Benham brothers on HGTV firing: There's an agenda in America to silence Christian beliefs [Video]

The twins were dropped after activists labeled them anti-gay, anti-abortion, and anti-Muslim.

Published 09 May 2014  |  
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The Benham brothers have spoken out about their dismissal from HGTV, saying that there is a bigger "agenda" out out there to silence Christians.

The 38-year old twins were filming a segment on Thursday for new renovation series "Flip it Forward," when they learned the show was dropped due to a social media firestorm over their religious views.

On May 6, Right Wing Watch, a liberal advocacy group, wrote a blog post detailing the Jason, David, and their father Flip Benham's history of protesting LGBT events, abortion, and gay marriage legislation.

HGTV announced the cancelation of "Flip it Forward" - a show featuring the brothers turning fixer-uppers into dream homes - just one day after the article was published.

However, the Benham brothers defended the network in an interview with CNN on Friday, saying that the show cancellation is evidence of a larger design to suppress Christian values.

"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," David told CNN.

Jason said that the increasing intolerance to biblical principles will only get worse.

"There is an agenda that wants to silence the beliefs that we have," he said.

Jason also explained that HGTV knew about their family's background from the beginning, and denied that they are prejudicial against gays.

"We sell [houses] to all people of all kinds... we would be glad to take a homosexual couple onto our show," Jason said in an interview with "New Day".

Back in 2012, the Benham brothers had organized a North Carolina prayer rally to protest against same-sex marriage, and David has protested outside of abortion clinics.

Their father, Flip Benham, is the director of Operation Save America, a conservative Christian organization that has opposed abortion, homosexuality, and non-Christian religions for decades.

In a Thursday statement, the brothers described their relationship with God as paramount in their lives.

"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," the brothers wrote.

"If our faith costs us a television show then so be it."

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