HGTV has decided to cancel an upcoming television series featuring twin brothers who renovate homes amid outcry from liberals about the brothers' Christian, conservative views.
The series, "Flip it Forward," has been the target of criticism ever since an article was published on a liberal activist website, Right Wing Watch, claiming hosts David and Jason Benham have a history of speaking out against gay marriage, abortion and divorce, the Daily Caller reported.
The article accused David of being a "right-wing activist in the mold of his father, Flip Benham," an evangelical minister who heads the anti-abortion-clinic protest group Operation Save America."
It also said that David Benham led a prayer rally in Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention and spoke out against gay marriage.
On Wednesday, HGTV tweeted: "HGTV is currently in process of reviewing all information about the Benhams and we will provide an update as soon as possible."
On Thursday, the network tweeted: "HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brothers' series."
David and Jason said in a statement that they are "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," the statement read. "If our faith costs us a television show then so be it.
"Anyone who suggests that we hate homosexuals or people of other faiths is either misinformed or lying," they said. "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."
Slate magazine called the network's move a "wise business decision."
"Predictably, some conservative Christian sites are already crying persecution and 'discrimination,'" J. Bryan Lowder wrote.
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