Duggars Defend Removing Pics of Same Sex Couples Kissing From Facebook Page

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar

And the Duggars kissing controversy rages on! Last week, Jessa Duggar and her new husband Ben Seewald posted a picture on Instagram of them kissing passionately. Backlash ensued, and so Jessa's parents, Michelle and Jim Bob, of course stepped in and posted their own kissing pic on their Facebook page and asked other couples to "take a happily married picture and post it." Innocent enough, right? Uh, no.

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Many same-sex married couples proudly took Michelle and Jim Bob up on their challenge, which had many cheering. However, those pictures were reportedly removed almost immediately and the users were banned from commenting, liking, or posting anything else. Are you shaking your head like me? Good, because it gets worse as the Duggars are now defending this move!

They posted on Facebook yesterday:

Luke 6:27: "But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." This is such a sweet scripture that we hold dear. We will always stand for truth and the values we hold dear without compromise but we will do so in love and kindness -- treating others well even if we don't agree with them and we will do so without hateful words. This verse is a reminder of how we must always carry ourselves. Precious words from Jesus.

That was followed by another post that said:

We love these wise words from Rick Warren: Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone's lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. Second is that to love someone means that you must agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don't have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.

So basically, the Duggars are saying that because they banned same-sex couples on their Facebook page with kindness and without hateful words, they get a free pass. And to this I say a big, fat NO. Hateful words are just one way to show such a bias. In fact, I was always taught that actions speak louder than words. So you know what? Removing photos that they specifically asked for without any parameters is an action that just isn't okay.

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The Duggars are known for their family values and setting a good example, but this is nothing but negative. Fine if they don't agree with homosexuality. But here was a chance for the Duggars to show that even though they don't agree, they can be supportive -- all they had to do was leave the pictures up and not say a word. They shouldn't have posted their challenge on Facebook if they wanted a limited response from a limited audience. Last I checked, Facebook was a forum for ALL regardless of your sexual preference.

What do you think of the Duggars removing those photos?


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