Twins Blame Show Cancellation on 'Smear Campaign'
Christian brothers and business owners David and Jason Benham are citing a "smear campaign" as the reason their reality show was dropped by HGTV.
The network had been filming "Flip It Forward," featuring the twin brothers' families and their Charlotte, North Carolina-based real estate firm, Benham Companies.
The program was supposed to be about flipping houses and helping families in need.
But on Wednesday, after a month of filming, HGTV pulled the plug on the series because of complaints about their Christian faith.
***For the Family Research Counsel's Craig James, the Benham brothers' situation calls to mind his own firing from FOX Sports Southwest over comments he made about gay marriage. James shared his insights about the HGTV case on CBN Newswatch, May 9.
The website "Right Wing Watch" labeled the Benham brothers as anti-gay, anti-abortion extremists, highlighting their involvement in pro-life causes and organizing a citywide prayer rally called Charlotte 7:14, which coincided with the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
"A smear campaign was run," David Benham told Deadline.com. "And Jason and I are not going to try and correct a smear campaign."
"HGTV made a decision based on one tiny segment of our culture," he said. "And had they heard from the rest of the culture, I think it would have been different. At this point, it's over."
Deadline.com also reports David told CNN he loves homosexuals, but hates the gay agenda that tries to silence people of faith.
"The point of this is there's an agenda that is seeking to silence the voice of men and women of faith. That's what all this is about," David said.
"I absolutely think any sex outside marriage is not healthy for human flourishing," he continued. "I think it's very important we set the record straight -- there's a difference between people and agenda."
In 2012, the brothers told CBN News their success was based on biblical principles.
"Produce more value than you take in pay; breathe life; [be] faithful in little," Jason said.
David echoed his brother's sentiments.
"We started building out what we envisioned that a kingdom business should look like, and we didn't read any books by anybody -- nothing," he said. "And everything was fresh, and God exploded our business because we wanted to glorify Him."
In a statement Wednesday, the brothers said they were "saddened" by HGTV's decision.
"With all of the grotesque things that can be seen and heard on television today you would think there would be room for two twin brothers who are faithful to our families, committed to biblical principles, and dedicated professionals," they said. "If our faith costs us a television show then so be it."
Meanwhile, the network's decision to drop the reality series stirred a firestorm on HGTV's social media platforms, with some people applauding its decision.
But many also criticized the network for being intolerant of Christian beliefs.
The Benhams' father told Life Site News the homosexual lobby is "the biggest bully in the country."