Anti-gay HGTV hosts: There are grotesque things on TV, we’re just committed to biblical principles
Two reality hosts outed as anti-gay activists have claimed there are “grotesque things” on TV, maintaining they are just “committed to biblical principles”.
Twin brothers David and Jason Benham were due to host house-flipping show ‘Flip It Forward’ for HGTV, but the cable channel pulled the plug on the project yesterday, following a report on their anti-gay activities.
In 2012, both the brothers led a ‘prayer’ rally outside the Democratic National Convention, intended to stop “homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation” and “demonic ideologies taking our universities and our public school systems”.
David Benham – who serves on the board of anti-gay group ‘the Coalition of Conscience’ – has also protested pride marches and abortion clinics, campaigned for North Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban, and compared same-sex marriage to Nazi Germany.
The brothers today said in a statement: “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.
“The first and last thought on our minds as we begin and end each day is; have we shined Christ’s light today? Our faith is the fundamental calling in our lives, and the centerpiece of who we are.”
Following the revelation yesterday, a short statement from the network said: “HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brothers’ series.”
HGTV, which is dedicated to home, gardening and interior decorating, has a strong gay viewership.