Fans know former Counting On star Derick Dillard as the one in the family who can’t seem to stop saying hateful things on social media. Even though he lost his job and faces constant backlash, Dillard continues to share controversial opinions and make bigoted comments – and religion is his defense.
Dillard attempted to explain himself this past week in a lengthy blog post he titled The True Disciple: Acknowledging Jesus Christ in a World That Does Not, and he wrote that his religion requires him to speak out against unholy things. And in Dillard’s world, that usually means the LGBTQ community.
“When our Christian life conflicts with man’s wisdom and the way of the world, we are still called to follow Christ, unashamedly,” Dillard wrote.
— The Ashley (@TheAshleysRR) June 29, 2018
The father-of-two also explained that God gives everyone a unique gift, voice, and platform to be “agents of light” in a world of darkness. Dillard says it can be difficult to speak the truth of Scripture when it isn’t popular, and many people deny Christ by how they live. However, he explains that “truth, reason, and justice are not excused from acknowledgment, simply because they may not be popular in a culture.”
According to In Touch Weekly, Dillard was referring to his comments about transgender teen Jazz Jennings and calling Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent’s family a “travesty.”
Dillard also wrote that the darkness and sin of the world is the enemy, not people. He explained that you can be pro-life but love the unwed mother, and you can love your “homosexual friend” while supporting traditional marriage.
Fans had a lot to say about the post, with one writing that expressing your beliefs is fine, but when you attack someone for being gay or trans, it is no longer a religious belief, but a hate crime. Plus, Dillard doesn’t always rant against gay people and abortion. He has also gone after the kids from the Parkland shooting, and he supports Trump’s wall.
But, his favorite target is definitely the LGBTQ community, and earlier this month he praised the Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple and applauded the 7-2 Supreme Court decision in the baker’s favor.
The 29-year-old wrote that the decision was a victory for religious freedom, and government should not discriminate against religious faith because it is a constitutional right. Dillard believes that religious beliefs come first and everyone – including liberals – should respect that.
New episodes of Counting On — without Derick Dillard’s bigotry — will return to TLC on July 30th.