On Wednesday, Home & Garden Television announce their decision to cancel the reality show, “Flip It Forward” that stars twin brothers David and Jason Benham, vocal opponents of women’s right to choose, homosexuality and no-fault divorce.
Everything was based on their own experiences as they flip houses for profit, each episode shows the brothers helping other families buy and transform a fixer-upper, then make money from it. The two would often compete against one another on who would make more money.
HGTV announced their decision via a tweet and a Facebook post – just one day following the extensive online report chronicled the anti-choice and anti-gay views of one of its hosts. David Benham is the son of well-known right-wing activist, Flip Benham, who has blamed the Aurora shooting on Democrats and the September 11 attacks on abortion rights. Benham senior is also the director of Operation Save America, an organization protesting outside of abortion clinics.
In May 2013, a video was posted on Youtube, wherein David Benham protesting outside of an abortion clinic with a microphone in hand proclaiming, “These people need the love of Jesus” and “God will close these clinics.” Aside from that, the brothers also set a prayer rally coinciding with the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
On a radio show, David Benham told Christian radio host Janet Mefferd they were against “abortion on demand,” “no-fault divorce,” “pornography and perversion,” “a homosexuality agenda that’s causing problem to the nation,” “adultery” and allowing “demonic beliefs to take the universities and public school systems.”
In their website, they openly show their Christian beliefs and missionary initiatives. One of the quote that can be seen in their website, read: “For us to take credit for building a successful business would be like a shovel taking credit for digging a hole. We’re simply the tools God chose to use to build a successful business.”
The network was fast to make the decision, but the details about it weren’t explained to the public. After the story about Right-Wing Watch broke, they released a statement that says, HGTV is reviewing the entire problem with the Benhams and soon they will share the details with the public.
In an interview with MSNBC, the Benhams said: “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.