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Benham Brothers Respond To Being Canceled By HGTV Over Anti-Gay Extremism

The Benham Brothers are in damage control mode after HGTV pulled the plug on their reality series due to their work against human rights. 

The statement, first published by USA Today, reads:

"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. As Christians we are called to love our fellow man. Anyone who suggests that we hate homosexuals or people of other faiths is either misinformed or lying. Over the last decade, we've sold thousands of homes with the guiding principle of producing value and breathing life into each family that has crossed our path, and we do not, nor will we ever discriminate against people who do not share our views...

...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."

Unfortunately for the brothers, their ties to the anti-gay work of Operation Save America are clear as day.

(Via Towleroad)

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They're HOT! Bet I could flip their switch! At least one of them! Our loss that we don't get to drool over these hotties on HGTV!!!

Danny DeVito and Seth Rogan dont have the "gay look". I bet we know a gay couple who look just like them.

Saved gay Bapticostal here. Anyone heard of a Freudian slip? I think the use of "gay agenda being forced down my throat" is the most hilarious turn of phrase and probably the only worthwhile bit of this whole fiasco. look, lots of battles to fight in life. Go be a missionary and clothe and feed people and give them medicine. Fight for Honduras or rights in Russia. Kill them with kindness and witness by your life, thats the only proper way to get any message across. you shouldnt make people feel forced to see things your way or else, you should act in such a way that they want to agree with you and at least understand. =0) Be Happy, Be Blessed, and Be Fabulous!

Also, that link at the bottom that goes to the tweet?  Where it leads is NINE years old.  Does every person here hold all the exact same opinions and knowledge they had almost a decade ago?  Or perhaps have they evolved at all?  From what I'm seeing, so far, all of the venom is from their father, not the brothers.  What a sad day to see the sins of the father visited on the sons, rather than allowing the sons to stand on their own.  Where are the links to their statements?  The links to their protests?  What are THEIR actions?  NOT their father's.

Theres no place for religion in business, period

Very sad principle you expound.  

You have benefited by...persons who took their faith seriously enough that the principles of honor and respect and honesty -- meant that you got a better product and/or service.

If there is no religion...if there is no right and wrong, it's all about power.  Historically, that's a principle of destruction...just ask survivors of the still massive anti religion Communist countries.

Religion is a personal preference just like any other personal choice for the matter. Such preference should be kept behind closed doors, just like PDA, just like Politics, etc. We live in a very diverse society, to which personal opinions tend to offend people. To avoid such conflict, keep personal preferences away from society. Or have people man up, in which that would be impossible to do.

I have no religion.  I support civil rights for all and that includes gay marriage.

However, I read these comments and I see just as much hatred for Christians as alleged Christians have for homosexuals.

Either learn to accept each other or you will continue to battle for so long that there will be no winners.  What goes around, comes around.  And it will come back around.

They were not under contract yet, so you worthless fags had no say in the final decision.

This "New Age" is only a ad, and you tragic queens will be dust, then onto the next fad.

You all look so weird, like you belong on an island of misfit toys.

Imbecile!

if we are so worthless why the F*ck are you on this site? closet case..

please don't feed the troll

Well you're really making the rounds today. You need to lighten up, tough guy. 

Creepy hetero bible thumpers

"Do unto other, as you would have them do unto you."

When will heterosexuals learn, when you come after us gays, we'll give you a fight and you will most likely lose. Don't come after us when we didn't send for you

Grandfather says to Grandson: "There is an eternal war between two wolves inside each person: a dark wolf that wants only your misery and suffering, and a light wolf that wants your happiness." "But which wolf wins?!" asks the grandson..."Whichever wolf you feed." Answered the grandfather. It might be wise to consider which wolf we are feeding when we offer our opinions.

Bigots lost another battle. Bigots want to spend 6 days a week preaching and working against our rights and then on the 7th day, they want their own show where they demand everyone forget that they just spent all that time fighting against the civil rights of a minority group. Have several seats.

Ya know, the bible was written by Man Inspired by a Feeling

I believe religion is much like greek mythology. ALL man made. ALL elaborate stories written around the same time with great creativity, but to take any of it seriously is just laughable.

I think Jesus was Gay!!

he always had his 12 men with him and never was alone with a female, so i would agree.

And thousands showed up to watch one man get nailed lol the original porn star

No one is ENTITLED to a show. A network has every single right to distance themselves from these two if they feel they don't want to be associated with THEIR brand. That's called feedom of speech too. Sorry neocons, you can't grasp that.

Christians want to mouth off their foolishness and then when people respond to them, they play victim. No wonder church attendance is at an all time low!

well said couldn't agree more with you 

Just because they claim they don't hate gays doesnt mean they aren't bias against gays. And they are.

You're both liars.

I love how they claim to live by "Biblical Principles." There are dozens of Christian denominations that have been marrying gay couples in their churches for over 4 decades. (not to mention most Jewish, Buddhist, Unitarian and other religions have also believed in marriage equality.)

Why should some denominations get to make the rules on interpreting the bible? Isn't that why Luther, Calvin and all the others broke away from the monopoly of the Pope? We live in the US, not Rome or the Middle East. Just because your church thinks they know the bible, does not make it law. This is purely a theological dispute and should be kept out of the public lawbooks. Marriage equality for all, is what is right in the civil law. Let the churches decide what they do in their own private worlds. 

i cant believe how many bigots or straight people follow a gay magazine they dont want it shoved down there throats anymore so in stead of waiting for someone to say how they feel the read gay  magazines so really come on how straight are they really or are the just these bible thumpers that read it there way because when i have read the new testimony i have never read if you are straight white but i have read many many times that he died for all yes it says all but i guess my bible was printed by a different printing company so please stop shoving you bible in my face i have my own and please remember man rewrote or intrepid the bible so many time the word homosexuals was  not even a word when Jesus walked on earth love you all

HGTV did not let them go due to this fag stuff, so dont flatter yourselves. The reality is that they were not actually let go, as they were not confirmed into a contract yet. These guys were merely contestants to possibly have their own HGTV show. So, you fags need to stop making fools out of yourselves and realize that your meaningless queer rising did not keep a television show from happening.

What has always pissed me off through out my life is; how does this effect your life?

Better to be a gay fag than a LOSING Christian. What is this....the 45th MILLION battle the past 5 years you christians lost. When will you christians learn you will NEVER be a match for us gays? The more you fought us, the more powerful we got.

You are an idiot and a bigot.

I see you are in the closet still maybe if you come out you will be alot happier its gay men like you that dont understand how freeing it is to break that door down we love you anyways 

 If they had verbalized hatred towards Jews or that slavery is acceptable or that woman are inferior to men no one wouldquestion canceling the show but when it's about a person being gay suddenly it's freedom of  speech. Publicly verbalizing hatred toward any group of people because of who they are should never be acceptable. HGTV has it right.

What are you talking about? Their show won't be produced. There is no question about that. Why bring a comparison about the Jews into it?

HGTV has every right to cancel the show.  I'm sure they signed a contract and I'm pretty sure the contract probably has moral(s) clause...As employees of HGTV, they represent the company at all times.  

HGTV HAS NO RIGHT TO CANCEL A SHOW JUST BECAUSE THE PEOPLE ON THE SHOW DO NOT BELIEVE IN PRACTICING A PERVERTED SEXUAL ACT AS HOMOSEXUALITY! I'M SICK AND TIRED OF PEOPLE SHOVING THIS GARBAGE DOWN OUR THROATS AND IF WE ARE AGAINST HOMOSEXUALITY, THEN THAT IS OUR RIGHT, IT IS NOT THE MEDIA'S OR THE GOVERNMENT'S RIGHT TO TELL US HOW WE SHOULD THINK OR HOW WE SHOULD BELIEVE! HOMOSEXUALITY WAS CONDEMNED BY GOD IN THE OLD TESTAMENT IN THE BIBLE, AND IT IS STILL CONDEMNED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT BY THE APOSTLE PAUL IN 1COR. 6:9 QUOTING WHAT JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF SAID. AND PEOPLE WHO CALL THAT "HOMOPHOBIA " JUST USE THIS FICTIONAL WORD AS AN EXCUSE TO JUSTIFY THEIR UNHOLY SEX ACTS AND DON'T WANT TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE, BUT THEY WILL WHEN THEY MEET GOD WHEN THEY DIE, THEY WILL NOT ESCAPE HIS JUDGMENT!

Thomas,

HGTV and any of the Scripps networks can do what they want to do. And they don't need your permission. They are located in Chelsea NY, one of the most gay-friendly areas of the country. Right next door to Google's NY HQ and near Apple and Twitter. So if there's any question in your mind about the sensibilities of some of the most influential people in the world, it should be clear to you now. As a Christian myself, you are an embarrassment. You bastardize the bible and rally hateful people together with it. I do not want my religion to somehow make any connection between me and a simpleton like you.

Your Bible is FILLED with lies. But because you're so scared of death, you believe that garbage. lol poor sorry soul

How do you think GOD is gonna feel about your little display of hate here on thIs sIte today, SISTER???????

They certainly do have that right, you ignoramus.  It's their channel and they can show whatever kind of programming they want, for whatever reasons.  Go thump your bible somewhere where people care.  If you want to talk about shoving garbage down people's throats, go look in the mirror.  The ironic thing about you people is you all come off as EVIL people.  Try thumping your idiocy to homosexual animals and see what kind of response you get. 

Tom now you are being foolish today you say stop shoving and last night it was please more. im sorry you cant break the closet door down there no reason for you to be following  a gay magazine so get over yourself 1-10 you mite of been a 4 but once you get out you will get better with time

Thomas, you are entitled to your opinion. You are a very angry person, full of hate. You're going to face the same judgement as everyone else. You are ni better or worse than anyone else.

Epic fail Scott to bad you can't live a day in someone else's shoes, imagine people hating you just because of who you are and you have no control over that said thing. Seems to me that your religion basically thru out history has really been the cause of the worlds problems not the answers to them. 

Well actually they do. You typing in all caps just beats the  cliche to death that homophobis are usually loud assholes. "I'M SICK AND TIRED OF PEOPLE SHOVING THIS GARBAGE DOWN OUR THROATS"  Ironic because that is what people with hidden agenda's do. These 2 and their family endorse financially hate groups under the premise of being told that through an old book via old me via God.  They are forcing their agenda by being active in stopping people from being gay.

"AND IT IS STILL CONDEMNED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT BY THE APOSTLE PAUL IN 1COR. 6:9"  So you believe in a book written by sheep fuckers with no base in Science on how to live your life morally ? You are pretty self righteous to think times have not changes and Science has pretty much destroyed any idea of their being a higher power along the lines of the King james Version. You are a joke.

You are obviously a hateful person. God doesn't make mistakes and he made me. sorry that you feel it is being shoved down your throat. Now you know it has felt for us for centuries. Suck it up butternut we are here we are queer and we are not going away anytime soon.

you are freaking ignorant and need a reality check

Sorry Scott, their dime, their time. They have every right to cancel the show. You don't speak for the whole world, you especially do not speak for God. You will certainly have to answer for your bigotry and you will not escape his judgment.  I suspect you have the perverted mind sir.

your an idiot,people like you are hideing something,you know gay people know what that is!!!!!!GET YOUR LIFE!

God didnt write the bible dickwad. It was written MANY years later. Learn your history. and you wont escape judgement either because the bible clearly says treat others as youd like to br treated, love thy neighbor as yourself, etc.... it also says you cant mix fabrics on clothes. so hunty, you cant pick and choose from the bible like its a Buffett on what you want to follow and what you will condemn others for.

You're as closeted gay as they get. Once you except it, you'll be much less crazy sounding and much more fabulous. 

Deuteronomy 22:20-21

New International Version (NIV)

20 If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the young woman’s virginity can be found, 21 she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done an outrageous thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. You must purge the evil from among you

do you also believe this is true ?

perhaps you need a good look at your own moral values and beliefs 

WHY ARE YOU FOLLOWING A GAY MAGAIZINE????? TAKE YOUR PREACHING FAGGOTRY ELSEWHERE!
 

DEAR THOMAS SCOTT,

HGTV is a privately owned network not controlled by the government or media. Therefore, they have every right to cancel any show that contains hate and discrimination!

Go take your favorite camo shirt and beat off to some Duck Dynasty! WHILE YOU HIDE YOUR BIGOTRY BEHIND YOUR "RELIGION"

Picking and choosing. We all sin when it comes to the bible. why point out just one??

All this stupid crap about what the bible says.it also says that eating shellfish is just as bad of a sin it actually says that severql times but only once about buttfuckjers

Then what are you doing on a gay magazine site?  Also, back off the CAPS LOCK key and calm down you idiot.

Thomas :  maybe they could sell you a house in Iran ( where it sounds like you'd be a whole lot more comfortable . . . )

It also said it was ok to stone your wife and have sex with your daughter so are you just picking and choosing which parts of the text to agree with.

YOU'RE A FUCKING IDIOT!!! there now that's discrimination.  KEEP YOUR FUCKING CHRISTIAN SELF RIGHTEOUS BULLSHIT TO YOURSELF.  NO ONE IS ASKING FOR YOUR OPINION AND THE REST OF US ARE TIRED OF  YOU FUNDAMENTALIST BIBLE THUMPING TERRORIST ARE TRYING TO SHOVE YOUR IDIOTIC IDEALISTIC BULLSHIT DOWN THE REST OF OUR THROATS.

IT'S NOT YOUR GOD DAMN BUSINESS WHAT I DO IN MY LIFE AND I DON'T GIVE A FUCK WHAT YOU DO IN YOUR LIFE.  BE A FUCKING BIGOT ON YOUR OWN TIME!!

Times are interesting.  You can abuse your children on tv, you can have affairs on tv, you can say whatever f-bomb you want, but you can't agree with the Bible?  Now who is afraid?  I don't know these gentlemen, but I do watch a whole lot of HGTV and I thought they were smarter than this. I wasn't aware that if you are a Christian you have to nix your beliefs in order to do a good job on a television program.  hmm, interesting.   

As a Christian I know what God says about homosexuality.  It's the same as gluttony and lies and adultery and unkindness and gossip. . . .  Something I think most of of Christians forget. Christians cannot judge but have to live by God's judgments.  We don't get to choose what is right and wrong in God's eyes.  Frankly, I still want to, but I've chosen to believe the Word.  The incredible part is that God actually sets these laws for our good.  And disobeying them is never ever means God abandons us.  He's just like that.

Since Christians are called to love everyone we don't get a choice.  Some people must define love and always agreeing with, or being politically correct, or maybe just believing whatever they believe. I don't get to choose what you believe and I'm guessing I wouldn't agree with all of your beliefs.  If you have a television program and I see my beliefs are seriously not meshing with yours, heck, I actually know how to turn the tv off.

 I wasn't aware that you have to nix your beliefs in order to do a good job on a television program. Others sure aren't.  I'm with them, if they lose their program for staying true to God, then so be it. God will honor them for that and that's better than any television program out there.  

Just remember, the loss of freedom will one day infringe upon you too. 

also remember that everyone according to the bible is born with sin, and my personal favorite "let him without sin caste the first stone".

News flash: the freedoms of the LGBT community have been infringed on forever and a day by self-righteous Christians and haters that don't know how to interpret the text of their own damn holy book. 

1. Old Testament law was abolished by Christ and yet Christian fundamentalists still use it in their defense again homosexuality.

2. There's no Hebrew, Ancient Greek, or Arameic equivalent for "homosexual" or "homosexuality", and yet most modern translations of the bible have included that word specifically in biblical text. Pretty sure revelations expressly forbids adding to or removing text from the bible.

3. Paul calls sex between two men or two women an abomination. If you look at the Greek roots of that, you'll find that it means "against the norm." Doesn't mean it's bad or wrong. Just means it wasn't what most other people of the time were doing. 

4. Paul also talks about individuals who went against "what was natural for them," and God codemned that. As we know in modern times, being gay isn't what's "natural" for everyone. Being gay isn't a choice. I rascally doubt that a god that claims unconditional love for his creation is going to bring judgment down on two individuals in a loving, conscensual relationship, regardless of their genders. You can't help the feelings that you have.

Point being, if you're going to claim that your Bible is against homosexuality, you might want to take the time to actually study it to figure out if what you think it says is actually what it says and stop taking the word from some bigot standing at a pulpit on Sunday morning at face value. 

By the way, I'm atheist, and yet I've still taken the time to research a text that has absolutely no relevance to my life or beliefs. 

God did honor them spreading bigotry. They got their show canceled. Have a blessed day Ann!

I have been an avid, loyal fan of HGTV for many, many years.  I am so disappointed with their decision to cancel the Benham brothers show!!  I do not discriminate against anybody, but it seems to me that HGTV has been trying to shove homosexual shows do our throats for quite a while and I'm getting a little sick of it!  (No pun intended!) The vast majority of US citizens are NOT gay, but the amount of HGTV programming with gay participants is disproportionate to that reality! What has happened to religious freedom and freedom of speech in our great country? I'm going to have to rethink my loyalty to HGTV, since they are discriminating against the Christian viewpoint!

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Diann Miller said: "What has happened to religious freedom and freedom of speech in our great country?"

Nothing. Religious freedom and freedom of speech are still available to all in the United States.

Gay people exist and aren't going anywhere. Knowing how uncomfortable it makes bigots like you is half the fun of being gay :)

A majority of this country is NOT practicing christians at all! In fact, accoridng to a Time magazine article, in some 20 years, they predict christianity will have almost no impact on the political scene. Face it lady, you're brand of christianity is fading into oblivion. And thank Goddess for that!

Christianity is nothing but a cult. And I know it's hard for you cult members to hear this, but an overwhelming majority of this country is walking away from organized religion. In a decade or two, christians will be viewed the same way sceintologists are. A one off. And you only have yourselves to blame for it.

HGTV is a business and as such they have every right to cancel what ever show they want on their network. You also have every right to change that channel since you seem to be upset.  Once again Christians feel hurt when they are judged yet have no issue spewing their judgement out in the name of the Bible. 

They are not discriminating against anyone, they have the issue with people discriminating against a certain group of others.  They are remaining neutral and giving all walks of life the opportunity to engage in their shows and take part in their network.  You must have too much time on your hands to analyze and make a bold statement that their network is overcome by homosexuals, and that there are more straight people than gay so they should have more straight guests on their shows.  There are more white people than black, so should we argue they have less minorities on their network as well?  Public figures need not state touchy subjects.  When you accept to be placed in the limelight, don't be shocked if your one-way mindset gets you in trouble.  We live in a world of diversity, and if you cant embrace that, you have zero business being on national television. 

We still have freedom of religion and freedom of speech. But, "freedom of speech" does not include or guarantee, no consequences to what we say.

Maybe HGTV treats all walks of life as equals thus you see gay black white green yellow what have you on there with that being said if you don't like it don't watch it and remember when judgement day comes GOD will not have separate lines for gays straights or other races ......

Amen

If you had a clue you would realise that HGTV's viewing audience is mostly gay.  But then from the rest of your comment I can tell that you are a bigot anyhow.  Have fun living in your closed mind with your God who doesn't exist.

All of those flowery words that spewed out of their mouth was nothing more them saying "Gays are going to burn in Hell but we'll take their money". I loathe people who hide behind religion to shield their hate. They are clueless that they are one of the "grotesque" things on TV they reference. UGH!

100% - When your business consists of making a hefty commission off of selling a home, why would you not put on a front to get the job done.  Then again, that's why we work, correct?  To put a paycheck in our pocket.  Their views are their views, no one is telling them they are wrong, however their show has no business being on a network that supports diversity in its fullest. Period point blank.

100% agreed with your comment. 

and I trust HGTV will not back down like that station did with QUACK Die Nasty !  :)

they're so full of shit.  

I am a Christian but don't you dare lump my faith with yours. You can't live by the Old Testament you morons. If you did, you'd be in jail. There is a reason we can think for ourselves and make our lives better. We've crawled out of the muck, gotten rid of a lot of diseases, even built flying machines! Therefore our thinking must evolve too. And the main point of being a Christina, Love. Not judgment & hate.

Your actions do have consequences.
It's called Karma!
Or to put it another way.
God Don't Like Ugly!?

so people hate on them calling them too judgmental but then complain they look "too gay" or could they look any "less gay" as if there is a definitive "gay" look. Hmm, interesting.

When your views are private there is no consequence to your hatred towards your fellow man. However, when you publicly do things like this:

David Benham, led a prayer rally — Charlotte 7:14 — outside of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2012, which he told conservative radio host Janet Mefferd was needed to stop “homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation” and “demonic ideologies taking our universities and our public school systems”

you are, in fact, discriminating against your fellow man and sucking the very breath that you claim to infuse into the families whose paths you so gloriously shine your light onto. And that kind of public talk DOES have consequences. You two are a couple of brainwashed morons. Try evolving into humans with compassion for your fellow man. And for God's sake, could you look any less gay than the people you are so eager to hate?

HGTV is not stupid; they know which side their bread is buttered on. And, HGTV is also owned by the same people who owns the Food Network; they didn't want another Paula Deen brouhaha on their hands.

Why is providing homes for people being in accordance with biblical principles consistant to the sellers' value and interpretation of their faith???

There involvment in operation save america proves there claim of not being homophobic jerks is just onr more lie from people that claim to be christians and are just judgmental pricks

How about committing to genuine "biblical principles", not the bigoted ones you made up.

RIGHT ON Baby!

Those bizarre grins on the twins are what you see on extreme right wing Christians who want to talk to you about God and going to hell because you don't live your life by the Bible. I live in the South. These extremists are everywhere. Their big grins give them away.

Amen

When I first saw this story....I thought it was being canceled because they were TOO GAY!!  Interesting!

Crazy but I felt the same way, I thought that they were gay too! they certainly have the GAY look.

So Sal, do tell...what exactly is the gay "look"? Dressing nice? Being handsome? Having your shit together?  Cause if that's what you think makes you gay, guess I've been living a lie. I'm a jeans and t-shirt kinda guy who listens to and plays punk rock guitar. So does that mean I'm not gay? Interesting cause I sure do love c*ck

Don't give the guy a hard time. I get it. You are both right. I couldn't care less about clothing, I play the drums and I am gay too. So what! The brothers do have that gay "look". LOL!

I agree! I'm gay but I hate shopping, wear just T-shirts and jeans all the time and LOVE horror movies...but when I first saw that pic all I could think was "Man are those guys gay or what?":)

Me too... They look like crazy gay twin porn stars... I guess they can take their crap show and shove it

Love Australia x 

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