A good hard-and-fast rule to live by: "Do not compare anything to the Holocaust. Ever." Jessa Duggar does not live by this rule.
Last week, the 21-year-old "19 Kids and Counting" star and her fiancé, Ben Seewald, visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. The "sobering" experience prompted Duggar to share a photo accompanied a lengthy note in which she compared the systematic murder of 11 million people (possibly 15 to 20 million people, according to a recent study) to abortion:
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. #ProLifeFollow
Trips to the Holocaust Memorial Museum seem to inspire similar views in Duggar women. Jessa's mother, Michelle Duggar, wrote a blog post after her own visit to the nation's capital.
"A couple of weeks after we went to the Holocaust Museum, it dawned on us that there is a holocaust taking place right here in America!" the matriarch of the Duggar family wrote, in March 2013. "More than 56 million lives have been destroyed in our country! That is over 4,000 babies being killed and 4,000 women being wounded each day!"