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.


John Q. Public


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  • Dorothy Dobra
  • Stephen Mire
  • Raymond Miller
  • Ted Montgomery
    Christians should not be demeaned for their faith. Reinstal “Flip It Forward” or I won’t be watching HGTV and I will be encouraging others to do the same.
  • William Kaiser
  • Bert Sheridan
    Thanks for the effort to return to traditional values and free speech for all.
  • tim csrr
  • Sheila McIntyre
  • fred taylor
    just another case of going against bibical teachings , which our nation was founded on
  • Shannon Butcher
  • George Glover
  • jim bolen
  • Lois Snodgrass
  • Julia Sharrock
  • Debby Hardy
    While one of the reasons I wanted cable TV was due to HGTV & other DIY networks, their “in your face” attitude regarding these issues, along with the same views from so much of the “main stream” media (more realistically “the Drive By” media) are another good reason to give up “pay TV”, in addition to the spiraling cost.
  • John Pilcher
  • Linda DeBerry
  • Billie Hunt
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  • Bruce Collier
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  • Kathy Terrell
  • Teri Houska
    This is NOT acceptable! I love HGTV, but will quit watching IF you don’t make this right!
  • Glenda Sewell
    The gay community is practicing discrimination and are intolerable of those who think differently. Not sure I’d want to watch HGTV again even if they do reinstate. The war against Christians is because those who fight against us know that Jesus Christ is the true God…..or why would they be so afraid of us practicing our faith?
  • Hans Zaepfel
  • Helga Brayton
    I watch HGTV the majority of the time. This will stop if you don’t bring the brothers on in the fall. I have to put up with your agenda the least you can do is let mine be a part of it.
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