Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald oppose gay marriage because of their strict religious views, but the Jill & Jessa: Counting On stars want their fans to know that they do not condone violence against members of the LGBT community. However, Jessa and Ben chose to quote two anti-gay religious leaders in their responses to the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Jessa Duggar and her husband were two of the many public figures who felt compelled to respond to the mass shooting that took place at the popular Orlando gay club. According to the Los Angeles Times, the gunman, 29-year-old American citizen Omar Mateen, killed at least 50 people and wounded 53 in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
Mateen's father claimed that his son targeted the LGBT community after seeing two gay men kissing in public. He was allegedly angry because this happened in front of his wife and son. There are also reports that Mateen called 911 and pledged allegiance to the Islamic state shortly before opening fire on 320 revelers at the Orlando club.
In response to the mass shooting, Jessa Duggar chose not to use her own words. Instead, she quoted Albert Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
"This is when we show that Christians mourn with those who mourn," the Mohler quote reads. "May the Gospel of Jesus Christ be evident as the only power greater than a broken heart."