Texas Legislator Gets it Completely Wrong About the Duggars

As always, the place to find the dumbest elected officials are at the state and local level, especially in the state of Texas. Bill Zedler, a state representative from Arlington, tweeted that liberals hate the Duggars because they reject all moral standards.

This is exactly backwards. I don’t hate the Duggars, but I certainly hate their ideology, which is both ignorant and very dangerous on multiple levels. And it isn’t because I reject “standards.” Quite the opposite, in fact — it’s because I have standards that they fail to meet. I have intellectual standards, the kind that would reject teaching children the lie that the earth is only a few thousand years old. Or that Adam and Eve were real people. Or that there was ever a global flood that killed nearly all life on earth other than what was in an ark. Those are lies and it is wrong to teach children lies about the world.

I have moral standards, the kind that say it’s wrong to teach that women are or should be subordinate to men, as the Duggars do. I think that idea is vile, misogynistic and does extraordinary damage to women, men and human civilization as a whole. And the kind that say it is wrong to dehumanize and denigrate people because of their sexual orientation, as the Duggars do on a daily basis. I believe it is morally wrong to discriminate against people and to make society a more bigoted place rather than less.

Yes, I hate what the Duggars believe. And it’s precisely because I have standards that I do.

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  • Anna Elizabeth

    I sent this Texan an email, just letting my simple feelings be known.

    bill@billzedler.org

  • Doc Bill

    An associate of mine who lives in Zedler’s district sent him a scathing note about this tweet and the moron denied it by replying that my associate could not have seen that tweet because he’s not a “follower.” WTF? Moron Zedler does’t even know how Twitter works.

    Undaunted, my associate sent him another email with the direct quote, wrote pretty much what you did on the subject and we await a reply.

  • alanb

    I’m not even sure what this means. It’s more incoherent than “They hate us for our freedom.” Is he saying that the the Duggars have standards against pedophilia and sexual molestation even if they don’t live up them, but since I’m a liberal I’m okey dokey with those acts?

  • Akira MacKenzie

    You may say you have standards, Ed. However, unless they were dictated thousands of years ago by some conveniently invisible cosmic tyrant who threatens eternal torment to those who don’t measure up, your standards don’t count.

  • Damien McLeod

    “The Left hates the Duggars because they have standards – even if they fall short – they have standards. The Left will not tolerate that”

    — Bill Zedler (@Bill_Zedler) June 4, 2015

    Obviously Mr. Zedler is insane, what more is there to say.

  • theguy

    @2 – The tweet seems to be public. I saw people quoting it (critically) at Little Green Footballs.

    It’s precisely because I have moral standards that I hate everything the Duggars say and do. The fact that they’ve been covering up things that they accuse gay people of doing is the cherry on top of the shit sundae.

  • brucegee1962

    I wonder what Jesus would say about the Duggars and their ilk. The phrase “whited sepulchers filled with corruption” just leaps to mind.

  • busterggi

    Yes, the Duggars have standards – for other people to flollow but not for themselves.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Darn. I could be critical, but I don’t have standards. You win this round, Duggars!

  • Donnie

    Arlington, tweeted that liberals hate the Duggars because they reject all moral standards.

    I actually agree with him. The Duggars reject all moral standards. As a progressive, I hate the morals that The Duggars have rejected.

  • rietpluim

    The Duggars have standards? The Duggars? Don’t make me laugh.

  • Kermit Sansoo

    Hell, Ed, their god doesn’t meet my standards. He doesn’t even come close. Good thing he’s imaginary.