A petition launched in August urging TLC to cancel the Duggar family reality series 19 Kids And Counting, over a robocall recorded by Michelle Duggar, now has more than 131,000 signatures after it got noticed by the media.
In response, several pro-Duggar family petitions have been launched on Change.org and elsewhere this week, claiming “it is against their human rights to cancel the show based upon one LGBTQ member making false claims.” The most popular of those petitions has hit 67,000 sigs.
“The Duggars have thrown massive amounts of money” to repeal an anti-discrimination ordinance in Arkansas, according to the petition started August 20 on Change.org. Its creator claims the family matriarch recorded a robocall warning the ordinance would allow “males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls.”
The ordinance passed in August.
In the robocall, a voice said:
“Hello, this is Michelle Duggar. I’m calling to inform you of some shocking news that would affect the safety of Northwest Arkansas women and children…The Fayetteville City Council is voting on an ordinance…that would allow men – yes I said ‘men’ – to use women’s and girls’ restrooms, locker rooms, showers, sleeping areas and other areas that are designated for females only. I don’t believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls. “
Petition creator Jim Wissick said back in August those claims, “reek of ignorance and fear mongering.”
The petition also says Michelle’s oldest son, Josh Duggar is now working at the Family Research Council, and sends readers to an article from the Southern Poverty Law Center labeling FRC a “hate group” for its “dissemination of false and demonizing propaganda about gays and lesbians.”
Fans of 19 Kids And Counting are maybe bewildered by the kerfuffle, knowing, as they do, the Duggar family is part of a small and very conservative evangelical movement called the Quiverfull movement, believing only god can tell women how many children she’s going to have. Female believers live in a sort of dating gestation crate until they are married — all “dates” are chaperoned, no full-frontal hugs allowed until after ceremony, and most definitely kissing is off limits.
The Duggars made news recently when daughter Jessa married Ben, and the happy couple posted a sexy Instagram photo of their alleged first post-ceremony lip lock. Michelle and husband Jim Bob added a photo with their interpretation of daughter’s kiss and urged other “happily married” photos to be put on the page. A gay couple’s kiss photo was removed and the family responded to the uproar that followed by posting a line of scripture: “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
Explained the family: “This is such a sweet scripture that we hold dear. We will always stand for truth and the values we hold dear without compromise but we will do so in love and kindness–treating others well even if we don’t agree with them and we will do so without hateful words. This verse is a reminder of how we must always carry ourselves. Precious words from Jesus.”
This week, a couple of petitions were launched on Change.org petition to keep the Duggars reality series on TLC. According to one of them, “Everyone should be entitled to free speech and their own beliefs. The show should stay on air becuae (sic) the Duggars have many supporters. Many that may or may not agree with their personal beliefs, but this does not mean that they shouldn’t be allowed their reality show or that they should be attacked for their personal beliefs.”
That petition has more than 6,110 signatures.“The Duggars are loved the world over by thousands of people. It is against their human rights to cancel the show based upon one LGBTQ member making false claims,” weighed in the other petition. “The LGBTQ member deliberately and purposefully posted a photo of him and his partner kissing on the Duggars Facebook Kissing Challenge knowing full well that it would probably be deleted. The photo was removed and he was blocked from posting on the page.” That one’s clocked 25,000 sigs.
Another petition on Lifesitenews.com warns, “In the past few days, liberal extremists have launched a full-scale attack on the Duggars, demanding that The Learning Channel cancel the Duggars’ popular reality TV show. Their reason? Michelle Duggar openly opposed an extreme ‘transgender’ bill in Fayetteville. The bill would have given biological males who say they are women the right to use women’s bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, and other female-only facilities!”
It has more than 67,000 signatures, and the endorsement of such groups as the American Family Association.