame: This game is really gay.

So... Where in there does it say that gays are perverts?

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henry_bevis tizzmine May 08 2014 at 11:28 PM

AMEN TO THAT.

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bondoking May 08 2014 at 11:06 PM

Thank God somebody in this country has the balls to say what is right without being scared of the consequences. I am sick and tired of all of this "political correctness" crapola. The gays and the liberals and the illegals seem to be running the show.

What a crock................ !

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barebear612 May 08 2014 at 11:06 PM

A GOOD thing those two were tossed.........I HOPE that GOD does forgive them. As for the "other haters" that have posted.........What goes around comes around.......

YOU are losing it and that's why YOU are all so hesterical !!!!!!!

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meemeepit May 08 2014 at 11:10 PM

no personal opinions or ideas allowed here or anywhere....these day's what is everyone afraid of???

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Mac McGovern May 08 2014 at 11:13 PM

I guess HGTV is on my list of channels I will no longer watch. I am encouraging everyone I know to be politically correct and stop watching.

I am a firm believer in the Constitution and Free Speech. I am tired of groups, not just gay, that ruin lives because of free speech. We are becoming a country of percentages to decide who is for what law or action or government interference.. We are a country of non-majority rule. We are a country in decline.

Wake up! it is time to stop the hatred and save our country from further decline. This is one example of one organization that dislikes what someone said, badgering a major corporation to kowtow to their misguided principles.

In this case, HGTV should have told Right Wing Watch to go "F" themselves!

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