The Benhams shared during their National Religious Broadcasters convention speech a specific interaction that they recently had with an unidentified gay man who vocally opposed their stance on homosexuality.Interestingly, softball continues to encourage lesbianism...
“We had so many people from the gay community reaching out to us and one man in particular from the city of Chicago reached out — and he said things to me that made me lose my appetite,” David Benham told the crowd during a panel discussion about religious liberty. “But I simply responded in love.”
And that positive tone went well beyond merely listening and speaking with kindness.
“After a little conversation back and forth, I found out he loved baseball … and I got him tickets to a Cubs game,” Benham continued. “He shot me a Facebook post and said, ‘I was not expecting that — and I’ve been thinking a lot about this. I’ve chosen to walk away from my lifestyle.’”
The story received a round of applause from the audience and the brothers proceeded to discuss their take on religious freedom, their belief that the nation has begun to “slowly turn our back on God” and the need for Americans to boldly stand up and defend their faith.
“Love filled our heart. We had absolutely no hatred,” David Benham said, later adding, “What God needs most is a simple voice for truth.”
Seriously, the Twins also revealed that they reached out to representatives from GLAAD, Right Wing Watch, Human Rights Campaign, and a few other groups after their show got preemptively canceled and invited them for dinner:
While no one took them up on the dinner offer, he said that they exchanged emails and had good conversations with some of the individuals — a testament to the Benhams’ views about how people should treat their opponents.This might be a good message for the guys to communicate to their father, who is known for some pretty toxic anti-gay activism, including disrupting a same-sex wedding in North Carolina (and upping the toxicity when the police asked him to tone it down) and disrupting a Unitarian Universalist church services (including terrorizing a classroom of children with images of bits of aborted fetuses). These are just a few prominent incidents since the twins' show can preemptively canceled by HGTV.
“We tell folks, ‘Don’t open your mouth to speak until you first truly love the people you’re speaking to,’” Jason Benham added, pushing back against the “false narrative” that he and his brothers are “haters.”