19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar, the first born child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, says his family's anti-gay political views are really acts of love.
Specifically, Josh claimed that his family’s efforts in successfully overturning an anti-discrimination law in Arkansas were rooted in love for the LGBT community.
The policy director at the Family Research Council (FRC), Josh Duggar guest-hosted the FRC’s Washington Watch radio show on Monday afternoon.
He and his guest, Baptist pastor Richard Land, said gays and lesbians should be thankful that Christians are trying to free them from a “sad, lonely lifestyle.”
“It’s such a sad, lonely lifestyle,” said Land. “It just seemed to me that one of the cruelest jokes the devil has ever played is to have a lifestyle described as ‘gay.’”
Josh Duggar said that LGBT activists are “very vocal about their side,” but as Christians, “We have got to stand up in love" for what is truly righteous.
"We’re gonna stand up for what’s right," he said, "and we believe in this.”
A former car salesman, Duggar described how he had to sell to people “who didn’t have the same opinions and beliefs as I did and that never became an issue.”
Why would this political and moral situation be any different, the husband of the pregnant Anna Duggar, with whom he has three children already, wonders?!
The problem, he said, is LGBT activists trying to force their "agenda."
“The radical gay groups,” said Land, “their goal is very clear."
"Their agenda is to use the power of the state to force everyone to accept and affirm their lifestyle and to marginalize anyone who disagrees with it.”
Josh Duggar said that it is a commonly accepted falsehood that in order to love someone, you have to accept their “lifestyle” and agree with them on everything.
Christians, he said, have a right to stand up for what they believe.
“You know what?” he said, explaining this particular point.
“We still love everyone as Christ commands, we still have compassion, we still have those kinds of feelings, but we have our convictions. We have our beliefs.”
“If you really love somebody, you’re going to tell the truth. The Bible’s not neutral about lifestyles. The Bible blesses and approves of some and not others.”
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