Kendra Caldwell: Is Joseph Duggar's Girlfriend a Homophobe?

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If you watch Counting On online, then you're no doubt aware that the Duggar family leans very far to the right in terms of their religious and political views.

That said, at least publicly, the Duggars make an effort to avoid alienating their non-white, non-ultra-conservative viewers (all four of them!).

Duggar Family Promotes Counting On

But while they struggle to keep their more controversial beliefs under wraps, or at least on the DL, the family's anti-gay views are no secret.

These days, Jim Bob, Michelle, and their 19 offspring aren't as vocal about their more bigoted beliefs as they once were.

In large part, this is because they can scarcely afford to get wrapped up in another scandal in the wake of Josh Duggar's sex crimes.

However, they're soon to be tied to a family that's just as homophobic, but far less afraid of sharing its views with the world.

As you may have heard, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's third-oldest son Joseph Duggar is courting Kendra Caldwell.

Naturally, the 22-year-old Joseph's relationship has resulted in Duggar fan scrutiny directed at Kendra and her family.

Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell

Also not, surprisingly, Kendra's father is a preacher.

What is surprising is that his views on homosexuality make the Duggars look downright enlightened by comparison.

Several media outlets have published excerpts from pamphlets that Paul Caldwell handed out to his congregation:

“Does God love Homosexuals?” one of the handouts from the reverend read, noting that "this is a flawed question."

"There are no such things as Homosexuals.”

Kendra Caldwell, Joseph Duggar

Yes, Paul believes there's no such thing as homosexuality, a view that hasn't exactly endeared him to certain members of the community.

“If you read their literature," says local activist Joanna McCusker, one can't believe the kinds of things they actually espouse.

"You’ll see that they don’t actually believe that there are such things as gay people, it’s almost a science-fiction idea that they have.”

Of course, this is far from the first time that Duggar family members have been criticized in conjunctin with homophobic views.

Michelle Duggar even cut ties with her lesbian sister, Evelyn Ruark, allegedly because of her disapproval of Ruark's lifestyle.

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In 2014, Michelle campaigned for an aspiring Arkansas state senator, promising voters that the candidate would take a hard-line anti-LGBTQ stance.

She also vehemently fought a statewide anti-discrimination bill, which indirectly led to a whistleblower coming forward against Josh.

So it's unlikely that the Duggars see any problem with the Caldwell family's close-minded stance when it comes to the gay community.

However, some of their fans might feel very differently, especially given Josh's hypocrisy and the emotional wounds that are still fresh.

It's also just extreme, even by their standards.

Even those who by and large ascribe to the same religious views might draw a line at denying that homosexuality is a thing that exists.

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