- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 20, 2014

More than 90,000 people have signed an online petition that calls on TLC to cancel its popular “19 Kids and Counting” series, accusing the Duggar family at the center of the show of being “fear mongering” homophobes.

“19 Kids and Counting” follows Arkansas Baptists Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children. Jim Wissick, of San Jose, California, wrote a letter to TLC, which was posted on the Change.org petition page, that accused the Duggar family of “using their fame to promote discrimination, hate, and fear-mongering against gays and transgendered people.”

The petition was roughly 10,000 signatures away from reaching its goal of 100,000 by Thursday afternoon.

Mr. Wissick highlights Mrs. Duggar’s involvement in a robocall against an anti-discrimination housing law affecting the transgender community in Arkansas, the Huffington Post reported. In the call, Mrs. Duggar said the ordinance “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,” Mrs. Duggar said in the call.

Mr. Wissick said the matriarch’s words “reek of ignorance and fear mongering.”

TLC needs to “separate themselves from this bigotry and put an end to the Duggars’ show,” he argued, also citing Josh Duggar’s involvement with the Family Research Council’s legislative group, FRC Action.

“Take them off the air,” one signee wrote. “We all know they’re a hateful, abusive, homophobic fundamentalist Christian family. Everyone sees past their fake smiles.”

“Because 19 kids is irresponsible,” another said. “The big ones raising the little ones. They are having way too many … More importantly, there are other valued things a young woman can do besides get married and be pregnant a month later. I personally think they are sending a terrible message. There is more to life than being a human baby machine.”

Another: “I grew up watching TLC when it was actually the learning channel and not a platform for bigots to spout hate. As a transgender woman I find this terribly offensive.”

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