Josh Duggar: Rabid Gay-Hating Tea-Party-esque?

Josh Duggar: Rabid Gay-Hating Tea-Party-esque? June 19, 2013

Yesterday it was announced finally that Josh Duggar is officially joining the Family Research Council as the Executive Director of FRC Action. The scuttlebutt and rumors have been saying he was taking a paid position with FRC for quite some time now.

Guess being on a television show and his used car dealership really paid off as far as a career trajectory. Wondering how difficult the transition to an office job is going to be for Josh, or perhaps he’ll be mostly the FRC trained monkey going out to give speeches and to fundraising for the organization.

Whatever his true role will be with the FRC one thing is for sure. He (and the rest of the Duggars) can no longer claim to be sweet loving non-Quiverfulls benign Christians any longer.

More from The New Civil Rights Movement. Let us know what you think.

Reality TV Star And Eldest Son Of “19 Kids And Counting” To Lead Anti-Gay Hate Group

by David Badash on June 18, 2013

in Discrimination,News,Politics,Religion

Josh Duggar, the eldest son of TLC’s “19 Kids And Counting” is moving to Washington, D.C. to head the political action arm of Tony Perkins’ anti-gay hate group, FRC Action. The Family Research Council is listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-gay hate group. The eldest Duggar sibling and his wife, Anna, just celebrated the birth of their third child.

Teasing the announcement, Perkins said, ”We want to congratulate Josh and Anna Duggar on the birth of Marcus. They have been an inspiration to millions of Americans who regularly tune in to see the Duggar family’s show. All of us at Family Research Council have long appreciated their devotion to the pro-family movement.”

Josh Duggar talked about the possibility back in March. ”Josh confirmed that he will be working with a Christian organization to help promote ‘family values and right to life.’”

GLAAD weighed in yesterday:

Duggar said that he will be working on the 501c4 side of the organization, which is more politically driven. He can’t even claim he’s just going to shape the culture.

Now that Josh Duggar has accepted a position at such an anti-gay organization, he has become a full-fledged anti-gay activist. What does this mean for TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting? Will TLC allow it to become a mainstream outlet for FRC’s dangerous message? What about the Duggar family’s appearances in other media? Will his work with one of the most vile anti-gay organizations in America be legitimized there?

“If Josh Duggar wants to make a living dehumanizing and denigrating LGBT people and their families, that’s his business, but FRC’s lies and stereotypes need to be treated as such,” said GLAAD Spokesperson Wilson Cruz. “Josh’s new boss Tony Perkins has actually accused LGBT equality advocates of being pawns of the devil.  Fans of his family’s reality show ought to know that.”

Josh Duggar is clearly enamored with the Tea Party and the rabidly anti-gay right. A quick glance through his Facebook photos shows him arm in arm with Republican extremists Rick Santorum and Rand Paul.

Jeremy Hooper at Good As You adds:

But don’t even try, TLC network, to position Josh’s story as something that should warm the fires within my own heart and home. That ship has sailed. This TLC star is going to be paid to spearhead a quest that seeks to diminish, if not completely extinguish, all that I hold dear within my own marriage, family, and home. Forget carefully edited reality TV—for me and millions of others, this crap just got really real. For real.

Comments open below

NLQ Recommended Reading …

Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment‘ by Janet Heimlich

Quivering Daughters‘ by Hillary McFarland

Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement‘ by Kathryn Joyce


Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!

What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment
  • texcee

    Ahhhh, true colors begin to appear at last!

  • Oh, I guess my anti-fandoms are crossing.

    Glad to see the facade disappear, though! It’s about time one of them displayed their hateful little ideas.

  • Maggie Winnike

    Is anyone really surprised by this though? Didn’t he voice his support for an anti-gay political candidate during the last election?

  • Independent Thinker

    Politics aside I can’t imagine another person with car salesman and reality TV show participant on a resume being an executive director of anything in Washington DC. The Duggars are simply salesmen and women and the sales pitch continues. Buy our books, watch our show, and you too will get jobs you aren’t qualified for, free stuff from big corporations to support your family with, and fame.

  • Petticoat Philosopher

    I’m willing to bet that in the world of the FRC and other organizations like it, the ideological purity test matters more than any work experience. He passes that with flying colors.

  • NeaDods

    You’re right, but that still won’t protect him as he starts to interact with people outside the bubble he’s grown up in.

  • mary

    I’m not sure Mr. Badash was correct when he called the FRC a “hate group.” They have some effed up stances on things, to be sure, but to quote Wiki:

    A hate group is an organized group or movement that advocates and practices hatred, hostility, or violence towards members of a race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or other designated sector of society. According to the United StatesFederal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), hate groups’ “primary purpose is to promote animosity, hostility, and malice against persons belonging to a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin which differs from that of the members of the organization.”[1] The Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) definition of a “hate group” includes those having beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.[2]

    By that definition I don’t think I’d call them a hate group. They believe some things are wrong which are not, but I have no evidence of their advocating hatred or violence. (may they practice hatred without specifically endorsing it? Yes, but that is a bit different; who they feel animosity toward is their own business as long as they don’t publicly endorse it) I don’t think the FRC’s primary purpose is to promote hostility and violence towards LGBT folks; I think the hostility is a result of them being hostile to anything that doesn’t fit their tiny idealized Pleasantville worldview. They’re also hostile to feminists, stay at home dads, single parents, gender equality, and a host of other things. I think labelling a hate group requires a little more than narrow-minded hostility, but that’s just me. Otherwise the Southern Baptist Convention, the Mormon church in general, and at least one entire county in Georgia would be hate groups. At some point it’s a bit much.

    Also- please don’t equate the Tea Party with the FRC. Some Tea Party supporters are socially liberal libertarians who want smaller government and free market economics. It’s fine to disagree with those people politically or in any other way, but making inaccurate conflations really damages a person’s or entity’s credibility. (this is more a critique of Mr. Badash, not of NLQ except for the article title, which is in my mind a bit misleading. )

  • Regardless of whether his opinion of gays is positive or negative, I would hardly respect people’s opinion on a matter they know nothing about. If he never spoke to actual gays or looked at their actual opinions and how it influences the world, he has utterly no credibility IMO when he wants to lobby for policies against them. Why should anyone be swayed by the opinion of someone who knows nothing of the reality of the matter he campaigns about?

  • NeaDods

    We’re about to see what happens when a carefully polished arrow is actually shot out into the world from his nurturing quiver in a blow for God’s army.

    Considering that Josh is ignorant, inexperienced, unqualified, and has never had to stand against the sustained fury of intelligent people fighting for their very rights and lives, I’m thinking that this is not going to go well. Nor does the entire Quiver truly realize yet how badly they’ve tipped their hands. Their next “shot” is only going to be that much more difficult to “land”.

  • Holly

    “He (and the rest of the Duggars) can no longer claim to be sweet loving non-Quiverfulls benign Christians any longer.”
    Libby herself broke away from her family’s ideology but we are going to put all the Duggars in the same camp? Josh is an adult and he has made his choice but there are still over a dozen children who are not yet in the position to make their own decisions. I think it is a bit pre-mature to make this sweeping generalization.

  • Holly

    Oops thought I read this on libby’s page. So let me rephrase. Nearly all the contributors on this site left their former beliefs and statistically at least some of the Duggar kids will too.

  • gimpi1
  • Petticoat Philosopher

    The Southern Poverty Law Center itself identifies the FRC as a hate group, so you can take it up with them.

  • Petticoat Philosopher

    The question is though, will he do that? I don’t know how much contact he’s really going to have to have with people who oppose his views in the world of conservative Christian organizations/lobbying. I expect he’ll be pretty coddled.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    I think just living in the Greater DC/MD/VA region after living in rural Arkansas is going to be culture shock. Especially all the different ethnicities from the world over that are in DC. He’ll get to see his first hijabs and turbans actually on people and a rainbow of skin tones and accents. His horizons will be broadened even if he doesn’t want them to be

  • NeaDods

    What Suzanne said. They can try to keep him in a bubble, but there’s no one to say “Nike” every time he steps outside the house. And I doubt he’s had to deal with opposing protestors and lawyers face to face before. Now he won’t be able to avoid them.

    Wonder what FRC will do with today’s announcement from Exodus International? That’s got to be a kick in the teeth.

  • JTN

    He will eventually be eaten alive in DC. My guess is (for now) he will be tolerated, but his lack of education and experience will make him a joke and seriously undermine his credibility. He is probably going to bring the exact wrong type of attention to FRC. They probably want him for the exposure, but he will attract more attention from critics than anything else. He will quickly be over his head and methinks his hubris will prevent him from admitting it. This situation will eventually culminate in a total clusterf*ck of incompetence where he will leave to “seek new opportunities” at X.
    I also think his wife will be miserable because they are no where close to family and their educational and social levels are so far out of whack with DC society that she will be very uncomfortable. Josh probably fancies himself as a potential player and will try to network himself into a power position. Hell, the first time they break out that tatertot casserole, I’d put money on someone piping up to ask if it was ironic 50s food potluck night.

  • Independent Thinker

    Josh’s “career” in DC hinges on two things the ability to rake in money for the organization he works for and the ability to recruit older teens and twenty something’s to the FRC cause. I don’t think either are possible. I give it six months tops.

  • ILoveJellybeans

    Theres no chance he could do anything but fail. See how he used to run the car lot? His social network posts all are about him slacking off work, in a real job “Duggar time” is not going to fly. Also although his colleagues are bigots, they are educated-they went to school, and college too, and have a knowledge of the world around them-and theyre not Quiverfull, theyre regular Christians who watch movies, dont have 30 billion kids each and met their partners through dating. Josh is going to be so out of place.

    We can thank Michelle and Jimbobs crappy parenting for that. Theyve made it so none of their kids have a chance of success in life (although I do hope at least one gets out, but if they do, they have a lot to learn). Hey Josh, your little siblings were raised by their buddies way more than their parents, how can four women/teen girls collectively raise a massive amount of children together with little real input from a man and them turn out okay by your standards, but you dont think same sex couples could raise kids?

    Hopefully he learns something from this, at least when he falls on his face trying to make it in DC. As for him learning not to be a bigot, theres no chance of that.

    Statistically at least one of his siblings is gay, and it is going to be absolutely terrible for that kid knowing what their brother is doing.

    I really hope that some of the other kids leave and start loudly supporting gay rights.

  • Mel

    My first thought: Hey, the Duggars have launched ONE kid. One kid out of 19 kids is living on their own and holding down a job. Let’s see how long it takes to launch the next one. Do we have enough psuedo-jobs for all of the Duggar boys? Do we have enough rich perfect Christian guys to marry the Duggar girls off?

  • NeaDods

    No matter what he personally believes, he’s going to be ineffective at actually changing the world or people’s hearts. How can they spin that into a blow for god in Duggarworld?

  • “I see brown people. They’re EVERYWHERE.”

  • roddma

    Look I despise what the Duggars stand for but disagreement isn’t the same as hate or bigotry. Bigotry comes in all forms. Calling Josh names is stooping to their level. Funny how America claims to be about rights except when it comes to disagreement with hot button issues. The Center for Disease Control gives all kinds of stats about homosexuality and are far from right wing. You have to be careful about changing sides on political issues as a slap in the face to your former religion. My comment isn’t about denying anyone rights if that’s what you think. It’s about not stooping to the other side’s level.

  • jae

    // Hey Josh, your little siblings were raised by their buddies way more than their parents, how can four women/teen girls collectively raise a massive amount of children together with little real input from a man and them turn out okay by your standards, but you dont think same sex couples could raise kids?//