Josh Duggar, the eldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19 children, featured on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” is joining the Family Research Council, the anti-gay hate group headed by “traditional family” activist Tony Perkins.
Duggar, 25, who has said in the past that he “will be working with a Christian organization to help promote ‘family values and right to life,'” is joining FRC as Executive Director of FRC Action, the organization’s legislative affiliate.
“As head of our action arm, the Arkansas native will bring his pro-life and pro-family passions to the political arena,” the FRC announced Tuesday.
“Now that Josh Duggar has accepted a position at such an anti-gay organization, he has become a full-fledged anti-gay activist,” said media watchdog GLAAD.
“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.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) labeled the FRC a “hate group” back in 2010 “because of its dissemination of false and demonizing propaganda about gays and lesbians.”
Among the FRC’s claims:
“Gaining access to children has been a long-term goal of the homosexual movement.”
— Robert Knight, FRC director of cultural studies, and Frank York, 1999
“[Homosexuality] … embodies a deep-seated hatred against true religion.”
— Steven Schwalm, FRC senior writer and analyst, in “Desecrating Corpus Christi,” 1999
“One of the primary goals of the homosexual rights movement is to abolish all age of consent laws and to eventually recognize pedophiles as the ‘prophets’ of a new sexual order.”
— 1999 FRC pamphlet, Homosexual Activists Work to Normalize Sex with Boys.
“[T]he evidence indicates that disproportionate numbers of gay men seek adolescent males or boys as sexual partners.”
— Timothy Dailey, senior research fellow, “Homosexuality and Child Sexual Abuse,” 2002
“While activists like to claim that pedophilia is a completely distinct orientation from homosexuality, evidence shows a disproportionate overlap between the two. … It is a homosexual problem.”
— FRC President Tony Perkins, FRC website, 2010
“Those who understand the homosexual community — the activists — they’re very aggressive, they’re—everything they accuse us of they are in triplicate. They’re intolerant, they’re hateful, vile, they’re spiteful.”
— Tony Perkins, Speaking to the Oak Initiative Summit, April 2011
More about the Family Research Council is here.