Former Counting On star Jill Duggar has found herself in hot water once again after she took to Instagram to share her thoughts about the recent Santa Fe High School shooting. Some praised the mom-of-two, but others were not thrilled with her message and slammed her for remaining silent about her husband Derick Dillard’s attacks on the LGBTQ community.
Duggar posted a picture of Dietrich Bonhoeffer along with his quote, “Silence in the face of evil itself is evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
Then, she wrote in the caption, “This has so many applications to our lives! Let your voice be heard. #votetoday????#researchcandidates #neveragain#protectourrights. Read more about voting at our Life Matters blog post! Link in bio.”
Because of her husband’s consistent social media activity against the LGBTQ community, people found irony in Duggar’s post and accused her of simply trying to remain famous and keep her and her husband’s names in the public eye.
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One person went even further by arguing that the Duggars never did anything following oldest brother Josh’s molestation scandal. So to post a quote saying “Silence in the face of evil” was a hypocritical act, and recommended that the family practice what it preaches.
Earlier in the week, Duggar shared a different post about the Santa Fe shooting that also generated criticism. She wrote about praying for those affected by the tragedy, but people quickly responded that prayers weren’t enough and meant nothing to dead children.
At this point, Duggar and Dillard are used to receiving backlash for their comments on social media. Recently, Dillard has been busy bashing the new TLC series Lost In Translation, which follows four women whose husbands are transitioning. He wrote that he hoped the series would show the devastation of mental illness instead of presuming that transitioning is evidence of an improving society.
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And, last month he went after Nate Berkus and his husband, Jeremiah Brent, over their show Nate & Jeremiah by Design. He called the show a “travesty of family,” and said it highlighted and celebrated a lifestyle that is degrading to children.
You would think Dillard would have learned how to put the brakes on the hate speech after TLC fired him from Counting On last year because of his rants against transgender teen Jazz Jennings. But, the 29-year-old claims that the network didn’t fire him, and instead he and Jill Duggar left the show because they wanted to pursue other things.
New episodes of Counting On will return to TLC later this summer.