It seems that former Counting On star Jill Duggar has learned nothing from the firing of her husband, Derick Dillard. This week, the mom of two posted a pic on Instagram that contained a list of things to pray for your children, and the last item is causing an uproar. Is Duggar transphobic just like her husband?
The list of sixteen things to pray for contained a lot of normal-ish items like the child’s mate, that God would keep them from evil, that they would have the heart of a servant, and that they would love each other. But, the last item on the list is “that our boys would be glad to be boys, and our girls glad to be girls.”
Many fans believe that item number sixteen was a dig at transgender people, and they were shocked Duggar would share that on social media after her husband lost his job on Counting On because of a transphobic rant on Twitter last year.
But, others believe that Duggar’s heart was in the right place and thought some people were being too hard on her. One Reddit user asked why it is wrong to be happy with the gender you are born with and pointed out that Duggar’s list didn’t say to pray that you don’t have transgender children.
Instead, it said to be happy with who you are because struggling with identity can be a difficult thing to go through, and everyone should want their kids to be happy.
Duggar’s post was a lot more subtle than her husband’s, but some fans think Dillard is to blame for his wife’s train of thought. Even though TLC fired him because of his controversial views, Dillard continues to write hateful comments about people he disagrees with.
Derick Dillard blasted Berkus' show for "celebrating a lifestyle so degrading to children." https://t.co/6HO7NKID9Z
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) May 6, 2018
Just last week he called Nate Berkus’ family a “travesty” and part of a “liberal agenda” after TLC promoted his show Nate & Jeremiah: By Design on their Twitter account. By Design follows the life of Berkus and his husband, Jeremiah Brent as they help couples renovate their homes. It also features the couple’s daughter Poppy.
When the criticism started to pour in, Dillard tried to defend his comments by saying that he wasn’t bashing people, but instead, he was simply trying to point out a network’s agenda.
New episodes of Counting On – without Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard – will return to TLC later this summer.