Josh Duggar, the eldest son of TLC‚Äôs ‚Äú19 Kids And Counting‚ÄĚ is moving to Washington, D.C. to head the political action arm of Tony Perkins‚Äô 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, ‚ÄĚWe 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‚Äôs show. All of us at Family Research Council have long appreciated their devotion to the pro-family movement.‚ÄĚ
Josh Duggar talked about the possibility back in March. ‚ÄĚJosh confirmed that he will be working with a Christian organization to help promote ‚Äėfamily values and right to life.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
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‚Äôt even claim he‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 19 Kids and Counting? Will TLC allow it to become a mainstream outlet for FRC‚Äôs dangerous message? What about the Duggar family‚Äôs appearances in other media? Will his work with one of the most vile anti-gay organizations in America be legitimized there?
‚ÄúIf Josh Duggar wants to make a living dehumanizing and denigrating LGBT people and their families, that‚Äôs his business, but FRC‚Äôs lies and stereotypes need to be treated as such,‚ÄĚ said GLAAD Spokesperson Wilson Cruz. ‚ÄúJosh‚Äôs new boss Tony Perkins has actually accused LGBT equality advocates of being pawns of the devil. Fans of his family‚Äôs reality show ought to know that.‚ÄĚ
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‚Äôt even try, TLC network, to position Josh‚Äôs 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‚ÄĒfor me and millions of others, this crap just got really real. For real.