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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  • Rena Hight
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  • Joy Wiard
    praying these guys get back on the air, we need more Chrisrt followers on t.v.
  • William McNeal
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    Full Support from Spain
  • Colleen Gawryletz
    I believe a person has the right to practice a chosen belief system and the right to not be ashamed of this. Is this not what in fact what gay rights activists are saying… So why when the shoe is on the other foot are they saying one does not have the right to chose…. We still have the right to our own beliefs and their beliefs are moral so where is the problem in them having the show they were signed up to have.
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  • Daniel Canales
    I request that HGTV change this horrible, intolerant decision, or face the consequences from consumers.
  • Bonnie DeWolfe
    I agree wholeheartedly with this petition. By canceling the show you are excluding the majority of Americans, which still hold the values of the Bible.
  • Wendell Rommel
    American people need more shows with Christ being talked about and showing our American people and their children how to love one another without sex or kissing and how to treat others with respect and to have a goal in life to be a good person to love God to love church so they can have more than just a life on earth but an eternal life with Jesus christ or lord.
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    Only certain personal beliefs should not be a requirement for employment
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