Critics Are Not Happy With Jessa Duggar's Response to the Orlando Shooting

After the tragedy in Orlando over the weekend, people have taken to social media to express their outrage and pain that something so tragic could occur -- celebs included. But Ben and Jessa Seewald caused controversy with their remarks on Orlando, because apparently a person can't hold religious beliefs about gay marriage and be brokenhearted that dozens of people were murdered for being gay at the same time.


The Jill and Jessa: Counting On stars both posted about the massacre on social media, sharing quotes from pastors who have inspired them. Jessa re-posted a quote from Albert Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, saying, "This is when we show that Christians mourn with those who mourn. May the Gospel of Jesus Christ be evident as the only power greater than a broken heart."

Ben chose renowned Calvinist preacher John Piper, and quoted, "Through tears. Followers of Jesus lay down their lives to save others, not to slaughter." He also added the hashtags, "#‎Orlando #‎shooting #‎tragedy."

However, they faced backlash because both men have been outspoken advocates against gay marriage. The Hollywood Gossip reports that Piper has actively encouraged Christians not to attend same-sex weddings, because doing so would be "false," since "there is no such thing as a so-called same-sex marriage."

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The Duggar family's stance on same-sex unions isn't exactly new information, and it's hard to believe that people seem to think that Christians who don't believe in gay marriage can't have their hearts broken for the victims of this terrible tragedy -- no matter what.

No one deserves to die because of how they chose to live their lives. Plain and simple. We're all mourning over what happened in Orlando, including Christians who don't believe that God sanctions same-sex unions. We're all entitled to our beliefs, but as Pastor Rick Warren has famously said, "You don't have to compromise convictions to be compassionate."


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