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HGTV show featuring Concord brothers is canceled over politics

Charlotte Observer staff
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John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
2011 FILE PHOTO: David Benham, left, and his twin brother Jason Benham.

HGTV had announced a new home show featuring twins David and Jason Benham, but the television station killed the concept after learning David Benham protested outside the DNC in Charlotte in 2012 and elsewhere, pushing an anti-homosexuality agenda.

HGTV's original announcement about the series 'Flip it Forward' in April read, in part, that the brothers would find a fixer-upper and "transform it into their forever home — with a healthy dose of sibling rivalry between the brothers along the way."

A tweet from HGTV on Wednesday read simply, "HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brothers' series."

Right Wing Watch reported that David Benham is a "right-wing activist who has campaigned against LGBT equality and reproductive rights, taking after his father, preacher Flip Benham."

Flip Benham founded Operation Save America and was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2011 after being convicted of stalking a Charlotte doctor who performed abortions.

A statement released by the Benhams on Thursday reads:

"The first and last thought on our minds as we begin and end each day is; have we shined Christ's light today? Our faith is the fundamental calling in our lives, and the centerpiece of who we are. As Christians we are called to love our fellow man. Anyone who suggests that we hate homosexuals or people of other faiths is either misinformed or lying. Over the last decade, we've sold thousands of homes with the guiding principle of producing value and breathing life into each family that has crossed our path, and we do not, nor will we ever discriminate against people who do not share our views.

"We were saddened to hear HGTV's decision. With all of the grotesque things that can be seen and heard on television today you would think there would be room for two twin brothers who are faithful to our families, committed to biblical principles, and dedicated professionals. If our faith costs us a television show then so be it."

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