Anti-gay (former) HGTV stars: “We love homosexuals, Muslims,” hate their “agenda”

The adorably-pastel-shirted Benham brothers, sons of anti-abortion extremist Flip Benham, went on CNN to clarify that they truly love the homosexual and the Muslim. What they hate, however, is the homosexual and Muslim “agenda.”

The Benham boys, David and Jason, are smarting from the cancellation of their new home-flipping show on HGTV, after word leaked out of the Benham’s anti-gay, anti-abortion, and anti-Muslim activism, as first reported by RightWingWatch.

David Benham even compared the fight against gay marriage to the fight against Nazi Germany. (Don’t recall that one in the Bible.) And then invoked the Leviticus passage that calls for gays to be put to death.

The Benham boys, doing heterosexuality proud in their pastel shirts and perfectly coiffed hairdos.

The Benham boys, doing heterosexuality proud in their pastel shirts and perfectly-coiffed matching hairdos.

As is always the case with these folks of late, they’re now claiming that they’re the real victims.  Because their victims stepped up and got to them first.

The Benham’s line, which is typically self-deluded, is that 85% of America is Christian, so how come all these gays and Muslims and pro-choicers keep getting their way?

Um, because 85% of America isn’t YOUR kind of Christian.  This is a common fallacy on the far-right.  They think they speak for God, and all Christianity, without realizing that they’re relative newcomers to the whole Christian game, and that lots of faiths, Christian and otherwise, don’t share their hatred of gays and Muslims, and don’t get terribly involved in the whole abortion debate.

The Benhams also pulled the victim card out, because it’s a terrible thing for freedom when a minority gets in the way of you denying them their freedom.  If this keeps up, everyone is going to want to be free.

Though perhaps my favorite part was when the Benham boys said they don’t hate gays, they’re against EVERYONE having premarital sex. Of course, what the BB’s didn’t bother mentioning is that they’re also against gays get married (one assumes), so in fact their position is against gays having sex, ever.

As for the “we love homosexuals” and Muslims, but hate their “agenda” line, I guess that must work for the far-right hate crowd, but I wonder if it truly resonates with the political middle.  I wasn’t aware there was a gay agenda, or a Muslim agenda for that matter.  There clearly is a Benham agenda, however, and it really doesn’t complement HGTV’s audience of suburban moms and gay men, who are far more comfortable with tolerance than they are the venom of two wolves in rather-gay clothing.

But hope springs eternal, I’m sure there’s someone left the boys can try to oppress.


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  • LEFTLEANINGTX

    Yes and then they can live on in the echo chamber where they all dwell, It’s a place suspended in reality where everything makes sense to only them, where they can pat each other on the back and say to each other “we’re right damit, they are just to stupid to see it” a place where they can assure each other that they are all going to heaven and everyone else is going to burn in hell, a place where science doesn’t exist, a place where discrimination is the right thing to do and to teach your children, a place where bigotry is an accepted way of life, a place most normal people would never step in to.

  • martin

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  • Butch1

    They’re his kind of latent homosexual.

    My goodness, but he’s such a peacock in those clothes. I understand he either threw away that belt or burnt it. We really had that much of an effect on this man’s psyche.

  • Butch1

    They immediately become victims when someone stands up to them.

  • Butch1

    The certainly deride the poor for being a lazy bunch who, “if only they would get off of their lazy arses and try and find some work, they wouldn’t be in the shape they’re in” and they don’t deserve those food stamps, goodness knows that they’re buying things besides beans, rice and flour. They don’t need anything more than that.” These people love to punish those who are down and out and forget what their own Messiah has taught them about the poor and how to treat them. The rich are even more cruel than the middle class republicans who enable these plutocrats to get away with this.

  • Butch1

    But, that would take a “real” christian to make a show like that.

  • benb

    Listening to these boys talk about the “Gay Agenda” is like listening to Cliven Bundy talk about “The Negro”—white guys living in the past.

  • nkd

    “…but I wonder if it truly resonates with the political middle. “? It doesn’t even resonate with most Christians. It only resonates with “christians”.

  • Island In The Sky

    Cong. Schock, hahahaha

  • 4th Turning
  • PeteWa

    ^__^
    didn’t think he’d last too long, hope you’re having a good day!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcrEqIpi6sg Moderator4

    He/she is out of here, PeteWa.

  • PeteWa

    no need to bring on the hate, you already brought it and seem content to bathe in that hate.

  • YouHateMe

    Gays suck. No arguing that. Bring on the wave of hate.

  • Palto

    What’s going to happen is their show will be picked up by a conservative channel and they’ll have a few log cabin Stepford husbands on – watch.

  • 4th Turning

    Am sure this crowd is way ahead of me-just heard about Glen over the weekend so thought to share.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV7V2rA5RnQ

  • http://kathrynbrightbill.com/ KB

    Having grown up in that world, we were all raised to be activists. One of Flip’s favorite themes was about raising your children as arrows and how your children and grandchildren are supposed to carry on the mission after you’ve gone.

    It actually kind of surprises me that the twins took up their father’s activist mantle though, most of us got more than our fill of activism as kids. I’m one of the few who can still be considered an activist and my activism as an adult is on the opposite side of the spectrum. All I can say is that I don’t envy them one bit, if they are as gay as they seem then growing up as Flip’s golden children had to have been living hell.

  • mtblaze

    Evidently HGTV loves the Benham brothers but hate their agenda.

  • Badgerite

    Wanting to have marriages and families isn’t really an agenda. Unless it is a human agenda. Which most people share.

  • Bruce Linton

    The Bible also says that you reap what you sow. Reap your rewards dudes! You give out hate and it comes back atcha! In non-christian places they call it Karma.

  • Drew2U

    Don’t worry–these nice boys have a wonderful career ahead of them. In gay porn.

  • FLL

    I kind of suspected that Jason and David are on some lifelong mission to uphold the biblical sexual taboos that their father spoon-fed them from the day they were born. What a big mess, considering the natural tendencies that Jason and David exhibit in still photos… and, to an even more extreme degree, on video.

  • AnonymousIdiot

    That photo is the gift that keeps on giving.

  • bkmn

    We love and condemn, denounce, vilify, marginalize, demonize and lie about gays.

  • TheOriginalLiz

    The modern american definition of Christianity seems to be “I’ve got mine so f*ck you”

  • http://kathrynbrightbill.com/ KB

    It’s been years since I’ve been around their father, but back in the day Flip would talk about Jason and David playing baseball, their 4% body fat, and them working out until they threw up all the time. The twins’ body fat was a running joke among my friends because Flip talked about it so much. Well, about that and how wonderful it was that they were playing ball for Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University.

    As for the other three of his five kids, I couldn’t even tell you their names, much anything else about them. The boys were always really obviously daddy’s pride and joy. If you go to the Operation Save America website, Flip’s posts about the HGTV thing are absolutely bursting with pride about how wonderful it is that “our boys” are proclaiming the truth.

  • BillFromDover

    Now, now, now, how can this be as don’t we all realize that gays have moral values?

  • 2patricius2

    I love it!

  • JayRandal

    For some reason I think the brothers are in love with each other. Blue shirt one just gives adoring looks at pink shirt brother. Whatever floats their boats.

  • koolaidyarn

    I don’t have the sources immediately in front of me, but haven’t there been studies showing that, on average, Republicans have documentably lower IQs than Democrats? I want to say the results allowed for the obvious trends in which group has higher education levels overall, though I’m not positive. Considering how the antigay people tend to skew heavily Republican, I think that implies lower IQs.

  • The_Fixer

    Yes, vulture capitalism at its worst. And they get a pass because they’re “good Christians”®.

    I posit that if they really were such good Christians, they would find way to help these people save their homes from foreclosure, rather than benefit from others’ misfortune.

    Let’s see them make a TV show out of that.

  • The_Fixer

    Oh, save me the bullshit, Mssrs. Benham. I’ve heard it all before, and it sounds exactly like “love the sinner, hate the sin” crap that we’ve all heard to the point of us collectively being nauseated.

    Only in the far reaches of extreme Christianity do these Dickweeds get a pass. The rest of us know better.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    ‘Flipping’. That’s what the Benham brothers show was going to be about.

    For those unfamiliar with the term, it’s buying a house at a low, often extremely discounted price, doing the absolute minimum necessary to fix it or clean it up, and then selling the property as quickly as possible at a significant profit.

    Those houses? Most often they’re foreclosed homes. Homes people lost due to bad luck — illness or unemployment — or because the bank simply took it back through fraud.

    Basically, the Benhams are vultures. Parasites on the misfortune of others. Making profits off the results of people’s misery.

    And they have the nerve to claim they’re good, moral men.

  • BloggerDave

    It’s irrelevant what the Benhami say… They were cancelled…

  • BillFromDover

    I truly loves me the queer, but what sickens me to pukedom is the queerity?

    Yeah… that works.

  • pappyvet

    Agenda? So that’s what bullies call it when someone stands up for themselves.

  • woodroad34

    I’m sure Aaron Shock is just drooling over these two

  • Damien Scott

    I love homophobes, but I hate their agenda.

  • rich1103

    These two guys are trying to cover their own thing and now have there balls in a ringer. When are they going to come out of the closet.

  • pericles9

    I believe that the easiest, most effective means of marginalizing those pastel creampuffs is to run their program. Seriously, they are not in the HGTV demograph, so let the market decide. Worst that will happen, they’ll move to Faux and never be heard from again!

  • tedhayes

    More of that love the “sinner,” hate the “sin” crap. For people like the Benhams, this is the way it goes: homosexuals (allegedly the “sinner”) are those who have sex with a member of the same gender; having sex with a member of the same gender is sin. Therefore, homosexuals are the sinners and the sin. So they really hate the sinner and the sin.

    As for the gay agenda, as has been said countless times: “The Gay Agenda—1) Equality; and 2) see #1.” These guys are trying to gain some respectability by now claiming to love us, but not our “agenda.” Man up, guys. You screwed yourselves out of a possible lucrative gig. Please don’t try to blame us for your hypocrisy as well..

  • clarknt67

    “Um, because 85% of America isn’t YOUR kind of Christian.” Yep this a 1,000 times over. So tired of these extremist nutjobs claiming every Christian agrees with them. They don’t. Normal Christians don’t stalk women outside abortion clinics for kicks.

  • Drew2u

    Thanks, I wasn’t being snarky. I’m on a business trip so my news gathering is limited.

  • Thom Allen

    Somewhat off topic, but an Arkansas judge just struck down Arkansas’ same-sex marriage ban. He ruled it to be unconstitutional and DID NOT issue a stay. Theoretically, gay marriages might begin tomorrow. The poor, poor Benhams are probably crying in their white hoods. http://news.yahoo.com/arkansas-judge-strikes-down-gay-marriage-ban-220000889.html;_ylt=A0LEVxgoZW1Tz0YA9TpXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTB0a2ZiMmNoBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA1ZJUDI5M18x

  • Sandbur

    Anytime someone brings up “the agenda” you can be sure that their brains have dry rot.

  • eltoca21

    Looks like more nobodies with outdated views who should be ignored get air time and loads of publicity and money… yawn!

  • Max_1

  • 2patricius2

    I have known a lot of Christians in my lifetime, some in my family. Most of them don’t share the same “christian” values as these two. Not all Christians are bigots. Not all Christians feel threatened by LGBT people, and Muslims, etc. These two are among the fringes. I think they are so into what might be called an incestuous religious subgroup, that they think every Christian is like them.

  • TampaZeke

    Well TOUCHE!

    I don’t hate Christians but I hate THEIR agenda. They REALLY do ALL of the things that they falsely accuse gay people of doing. They brainwash children; they recruit (and are proud of it); they bully; they force their opinions/beliefs on others; they parade their lifestyle and force it down our throats; etc, etc, etc…

  • Jimmy

    These guys are such hypocrites. We don’t hate the gays and Muslims, we just want to make sure they don’t have the same rights and privileges we do. They can wrap themselves in faith all they want, but it’s still hypocritical BS.

  • Hue-Man

    The “Homosexual Agenda” has its origins in an editorial piece which continues to be quoted at length, EXCEPT for the following sentence: “This essay is an outré, madness, a tragic,
    cruel fantasy, an eruption of inner rage, on how the oppressed desperately dream of being the oppressor.” http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/pwh/swift1.asp

  • Thom Allen

    I’m so sorry that I’ve gotten in the way of the Benham’s agenda to stamp out gays (and Muslims, stop abortion [probably subjugate women, deport immigrants and allow private citizens to purchase nuclear weaapons.]) Perhaps I could apologize by lying in front of their Dodge RAM pickup (the one with the gun rack on the rear cab window, the bull horns mounted on the front and the Confederate flag bumper stickers) and let them run over me a few times.

    What a pair of perfectly matched tools. No, I shouldn’t call them that. They’ll think it’s flattering.

  • Silver_Witch

    I see Homosexual Agenda bad – Christian Agenda good. Asswipes.

  • Palto

    “There clearly is a Benham agenda, however, and it really doesn’t complement HGTV’s audience of suburban moms and gay men, who are far more comfortable with tolerance than they are the venom of two wolves in rather-gay clothing.”

    John I love you. Brilliant as always.

  • angryspittle

    What’s their agenda. Nobody has ever been able to tell me.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    And once again, don’t the people at HGTV know how to use Google? How hard it is to search for info about people before you hire them or sign a contract with them or agree to go into business with them so that you aren’t blindsided when that info comes out? Or are people in these media exec positions still operating under the delusion that such info won’t come out? Really? It’s 2014. If it happened, it’s somewhere online and eventually someone will blog and tweet about it and BOOM! This is old news. It’s been this way for over a decade.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    No one is buying this “love the sinner; hate the sin” nonsense any more.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Quite a few news outlets, including the BBC, covered their show being canceled.

  • http://www.zazzle.com/mineomine Kyle Shepherd

    I am so sick of their playing the victim when its them victimizing others. Imagine the Klan telling minorities the same kind of crap. Why is it with us its ok to pull this shit?

  • Drew2u

    No news on the plane, CNN, slow news day?

    No, seriously, how much coverage did this get in the media before this interview?

  • Indigo

    I like the one in the pink shirt. He’s got a long ways to grow; I’d be mighty pleased to help him on his journey.

  • Buford

    I’ll state the obvious… these guys are spewing standard-issue, Southern-style soft bigotry. They have no problem with ‘those people’ as individuals, but they really don’t like it when ‘those people’ start making waves by demanding things, like equal treatment under the law. ‘Those people’ should just leave well enough alone, since everything seemed to be working just fine the way it was.

  • Alpha 50327

    More of the old ‘Hey, I don’t hate homos, GOD hates homos. If you’ve got a problem with that, take it up with him. Bible. BIBLE BIBLE BIBLE BIBLE!’ And of course, CNN gives them a pass on it. You can’t spell BIBLE without BILE.

  • Elijah Shalis

    Can we have antigay people IQ tested? I am curious about the results.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I’m sure the Benham brothers would ‘love’ gay people right into the ovens…

    But seriously, yeah, sure, there is a ‘Gay Agenda.’ There, I said it.

    That agenda consists of fighting for freedom from oppression, for equality in housing, employment, and family rights, for protection from anti-gay hate-crimes and bullying, and for the assertion that sexual orientation is a ‘lifestyle choice’ never again be granted equal standing with scientific reality. The ‘Gay Agenda’ also includes an end to pointing to the same religious book that says slavery is perfectly fine and it’s a sin for slaves to disobey their masters as the same source for reasons why gay people deserve to be oppressed, shunned, jailed and/or stoned to death.

    If that’s what the Benham brothers hate, the agenda of not wanting to be discriminated against…why then yes, they do hate gay people.

  • PeteWa

    “our hate is nuanced, based in ala carte christianity and we doublespeak it as love! you see, we don’t hate the gays on an individual basis, we hate them all as a group! and that’s love, true love.”
    ~ Benham Boys

  • Tor

  • FLL

    I suspect that these two have always been worried about their father’s opinion of them. I just watched the interview video. ——Oh. My. Flipping. God.—— Taken together, the two of them could function as pastel furnishings in a nursery. But matching hairdos with matching highlights?! You just can’t make this stuff up.

  • Buford2k11

    A “double Dutch Rudder”…in pastels….and large closets…

  • DavidL

    hate….not have! opps

  • DavidL

    And I would reply that “we love you, we just have your christianist agenda.”

  • HereinDC

    : ” Firestorm around some of my commnets….” That’s what he says near the end of the clip.
    What a BULLSHITTER!. He knows darn well…he has his own AGENDA the last few years withe the protests and rallies and comments all over the internet and news…..
    He MAKES it sound like he made 2 or 3 sentences years ago and THAT’s what he’s being picked on about.

  • Max_1

    SO they’re twins, eh?
    Is is called masterbation or incest?

  • Max_1

    Homo-SEX-YOU-ALLs…

  • Max_1
  • basenjilover

    This is so fricking old… how many of us go around quoting “heterosexual that” “heterosexual this” “love heterosexuals but hate the breeders” blah blah blah…

  • The Angry Fag

    I noticed one was pink and one was blue. I’m guessing it’s to represent male and female..? I wonder how they decided which one of them would be the female.

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    It’s so ironic that they look like two big old stereotypical mos. Wouldn’t be surprised if they were gay themselves.

  • Island In The Sky

    “The Benham boys, doing heterosexuality proud in their pastel shirts and perfectly-coiffed matching hairdos.”

    Hmm, what are you trying to say, John? ;)

    It’s always nauseating watching religious bigots act like they’re the ones being victimized. The smug, self-satisfaction they crave that comes from judging others is all too apparent.

  • dcinsider

    We need to stop giving these dimwitted fobs any more of their 15 minutes of fame. Tick, tock. Off to the southern state fair circuit with both of you.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Yup

  • John Bogeman

    Constantly referring to gay people as “homosexuals” tells us everything we need to know about what they truly think of us.

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