In the post, the reality star explained that just because you don’t agree with someone, doesn’t mean you hate the person or group. “That one thinks of someone’s idea or actions really doesn’t serve at all, to tell what they think of them personally, one way or the other,” he wrote. “For example, I disagree with about 95% of what my son does or suggests that I do), yet I love him dearly! I disagree with my wife far less than my son, and I also love her very much. It’s not bigotry, fascism, etc… to exercise one’s right of free speech.”
He then added that he believed it’s fine for someone to have different beliefs. “It’s not a problem that someone has different beliefs than you,” he wrote. “Or that they’re LGBT, or that they do anything else other than what you agree with. That’s the beauty of America, that we have the freedom to make personal choices, within a civilized society of law and order. All people should be treated equally before the law, plain and simple. If you do bad stuff, you should pay the consequences regardless of who you are. One’s consequences, good or bad, should be based on actions, not identity.”
As OK! readers’ know, Derick attacked fellow TLC co-star Jazz Jennings, 16, on Twitter for being transgender, back in August. “What an oxymoron... a 'reality' show which follows a non-reality,” Derick captioned a retweet of a TLC tweet about the summer premiere of I Am Jazz. “‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it's ordained by God.”
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After receiving backlash for his comments, Derick then tried to “clarify” his remarks, tweeting, “I want to be clear. I have nothing against him. I only have issue with the words and definitions being propagated here.”
Earlier this month, he caused controversy again by retweeting a quote from Janice Raymond. “No one – women, men, children or transgender persons – should be subjected to any form of exploitation or targeted for discrimination," the post read. "Transsexual and transgendered persons are entitled to the same human and civil rights as others. Recognizing these rights, however, does not mean that we must accept that hormones and surgery transform men into women and women into men; or that persons who self-identify as members of the opposite sex, are what they subjectively claim to be.”
He then wrote, “I agree with Janice Raymond on this.”
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