CONCORD, NC, May 7, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The home improvement television network HGTV has canceled a proposed reality show after a left-wing website printed an “exposé” of the evangelical stars’ pro-life, pro-family activism.
Flip It Forward, scheduled to debut on Home and Garden Television this October, would feature brothers David and Jason Benham helping down-on-their-luck families purchase a dream home they thought they could never 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,” HGTV announced.
But the website “Right-Wing Watch,” a project of Hollywood producer Norman Lear’s People for the American Way, ran an article yesterday denouncing the Benhams as “anti-gay, anti-Choice extremists.” It highlighted the alleged extremism of the brothers and their father, Rev. Flip Benham of the pro-life outreach Operation Save America.
The article features a YouTube video of David Benham speaking at an abortion facility in Charlotte, North Carolina, the siblings’ home state. In the clip, Benham mentioned that he had arranged for pro-life groups to give pregnant women free ultrasounds. “I just thank God for what He’s doing in the city,” he said.
They also organized a prayer protest outside the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
As another example of his purportedly radical views, Right-Wing Watch reported that David Benham told talk show host Janet Mefferd that “87 percent of Americans are Christians and yet we have abortion on demand; we have no-fault divorce; we have pornography and perversion; we have a homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation; we have adultery.”
Such views constituted, in the words of Slate, “the Benhams’ repellant and well-documented ultra-conservative activism.”
However, it was the family’s opposition to same-sex “marriage” that seems to have flipped the tables on their TV future.
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