Jessa Duggar, Ben Seewald, Jill Duggar, Derick Dillard Avoid Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

October 14, 2014 Updated: October 14, 2014    

Jessa Duggar, her fiance, and Jill Duggar and her husband, have been staying off social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram recently. 

Jessa, 21, and Jill, 23, are typically prolific users of their social media accounts, especially since the family’s 19 Kids and Counting show started back up.

But there’s only been two posts between the couples since October 5, perhaps indicating that recent backlash over several posts have caused the family to use their accounts less.

Jessa hasn’t posted on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook since October 5, when she shared a link questioning whether radiometric dating proves that the Earth is old. That’s a long break for her, as she usually posts something at least every other day.

Jill is the only one who has posted something lately–a picture of her and younger brother James waiting in the parking lot for her husband to get off work. Her only other post this month came on October 7, thanking fans for their comments on an episode of the TLC show that follows the family.

Derick Dillard, 25, Jill’s husband, has also stayed off social media lately, only posting once in October–a picture of some of the family at the demolition derby on October 4. This is less unusual because Derick shares less on social media than the Duggar girls.

Ben Seewald, 19, Jessa’s fiance, has also stayed off social media–his last post is also a picture from the demolition derby.

 

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Waitin’ in the parking lot for my hubby to get off work! Can’t wait to see him! #jamesduggar #jillmdillard #derickdillard #cantwaittoseehubby

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Some are attributing the couples avoiding social media as due to the backlash that they’ve faced lately for their posts, which include some controversial views that stem from their Christianity.

One post from Jessa in late September especially rankled some people. It was after she, Ben, and younger sister Jinger visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and she shared some thoughts about what they saw.

“I walked through the Holocaust Museum again today… very sobering. Millions of innocents denied the most basic and fundamental of all rights–their right to life. One human destroying the life of another deemed ‘less than human,'” she said, posting a picture she took at the museum of a picture of people in concentration camps,” she wrote.

“Racism, stemming from the evolutionary idea that man came from something less than human; that some people groups are ‘more evolved” and others ‘less evolved.’ A denying that our Creator–GOD–made us human from the beginning, all of ONE BLOOD and ONE RACE, descendants of Adam. The belief that some human beings are ‘not fit to live.’ So they’re murdered. Slaughtered. Kids with Down syndrome or other disabilities. The sickly. The elderly. The sanctity of human life varies not in sickness or health, poverty or wealth, elderly or pre-born, little or lots of melanin [making you darker or lighter skinned], or any other factor.”

 

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I walked through the Holocaust Museum again today… very sobering. Millions of innocents denied the most basic and fundamental of all rights–their right to life. One human destroying the life of another deemed “less than human.” Racism, stemming from the evolutionary idea that man came from something less than human; that some people groups are “more evolved” and others “less evolved.” A denying that our Creator–GOD–made us human from the beginning, all of ONE BLOOD and ONE RACE, descendants of Adam. The belief that some human beings are “not fit to live.” So they’re murdered. Slaughtered. Kids with Down syndrome or other disabilities. The sickly. The elderly. The sanctity of human life varies not in sickness or health, poverty or wealth, elderly or pre-born, little or lots of melanin [making you darker or lighter skinned], or any other factor. “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not He that pondereth the heart consider it? and He that keepeth thy soul, doth not He know it? and shall not He render to every man according to his works?” (Proverbs 24:10-12) May we never sit idly by and allow such an atrocity to happen again. Not this generation. We must be a voice for those who cannot speak up for themselves. Because EVERY LIFE IS PRECIOUS. #ProLife

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She added a Bible verse before adding, “May we never sit idly by and allow such an atrocity to happen again. Not this generation. We must be a voice for those who cannot speak up for themselves. Because EVERY LIFE IS PRECIOUS. #ProLife.”

Criticism came from people who believe that equating the Holocaust with abortion isn’t a good comparison.

Soon, Ben’s father Michael Seewald came to his soon-to-be daughter-in-law’s defense, saying that she was being slammed by “Hitler’s Doppelgangers.”

“Are [critics] correct in saying that comparing abortion to the Holocaust is tone-deaf, insensitive, and irresponsible? I don’t think so,” he wrote in a blog post.

“Here’s why. The Holocaust was the deliberate extermination of a certain class of people. Those in power deemed some people to be subhuman and unwanted in society and so they gathered them up and killed them. Abortion also is the extermination of a certain class of people deemed unworthy to live. The powers that be have legalized murder just as they did during the Holocaust. Any woman who chooses to may go to an abortion clinic and have her preborn baby violently killed. In Hitler’s Germany there was legal discrimination against Jews. In our society we may legally discriminate against our own children and eradicate them. Tell me how this is not the same thing.”

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