PETITION in SUPPORT OF THE BENHAM BROTHERS #FlipThisDecision

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2nd Update, May 16, 2014 – Following a swift and unified outcry by Faith Driven Consumers and fair-minded Americans across the nation, SunTrust today reversed its earlier decision to drop the Benham brothers – citing respect for the fundamental constitutional rights of all Americans. Faith Driven Consumer is grateful to all who collectively raised their voices against religious viewpoint discrimination in a united call for tolerance, fairness, and equality for all Americans. This also applies to those who hold to a biblical worldview, which includes respect for life and natural marriage.


UPDATED May 16, 2014 — Following HGTV’s decision last week to cancel the Benham brothers’ television show, SunTrust Banks has taken the highly unusual step of pulling all of its listed properties with the Benham Real Estate Group—and its franchises spread across four states—apparently based on the brothers’ biblical faith and worldview. By taking this discriminatory action, SunTrust has demonstrated its intolerance toward those who hold biblically  based views and chosen to exclude Faith Driven Consumers from its rainbow of diversity.

Send a message to SunTrust and other companies that it’s NOT OK to discriminate based on religion and deeply held faith convictions by signing our petition at the bottom of the page and continuing to speak out.  Together, we can send a powerful message to corporate America that Christians should be welcomed and respected equally alongside other groups in America.


 

Dear HGTV and Scripps Networks Interactive,

I am writing regarding your network's intolerant and discriminatory decision to cancel “Flip It Forward” from HGTV's fall 2014 lineup because of the pro-life and pro-natural marriage faith-driven beliefs of stars David and Jason Benham.

The views that the Benhams' have publicly expressed reflect a biblical view of life, sexuality, marriage, and family that have stood the test of time for thousands of years and continue to be held by the majority of Americans and your viewers  – including those in HGTV’s home market of Knoxville, Tennessee.

HGTV’s decision to exclude those who hold to a faith-based viewpoint held by 46 million Faith Driven Consumers who spend $1.75 trillion annually has no place in America’s inclusive rainbow of diversity.

And this decision contradicts HGTV’s stated core values of integrity and diversity, which emphasize “having a strong moral compass which points to character, honesty, ethical practice and accountability” and hold that all are included in the “broad canvas of interests, backgrounds, lifestyles and ethnicities.”

While some members of the pro-choice and LGBT communities may not agree with the biblical view on these particular issues, the notion that free-thinking Americans should be discriminated against simply for expressing a perspective that is in conflict with another is patently un-American and flies in the face of true tolerance and inclusiveness.

As a Faith Driven Consumer, I ask that you reverse your decision and reinstate "Flip It Forward” immediately out of respect for the millions of Americans who share the faith-driven worldview of its hosts.

Signed,

John Q. Public

#FlipThisDecision

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  • Novelda StClair
  • Julie Friske
    lOVE THE SHOW AND ITS OPEN VIEWS
  • Sign the petition asking @HGTV to #FlipThisDecision regarding @DavidDBenham & @JasonBBenham:
  • Cindy Davis
    You openly show gay couples purchasing homes on shows such as Property Virgins. Yet, you won’t allow families with values on your show. Really? You need to check and see just how many of with strong convictions and values watch your network, and how many will not if you don’t flip this decision.
  • roy swaggerty
  • Lynn Axelson
    Why is there no tolerance for Christianity?!
  • Eunice Roozenboom
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  • kim garfalo
    Tolerance works both ways.
  • Scott Ratzke
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  • brandie dickey
    Hello? It’s not illegal to voice pro-heterosexual opinions, HGTV! You’re so afraid of not looking PC! Get over yourselves and accept that there are still people who believe in traditional marriage and will boycott your brand if you challenge their right to express themselves.
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  • Chuck Fitch
    Thank you for your stand!
  • Kermit Rainman
    The biblical viewpoint on life, sexuality, family and marriage should not be discriminated against in the marketplace of ideas. Last time I checked, our First Amendment freedoms of free speech, expression and association were still in place.
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  • Randy Waller
    The continued actions of main stream media outlets being aggressively prejudiced toward Christians is incongruous with their supposed discriminatory policies. Shame on them.
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