Still at it! The Duggar family upset members of the LGBTQ community last week when they allegedly deleted pictures of same-sex couples from their Facebook kissing post, and now people are fighting to get their show, 19 Kids and Counting, pulled off the air.
A Change.org petition was started to cancel the hit TLC show after matriarch Michelle Duggar allegedly recorded a robocall this past summer for the people of Fayetteville, Ark., asking that they vote to repeal a law that would forbid business owners and landlords from evicting and firing people based on their gender identity. Started in August, the petition gained momentum this week, reaching close to 75,000 supporters.
According to the petition, which was started by a man named Jim Wissick, Michelle recorded a message that suggests that transgender people and members of the LGBTQ community are also predators and rapists.
"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," Duggar reportedly says in the recording. "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."
In a post about the call on the Change.org petition, Wissick proceeds to bash the noted Independent Baptist, saying her words "reek of ignorance and fear mongering."
"Just because someone is transgendered doesn't mean they are a child predator or a rapist," Wissick writes. "Transgender people — who are far more likely to be the victims of harassment and violence if forced to use a bathroom that is inconsistent with their gender identity or expression — deserve to have the ability to use the bathroom in peace and safety."
The petition also claims that the family's oldest son Josh Duggar has taken a job at the Family Research Council, linking to an article from the Southern Poverty Law Center in which the organization was labeled a "hate group" for its "dissemination of false and demonizing propaganda about gays and lesbians."
Following the backlash surrounding the kissing contest, Michelle and her husband Jim Bob Duggar posted a Bible verse on Facebook, writing, "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."
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