HGTV scrubs home show by anti-gay anti-Muslim anti-abortion activist

In another blow for intolerance, HGTV announced that it was scrubbing a reality house-flipping series called “Flip It Forward,” after it was discovered the hosts are anti-gay and anti-abortion activists.

The brothers hosting the show, David and Jason Benham, are the sons of notorious anti-abortion protester Flip Benham, who headed up Operation Rescue, and now runs an off-shoot group. The one brother, David, is the lead activist, though the other, Jason, has been involved with some of the political activities.

RightWingWatch broke the story yesterday, noting that David Benham – who appears to be the far-worst of the brothers – had led a prayer rally outside the Democratic Convention in Raleph, North Carolina in 2012, during which Benham told a conservative radio host that he protesting “homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation” and “demonic ideologies tak[ing] our universities and our public school systems.”

David Benham "celebrates" outside a family planning clinic that was closed in North Carolina.David Benham said his brother Jason helped him organize the DNC protest.

David also helped to pass Amendment One, which banned gay marriage in North Carolina in 2012.

And David leads protests outside family planning clinics. Here Benham is “celebrating” the closing down of a family planning clinic in North Carolina:

Oh, and RightWingWatch reports that David doesn’t like the Muslims either. David calls Islam “the enemy,” and says it is “attacking” America.

And it gets better. David Benham also compared gay marriage to Nazi Germany:

In terms of Ken’s take on Referendum 74 (same sex marriage vote), if evil is being accepted and appreciated at the national level, aggressive Christian men must lead the charge against it. In the late 1940′s [sic] England realized this truth with Neville Chamberlain’s Policy of Appeasement and the Nazi regime. Chamberlain thought he could somehow “appease” the fuehrer, yet Winston Churchill aggressively stood against this policy and proclaimed that they must kill Hitler and destroy the regime in its entirety. It wasn’t long before Chamberlain’s “politically correct” policy fell flat on its face, and Churchill – the more aggressive man – took the reins and joined America in defeating the beast called, Naziism [sic].

Benham apparently wasn’t aware, or didn’t care, that gays were actually victims of the Holocaust, specifically targeted by Hitler:

Gays in Nazi Germany were considered a threat to German purity. The Nazis arrested 100,000 men, with 10,000 to 15,000 sent to concentration camps to die.

Gays in Nazi Germany were considered a threat to German purity. The Nazis arrested 100,000 men, with 10,000 to 15,000 sent to concentration camps to die.

An actual pink triangle worn by a man accused of being gay by the Nazis during the Holocaust. The Nazis required gays to wear the marking, in the same way Jews were required to wear a Star of David.

An actual pink triangle worn by a man accused of being gay by the Nazis during the Holocaust. The Nazis required gays to wear the marking, in the same way Jews were required to wear a Star of David.

Oh god, he talks about Leviticus giving gays the death penalty, then says that “homosexual sin” is actually worse than other sins because it “carries with it an agenda, other sins do not”:

In the Leviticus passage above it says that death is the consequence for homosexual sin. This is how detestable this type of sin is to God. However, Jesus came and took the consequences of this sin upon Himself on the cross. Homosexual sin is covered by the blood of Jesus the same way stealing is. The only difference today is that homosexual sin carries with it an agenda, other sins do not. Homosexuality demands acceptance, and the blood of Jesus cannot forgive sins that are no longer sins. The blood of Jesus cleanses sin.

Clearly, this goes far beyond simply having a religion, or an opinion. But don’t let that stop the far-right, and their gay Republican allies, from claiming that yet again their intolerance is the victim of our intolerance. Because, after all, it’s only okay when they do it.

Dan Savage had a nice retort to the “victim” crowd:

Once upon a time white people used to be able to go on TV and say the most racist shit imaginable (argue against legal interracial marriage, argue in favor of segregation) and keep their jobs and be invited back on TV to say that shit a second time. Then one day you couldn’t say that sh*t (not on TV, at least) and keep your job and be invited back to say that sh*t again. Opinions that used to be considered “respectable” were suddenly toxic career enders. We are rapidly reaching the same tipping point on LGBT issues. You can believe whatever you want, but you have to be careful when and how you express your anti-gay animus. Because it could cost you.

As David and Jason Benham just learned.


(Maybe they can syndicate it in Brunei?)

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40 Responses to “HGTV scrubs home show by anti-gay anti-Muslim anti-abortion activist”

  1. wmforr says:

    “Don’t you know the Bible is just like an old fiddle? You can play any tune you want to on it.” —Sojourner Truth

  2. terri says:

    God loves everyone but doesnt approve of that lifestyle. I dont care how ppl live but I still have the choice to have my Christian belief just as the non believer has his choice to believe. I will uphold my beliefs and walk the path God wants me to.

  3. lynchie says:

    Your numbers are far from accurate. Silverado Savings and Loan defaulted on $1.9 Billion. Neal gave a $4.5 million dollar loan based on 30 acres of sage brush and a 10 year old cadillac. Guy getting the loan was never heard from again and made not a single payment. Here is some bathroom reading on the subject.

    The Bush Crime family is intact no one went to jail and they stole billions.

  4. woodroad34 says:

    Apparently, they feel if they have to give up a show to keep their “sacred” beliefs, so be it… Yeah, off the air and no public platform to dispense faulty biblical beliefs.

    “We were saddened to hear HGTV’s decision,” the brothers wrote. “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,” they added.

  5. woodroad34 says:

    Back when Shrub was ruining the country, I brought that little fact up to an ultra-conservative, gay friend and he brushed it aside and said it was discounted long ago. I tried to tell him that it wasn’t and that there was some lawsuit or legal action that the government was turning a blind eye to — not unlike Bush’s AWOL status. The only Bush that didn’t get away with anything was Neil Bush and he just paid $50,000 for helping to steal $9 million.

  6. Allen says:

    no i get your point. Either use the Bible for good or evil. My point is throw it out completely because keeping it going for “good” also enables the people who want to use for “bad reason”. You don’t realize from a religious perceptive the people who do wrong because the religious book told them so are on the same level as the folks who do the right thing because the book told them so. That’s what you don’t understand. You can’t criticize the wrong because they are seen as righteous too. they are doing what there book says is right.

  7. dcinsider says:

    I have to admit I’m a bit disappointed. I got hold of a list of their first few episodes and they look like fun!

    Episode 1: Pilot: Aborting a real estate deal
    Episode 2: Getting terrorists out of rental housing for fun and profit
    Episode 3: Gays no more! How to flip a house straight.
    Episode 4: Removing the blood of Jesus from your carpets

  8. Mike_in_Houston says:

    I don’t know if I’d call them “cute”; well, actually, I do know; I would not. They are a depraved-looking version of the current craze for metrosexuals. To me, they are as ugly on the outside as they are on the inside, and I realize that my opinion of their outsides is a minority one.

  9. BeccaM says:

    And I repeat: You totally don’t get me nor the point I was trying to make. Good day to you.

  10. Allen says:

    apparently you haven’t read john 3:16-18 or Corinthians as well as you clearly ignore in the injustices laid down by this “God” who say wipe out whole civilizations.The fact is wheather you are a Christian or not doesn’t matter. You are trying to use the Bible to say that people shouldn’t kill while at the same time ignoring the fact that the Bible advocates murder. The point is stop trying to use the bible to defend goodness. Using the Bible to say people shouldn’t kill is like using a member of the new KKK group as a spokesperson for a campaign on blacks. It’s ridiculous and cruel……

  11. BeccaM says:

    I think you’re kind of missing my point: If there’s a way to take a lesson or direction from the Bible and either go the “mercy and love” route or head on down the “fiery, bloody retribution and violence” path, that Yeshua bin Yusef’s subsequent followers nearly always seemed to pick the latter.

    “Judge not—” “Shut up, there’s another part in here that talks about swords and stonings, and that’s what we want to do, so we’re going with that.”

  12. Stev84 says:

    Though it wasn’t until gentle, loving Jesus that something like hell was even introduced. It’s true that the details of hell weren’t invented until later, but Jesus did promise fiery torment, even if it wasn’t necessarily eternal.

  13. jomicur says:

    No one in his right mind could argue with those two rules. Unfortunately Jesus (purportedly) said a lot of toher things, many of them contradictory. E.g.: “Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to divide people against each other!” —Luke 12:51 (New Living Translation) Now, there is the god the fundies groove on.

  14. Yalma Cuder-Zicci says:

    Even his silence about it speaks volumes.

  15. Houndentenor says:

    One of the dirty little secrets of American history is that almost everyone in any position of leadership (including politics, business or entertainment) at least briefly flirted with either fascism or communism in the 1930s. The Communists of course got far more public humiliation after WW2 (even if they’d only gone to a couple of meetings years before). The fascists pretty much went on with their lives. That includes people like Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Prescott Bush and many others.

  16. lynchie says:

    The 1% were making too much money from Germany for arms and equipment to join England and France. They were forced into the war against their best wishes. Look at Bush 1’s daddy who made a fortune supplying Germany/

  17. rmthunter says:

    You can find something in any sacred text to justify what you wanted to do anyway. And if it’s not there explicitly, you can always “interpret” the text.

  18. They’re cute! I’d fuck ’em.

  19. chris10858 says:

    Im waiting for Andrew Sullivan and the other conservative gays to come out with their feathers all ruffled up compaining about the gay mafioso and trying to defend these guys’ right to be homophobic and super right-wing.

  20. Houndentenor says:

    LOL. Facts have a well-known liberal bias. American wasn’t in until a few years later in fact.

  21. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    It’s totally unfair. The right wing Christians condemn us guys to hell. Whereas, the right wing Christian males will pay $40 to watch two women. Probably some of the right wing Christian females may watch as well.

  22. Tor says:

    Well, those two twin boys are just so cute, dontchano?

  23. T. Bardenhagen says:

    Maybe they did but didn’t care what they found.

  24. Tor says:

    ” It wasn’t long before Chamberlain’s “politically correct” policy fell flat on its face, and Churchill – the more aggressive man – took the reins and joined America in defeating the beast called, Naziism [sic].”

    Umm, didn’t America join England at a later date to fight Hitler?

  25. Indigo says:

    A head will roll in the personnel department. Then the rest of the crew at Hey-Girl-TV! will be free to explain how they didn’t know, they were misled, they meant well and everybody’s happy again, right?

  26. Indigo says:

    Also, getting stoned gets expensive, especially in states where it’s not legal.

  27. BeccaM says:

    Actually, the Bible says no such thing. Leviticus says that a man who lies with another man shall be stoned to death. There is no quote, no passage anywhere in there that specifies gay men going to Hell to suffer forever.

    That was a later add-on by the Catholic Church, beginning with Constantine. And interestingly, there is no injunction whatsoever against lesbians, only one that was later inferred from the letters of Paul/Saul.

    Also, if you think I’m a Christian, you really, really don’t know me.

  28. Palto says:

    I really want that jiggling jughead Sarah Palin weigh in on this and the teabaggers start boycotting HGTV where the majority of viewers are GAY. Let’s see how that goes. People are really starting to lose patience with these extremists so each of their tantrums will be a step forward for us.

  29. Palto says:

    I was thinking the exact same thing SMH.

  30. Drew2u says:

    Yeah, but who can realistically take 14 inches?

    Edit: Funny how that’s pretty much what Dan Savage said during the Mozilla boycott campaign that he was against. My rebuttal to him saying that the Mozilla boycott wasn’t a good idea was that are we, the gay community, supposed to tell the straight community to not stand up for us?

  31. Ninja0980 says:

    Clearly the people at HGTV didn’t know what Google is.

  32. Allen says:

    THe Bible also says that gays should burn and be tortured forever just for being gay. Can you honestly sit there and say that the Bible isnt horrible when it says that anyone who isn’t a Christian should burn forever just for not being Chrisitan?You are really full of yourself. Thats why people don’t take Christians seriously…….

  33. Bill_Perdue says:

    An excellent outcome. Bigots should pay the price.

  34. It’s on AMERICAblog too, about 14 inches up from this comment ;-)

  35. BeccaM says:

    It’s not odd at all when you realize they use the Bible like a Ouija board, and make it say whatever it is they want it to say.

    After all, let’s be perfectly crystal clear: The Bible is 100% unambiguous on the topic of human slavery. It is in favor of it. A slave who disobeys his or her master is committing a sin. There is no sin whatsoever identified with enslaving people.

    One might even suggest that by traditional Christian standards and Messrs Benham’s positions, anti-slavery Abolitionists have an ‘agenda’ which, again by traditional Christian practices, is sinful.

    Anyway, as ever it’s the followers of irrational, inconsistent, and ala carte beliefs trying to use their belief as an excuse to persecute. That much hasn’t changed one iota in human history.

  36. BeccaM says:

    In some parts of the Bible, it is abundantly clear that killing people is a sin. There’s even a Commandment devoted to it. “Thou shalt not kill.”

    Yet killing has had a far more effective ‘agenda’ and lots more adherents, including entire commercial industries devoted to manufacturing things whose only purpose is to kill people.

    But y’know, I’ve long since given up trying to reason with people who focus only on the bloody parts of the Bible and not on the two rules we were (supposedly) given by the guy they claim to follow:
    – Judge not, lest you be judged.
    – Treat others as you would yourself wish to be treated.

  37. emjayay says:

    It’s odd that fundamentalists really, really like a couple of lines of Leviticus and then completely ignore about 90% of it as if it didn’t exist.

  38. judybrowni says:

    My thought exactly.

  39. Lawerence Collins says:

    Dan Savage put out a great statement on this topic. It was on Joe My God.
    I say those that protest the loudest, often are so deeply loathing and closeted!

  40. AndyinChicago says:

    A good question is how HGTV let this idea get as far as it did. Do they not do any background searches on their potential shows?

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