Last month, HGTV announced a new reality show, Flip It Forward, following two twin brother realtors as they “leverage their good-natured sibling rivalry to help families find a fixer-upper and transform it into the dream home they never thought they could afford.”
What’s not readily apparent is that the brothers are David and Jason Benham, sons of Flip Benham, an evangelical preacher who has campaigned against abortion, LGBT rights, Islam and more. Oh, and at least one of the two brothers – the stars of this new show, lest we forget – is a right wing activist much like his father, who has campaigned and protested on similar issues.
Right Wing Watch reports that David Benham held a prayer rally in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2012 which he said was necessary to stop “homosexuality and its agenda”:
“We don’t realize that, okay, if 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; we have all of the things; we even have allowed demonic ideologies to take our universities and our public school systems while the church sits silent and just builds big churches.”
In that same interview he said that his brother Jason, the other star of Flip It Forward, joined him in organizing the prayer rally. David also discussed his work campaigning for North Carolina’s Amendment One, which banned same-sex marriage and civil unions at a constitutional level:
“In North Carolina, you know, we just fought for Amendment One, which was a constitutional amendment that simply said, this is exactly what the amendment said is the only legal marriage in North Carolina was between a man and a woman. We received—it was such a battle in North Carolina, it blew me away.”
The Benhams’ father, Flip, heads up the abortion clinic protest group Operation Save America, and is responsible for gems such as condemning the interfaith Sandy Hook memorial, protesting in front of mosques, protesting LGBT pride events, stalking an abortion doctor and blaming 9/11 on abortion.