Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar: Blaming Victims of Orlando Shooting For Not "Resisting the Devil"?!

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It’s no secret that the Duggars aren't fans of gay rights, but are Jim Bob and Michelle actually blaming the victims for Sunday's massacre?

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar Pic

According to the latest media reports, 49 victims tragically lost their lives in the June 12 shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

A homophobic, American-born man, Omar Mateen who pledged allegiance to ISIS reportedly targeted Pulse because it was an LGBT club.

Reports that Omar Mateen was gay himself have put an interesting twist on this story, but regardless, it was a hate-filled act of terrorism.

Celebrities, politicians, and other public figures quickly offered condolences to the family members and everybody who lost loved ones.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar were among those who offered prayers after the tragedy, but did so in a way that has sparked controversy.

The 19 Kids & Counting couple posted the following Bible verse:

"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. James 4:7-8."

Naturally, this has become subject to wide-ranging interpretation.

Some critics have posited that the Duggars are implicitly opining that the gay men and women who died brought the attack on themselves.

By failing to “resist the Devil,” at least in JBD's warped world view.

That may be a stretch, but not to their growing chorus of critics.

Almost immediately, their statement sparked a furious online backlash as fans accused them of lacking compassion and being self-righteous.

They aren't even the first to take heat over this in their own family.

Earlier, Jim Bob's daughter and son-in law Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald quoted anti-gay leaders in their response to the massacre.

While the quotes used by Jessa and Ben were not inflammatory, the religious figures who first said them have strident anti-gay views.

For that reason, many felt the young parents were out of bounds.

The Duggars' not-so-subtle dislike of the gay community dates back years, evidenced by things like their “kissing challenge” on Facebook.

If you recall, they asked their followers to help them celebrate love by posting pictures of themselves kissing their significant others.

Jim Bob and Michelle deleted gay couples' photos, of course.

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