HGTV Cancels Show Because Stars Are — Gasp! — Christians

HGTV Cancels Show Because Stars Are — Gasp! — Christians May 8, 2014

HGTV has canceled a pilot hosted by twin brothers, because they believe in Christianity.  Last month, they announced this new “home-flipping” show starring twin brothers David and Jason Benham.  Here’s how they described it at the time:

“After a decade of flipping houses for profit, brothers David Benham and Jason Benham now help families buy the homes they never thought they could afford. In each episode, the guys help a deserving family find a fixer-upper and transform it into their forever home — with a healthy dose of sibling rivalry between the brothers along the way.”

During the same announcement, the channel also said it had picked up Ellen DeGeneres’s  design competition show.

Then, anti-Christian activists discovered David and Jason believed in traditional Christianity.  Of course, their beliefs were described as “anti-homosexuality” and “anti-reproductive rights.”

In other words, they believe the same thing about sex and abortion as many Americans.  (In fact, remember when Barack Obama spoke out against same sex marriage because it was “against his religious faith?”  Too bad HGTV can’t cancel his show!)

Here’s my question:

Why does everything have to be “anti gay” when they talk about someone who supports traditional marriage? I don’t understand it at all… The show was about getting houses for people who deserve them.  Gay issues would never come up in the context of the show — so what does it matter that they are Christians?

When we turn on our television, we have shows like “My Five Wives” which show cases polygamy, or “Long Island Medium” which is about a supposed psychic talking to the dead. Not to mention all the shows on MTV/VH1 about high school sex and drug use.

Why is a show with blue collar, Christian men, flipping houses for deserving people is sooooo unacceptable now?

This is completely mind blowing to me.

The message that HGTV is sending is obvious: people with normal Christian views, sit down and shut up.

I’m so disappointed in their decision, I’ll no longer be watching and supporting HGTV – the only channel I watched religiously.

Oops!  I said “religious.”  Guess they didn’t want me to tune in anyway.

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  • Northof55

    Can you provide a link proving that they cancelled this show because they were Christians? Hmmm. And not some rightwing website. HGTV has NOT put out any statement about this. Lot’s of pilot shows are cancelled before they are aired. Once again you are all soooooooooo persecuted in your own minds.

    • Kareen Deslandes Whitney
      • Northof55

        So what. The brothers saying it on CNN is proof? Give me a link confirming this from someone at HGTV.

        In their persecuted minds, I’m sure that’s what they believe. Maybe the show was just boring and HGTV decided not to air it. Hundreds of shows never make it to air.

      • Kathleen Kettles

        CNN says it’s because they made anti-gay statements and not because they are Christians. Try reading next time.

    • Guest

      You are 100 percent right, but I’ve also never heard of a network making a totally unnecessary announcement on Twitter they were cancelling a pilot show that never aired, and wasn’t even scheduled to air until October! Someone had an agenda and was flexing their social media muscles.

      • AustinTXmom

        if so, GOOD.

    • JMM

      No…YOU are all soooooooo persecuted in your own minds. Cry a little louder because some of the other kids in the sandbox don’t like you.

      • AustinTXmom

        IQ check.

    • Churchill4President

      Pot calling the kettle black.

    • Bunny

      That’s a good idea, but there has to be some truth to it considering there are quite a number of news sites with the story.

  • Bhgy

    Lets be honest, shall we? These two hold some views that are not ” normal” for Christians AND they are activists. Sounds like HGTV didn’t t want to have them representing their network and giving these brothers a bigger platform. Look at the public backlash against Duck Dynasty and Chik Fil A for their anti gay positions, which they made very clear. So sad really, that you can’t call a gay a perverted sinner anymore and get away with it ( eye roll) .

    Good for HGTV. And in TN too!

    • Days of Broken Arrows

      The Chik-Fil-A backlash actually made it difficult to eat there. Before, it was semi-crowded. After the controversy, lines at my local restaurant got longer and longer — and have stayed that way since.

      • Northof55

        I’m sure the palinbots would drink poison if sarah palin told them too. It must be nice to say you are a Christian as it is a great excuse for being a bigot.

        • feedsthecorgi

          said a bigot…

          • JMM

            Take a look at that profile picture. NRASS, hate much?

          • AustinTXmom

            said a bigot.

        • Churchill4President

          Listen to yourself, you are seething with hatred and bile for anyone that doesn’t agree with you.

          Stop listening to the lies of the Devil and believe in Jesus Christ.

          • AustinTXmom

            you are the devil….

          • cusack118

            Jesus Christ never said anything negative about homosexuality. But why let the actual contents of your book interfere with your hatred?

      • AustinTXmom

        the Cathay’s no longer give to anti gay groups.. READ. christians are just so dumb.

    • Ken

      You want to be honest? For decades gay people fought for their right to be treated decently and human. Now anyone who doesn’t agree with your agenda is treated with scorn and contempt. Your really no different from that Phelps guy who called gays fags.

      Thanks for the intolerance.

      • Bhgy

        “….Doesn’t agree with their agenda”. What agenda? To be treated equally? Well yes, if you disagree with that you will be a scorned. It’s intolerant

        • JMM

          No…the problem arises when you want to be treated BETTER than others. Suck it up, and stop being such whiners every time someone in the world has a different opinion than you. They have a right to their own opinions just like you do. Stop reading “hate” into differing opinions and/or beliefs.

        • Bunny

          He said it correctly. Intolerance…unwillingness or refusal to tolerate or respect contrary opinions or beliefs, persons of different races or backgrounds, etc.

          • Bhgy

            Gotcha. It’s now called intolerance when we don’t tolerate someone a else’s intolerance.

          • Bunny

            lol, I meant the way he used the word in his sentence. So when your last sentence was “It’s intolerant” I thought you were correcting him. I’m sorry, my bad for misunderstanding.

      • Taylor

        Treating someone as if their opinion is wrong isn’t the same as treating someone as though they shouldn’t exist or have been born. Let me tell you, it feels a lot different to be a young teen physically abused and kicked out than it ever has for someone to disagree with me, even angrily. Calling me a fag or a dyke means that you are affirming, in your view, that my situation should be real; that my friends should be homeless or dead because of who they are, because you agree with the viewpoints that have put them there. Me telling someone I vehemently disagree with that opinion, because I do not want to be homeless or dead, and that they are not welcome to speak to me anymore, does not do nearly so much damage.
        Think of it this way: if a huge guy, say, a pro wrestler, was threatening to beat you up, you’d likely be scared, maybe even for your life. That physical fear is what I have felt waiting on the bus stop. I do not feel safe in my life. So maybe you’d slap the guy. Immediately, cries arise of “How could you do that?! What if he had done that to you?!”
        What is obvious to you, of course, is if he had hit you, your brain may have been dislodged from your skull. This is what it feels to be up against people who are more powerful than you, simply because their ways are “Christian” (a religion I have also been incredibly faithful to since birth), simply because people look at them and think they are “normal,” while they look at me and call me “filth.” I was once a young kid, who dreamed of one day completing the entire Bible, who got stuck on Song of Solomon because of how romantic it was. I was once a small child, who stood in front of the congregation on Christmas morning and read tremulously aloud, “Do not be afraid, for I bring tidings of great joy which will be for all people.” All people. Me. My friends. My family. David and Jason.
        And that’s what hurts – to hear David and Jason be called Christian, with the direct implication that the views for which they were pulled off the air are what makes them so. Which means, in return, that I am not.
        But I will continue to pray that everyone will someday see my humanity, and our kinship in Christ.

    • Guest

      Backlash? You mean record sales at Chic Fil A during the failed gay sit in day they tried to organize, or Cracker Barrel putting Phil Robertson merchandise back in the stores less than 48 hours after they took it out because they were losing millions of dollars? Last time I checked Phil Roberson was on Duck Dynasty. You need to get out of your fantasy land and look at what the facts are. Proof you live in a fantasy world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6MVKDD0kuc

      • Bhgy

        Have you noticed the drop in popularity of Duck Dynasty? Dud you notice how the CEO of Chik Fil A reversed his public position ? Guess you missed that…..

        • Guest

          Video doesn’t lie.
          Cathy also never reversed his public position, he said it wasn’t good for the company to be so hyper associated with an issue. They are there to sell chicken, just like HGTV is there to produce television shows. None of these companies are wise for taking either side, that was Cathy’s point. http://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoconnor/2014/03/19/chick-fil-a-ceo-cathy-gay-marriage-still-wrong-but-ill-shut-up-about-it-and-sell-chicken/

          • JMM

            Thank you, Mike. I love how some people read their own thoughts into someone’s actions or words. Guess everybody missed it…because it didn’t happen!

          • Bhgy

            But Cathy was making a public statement against gays and throwing lots of money into anti gay advocacy. He has since removed himself from all this and left it to the politicians…. Because its bad for growing his chicken business.

          • Guest

            You’ll never be able to please everyone so neutrality is always wise in business. HGTV cancelling a show because of what people do on their personal time is no different that what Cathy did. It’s a bad business move. They picked a side, and now they will lose viewers no matter what they do.

      • AustinTXmom

        who cares? they don’t have MY dollar so I feel good.

        • Guest

          Just separating fact from fiction @austintxmom:disqus

    • JMM

      Excuse me, but I am pretty sure Chik Fil A did not call anyone a “perverted sinner”.

      • Bhgy

        I was talking about these twins.

      • AustinTXmom

        chik fil a used their free speech money to support hate filled anti gay groups.. so I used my hard earned dollars and have never eaten there in 4 years.. that is AMERICA…

        • JMM

          They are pro-family, not anti-gay. Missing some caps and punctuation? IQ check.

    • Churchill4President

      Let’s be honest, you and the homosexual mafia don’t get to determine who is “normal” in America.

      • Nerdsamwich

        How many mafiosi have you met? They’re not exactly a bastion of progressive inclusiveness, bro.

      • Bhgy

        Mafia? Too funny.

        Ither be hard for you living in a world where it’s not okay to call homosexuals abnormal out loud. Boo hoo.

      • AustinTXmom

        Let’s face neither do you and the tea bagging, hate filled christian/religious right determine what is ‘normal’ in America.

  • dr. woo

    Because they are Christian? Only according to Fox News it would seem.

  • Moviesforlife

    The rabid Palin bots are not going to be happy about this.

    • Renny

      Sarah has her own show going and you’re an idiot.

      • Moviesforlife

        I think you’re the idiot for worshiping that quitter.

      • AustinTXmom

        no the idiot is Palin(s).

      • cusack118

        I think you just proved his/her point, Renny.

        • Renny

          It had a point? Don’t think so.

  • Jesse Ø Webster

    Actually they are letting them go because they are anti-gay. No one cares that they are christians

  • Todd

    My question where is our rights to state what we believe. I mean really I am anti gay. I am sure the brothers probably would have not said a thing about it. But because it offends a few they where canceled. Well what about the others that it offend when they are pro gay. Seriously, this is a one sided argument.

    • Bhgy

      Offends a few??? Due you know how many are gay or have a loved one who is gay?

      • JMM

        Hopefully most of those who are gay, or have gay loved ones can accept themselves and their loved ones to the degree that others’ opinions are not so important…that everyone does not have to embrace your philosophy.

        • Nerdsamwich

          Who do you think is the primary audience for a network whose programming focus is home decorating? Just give that a little thought. Now, put yourself in the shoes of a network executive who is making a call on whether or not to move forward on a show featuring stars who openly hate that core audience. Does that sound like a sound business decision to you?

          • Bunny

            Well, I personally wouldn’t say they are the “primary audience” (hello-women) although, I get your point.

          • AustinTXmom

            I think the primary audience for home decorating is people who love decorating which includes MANY heterosexuals.. in my life many stay at home moms were totally into decorating.. to imply that home decorating is just gay people is horrible.

          • JMM

            I thought the primary audience was people who like home decorating. Silly me. And again, I have heard no “open hate”.

        • Bhgy

          Philosophy? It’s who they are, not think they are. You just showed your hand.

        • AustinTXmom

          What? philosophy? so you are saying: it’s okay to say hate filled statements about gays? It is okay to condemn people, but don’t worry son/ordaughter those opinions aren’t important? god where do you people crawl out from? Philsophy??? again ignorance knows no bounds.

          • JMM

            Opinion. Live with it, you’re not going to change it by whining, just as others aren’t going to change your mind. It’s called diversity.

        • sjm1981

          So then you accept that there are those who disagree with Christianity? It has to be a two-way street. Your saying that HGTV just needs to accept that these two have said hateful things about gay people. Well guess what Christians who support them just have to accept that they can get fired from private companies if they use hate speech.

          • JMM

            Neither sexual orientation or religion should even be an issue. The have said what they believe according to the Bible. That is not hate speech, it’s just a different opinion. Just as an atheist has their own opinions. They’re selling houses…period. Why must personal issues be relevant?

        • cusack118

          Then Christians should be able to follow that same philosophy.

    • khanstruct

      They have every right to “state what they believe”. They don’t, however, have the “right” to a television contract.

    • AustinTXmom

      they ARE saying what they believe in, their beliefs do not coincide with the owners of the station.. the station does not want to be labelled ANTI GAY.. so they were fired.. no one says they can’t continue with their hate filled, evil, unchristian speech.. go right ahead.. but I will not watch a show where the stars preach hate..

  • betspotter

    Why is being anti-gay any worse than being anti-Christian? Seems to me a lot of posters just hang around here waiting to say something nasty about Christianity or Sarah Palin. Not something to feel so superior about. I like the Palins, I like Ellen, and I probably would have liked this HGTV show.

    • Maria Merrill

      Because gays do not go around touting anti-christian garbage! They don’t go around using sites like this as a way “to unite”! Besides, why do we need one more show about brothers playing against each other and flipping houses. We have the Property Brothers. The Cousins also do something like this and then there’s the show- Flip or Flop. So, I think it’s already covered!!!!

      • feedsthecorgi

        Um, have you been living under a rock? Gays most certainly DO go around touting anti-Christian garbage! It is so pervasive that it is virtually the norm. Everything from hurling condoms (during Mass!!) at clergy to internet comments, editorials, staged demonstrations, lawsuits….etc. etc.

        • JMM

          Exactly! Thank you, feedsthecorgi.

        • dsmrrn

          You are so right!

        • AustinTXmom

          Good!!! but I would challenge you to see what group STARTED the hate speech.. I would hurl rocks at the Westboro Baptist evil group.. they stand for everything I don’t.. that’s Free Speech in the USA brothers, it works both ways.. hate filled christians are bad mannered and receive theirs back.. if they shut up and love, I’m sure they would be left alone.

          • betspotter

            Nobody thinks Westboro represents Christians. You surely have a better example of why hateful speech against Christians is ok. Why don’t you try to shut up and love?

        • Maria Merrill

          Well, I’ve lived in states from Boston(big city) to Vermont (back woods) and have never heard, seen or been a part of any “condom throwing gays” lolz. So, must be the state you live in??!! Might want to look in a mirror and see why that is?!

          • feedsthecorgi

            San Francisco, California my dear. You Never heard of ACT UP S.F., L.A., New York????? How old are you? Or do you just have selective bias.

          • Maria Merrill

            http://youtu.be/hlVBg7_08n0
            Tell ya what, If you can make it through this video, you’ll be alright. If not, you’ve got more questions to ask yourself than what’s my age?! I believe in a God but it ain’t your God. My God believes in Love. You should try spreading the word..of Love. Good Luck

          • feedsthecorgi

            Been there, seen that. You actually sound terribly angry and somewhat unbalanced. “If you can make it through this video you’ll be alright”?? How do you know ME, my God, my beliefs? You presume much, know little, and have no clue about how to have a respectful dialogue–based on this & your many other posts. You are doing the gay community no favors with your truly ugly comments.

      • Bunny

        Maybe because they were helping people who couldn’t get a home, get fixer uppers and showing their charity? IDK Just guessing.

      • betspotter

        Really? Have you read the comments posted here?

    • AustinTXmom

      Because the channel has ethics and their hate filled speech violates what the channel believes in.. I don’t think being anti these guys makes me anti christian.. the christians who hate I find horrible.

      • betspotter

        What did these guys say that was so horrible? “Hate filled” speech must be pretty specific. I’m not convinced that firing someone based on their personal religious beliefs is ethical behavior. I imagine the channel responded to the small, very loud, very ugly group of people who promised to create a big stink if the brothers continued. Because, you know, we all must think alike or our heads will explode.

        • tnmanufan

          http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/hgtv-picks-anti-gay-anti-choice-extremists-new-reality-tv-show

          There’s plenty of odious material in there, but this one is particularly choice in its disgusting aroma:

          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 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].

          • betspotter

            The left, led by Pelosi and others, directly call me a Nazi, a racist, a hate monger and more, on a daily basis. So, a rant by someone on the perils of appeasement does not alarm me. Discrimination in any form is ugly and not acceptable, but so is attacking someone because they disagree with you. Some in this thread have not helped the cause of mutual acceptance. It’s the mutual part that is missing, I think.

          • tnmanufan

            Mutual acceptance has to begin with actually accepting and recognizing LGBT relationships and insuring they are provided equal protection under the law as is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment. Anger and even vitriol directed against those who advocate against the rights of individuals isn’t the other side of the coin. It’s the reaction to oppression. The mistake that many fundamentalist religious advocates make is a category error by comparing the criticism of oppression to the oppression itself.

    • cusack118

      Are any of the posters here attacking Christianity while being the public face of an entertainment company? No? Then stop trying to compare the two.

      • betspotter

        So, as long as someone is not attacking your beliefs, all is well? The fact that the two men worked for HGTV just made them an easy target. That fact doesn’t define the parameters of the argument. The anti-Christian attacks here are more personal and just as ugly. Oh, and just for the record, you don’t get to tell me what to say.

  • Renny

    Geez, Bris, according to the liberals this is not about their beliefs. I think they should pursue a case against HGTV and see what happens.

    • AustinTXmom

      I’m LIBERAL! and it’s not about beliefs it’s about hate speech.. they are certainly allowed to fill the web with their hate filled speech but as employers the channel has the right to hire and fire people that the channel deems does not fit their beliefs.. hey check the supreme court if you don’t believe me.. if your company has a certain way of believing and you don’t agree with it, you either quit or get fired.. you are NOT allowed to violate the ethics of your company.. read your handbook (that is if you work and are not consistently praying to a supernaturalflyguy).

      • Guest

        Just because someone says something you don’t like or disagree with, doesn’t make it hate speech. They don’t sound hateful to me at all! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoWLGQQpkKE

      • Samohthomel Gnallanpeng

        This is another piece of evidence why I cut the cord a long long time ago. More junk on tv. HGTV should be renamed WHOTV for wealthy home owners tv a station for people who have the bucks to buy a home with plush cash and then some. I guess for me, my $800 a month apt. will have to suffice till the economy gets better.

  • dr. woo

    Google their father, Flip Benham, and this becomes clearer.

    • Bhgy

      Okay. This is making sense.

      • dr. woo

        The very flower of humanity, is he not?

    • Guest

      Why is he on the show? What does their father have to do with them? They are grown men, married with kids and businesses.

      • dr. woo

        Because it’s a potential liability for the network, and therefore would influence their decision.

        • Bhgy

          And with the twins’ activism on the same issues it appears the apple didnt fall far from the tree…..

    • Samohthomel Gnallanpeng

      Got a better idea that I been doing for a long time, using my mind and conscience and using my wallet and pocketbook most of all, by doing away with the cable altogether. HGTV to me was more catered to the very wealthy anyway, seen this 8-10 years ago. MTV should be renamed RTV for reality television. To me after 2004, the cable shows have gotten to be more junk than anything. I just usually wait for a show to go from start to finish and off the air then I watch em. Take a look at shows like Breaking Bad, and a few other shows, that are scripted, sure their expensive, but you can tell that those shows will be legendary. Alot of these shows will be long and forgotten. Flavor and trend of the day, but long forgotten memory within 2 years.

    • tnmanufan

      You wasted your time with that email. As a former employee, I know the principles that likely made the decision. The company has always been very inclusive and I’m honestly surprised that their vetting was so poor in this instance. It should have never reached the level that the show was picked up in the first place. This article fails to mention that it wasn’t the brother’s Christianity that was at issue but all of these statements and appearances.

      http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/hgtv-picks-anti-gay-anti-choice-extremists-new-reality-tv-show

      If you liken the movement for marriage equality to the Nazis, you probably aren’t going to be given a TV show on just about any network unless it’s CBN.

  • Cynthia Pratt

    I love this show. I can refrain from watching HGTV. Christians need to unite and take a stand. These brothers aren’t ashamed to stand up for what they believe, neither am I!

    • Nerdsamwich

      And what would that be, precisely? What are these values that you so courageously stand for? Can you enumerate them?

      • Samohthomel Gnallanpeng

        Nerd ,like the guys on tv, Cynthia and a lot of christians today are taking a stand for what they feel is their first amendment rights to practice what they feel they believe in. Last time I remember this is a free country. Like Gays, Christians should be afforded those same rights to be able to believe in what they want without bullying and persecution, which seems to be flavor of the decade, persecute the white male christians, but lets not even dare say anything about gays, because if your a white male christian and the word God is mentioned, it is then presumed you have racist, bigoted, or hateful things toward Gays, minorities or other religions. Like the christians that been persecuting the gays for long time been told to learn tolerance, I think its high time now that these people making these decisions to yank shows off the air and censor people, need to learn a bit dose of tolerance, and it should go both ways I feel not just one group’s way because its the popular thing to do.

        • sjm1981

          So you are saying that HGTV should be more tolerant of intolerance? These guys have been quoted as saying some pretty nasty hateful things, HGTV should be more tolerant of that? And just so we are clear, this has nothing to do with the 1st Amendment. The 1st Amendment states that you cannot be punished by the government for speaking. Meaning if you stood on the steps of the capital and said terrible things about the U.S. Government they can’t throw you in jail for it (they can do that in other countries) It says nothing about getting fired from a private company who thinks your actions and language are inappropriate and do not align with the core values and ideals for that company. These brothers are simply experiencing the consequences of their actions. In some circles those consequences are that they are hailed as heroes who stand up for what they believe in. In other circles they lose their jobs. And for the record, I support HGTV fully on this decision.

        • Nerdsamwich

          This right here answers your argument completely, and in convenient graphic form:
          http://xkcd.com/1357/

        • Nerdsamwich

          However, that has nothing to do with my question. What values do you stand for? And how are they under attack?

  • Emily

    If you’ve watched a lot of programming on HGTV, one thing that you might have noticed is that they commonly select individuals or couples living in an “alternative lifestyle.” This is clearly a perspective that the network wants to perpetuate. So chances are good that these fellas would have been pushed to flip a house for a homosexual couple or two, and it might have gotten a little weird. Or it might not. Because pro-traditional family does NOT equal anti-gay. That much said – rather than have to explain to my child, after he entered the room while I was watching a seemingly innocuous home improvement show, about the sexuality of people on that show whose morals and values don’t match my own, I just decided it was easier to stop watching that network. If enough Christians voted with their dollars in this way, things would change in this country, for the better.

    • Bhgy

      Alternative lifestyle….pro-traditional…..

      It’s gonna be a tough world for your kids

      • AustinTXmom

        these people are so uneducated they thing being gay is a lifestyle.. like being heterosexual is a lifestyle? they are also stupid.

        • Emily

          Sunshine, I have more education than 99% of the population of the United States of America, and I know that being gay is about having sex with folks who share your gender. But choosing to live in a “partnership” with someone of the same gender IS a lifestyle, as much as choosing to remain single is a lifestyle, or living married with 2.5 kids is a lifestyle. Not only that, but I’m intelligent enough to even locate the “shift” key on my computer, know that an ellipsis requires three periods, can write complete sentences, and have mastered the conventions of common grammar. Type carefully before you toss around the “stupid,” as it reflects more upon yourself than anyone else.

          • tnmanufan

            And yet you somehow believe that nature and biology have intention. Perhaps you should have paid a bit more attention in your science classes.

          • Simian_Commerce

            In that all life has the drive to reproduce, biological “intention” can easily be described as something which is advantageous in the genome to that end. In that there is no genetic advantage in same-sex attraction, it can be accurately said that a such an attraction would be contrary to biological intent. Howbeit, there is no gay gene — it remains “elusive”.

          • Emily

            Actually, I don’t. I have only referred to them for the sake of folks who don’t believe in God, because even without considering His intention, nature and biology easily demonstrate that man was meant to be with woman and woman with man, else the species would be extinguished, as they cannot reproduce independently of one another. Maybe it was YOU who should have paid more attention in your science classes, if you couldn’t manage to pay attention in religious instruction.

          • cusack118

            “Sunshine, I have more education than 99% of the population of the United States of America”

            Oh, good grief.

      • Emily

        Perhaps it would have made you feel more comfortable if I had said “couples living with partners of the same sex” but “alternative lifestyle” made my point very succinctly, even for you. And yes, I could have said, instead of “pro-traditional family”, “people who believe that children should be raised in a family with a mother and a father, the way that God, nature or biology (take your pick) originally intended,” however, once again – got my point across without spelling out the details. My kids – both the grown adults and those at home – are just fine, thanks.

        • Bhgy

          Won’t it be great when homosexuality isn’t referred to as an ” alternative lifestyle” and gay marriage is just marriage,.

          Please tell us how “nature and biology intended ” for children to be raised in a family with a mother and a father. Tell us what that means to any adoptive family, homosexual or heterosexual and what that means to childless marriages. Nature ” intended”????! I don’t care about the God part but because that’s a personal belief and only applies to you.

    • Nerdsamwich

      Dude, who do you think is the primary audience for shows about home decorating?

      • Emily

        I’m pretty sure it’s whomever is interested decorating homes. I don’t think there’s an expectation of sexual preference related to that.

    • AustinTXmom

      Statistically gay people are wealthy (research that one).. there are enough people in this country who love everyone to outvote you and more are coming.. you are archaic and full of hate. HGTV is allowed to hire whom they wish, and fire whom they wish.. they are able state that they consider the speech of the ‘twins’ as hate speech and they don’t want it on their channel, it’s legal.. those guys don’t follow christ, which would be sad to hear them..

      • Emily

        Gay people are wealthy? Really? That’s news to me. Although my gay friends aren’t poor by any means, and they have more money than me, since they don’t have children to support, they certainly aren’t wealthy. I will have to research that one. Regarding “people in this country who love everyone,” you’ve made some illogical assumptions about my character which are underscored by your judgmental comments that follow. My language may seem archaic to you, but it gets my point across. One thing I am NOT is full of hate. I will admit that I am no fan of ignorant, judgmental folks, but I love everyone. I just have no desire to know, hear about, witness, or have to explain to my child, what they do in their bedrooms.

        • cusack118

          ” I just have no desire to know, hear about, witness, or have to explain to my child, what they do in their bedrooms.”

          Yes. God forbid you have to spend 5 minutes actually talking to your kids.

          • Emily

            Rest assured, dear concerned citizen, that I spend plenty of time talking to my child. We discuss what he’s learning at school, what he’s learning at church, his favorite superheroes and his favorite food. He is a CHILD. There is no room in his little life, nor in our conversations, for explanations of homosexual bedroom practices. He’s not even old enough yet to discuss heterosexual bedroom practices! If that’s what you discuss when talking to YOUR young children… you’re a pervert.

  • Angel Jennifer

    This is a Very misleading headline…”cancelled because they are Christians”, really? There are ppl (me and my family for example) who are Christian and are not anti-gay activists! See if you can make your narrow minds understand there is a difference between ppl with differing opinions and ppl who are actively trying to persecute those they don’t agree with..Ppl like you give Christians a bad name..The Lord is the only one who will judge,,,so be ready!

    • Norman Pollard

      I don’t think you read the story correctly, or do you just not care and want to show your support for the Gay agenda? Nobody said they were Gay haters, just believed the Bible. The Bible does not say you should hate Gay people. That is just your interpretation, it does say that life style is a Sin but there are a lot of Sins and that is just one. If I hated everyone that lied to me, I doubt I would have any relationships.

      • Bhgy

        That’s right. They should be allowed to go around proclaiming that homosexuality is wrong and that it is merely a lifestyle, cause the Bible says so…..

        Nope. Sorry. If they speak that outside their church or in private, there will be a backlash. They should keep that view to themselves.

        • Norman Pollard

          So, not talking about the TV show here, they cannot speak about their beliefs. Wow, you are a loving tolerant person. Isn’t that what you are fighting for, the right to speak outside your bedroom?

          • cusack118

            They are free to speak about their beliefs. And HGTV is free to fire them for the bad publicity. Freedom!

      • Omanomadingdong

        They’re bigots. The Bible says to stone gay people for being abominations. That’s the definition of hatred.

        • Chelsey Smithers

          Then my question for you is why criticize “all” Christians? I have friends who are gay and lesbian and I love them just the same as everyone else. So I feel your argument is invalid.

          • Nerdsamwich

            If you can be a decent person despite your religion, more power to you. But think how much better you could be without it. It’s like trying to run a marathon while smoking.

          • betspotter

            That is a bigoted statement. You are saying religious people are not decent. Why are you allowed to smear and demean the beliefs of others, but nobody else can hold a different opinion? That’s called intolerance.

          • Nerdsamwich

            Yes, it is. How does it feel to have the shoe on the other foot, bets?

          • betspotter

            Well, Nerd, since I am not a bigot, it doesn’t matter to me what you think, although I would never intend to hurt anyone’s feelings. And since I’m not gay, I don’t have any defenses there to put up. So, any intolerance you or others display just makes me curious. It’s sort of like when the bullied becomes the bully. If that’s what you are going for, you’ve made it.

          • Nerdsamwich

            Were you aware that in four states in this great Union, I would not be allowed to testify in court, due to my lack of a holy text to swear on? It’s just assumed that I’m a liar and a perjurer because I don’t venerate a book. Recent polls indicate that atheists are seen by the American public as less trustworthy than convicted rapists. That is the kind of awareness I was attempting to instill with my remarks.
            ” Why are you allowed to smear and demean the beliefs of others, but nobody else can hold a different opinion” When did I ever say that? If you can identify a belief I hold, feel free to lampoon it all you want. I’ll probably respond in kind. I enjoy a good debate, or a bandying of insults, should it come to that.

          • betspotter

            You said, “If you can be a decent person despite your religion, more power to you. But think how much better you could be without it. It’s like trying to run a marathon while smoking.”
            I’m assuming from your statement, that you believe religion is a detriment to being a good person. Take it a step further, that religious people are most likely not decent.
            Coming to a site such as this and saying that is, in my opinion, not an attempt to gain understanding or increase tolerance, but an attack on the beliefs of others.
            My only question has been, how can I respect your beliefs when you do not respect mine? Demanding tolerance while, at the same time, showing none, just produces anger and rude words. I’m sorry if people and society have treated you badly because you are not
            religious. It’s really nobody’s business anyway.

          • Nerdsamwich

            I was turning around the usual rhetoric. Offering a glimpse into what it’s like to have people assume that you’re morally defective based on what you like to do with your Sundays. On the other hand, I have read the Bible. It’s a big part of what made me quit church. Have you read it? Really read it? It’s filled with nearly every kind of depravity imaginable, and that’s just the “good” guys! I think that most people are basically all right, and genuinely want to be good people, and basically do right by their fellow man. But I also think that religion, especially of the Abrahamic variety, tends to skew one’s concept of “decent”. The skewing runs the gamut from Fred Phelps-level scenery-chewing cartoonish hatemongering in the name if all that is good and right, down to certain Federal agencies pressuring banks to close the accounts of adult film actors because they’re engaged in a “shady” business, to kids who get grounded for wanting to see a Harry Potter movie. Everyone wants to do the right thing. But sometimes your idea of “right” turns a little sideways, and I think religion contributes to that.

            And to answer your “only question”, I don’t expect anyone to respect my beliefs. If my opinions don’t stand the test of reason, they deserve to be ridiculed, and I hope someone will have the decency to call me on them rather than just let me continue to be wrong. I think stupid beliefs need to be attacked, and it’s disrespectful to the person holding them NOT to do so. To let someone’s irrational assumptions go unchallenged means that you don’t consider that person important enough to help them be right. That’s just sad.

          • betspotter

            I think you find what you look for. The Old Testament is basically Jewish law and stories of faith, struggle and war. The New Testament is more of a blueprint for life as a follower of Christ. I’m no expert on either, and I would never defend hypocrites or assume what’s in the mind of another, but what you wrote above is of a totally different tenor than earlier. Extremists at both ends of any spectrum of thought are dangerous, I would agree. Thanks for the time you spent explaining your post, and I wish you well.

        • Norman Pollard

          In the Old Testament that was correct. I suggest you read Luke 2: 10 – 14, where God tells us Goodwill toward man and a redeemer is born. You either believe or you don’t, what has that got to do with flipping houses? Oh yeah, tolerance, we can only show tolerance for certain people right?

          • Karen Williamson

            Norman….thank you for standing up for God and his word….I doubt this mob has ever read the Bible but the can sure make up quotes….of course to suit their agenda. May God be with you!

          • cusack118

            How weak is God that He needs you to stand up for him?

          • Norman Pollard

            I have had many discussions with atheist, and it usually comes down to this:
            1. They call you a hater. when that fails
            2. They deny the Bible. when that fails
            3. They curse you and in general use bad language.
            This is how the tolerant people treat honest and loving Christians. Yes, there are some that call themselves Christians but show no love. The Bible says to go tell, not beat it into them. I thank you for your post and I say keep on telling, it is not your responsibility to drag anyone kicking and screaming to Christ. The reason they spew their tolerant hate so enthusiastically, is the conviction they feel and deep down they are scared. I don’t blame them.

      • khanstruct

        Actually, Norm, THEY said that they were gay haters. “Repent for tolerating homosexuality,” to be precise. “Demonic ideology” I believe was their exact phrasing.

        • Norman Pollard

          I just reread the article, don’t see it. Maybe you should post a link backing up your claim. Other than that happening I am good.

          • tnmanufan

            I’ll keep posting it since Bristol didn’t consider actually providing the full context and history of David Benham. I am not a believer in the sins of the father transferring to the son, but David has plenty of hateful material of his own:

            http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/hgtv-picks-anti-gay-anti-choice-extremists-new-reality-tv-show

          • Norman Pollard

            The article was very condemning, But the video showed a different person, talking love. Which is it, I guess you have to read between the lines. Is it the Gay mafia’s written word or the actual video that you believe? Watch it and you decide.
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cgO08oIUBF4

          • tnmanufan

            Calling legal women’s reproductive clinics “altars of Mollach” and the “gates of hell” isn’t exactly what I would call love. It’s so ironic that he says that they need to love in one breath and then immediately use inflammatory demonic rhetoric. In fact, using such intimidating tactics in front of a medical facilities where women who are likely at their most vulnerable is the very antithesis of love.

            Of course that’s just one of the examples cited in the purely factual article. But even the one you cherry picked is not just filled with hateful rhetoric, but also show him actively trying to undermine the Constitutional rights of women.

          • Karen Williamson

            Love it!! They lie, lie, and lie some more to get the spin out and destroy what God is trying to do. One thing is for certain….as he said…..God will close down these clinics…and now they have a sonogram bus for those who want to see their baby before they dart in the doors of the “alter of Molech” as spoken of by God in Leviticus 18:21…

            Never give your children as sacrifices to the god Molech [by burning them alive]. If you do, you are dishonoring the name of your God. I am the LORD. Leviticus 18:21

          • cusack118

            Well, at least you are accepting that these guys were fired for being hateful.

          • Karen Williamson

            I am accepting that God will take care of “these guys”. They do not need a TV show on HGTV to feed their families. His work will continue…

          • khanstruct

            Of course not. You only read one article that tells you what you want to hear rather than the whole truth. Like so many others, you blissfully and obediently don your blinders.

            http://www.deadline.com/2014/05/hgtv-pulls-new-home-flipping-series-after-report-emerges-identifying-its-stars-as-anti-gay-activists/

          • cusack118

            Palin’s article is factually incorrect. That is the point. Huffpo and CNN have the actual story, if you are interested. This “article” is just Palin’s uneducated editorializing of it.

    • David James Mobeck-Hudson

      We shouldn’t judge, but we should make observations. I will never accept Homosexuals live style, I don’t hate them, in fact I was just hanging out with one earlier today. I just follow the Bible as best I can.

      • Nerdsamwich

        Do you, then, advocate the execution of rape victims? As long as the rape occurred inside city limits, of course. How much time recently have you spent protesting against the house of abomination that is Red Lobster? Do you own any clothing made of poly/cotton blend fabric? Have you ever eaten beef stroganoff? Last time you heard a kid talking back to his parents, did you set up the gallows? Do yo think that a bat is a bird? All of these things are clearly spelled out in the Bible, but somehow I doubt you follow these parts. How do you pick which rules are outdated and which ones to follow?

        • AustinTXmom

          christians are hypocrites.. notice not ONE professed “I love people but can’t accept the ”lifestyle” has not answered, in the bible you can have sex with your daughter too.. these people are just sick.

          • betspotter

            You throw nastiness around like confetti. What makes you so special that you can state, without equivocation, “Christians are hypocrites”? You come to this thread to castigate people for an unloving attitude, yet your opinions are narrow minded and hateful. Look in a mirror.

      • AustinTXmom

        There is NO homosexual lifestyle, it’s their orientation.. I pray to GOD that uneducated religious people become educated on genetics vs choice.. you are hate filled. shame.

  • Payton Green

    The article never gives any evidence that the show was cancelled for them being Christians. Not saying that that couldn’t possibly be the case, but it is never explained.

    • AustinTXmom

      they were not cancelled because they were Chrstians they were cancelled because they are prejudiced against gays and abortion. I don’t think this Palin person even went to college and skirting honesty runs in the family.

      • Ashley Farr

        Whats wrong with being against abortion? So now I can get fired for being against murdering innocent children?

  • Otto T

    I don’t think Barack Obama ever had an HGTV show to get fired from, but I doubt you bothered to fact check that.

    • JMM

      …dumb…

    • Ruth Carroll

      Um..really? She was being facetious, but I doubt you bothered to fact check that.

      • AustinTXmom

        Being facetious? I say she was rude, and uneducated and full of sin.

        • Ruth Carroll

          Why are you so angry and full of hate? Everyone is a sinner every single day!

    • dsmrrn

      It’s a shame you have no concept of what she was saying!

      • AustinTXmom

        no, it’s a shame she didn’t understand that Obama is not on HGTV.. frankly her message is so hate filled and unchristian it’s pathetic.

    • DE

      Go look up the word ‘facetious’ sometime.

  • JMM

    HGTV is very gay-friendly. I can see why (if this is true) they would choose not to upset the super-sensitives of the gay community…they’re not very tolerant, and are always crying foul about something or other. They really need to realize pro-heterosexual is not necessarily anti-gay. You can’t demand tolerance for your own lifestyle, yet be intolerant of another. It’s hypocritical. Radical gays need to learn to coexist, just as the next person. Why does a heterosexual philosophy mean that one “hates” gays? This is just not true!

    • Well, if you believe that they should not have the same rights and freedoms that straight people enjoy then yes: that means you are anti-gay. Christianity is about loving your neighbor, not trying to keep them “in their place” as second-class citizens.

      I’m also pro-heterosexual. Heterosexuals are fantastic. I, in fact, am one. But if you think that “pro-heterosexual” means that you have to believe that you’re the only “acceptable” type of person, then that’s just being a bigot and not following the teachings of Jesus Christ in the slightest. You are the one who needs to learn how to coexist, because it’s the homophobes like you who are the ones having trouble with the concept.

      Gay people aren’t trying to make straight marriage illegal. They are not saying that straight people are “less than” because of their sexuality. The fact that they are fighting for equality doesn’t make them “intolerant” of you, any more than black people who wanted the right to vote, or to eat at the same lunch counter, or to sit wherever they wanted to in the bus, were “intolerant” of the white people who were burning crosses on their lawns.

      There’s nothing “radical”about wanting equality. There’s nothing “radical” about living in a country that preaches freedom, and actually expecting people to put their money where their mouth is instead of pretending that “freedom” only applies to certain types of people.

      Basically, you just can’t handle the fact that people who *aren’t like you* may actually get equal treatment in our lifetime. It’s not likely, with as many bigots we have in this nation, but it could happen. You’re continuing America’s long tradition of hate and discrimination. To point the finger at the people who fight discrimination and say “they’re being intolerant of my intolerance so therefore they’re the ones who are wrong” just makes you sound like a complete idiot.

      Here’s a word of advice: when judgement day comes, don’t pack a sweater. If there truly is a Hell, then you’ll be plenty warm where you’re going. Because Jesus did not teach a message of “treat certain people as less than yourself.” He never said “anyone who is not like you should be chastised at every opportunity.” No, Jesus preached a message of love and acceptance. And you have completely failed Him in that regard.

      • Sean Conlogue

        And where did Jesus teach the message of accepting what God’s Word declares to be wrong as okay and being tolerant? Right after the pharisees brought him the adulterous woman and no one could justly cast the first stone he told her to go and sin no more. There is a dividing line between condemnation and acceptance, and that is where you’ll find Jesus.

        • Where did Jesus declare that you can eat shrimp? Or wear cotton/polyester blends? Or work on the Sabbath? Or get divorced? Or do any of the other things that are specifically called out in the Old Testament that Christians do on a daily basis, because those parts of God’s Word aren’t convenient for them?

          It’s not about “Jesus never said to ignore God’s Word,” because Christians mock and ignore God’s Word every single day by their very actions. What this is about is trying to use Jesus’ message of love to instead spread hate, using the Bible as a crutch to uphold your own prejudice.

          Jesus, quite frankly, would be utterly ashamed of that type of “Christian.” You talk of Pharisees, while at the same time behaving exactly as they did.

          • Candi Jones Nugent

            I think you misunderstood Sean, Kenny. Sean points out that Jesus taught tolerance by mandating that “he without sin” needed to cast the first stone. Jesus told her to go and “sin no more” but he didn’t say “or I’ll let the Pharisees have you the next time.” If everyone would quit ignoring the obvious: e
            even Jesus did not judge!

          • Sean Conlogue

            I’m not advocating hate or the lesser treatment of any person regardless of race, sexual preference, or for any other reason. The old testament is full of do’s and don’ts, some established by God and some by man…did it ever occur to you that some of those abstract laws mandated by God were cultural and based on the historical time they lived in and for their best interest? Homosexuality, along with adultry, drunkeness, lying, murder, and hate among others, are not for a specific time or culture, but for all God’s people everywhere.

            On the topic of Pharisees, I ask you who is really casting stones here? What Jesus would be ashamed of is a person who claims to speak on his behalf, but pushes an agenda that is contrary to what his word teaches. Hate is contrary, yes…but so is blind support and acceptance.

          • 1MiddleRoader

            Funny you should mention that, b/c I think a case can be made that the “law” against homosexuality is also cultural/historical. The Jews were a small group; hence, to “go forth and multiply” was very important. Also, unlike today, people didn’t spend much time looking for a mate. Gay people would probably have more trouble finding other gay people, since they were a minority. That was time taken away from getting food, etc. Therefore, it was unproductive.

          • Michael Cummings

            It is not “middleroad” to be Anti-Palin, Anti-Christian, Anti-Free Speech, Anti-Christian, Anti-spiritual. And stop thinking outloud you are making us all stupid!

          • Bhgy

            Actually Michael Middleroader is. Sarah Palin is far right. And protecting free speech is not about protecting someone’s supposed right to say disparaging things against a homosexuals without suffering the consequences. And how do you reckon Midderoader is Anti-Christian?

        • Karen Williamson

          Key words….go and sin no more….

      • JMM

        Blah, blah, blah. You are sadly mistaken. You are reading hate into my posts, of which there is none. Why are so many of you reading Bristol’s blog anyway? You all should know by now that she is a Christian with a mind and a voice of her own. You seem to only be here to react with hate yourselves. You know you are not going to agree with her, so run along trolls. She’s expressing herself as she has a right to do. You also have a right to do the same. Go write your own blog and stop looking for a place to direct your hate.

    • cusack118

      “homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation.”

      That was David Benham at a prayer rally. That isn’t pro-heterosexual. That is anti-gay.

  • Anne Savana

    Why is it so important that TV show has to have a gay overtone?? I watch the HGTV shows because of the TALENT not about the person sexual background I feel this is unfair that the public will not be able to see the talent that these two men have.
    How many more of the talent that is on HGTV that will removed because of this ?

    • cusack118

      They will get a show on Fox or some religious network. HGTV does not have to employ people who damage their ratings with hate speech.

  • Michael F

    Funny how the defense is “just because they are Christians” or “they arent anti gay just because they are pro traditional marriage”. No one is assuming here. They are anti on many things because something… that proves it is called….THEIR OWN WORDS!

    • Samohthomel Gnallanpeng

      If I remember right this is a free country where people have a right just like Gays and muslims to practice what they believe in without bullying or persecution. This just shows bad taste on HGTV and I am glad more and more now that I got rid of cable tv, all garbage now. What these guys did for average working folk is remarkable and the channel ought look themselves in the mirror and stop being censor freaks. Congrats HGTV on trampling these guys first amendment rights and I hope you get hit with a big time lawsuit. If I owned a channel or station I welcome these guys on my station to broadcast. Their keeping the content relevant to what the show is suppose to be about, not about religious and moral values. Crazy how this country has become so overly politically correct its just mind blowing especially the last couple of years. I am all for gay rights, but this one just took the check for stupid action of the week by a network.

      • IMO

        HGTV has the right to do what they want with their network. The network obviously supports gay rights and has the right to not do business with those that disagree.

        • Ashley Farr

          So if my boss was for gay rights and found out that I am for traditional marriage (though I do believe in equal rights, so even though I’m against it I don’t believe in stopping it) Then does that mean my boss has a right to fire me? … Um no because that is against the law.

      • Michael F

        Oh so now they are the victims? Theyre the ones being bullied and persecuted? Is the oppressor now the slave? I love how people hide behind religion and use it to play the victim and garner sympathy, hypocrisy at its highest

      • truthhurts™

        “Congrats HGTV on trampling these guys first amendment rights and I hope
        you get hit with a big time lawsuit. If I owned a channel or station I
        welcome these guys on my station to broadcast.”

        First amendment rights? No one is stopping them. HGTV is simply stopping them from saying it on THEIR channel. HGTV is a private entity. The bozo twins can say whatever they like but tv stations dont HAVE to air it.

        • Ashley Farr

          They were going to build houses not preach.

          • truthhurts™

            yes but they are still representatives of the network if they’re on the channel and they didn’t want any association with them. Which is their right.

      • cusack118

        Getting fired from a television job is not a violation of their rights. You should probably actually read the First Amendment sometime.

  • cosmic.dave

    I think they KNEW their show would get canceled and like most of the evangelical tealiban they knew they could use this to stir up publicity and sympathy which would bring in $$$. Not buying it boys.

    • DE

      And we never landed on the moon.

  • wreckinball

    If you think becoming a lynch mob furthers your cause you are mistaken. The backlash will hurt

  • JamesFBarry

    HGTV Cancels Show After Stars Revealed to Be Anti-Gay, Anti-Abortion, Anti-Muslim Extremists……Remember he’s your “God” not mine… You have the right to believe anything you want but I have the right not to hear about those believes….The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion….The 1st Amendment Keeping “God” in his/her place since 1791.

    • Dorian Edwards Barnovsky

      Way to blow that up. I don’t think these 2 guys were about to make a law establishing a religion. They simply happen to have a faith and wanted to do a show.

      • Ruthi
      • Bhgy

        Dorian they are anti-gay and other conservative position activists.

        • DE

          “Other conservative position”….so being conservative is grounds for termination now?

          • Bhgy

            Well it could be if you are have been hired to represent the company and the company needs you to be popular and your views wjich you are very vocal abput make you unpopular . In this case those conservative positions, in addition to bring anti-gay are being against public education and universities, legal abortion, divorce, etc.

      • cusack118

        Well, you can’t engage in hate speech and be loved by the masses at the same time. I suppose they got to have a choice on which was more important to them, and the hate speech won. Freedom, baby!

      • JamesFBarry

        Their faith is hate based….Its the 21 century that narrow minded ‘Bible Belt” crap was fine for 1950. No ones putting up with it anymore…

      • JamesFBarry

        Their faith is based on hate………….The new America has no time for that “Old Bible Belt Hate”……Its the 21 Century….

      • JamesFBarry

        Save ‘God” for Sundays were he belongs.

  • Marcia Kestner

    When did being a bigot make you a good Christian? Stop hiding behind a religious label and just admit you’re a egotistical jerk and can’t tolerate anything that doesn’t fit into your narrow little brains. Looking at your picture goes a long way to prove the old saying of all brawn and no brains. Thank you HGTV for getting rid of
    these guys. I love your network but definitely wouldn’t have watched these guys.

  • Laura R. Kilgore

    Since when did being a good christian make you a bigot??

    • guest

      “As leader of OSA, Benham has condemned the interfaith Sandy Hook
      memorial, protested in front of mosques while shouting ‘Jesus Hates
      Muslims’ and blamed the Aurora shooting on the Democratic Party, which
      he said promotes a ‘culture of death.’

      He has also protested LGBT pride events, interrupted church services
      during a sermon by “sodomite Episcopalian bishop” Gene Robinson and was
      found ‘guilty of stalking a Charlotte abortion doctor after passing out
      hundreds of ‘wanted’ posters with the physician’s name and photo on it.’
      Benham even blamed the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on abortion rights.”

      • Guest

        There are thousands of Benham’s in the world first name please.

        • Bhgy

          Guest, that quote is in reference to the twins’ father. Seems they follow in his footsteps.

    • guest

      Since the beginning of Christianity. Have you tried reading the bible, I mean is there any other source of how you are to treat your slaves? I mean look, I’d love to be able to sell my wife, or stone her if she gets out of line, but we just don’t allow it anymore.

    • cusack118

      Since being a good Christian meant you had to tell complete strangers, including children, that demons made them the way they are.

  • guest

    “As leader of OSA, Benham has condemned the interfaith Sandy Hook
    memorial, protested in front of mosques while shouting ‘Jesus Hates
    Muslims’ and blamed the Aurora shooting on the Democratic Party, which
    he said promotes a ‘culture of death.’

    He has also protested LGBT pride events, interrupted church services
    during a sermon by “sodomite Episcopalian bishop” Gene Robinson and was
    found ‘guilty of stalking a Charlotte abortion doctor after passing out
    hundreds of ‘wanted’ posters with the physician’s name and photo on it.’
    Benham even blamed the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on abortion rights.”

    • betspotter

      You have put your post in quotation marks. What is the source? Without attribution, your words come close to defamation.

      • 1MiddleRoader

        The quote comes from the Right Wing Watch article http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/hgtv-picks-anti-gay-anti-choice-extremists-new-reality-tv-showthat caused all this ruckus. However, it refers to the father, who does seem to be a bit of a nut case. However the sons have distanced themselves somewhat from the father: “Jason and I have gone round and round with our Dad so many times about things we disagree with and he has said things that gets pinned on us,” David told WBTV. (http://wtvr.com/2014/05/09/hgtv-cancels-benham-brothers/ )
        So I do think that there was a bit of a rush to judgment, altho at least one of the brothers did make some controversial comments.
        On a lighter note, kinda funny that the father goes by the name “Flip,” and the show was going to be calle “Flip it Forward”.

        • betspotter

          Thanks for the information. Yes, the Dad seems like he’s going out of his way to be hurtful. I don’t get that feeling from the sons, but time will tell. They seemed ok with HGTV’s decision, not bitter or angry.

  • Ruthi

    that’s not why they were fired, Bristol. I’m actually really disappointed that you couldn’t be bothered to check into why they were actually fired. As someone whose entire family is made up of pastors, personally, researching was the first thing I knew I had to do and once I found out why? That it was because of hate speech to the nth degree on people who already, as children, are killing themselves because of that type of speech? Imagine it is your child that killed themselves because of people like those men up there. Would you still be so supportive of such awful speech? Jesus said to love, not to hate. He, Himself said “I came into the world not to condemn it, but rather, to save it.” As humans, we can’t save people, but we can do what Jesus also asked of us- to love one another. To feed the flock with love, not poison. This isn’t loving someone. This is promoting a specific kind of hate that your type of Jesus, the one who accepts an unwed single mother with a child out of wedlock (though I’m sorry for bringing this up as I’ve read what happened in an interview you did and it reminds me of an abusive exboyfriend of mine and it broke my heart to see another woman go through anything similar) also accepts LGBTQ members with the same loving, warm, open embrace. Feed His sheep, Bristol. Keep them alive with love and encouragement, not constant hate and intolerance. I see a spark in you that I want you to keep having and to keep writing, but I ask of you to research more before you sit down to write. Even if you think you already have an opinion- research some more. You are a good writer. You could go far, you already have gone far but even farther, if you are willing to set aside what you think you know, and research some more. Maybe you’ll become more grounded in your beliefs and if that’s the case, good for you. Maybe you’ll have new beliefs and if that’s the case, good for you. Never stop researching, though. I really want to see something good happen with your position of power you do have right now because you seem to really have a good heart on you and you seem to truly want to do what is right but in order to do that, you must research both sides and talk, genuinely talk, to some LGBTQ members, if any are willing to talk to you. I am willing to, as a bisexual woman, answer any questions or discuss anything with you because open communication is the only way anything gets changed and because I respect you and who you are trying to become.
    I wish you all the best and only ask you research heavily next time.

    • jack

      i need you in my life

    • Jonathan King

      I love how having an opinion is hate speech now. If i don’t like being around a person because they smoke cigarettes and its unhealthy am I full of hate? If I disagree with a person’s view on politics am I narrow-minded?

      • sjm1981

        Hate speech is defined as “speech that attacks a person or group on the basis of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.” – dictionary.com And if you googled these two and read what they have done and said, it goes beyond just disagreeing with someone’s political views, or disagreeing with homosexuality.

      • cusack118

        Methinks you don’t know what hate speech is.

    • Sarah Kahn

      “Imagine it is your child that killed themselves because of people like those men up there. Would you still be so supportive of such awful speech?” PERFECT. JUST PERFECT.

  • jim wheeler

    Hey idiot, they didn’t cancel the show because of their “Christianity” they canceled it because of their anti gay, out dated views and felt that in a progressive forward thinking society that today is why would they want to put that venom on their channel….let alone ANY channel.
    Although the help they are giving is wonderful and extremely generous, it is still a condescending attitude that quite a few of your “Christianity” brethren carry, and display frequently. And when all is said and done it is still HGTV’s right, just like it is your right not to watch this channel…go watch Pat Robertson he is more inline with your views!

  • Michelle Weglinski

    I would LOVE to repost, retweet and share your article, but then you unnecessarily mention your political view of Obama. Otherwise, good story.

  • IMO

    Bristol you continue to prove just how stupid the entire Palin clan is.

  • jessica

    People like you are the reason why people have negative views of Christians. Please do all of us a favor and read a page from the Bible and see if you can keep babbling on the way you do. Also, if you watched the show “religiously” you’re just as a sinner as anyone else

  • Made in America.

    Wow did somebody really call the Christian belief as haters. That is the most ignorant statement ever made.Not to say there aren’t any people that claim to be Christian that are haters but Christianity is about loving one another. We believe sex is to produce a child not a sport. This sick way people are living brought down one Empire (Rome). The United States is one foot in the obiss. I don’t believe in or condone abusing or picking on anybody except maybe child molesters. I just don’t want it taught in schools. To have gay girls and boys showering with somebody that most likely get there gollys from it. If thasts so wrong so be it.

    • cusack118

      Christians only have sex to procreate?You’re really happy with that answer? Okay…

    • Maria Merrill

      Dear Made in America, Please change your title name as none of your views are the views that represent America. Let me give you suggestions for title names…The Ignorance of America, The Oblivious from America, The Bible Robots of America…

      So, let me get this “straight”… Sex is about reproducing, not love. hmm, sounds like you need love if your not making it for the fun of being with your true companion and to be with the one you trust your soul with. Otherwise, you’re just a bible robot pumping out kids?!

      As for Rome, well, you know how that saying goes right??..”when in Rome…” Oiy’ do I have to educate you on everything??

      As for the U.S. having one foot in the ABYSS?(I’m guessing is what you meant and not

      Obissobiss.org Cached
      Obissquasoit Bowmen is an Archery Club and a member of the Tri-County Archery Association.

      Well, You certainly are not representing the U.S. very well are you? But, us gays will still be here to help you stop “steppin’ in it”

      And finally, if you are not sure whether child molesters should receive your bullying.. then, I suggest you consult your bible. Good luck. I will pray for you.

      • Made in America.

        The old America that had some sort of moral standings. When 13 year olds played with doll not get knocked up. The old America that you could walk down the street and not get shot by a 15 year old thug or the cop that is so scared he is more likely to shoot you as the criminals. When A women went steady and not in every bed she can find looking for love and thats the last thing she is getting. The America that loved there children went to school to see how they was doing. Go to there ball game and show them they are there for them. The America that fought to keep there familys together. Thats the America I stand for. You lower forms seem to like this new sick do everything you can and hope it wont kill you. Every year your willing to except even more. Before you know it people are going to think sex with there own kids is fine are you just going to follow along or fight it while those sick people call you out date and a prude. Im all for the old Aamerica. The one my great uncle that were in PearlHarbor and Normandy fought for.

  • malhoward

    YOU ARE SO DUMB. They weren’t cancelled for being Christian. They were cancelled because they’re bigoted and homophobic. Being Christian does not give you a right to be a douche. I guess FOX news didn’t get that message. Or the Palin’s either.

    • Jonathan King

      you are the most narrow-minded person ive ever read a comment from. SHUT UP

      • malhoward

        Oh honey no.

        • feedsthecorgi

          “Trolls” Ignore.

      • truthhurts™

        “you are the most narrow-minded person ive ever read a comment from. SHUT UP”

        Ahh so you don’t read your own comments then i take it?

    • Ashley Farr

      They can’t have a show because they don’t believe in gay marriage?
      …wow, so most Christians can’t have a job because of this belief? No
      where does it say they don’t befriend them. I believe homosexuality is a
      sin, but I do befriend them and I don’t agree about them being able to
      marry, but I am not going to stop them, I also believe in equal rights.
      These people are being fired because of their beliefs…isn’t that
      against the law?

      • cusack118

        No. Hate speech is not protected speech, and anyone who publicly denigrates entire segments of society, thus hurting their employer, can be fired.

        • Ashley Farr

          No where does it say though that they hate homosexuals. They even responded with this: The Benham brothers issued a statement early Thursday saying they are “saddened” by HGTV’s decision.

          “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.”

          Sound like hateful people? Nope.

          • malhoward

            Oh honey. Oh honey please stop.

          • Ashley Farr

            Stop what? You scream rights but these guys have no rights? They have in no way hated against homosexuals. So a Christian should be discriminated against for their beliefs? ….

          • malhoward

            They were called out on their shit and are backpedaling now. This is in no way about the fact that they’re Christian; its about their bigotry. And no Christians should not be discriminated against. Many people, Christians and others, discriminate and harbour negative feelings towards other groups under the guise of religion and that is unacceptable.

    • feedsthecorgi

      Wow, you sound so smart. Four slurs in one post!

  • Northof55

    Christians like you Bristol, raise their bibles as shields in order to spew any hatred you want against your fellow man. Don’t tell us you don’t hate them. Your previous Facebook posts proof otherwise. Your son using that derogatory word on your reality show and you laughing about it proves otherwise. People just won’t stand for it anymore. You can’t use your bible as your suit of armor anymore. Take responsibility for your own bigoted thoughts and words.

    • Simian_Commerce

      big·ot·ry
      ˈbigətrē/
      noun
      noun: bigotry; plural noun: bigotries
      bigoted attitudes; intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself.

      • Karen Williamson

        Not sure why you are calling someone who believes the words of the Bible are the inspired word of God a bigot. I do believe with my heart that it is. The Bible speaks against homosexuality but does not call for their heads….that would be the religion of peace….Islam. Please spew your hate to those sites and see how much “tolerance” you receive. We, as Christians, love everyone. We believe the Bible as the inspired word of God. We love everyone. Christ himself demands that we love everyone. We do not have to like what they chose to participate in. I feel you need to apologize for your comments to Bristol unless you can show us where you spewed the same hate messages on Islamic websites where you would be immediately put in your place. The LOVE of GOD be with you….

        • cusack118

          “that would be the religion of peace….Islam. Please spew your hate to those…”

          The irony is strong with this one.

          • Karen Williamson

            Please explain this irony….there could be no two religions more different…please explain…

        • 1MiddleRoader

          Actually, Karen, it does call for their heads: “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” ( Leviticus 20:13) Some feel that this is “invalidated” by Jesus and the New Testament. The New Testament verses on homosexuality are more nuanced, and there are some translation issues, but Romans 1:25-27 talks about homosexuals receiving “due penalty for their perversion.” The meaning of that is subject to interpretation.

          • Karen Williamson

            I said call for their heads….it does say it is an abomination. Christianity is about forgiveness and love. We do not have to like or participate in the things we consider against the Word of God. You can love the sinner without loving the sin. I choose to live by the word and will let God be the Judge Supreme on Judgement Day…just don’t tell me I have to agree with either abortion or the gay lifestyle as it will not happen. I will never change my mind on those subjects and I will not support business that do either. I do not give or participate in Susan G. Komen for breast cancer nor do I go to Home Depot. Now I will not watch HGTV. Money talks…and when Christians walk, it will take a chunk out of the bottom lines of alot of advertisers….

          • 1MiddleRoader

            Putting them to death means calling for their heads, does it not? But I totally agree with your next few sentences. And no one says you have to agree with abortion or homosexuality, although they are 2 separate things. The first involves what in your view, is the killing of innocents, and if you believe that, you should fight abortion to your last breath. The second is activity that you consider wrong between 2 consenting adults, and here I also agree with you, let God be the Judge. But I ask you, have you ever shopped on Sunday, or patronized a business that is open on Sunday? Have you ever patronized a business whose owner is divorced, or who has admitted to adultery? Have you ever watched a TV show where some of the characters were divorced or had an affair?

          • Karen Williamson

            Ok…I consent…it calls for death… The good news is:

            Now…with the crucifixion came certain freedom…freedom from the sin if we ask forgiveness and turn from our wicked ways. He has already paid the price for us!!! Yay!!! Now, if we choose not to ask forgiveness and turn from our sinful, wicked ways, we shall surely pay the penalty of sin of which is death…and hell. There is a hell….and for all intensive purposes, we will go there without redemption. I again will let God be the judge but he has given us a way out and if we choose not to take it, well…the consequences of your actions are your own!

          • Maria Merrill

            ha ha ha. I needed this chuckle tonight. yes, “Homo” Depot will miss your Christian money..Not! You can try Lowes??!! Hopefully, there’s none of them “gays” there?!

          • Karen Williamson

            or just supporting your home town hardware store…now there is an idea!!!

        • Maria Merrill

          lol. Karen.Poor Bristol..having a baby out of wedlock and being a mere wein’ herself..tsk tsk. Pray for her soul..her lost Christian soul.

          • feedsthecorgi

            Disrespectful posts like this ^^

          • Maria Merrill

            yes, you only get respect when you deserve it. so, yes it is “disrespectful”

  • Guest

    I don’t get why this show was to be made in the first place. What about the property brothers show? It’s the exact same idea. TWIN BROTHERS flipping FIXER-UPPERS into people’s dream homes. It’s the same show! Who cares if they cancelled it.

  • truthhurts™

    “This is completely mind blowing to me.”

    Well at least we know there wasn’t much splash damage from that explosion.

  • 1MiddleRoader

    While I personally would prefer that HGTV run the show and let the chips fall where they may, that’s probably why I’m not a businessperson. In the light of the article below (and it is a bit hard to separate out the comments from the twins, their father and the organization they represent)
    (http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/hgtv-backs-away-reality-show-starring-anti-gay-activist-following-rww-report), HGTV decided it was not worth the risk b/c some folks would boycott it.

    Technically, we don’t for sure know that it’s the anti-gay comments that made HGTV decide to cancel; it could be the anti-Islam comments, or even just the controversial nature of all the comments taken as a whole. I doubt a radical, outspoken, pro-abortion atheist could land a show on HGTV. Any controversial politics would detract from the nature of the show. I’m sure the twins will be welcomed on cable news shows.

    Bristol says gay issues wouldn’t come up on the show, but it easily could if a gay couple wanted to have a house flipped. The twins say that do sell houses to gays, (http://wtvr.com/2014/05/09/hgtv-cancels-benham-brothers/) altho in the light of their comments, but and I guess I have to take them at their word.

  • dr. woo

    Down this thread, someone mentioned the gay mafia. “Nice little restaurant youse got there. It’d be a shame if someone uh, redecorated it”

  • Podgorney

    It is inaccurate to write that the Benham’s show was dropped “because they believe in Christianity.” It was dropped because they claim that gays are under the influence of “demonic forces.” I’m unaware of any mainstream Christian faith preaching that gay people are puppets of the devil. (Westboro Baptist is not “mainstream”).

    Christianity is not a shield for rank bigotry, and nobody is getting in the way of the Benham’s plans to do charity work. They can continue their work helping deserving families fix their houses, they just can’t do it on TV. We’ll be able to judge their commitment to that cause if they do it without the Hollywood TV lights on.

    • dr. woo

      I would sincerely like to thank you, and the Christians here that have called out this inaccuracy.

    • Simian_Commerce

      HGTV didn’t provide a reason for the cancellation of the show. Everyone is assuming that it is a repercussion of the twins’ religious activity, given the timing of events. But, since the network isn’t commenting further, their motivation is only conjecture.

      I don’t see Christians, these or others, necessarily invoking their faith as a “shield for rank bigotry.” The tenements of the Christian faith have been common knowledge for millennia, The belief in the immorality of homosexual activity is rooted in scripture and naturalistic reasoning, not in the pure opinion, which is the realm of bigotry.

      As Ms. Palin points out in her post, the real lament is that diversity and tolerance to all positions isn’t being exercised. She points out that there are many different moral paradigms being exhibited on television (if not perhaps on HGTV), some of which are quite offensive to many Christian sensibilities. There is no attempt to shield anyone from any moral fallout, it’s a petition to apply the same principles in every case regardless of creed — especially when, as she pointed out, the show would decidedly not be showcasing the twins’ faith, and this cancellation was ostensibly based in activities not linked to the show or network.

      • Podgorney

        Ms. Palin readily supplies the reason she believes HGTV dropped the Benhams’ show – “because they believe in Christianity.” That’s why we are having this discussion. I’m sure there are plenty of Christians with shows on HGTV, but I see no reason why that network must air shows by individuals with idiosyncratic and offensive personal beliefs. I wouldn’t expect outrage if HGTV declined to air a house flipping show featuring Christian polygamists, for example, or representatives of the Christian Identity movement. I would put the Benhams and their father in that category, based on citations provided by others here. (See for example http://goo.gl/eWh7mz)

        There is no mainstream Christian denomination that espouses, as these twins and their father do, that being gay (not just “homosexual activity” but simply being gay) is a result of “demonic forces.” They made themselves into beacons for unchristian sentiments and Ms. Palin is misguided in defending them in such disingenuous terms. Mainstream Christians are under no obligation to defend repugnant sentiments simply because the proponents purport to be Christians themselves. HGTV is not the government, which, unlike a television network, is bound by the First Amendment, and so needn’t be tolerant of intolerant views like the Benhams’. By defending the Benhams in this manner Ms. Palin runs the risk of being personally identified with their hateful beliefs.

        • Simian_Commerce

          No one is questioning the legality (First Amendment) nature of the show’s cancellation. Many, however, are questioning the rightness of doing so, if it is indeed the conjectured case that it was waved off due to the twins’ religious activities.

          Again, it is understood that many people, even other Christian groups, find the Benhams’ (old and young) rhetoric offensive. The point of principle in question is why exactly one group’s offended sensibilities are particularly more important than another, especially in consideration of a TV show which doesn’t really have anything to do with those principles.

          As far as “hatred” goes, I believe the Benhams themselves explained fairly well (in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0exo3zPIrxo) how exactly one can hold the belief that a homosexual lifestyle is wrong, even evil, and yet hold no hatred in their hearts and actions for homosexual individuals. Contrasting beliefs and the expression of those beliefs aren’t “hateful.” That is often the cornerstone of hate, but any moderately-adjusted, mature individual can easily hold contrary moral positions with any number of fellow humans without descending into hatred for them.

          Fostering harsh and strident rhetoric aimed as weapons against those of opposing viewpoints will do nothing to advance the foment of tolerance and open discussion. To my reckoning that sort of behavior is far more “hateful,” in that it maliciously seeks to injure the offensive parties, on either side, rather than rehabilitating, persuading, or reasoning with them.

          • Maria Merrill

            But…I thought you didn’t know why they let you go????!!!..get your story “STRAIGHT”!

          • Simian_Commerce

            Hence my use of the words “if” and “conjecture.”

      • 1MiddleRoader

        First off, Sim, (love your screen name, BTW), we don’t know (and now will never know) whether the show would have “showcased the twins’ faith”. That is just conjecture on Bristol’s part; I can easily imagine a scenario in which they flip a house for a gay couple, and a spirited conversation ensues. Also, Bristol is correct that different “moral paradigms” are shown on TV (Bristol’s reality show could be one). But the difference is that these shows do not condemn other life arrangements. For example, I don’t watch “Sister Wives,” but I doubt they want to impose monogamous marriage on everyone; they just want

  • cusack118

    “Why is a show with blue collar, Christian men, flipping houses for deserving people is sooooo unacceptable now?”

    Maybe pseudo-celebrities who “write” blogs should first learn how to write a complete sentence. Of course, Ms. Palin completely dances around the heinous things they said about homosexuals. Hey, free-market Republicans: when an employee says something that damages the reputation (and therefore the product) of the employer, he or she can be fired. The free market has spoken, and most people no longer hate the gays. Keep speaking out with hatred if you want, but there are consequences to your actions.

  • james

    You trying to let every body know where you are and what you stand for. I think I get the picture.

  • cant_believe_it

    TV is certainly a better place without these two Barbie Kens spreading their ignorance. No big loss at all!

  • George Horn

    what’s the matter? the truth hurts? The truth is the truth, no matter what version of the bible you read. HGTV is kissing the butts of the paranoid gay community. Besides, those twin boys do not hate gay people, they hate the sin. Just like Christ, He loves the sinner, but hates the sin. Big difference. cant_believe-it. I guess religious prejudice is sneaking it’s way into tv. Good job HGTV.

    • Maria Merrill

      Just wondering George…how can Christ and hate be in the same sentence? Rather an oxymoron isn’t it?!

      • George Horn

        Let’s not be naïve. I said Christ hates the sin but loves the sinner. Sin is an act that is committed against God and His ordinances. God considers adultery, homosexuality, etc, to be a sin. So no, it is not an oxymoron. God separates the two. If you are thinking that God turns a blind eye to what man does, you are mistaken. Like I said, God hates sin, sin is an abomination in His sight. But God still loves the sinner. And the sin can be wiped clean, if a person repents. If you think God does turn a blind eye, checkout what happened to Sodom and Gommorah, Ninevah, and Jerusalem for that matter. That’s right, God did not spare even His Holy City.

    • JamesFBarry

      FYI…Its their view and their faith not mine or anyone else’s…..They aren’t paid to preach….And they just found that out.