Jim Bob Duggar says bring on the haters.
A recent petition on Change.org, which has currently generated almost 182,000 signatures of the 318,000 needed (needed for what, I am not sure), is calling for the TLC
show 19 Kids and Counting
to be taken off the air.
The petition, titled "End LGBTQ fear mongering by the Duggars," states, among other things, that, "Michelle Duggar… is warning Fayetteville residents that transgender people are child predators…" And they have the transcript of the robocall sent out by her to prove she actually did say these shocking and disgusting things.
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The petition continues, "The Duggars have been using their fame to promote discrimination, hate, and fear mongering against gays and transgendered people."
This is in response to the Duggars' push to get equal housing laws repealed for LGBTQ people and basically the all-around pushing of their close-minded beliefs about marriage and the like into the community (and by extension through their show, the country and the world).
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But Jim Bob Duggar, the patriarch of TLC's show, says bring it on. In a recent statement given at a Booster Banquet at Hannibal-LaGrange University (a conservative Southern Baptist Convention-affiliated university) he said, "They won't succeed… our show is the No.1 show on TLC. It's a small group creating this fuss."
Then his head got so big, I don't know how he was able to fit all of his kids and it on his Christmas card, saying, "All it has done is give us more exposure."
He claims the family's Facebook page gained 50,000 "likes" in one week following the petition as well as a competing petition on Change.org to keep them on the air (which has 12,800 signatures).
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This was a perfect opportunity for the fundamentalist Christian family to clear up the claims that they are fearmongering bigots as people have recently claimed them to be. Instead, they said, "We love everybody, but we don’t always agree with them."
Which is an interesting response since it almost directly contradicts what matriarch Michelle posted on their Facebook page. "No individual's sexual behavior and chosen lifestyle has the right to redefine marriage," she said.
Yeah… that sure sounds like all-inclusive love all right. What do you think? Should the Duggars have their show taken off the air? Should TLC leave it on? Do you think the Duggars are being fearmongers, or are they simply exercising their right to free speech?