Usually the most controversial thing about the Duggars is ... the fact that Jim Bob and Michelle reproduced an amazing 19 times. Of course, the family is also famous for their strong Christian values, so when one of them takes on Catholicism, you know eyebrows will be risen.
Well -- sort of one of them. Jessa Duggar's boyfriend, Ben Seewald, published a rant on Facebook criticizing Catholicism for their "deadly errors." When the responses got nasty, he deleted it.
"I have nothing against individuals who are Catholic. I know a lot of Catholics who are great people. What I DO have a problem with is the teaching that man can merit God’s favor through his own works or the works of other fallen men,” he wrote, quoting Ephesians 2:8-9.
Clearly controversial and clearly the type of press the Duggars have managed to avoid for so long! You can't help but wonder what the family thinks about Ben's rant.
Radar Online managed to get a shot of it:
Those who came across this post obviously had a lot to say. Radar Online was also able to record some of the responses. "I hope you will retract your statement about Catholics," one reader said. Another: "Ben is the worst. He is just the worst. This kind of 'Christian love' is one of the most sickening sentiments on the planet. It’s demeaning, it’s condescending, it’s self-aggrandizing and it turns my stomach. Not to mention he got literally everything about Catholicism wrong."
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The Duggar family is what they call "independent Baptists," and obviously Ben is a part of that or he wouldn't be "courting" Jessa. Considering how open the Duggar family is about their lifestyle, it may be a bit jarring for them to see just how aggressive Ben's posts and thoughts were. Usually the Duggars don't make the news for negative things like this -- so you've gotta wonder what they think about this turn of events.
Any time you make a proclamation along the lines of "my religion is better than yours," folks are going to respond. It's inevitable. Now that Ben's post is all over the Internet, even though he's deleted it (won't people ever learn?), it'll be interesting to see if the Duggars themselves have anything to say about the controversy. Is Ben going to be the one to bring a little drama into the Duggars' lives? Looks like we'll have to stay tuned!
Do you think Ben went too far with this Catholicism rant?
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