Hateful Christian Bigots Claim HGTV ‘Got Bullied’ Over Cancelled Show (Video) | Crooks and Liars

Posted: May 10, 2014 in Entertainment, Religion

Hateful Christian Bigots Claim HGTV ‘Got Bullied’ Over Cancelled Show (Video) | Crooks and Liars.

The Benham brothers feel that people serving the “gay agenda” bullied HGTV into cancelling their show, “Flip it Forward.” Jason and David Benham were capitalizing on their friendly sibling rivalry to “help families find a fixer-upper and transform it into the dream home they never thought they could afford,” according to Right Wing Watch. David told ultra-religious, right-wing radio host Janet Mefferd that the “gay agenda” was “attacking the nation,” in the same sentence as “demonic ideologies to take our universities and our public school systems while the church sits silent and just builds big churches.”

According to CNN, David Benham said, of the cancellation:

 

“I feel they got bullied. There’s an agenda that’s out in America right now that demands silence, especially from men and women who profess Jesus Christ and hold to his standards.”

Here’s the audio via Right Wing Watch.

Plus, they had more to say on North Carolina’s Amendment One to ban gay marriage.

No, there isn’t an agenda against people who profess to follow Jesus Christ and try to live their own lives according to biblical principles. There’s an agenda against people using Christianity to further a discriminatory, even hateful, campaign against anybody whose lives they disagree with. There’s an agenda against people trying to force Christianity on the rest of us.

It’s not Christians, it’s bigoted “Christians” like the Benham brothers…

It’s not Christianity itself that’s under attack. It’s people like the Benhams, like Pat Roberts, like everyone who screams, “We are a CHRISTIAN nation that must get back to our CHRISTIAN roots and live by CHRISTIAN principles,” that are under attack. These right-wing Christians are the ones acting like bullies, if we are to use the word “bullying” in that manner.

The statement the Benhams issued after HGTV made its decision said:

“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 do not, nor will we ever discriminate against people who do not share our views.” Really? David Benham also worked hard on the side of Amendment One, an amendment to the North Carolina constitution defining marriage as only between a man and a woman. He also (wrongly) compared the fight against marriage equality to the fight against Nazis, calling Christian acceptance of things like abortion and marriage equality and “appeasing evil,” according to the Right Wing Watch article.

If fighting against marriage equality and saying that the so-called gay agenda is attacking our nation isn’t hateful and discriminating, then what is?

It’s no wonder that, fearing a major backlash, HGTV would choose to cancel their show. HGTV did that one day after Right Wing Watch published its report. While people have the right to their views, there is nothing in the Constitution or the 1st Amendment saying those views can’t have consequences. If you’re going to be high profile, you do have to be careful about how you express your views. As the Benhams and others could stand to learn, it’s not necessarily in what you say, it’s in how you say it, and it’s in how you act.

Here’s the video, with some “fair and balanced” reporting from Fox News.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2WtgKxhOII#action=share

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