Petition To Cancel Duggar Show Amidst Anti-Gay Complaints

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(CNN) — TLC’s reality show “19 Kids and Counting” has tons of fans, but more than 80,000 can’t be counted in that number.

That’s the amount who have signed a Change.org petition to have the show canceled in light of what the petition calls the Duggar family’s anti-LGBT stance.

According to the petition, Michelle Duggar’s voice can be heard on a recorded call from this past summer urging the citizens of Fayetteville, Arkansas, to vote to repeal a law that forbids business owners and landlords from evicting and firing people based on gender identity.

The Fayetteville City Council is voting on an ordinance this Tuesday night 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,” the petition reports Duggar as saying on the robocall. “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.”

The petition says Duggar’s words “reek of ignorance and fear mongering.”

“Just because someone is transgendered doesn’t mean they are a child predator or a rapist,” the petition says. “The claim that this ordinance would provide predators with access to women’s restrooms in order to assault or leer at girls or women is nothing more than fear-mongering and spreading ignorance and hatred.”

The Duggars are known for being devout Christians who don’t believe in practicing birth control and whose children follow courtship rules that include no kissing until their wedding day.

The petition also says that the Duggars’ oldest son, Josh, has taken a job with the Family Research Center, which the petition says “is such a hate-filled, anti-gay organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2010 labeled it a ‘hate group’ for its ‘dissemination of false and demonizing propaganda about gays and lesbians.’ “

The movement comes on the heels of controversy about a recent posting on the Duggars’ “official” Facebook page.

After their newly married daughter Jessa was criticized for sharing an Instagram photo of herself kissing her husband Ben Seewald, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar posted an image of themselves kissing and challenging others to do the same.

John Becker, who blogs about LGBT issues at The Bilerico Project, wrote that pictures of same-sex couples were deleted.

A counter petition to support the Duggars has been started and as of Friday had more than 6,000 signatures.

44 comments

    • pdavis68

      This is clearly the best solution. Unfortunately, it’s not always a feasible solution in an establishment that’s scrounging for space to server their customers. Adding a 3rd bathroom takes away money-making space. There are a lot of small bars, especially, in this area that would suffer a great deal from that requirement.

    • Jack

      When my 6 year old daughter needs to go to the bathroom in a public place without a family restroom, she goes in by herself. The thought of a grown man going in or already being in there is scary. The Duggar’s are not the only people that think this ordinance is wrong. Decent parents that care about their kids safety should all worry about this. Not to mention, I’m not crazy about the thought of a woman walking in while I’m standing at the urinal.

  • Get Real

    Let’s hope these arrogant, ignorant, liberal whiners end up with the same results the chic-fil-a and Duck Dynasty bullies did. On wait…they are probably the same ones.

    • pdavis68

      Wow, the hate that gets spewed from people who, no doubt consider themselves Christians. Mark 12:31 “The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

      The second greatest commandment… Just saying…

      • pedrito68

        Look at the hate spewed by supposed Christians on this board. There’s our good buddy below, “LIBERALSARETRASH” posting, Slick Willie with his, “You liberal POS “journalists” never cease to stop…”, and of course, Get Real with his “Let’s hope these arrogant, ignorant, liberal whiners…”

        And I shouldn’t judge? You must be joking!

  • Slick Willie

    You liberal POS “journalists” never cease to stop. Anti-g@y? Try anti-g@y marriage. But you knew that, didn’t you a**wipes?

    • Mark

      What compels you to think it’s any of your business who gets married to who? Please enlighten us and explain who the authority on this subject is?

      • Val

        I’m sure they think God gives them that right because apparently they are perfect in every way and we should all be like them. The laughable thing to me is that they are already sharing their bathrooms with the same people they condemn. I guess they are too ignorant to realize……..

    • pdavis68

      Well, if you were ever worried someone might confuse you for a Christan, you’ve certainly corrected them with that post.

  • Deborah

    If Fayetteville passes this ordinance, then I will never shop in Fayetteville again. This is a disgusting ordinance. I would never want a man in a girls restroom. I support the Duggars and its nice to watch a show that has values.

    • pdavis68

      My brother was born a woman and is now a man. He looks nothing like a woman. He has a full beard. Would you feel comfortable if he came into the woman’s bathroom while you were in it?

      • Amazed

        I would only be uncomfortable, if she/he “peeked” through the stall openings like the 10 year old boys do to me when mama brings them into the ladies restrooms for fear some child molester will get to them in the men’s restroom. Mamas please take these boys to the “family” restrooms that are available for you, if you fear they will be molested in the men’s restrooms.

  • Mel

    I am not a big fan
    of the Duggars, nor the Fayetteville ordinance. One promotes ignorance, the other promotes legislation where legal options are already available . Why do we have to resort to such extremes when, acording to the law, both have ability to live as they please? There are
    Legal options for both if they feel their lifestyles have been infringed upon. I want to see more common sense and less legislation or recrimination. Both sides are “over the top.” There are too many extremes at play. Canceling the Duggars’ show and repealing the ordinance sounds like a win-win to me.

    • Mark

      There are not legal options/remedies if you’ve been discriminated against due to sexual orientation…even though 90% of the Fortune 500 companies have pro lgbt policies in place..we remain behind the times..That’s the whole point of the ordinance..and yes the nut-job Duggars need to go away!!

  • Mel

    A law currently exists across the United States that prevents discrimination based on sexual orientation. The state of Arkansas, however, does not protect against discrimination of sexual identity. Based on the stats, there are around 700,000 people in the U.S. who consider themselves to be transgender. That is less than 1% of the total population. If you consider the fact that most will fall into one or more sexual orientation category that is covered, then the issue is redundent. There is federal legislation pending currently, but unless they want to work as the Duggars’ nanny, I think they should be able to find a good job (considering level of education) and a place to live, and hopefully, a happy life.

  • Lucy

    Obviously 5 News hasn’t been to the petition site in favor of keeping the show. As of right now over 48,000 signatures.

  • Aaron Burns

    Whay can the Duggars keep faith out of politics. When faith denies people basic rights you don’t use it as a legislative tool. Think how you want but I don’t want to live in Iran.

    • jim

      Yeah them nasty ol’Duggars they need to keep their views and and religious convictions out of the decisions they make. Kindof like our founding fathers of this country did. OH WAIT

  • James

    It amazes me how Christians want to impose their beliefs on everyone else. They live in a cloak of Christianity while performing their sins in the dark. I wander what skeletons they have their closet. While I don’t believe in the Duggars stance I do believe they have a right to believe in whatever they want. I wish they and others like them would do the same for others who don’t believe like them.

    • LiberalsAreTrash

      Really? How Christians want to impose their beliefs on everyone else? You mean like starting a controversy on some hippy “change.org” site in an attempt at getting someone booted from their jobs because they don’t believe in the idea of “gender identification”? Only a minority actually believe in that stupid concept.

    • jim

      For the most part James, I think Christians respect the right for people to believe what they want. (and like every other world view they got their crazys that ride their backs that give them a bad wrap) But they believe in absolute truth. A premade right and wrong. We as Christians are suppose to demonize the sin NOT the sinner and that’s where people get their feelings hurt, we are also suppose to stand up for our beliefs and protect our liberties as Americans and that involves the public square and the law making that goes on in society. A good Christian (my opinion) don’t silence opposition they how ever ain’t afraid to debate it. Now most opposition to the Christians however wants to silence the Christian world view and that is the push right now nationally. And respectfully James it should not amaze you that Christians advocate their beliefs to society (not impose) there is a difference in forcing a belief and protecting peoples right which is what the Duggars are doing.

      • Pete

        Jim,
        With all due respect, how is the “opposition” as you call them (and I think that would include me), trying to silence Christians? I believe in the right of all of us to come here and debate the issues in a civilized way.

        Tell me which bathroom you think my brother (who was born a woman, but now looks nothing like a woman and has a fuller beard than I could ever grow) should use? Do you think women would feel comfortable if someone who looks 100% like a man (but was biologically born a woman) came in to use the woman’s bathroom?

        Incidentally, my brother has never molested anyone and I personally take great offense to any insinuation that my brother is anything other than the good, caring, loving person he is.

      • jim

        Pete I’m all for rights our founding fathers sacrificed a lot to achieve the freedom we have now “for now” the Opposition is all over where do you start. how about this article, a petition to cancel that show because it promotes hate and fear mongering as Clayton puts it.All these LGBT groups and activists won’t stop until I as a Christian will be breaking the law by teaching my children that the bible condemns homosexuality. Which by the way is protected or it’s suppose to be. But there is a big culture push I mean look around businesses all over the country are getting slammed for not promoting homosexuality bakers, printing shops, NOT for refusing them service as customers mind you because they wouldn’t use their service to promote stuff they don’t agree with. LGBT groups will not stop until I as a Christian lose my right to free speech, press, and religion

      • Charlotte

        Yes, Jim, I am being ignored by family members because I said “Love the sinner, not the sin” We just have to pray for them.

  • Clayton

    How often do you see or hear about a transgender person molesting a kid? I for one can’t recall ever seeing or hearing about a case like that.

    This isn’t a issue about Michelle’s religion . It’s a issue about her using her so called fame to preach ignorant made up garbage to people that are ignorant themselves.

    And a question that no one is asking is , what does it matter to her what the city of Fayetteville does ? She does not live in Fayetteville ( at least not that I know of) . The only answer I can come up with is ratings.

    • jim

      Grant it Clayton, they might exaggerate the abuses of this ordinance but it will be abused I’m sure. This in my opinion is about the Duggars using their fame and public platform to help protect the rights and security of people. Which I’m sure if they were famous and pushing for rights you believed in you wouldn’t care where they live huh?

  • Arkajun

    What the don’t tell you is the 19 Kid and Counting has nearly 5 million viewers and is the network’s #1. 80,000 signatures is paultry 1.6%. From that 1.6% take away the paid petition signers, then you have those who would sign anything if it got them a little attention. And those that have never heard of the Duggars watched any episode of 19 Kids and counting….and that 1.6% drops to less than .01

  • Rick Covert

    Simple solution. Change the channel. Watch something else. Go read a book. In this age of multi media outlets, it’s time to get over the programs that offend you.

  • Clayton

    No Jim I wouldn’t mind it at all. That is if Michelle was even 1% right. But she isn’t.

    This isn’t an argument about opinion , it’s an argument about facts. And she’s wrong.

    So when someone that doesn’t even live her spouts off bs that isn’t remotely true , yeah I get offended . Fayetteville has always been better than hate and fear mongering . I would like to keep it that way, and don’t want outside forces telling us any different.

    But in the end I have faith that the people of Fayetteville will decide what’s right.

  • Horace

    I doubt that many open-minded people would watch their show, anyway. Popping out babies like sausages–It’s a difficult job being a good parent to one child, let alone a whole heard of them. Apparently, they’re attention hogs, like Sarah Palin.

  • Sarah 4.0

    I have met the Duggar’s and they are quite genial people. That being said, they do not have a ‘dog in the fight’ in Fayetteville.
    Robo-calling residents before the election and attending City Council meetings is not appropriate. Fayetteville residents should have input but no others.
    If you are truly upset by the show, email the sponsors of the program because in the end, they pay the bills including the Duggar’s exorbitant salaries.

  • Marie

    Ther you go Your Fayetteville ordinance in Real Action. This is the goal. No has rights to have an opinion or belief Except the Liberals.

    • Clayton

      My opinion is Michelle needs to close her legs for a bit. That’s a opinion .

      Saying transgender people are rapists , isn’t being said as a opinion , it’s being said as a fact. And it’s not a fact . It’s her opinion, that she is preaching as fact. That’s the problem.

  • Jon Bodack

    Everyone has a right to their opinion, but this is just sad, Transgender People are most definitely not Child Predators or Rapists, they may be different, but they’re neither one of those things.

  • Darin

    Just change the channel. No need to take away the rights of people to watch what programming they want to. My feelings get hurt everything I turn to a channel that has gays and lesbians on it, do you see me making a petition to get it taken off the air?

  • casterfank

    I live down the road from the Duggars & am not a huge fan but I do agree with most of their values. I say let’s get another petition to shut the Kardashians down. I am so sick of those trashy people.

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