Josh Duggar: It’s Discriminatory To Not Let Christians Discriminate Against Gay People
Josh Duggar, of the “19 Kids and Counting” Duggars, attended the National Organization for Marriages sad little hate rally this weekend. After this, Josh–who is now executive director of Family Research Council Action–had a chat with reporters from the conservative site Cyber News Service about how super bad it will be if the Supreme Court makes gay marriage the law of the land.
My personal favorite part of the interview was the part when they asked him what he thinks would actually happen if the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across the nation, and all he could come up with was that people would disagree with that. I mean, come on Dugger. The least you could do is tell us all about how you’d probably have to divorce your wife and be forced to marry a man in a pagan ceremony on Fire Island, right?
I mean, really, if you’re going to be out there protesting gay marriage–a thing that is barely even an issue these days–I want to hear what you truly think are going to be the actual consequences. Go full Ted Cruz and insist that gay marriage will be mandatory! Go full Michelle Bachmann and insist that it’s going to legitimately lead to God raining hell down on earth. Because it can’t just be “Well, other people would disagree and probably continue to disagree, just like they do about abortion.”
There are lots of things we disagree on that are perfectly legal. Or illegal, even! I think that sex work and all drugs should be decriminalized and I continue to find smoking bans in bars, coffee shops and 24-hour diners to be ridiculous. People disagreeing on things is not a consequence, it’s the natural order.
Another fun moment is where Duggar suggested that not discriminating against gay people was discriminating against Christians.
“Natural marriage has been clearly defined over the years,” Duggar, speaking in the vernacular of the religious right, said.
“Right now in America there is an agenda to silence people of faith, those who hold a dissenting opinion,” Duggar told CBN. “That’s not what America was founded on. America was founded on respect, tolerance, and really not discriminating against people based on their religious convictions.”
OK. Here’s the thing, Duggar. Other people doing things you disagree with, without you being involved in the slightest, isn’t discriminatory towards you. That is not a thing. Not allowing you to discriminate against others or dictate their lives according to your personal religious beliefs is not discriminatory towards you.
Let’s flip this around. I am an atheist. You are not. If you go to church and pray to a god I don’t believe in, am I being discriminated against? No! It’s none of my business. If you choose to believe in a weird version of Christianity wherein you are supposed to have 45,000 babies with the same first initial because your wife’s reproductive organs are supposed to be a quiver? That is also none of my business, from a legal standpoint. I can say it’s ridiculous or that I think you are incorrect, but I cannot say that you are discriminating against me, personally, by doing this.
Words have meanings!
Duggar also claimed that “only one other country in the entire world has ever redefined marriage and that was Brazil when they stepped in through the court system to do that.”
As Travis Gettys pointed out on Raw Story, that is in no way factually true. Gay marriage is legal in 18 countries.
The problem is, were people like Josh Duggar to speak in terms of facts and things that make sense to anyone but them, they’d have no arguments left.