Benham Bros on HGTV Cancellation: ‘Anyone Who Suggests We Hate Homosexuals…is Misinformed or Lying’

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David and Jason Benham, the would-be HGTV hosts whose show was canceled yesterday by the network after Right Wing Watch wrote a lengthy post about their family's anti-gay, anti-choice, and anti-Muslim extremism, have released a statement posted by USA Today.

Said the brothers:

"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."

In related news, Jeremy Hooper makes note that some have said that David Benham is disconnected from Operation Save America. Not true.

Comments

  1. CPT_Doom says

    Right Wing Watch had a long list of the hateful, horrible, judgemental crap at least one of the brothers has spewed for years. Their father is one of the most hateful, horrible, human beings on the planet, and that is well documented as well. It’s not about your “faith” boys, is about the arrogant, self-aggrandizing way in which you throw that “faith” around to demean and attack others.

  2. Ppp says

    What saddens me is they don’t realize and acknowledge their negativity, and what saddens me the most is that they were raised by the fundy.

  3. MaryM says

    I take it these Jesus-freaks are wealthy.

    So they accept that aocording to their c**t of a ‘god’ that they will never enter ‘heaven’ as ‘god’ hates the rich?

  4. Rick says

    Is there anything more frustrating than to find out that hot young guys are virulent homophobes? It is almost as frustrating as fixing your eyes on a hot young guy and then seeing him walk over to his….girlfriend…..

  5. Randy says

    Yeah, I know. You love al the Homo’s. Just so long as they turn into straight people at some point. And the stay away from children, and all your pets, and don’t infect your world. And of course We are all condemned to hell.

    But other than that they just love the Homos!

  6. doug105 says

    More of the same old hate the sin, love the sinner crap, lets flip that!
    Hate the religion, love the believer.
    Now how do the hypocrites feel about that.

  7. Carlie says

    For people of their ilk, actively campaigning against the freedoms of others is not hate. (They choose that word “hate” on purpose.) When they protest at pride events or in from of mosques, that’s their version of love, or at least that’s what they tell themselves.

    David Benham, protesting the Democratic National Convention in 2012, said “homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation” and “demonic ideologies tak[ing] our universities and our public school systems”.

  8. Matt F says

    Who says “two twin brothers”? My neighbor across the street resembles them and thinks like them. He may have a hot body but a very mean face up close even when he smiles.

  9. pc says

    they don’t see it as hating gay people, they “love” the person, but hate the supposed “sin” of homosexuality – which they use to justify all of their anti-gay speech and behavior. it’s sick how they don’t consider fighting against gay rights as discrimination, but not getting a television show because you fight against the rights of others is. hypocrites.

  10. crispy says

    “Is there anything more frustrating than to find out that hot young guys are virulent homophobes?”

    It kinda calls into your question your whole schtick that straight men are more favorable to us than women are, eh, Rick?

  11. Steve says

    “Christian love” doesn’t have anything to do with real love. Always remember that they have entirely different meanings for words than normal people.

  12. anon says

    Ah, as Duck Dynasty showed, this is all about ratings and ad dollars. The KKK could get a show on the HGTV if the ratings were high enough.

  13. andrew says

    I came across a bunch of guys standing outside of bars in boystown carrying signs with “jesus loves you” etc etc . . . i went up to them and said that it wasnt appropriate to hold those signs up outside of gay bars on a weekend night when a) many gay youth are leaving represive christian homes on the weekends to get away from that msg and b) that the organizations that stand out there and preach on corners are bigoted and hateful. He came back at me with this sammmme bs. We dont hate gays- we love you…we love you . . . etc etc …they learned that yelling god hate fags didnt work with the masses – so now they are preaching jesus’s love and acceptance yet still working on us not getting equality . . . these guys are just as bad as the westboro church members – just more strategic .

  14. Michael says

    “Hey, we love you! But God thinks you’re going to Hell! We’re just passing the word along!”

    btw, they might be twins but you can tell them apart. One is gay and one isn’t.

  15. mike/ says

    how do they explain, or explain away, the videos that show explicit complicity in the hatred they deny they have?

    as far as never using their personal beliefs with clients to whom they are selling homes, there is a difference between merely ‘accommodating’ their transparency to make more money and damning them behind their backs. these a ugly people who hate & don’t really serve the message they are so fanatic about…

  16. Ted says

    It’s not their faith that’s the problem. It’s their douchyness. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but your also entitled to what ever repercussions follow. That’s life.

  17. Jack M says

    Unfortunately, “shining Christ’s light” doesn’t mean what it used to mean. Now it’s a code phrase for condemning those who don’t behave the way you want them to. I’m not buying it.

  18. Michael says

    IF YOU CAN:

    The HGBT Facebook page is being bombarded by countless homophobes. Have a feeling it’s being broadcasted on so-called Christian websites.

    If you can, stop by and leave a comment.

  19. Mike says

    So why did one of these Jesus freaks hold a prayer rally and the other evil twin lead a prayer rally protesting “abortion on demand,” “no-fault divorce,” “pornography and perversion,” “adultery,” and “demonic ideologies” taught at public schools and universities outside the 2012 Democratic national convention? That is well documented. These bible beaters have gotten MUCH worse! FLIP OFF the “flippers”.

  20. IJelly says

    Hate is a feeling. Bigotry is a belief. The “I don’t hate anyone” argument is nonsense.

    If you believe gay people are inferior to straight people than you are a bigot, plain and simple, regardless of whether you feel hate, love or indifference.

  21. The Milkman says

    I came to the conclusion that these guys were hateful after reading verbatim quotes of their own public statements. I really didn’t have to make anything up.

  22. disgusted merican says

    ..just goes to show – it’s HOW you’re raised – hateful, bigoted, brainwashed father……….hateful, bigoted, brainwashed Sons!!!

  23. disgusted merican says

    – sad they both have numerous kids….they don’t think 1 ,maybe 2 or 3 wont be gay, or different…driven to suicide/drugs, or ran-away – due to them and thier grandfather’s hateful words???

  24. Andrew says

    I’m a little disappointed by the last parting shot (“not true”)… the link takes us to someone else’s twitter account, which references a 2005 press conference. If we’re using that as proof that they are “still” involved with that group, then our standards for “still” appear to have changed a bit. Yeah, it’s like that. Hey, I’m not going to give these guys a break – and I don’t trust them – but if we’re going to call them on something, best if our “smoking gun” evidence still be smoking – otherwise, we’re the ones who look petty. The question is, what are we against? These guys making money, these guys having these opinions, or these guys using TV to spread these opinions. It’s a valid question, and one that we need to continue to revisit in light of the current debate on hate speech in the private sphere and its various consequences.

  25. Hey Darlin' says

    It’s hard to tell if they are aligned with the hate group their father leads. It’s a guessing game since in their quote they choose not to address it.

    “Faith” is so often used as a cover today, that it has become suspect anytime anyone seemingly uses it as a shield to their behavior. Faith is being destroyed from the inside, by the people who pretend to have it, not from the outside. This desecration of faith causes it to be a poor platform for launching yourself into mainstream media regardless of your possible association with a hate group. To chalk your losses up to faith, is very telling of it’s own internal downward spiral.

  26. Rowan says

    Why so much talk about these two? Sigh. Toweleroad commenters are so boringly predictable.

    Not one person has questioned why the network did not vet them????

  27. EYEROLL says

    Actually ROWAN, that question was asked several times in the first story posted about this yesterday. I believe you were there…keep up.

  28. greenfuzz says

    All these bigots use the word homosexual to see us as nothing but concerned with sex 24/7. Just another way to see us as less then.

  29. wct says

    ….stories like this remind me why I left the South, and why I am HORRIFIED with the notion that my husband thinks retiring to the South is a wonderful option…..he has no idea. None.

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