Quiverfull of hate: The prodigious baby-making Duggars are in trouble after describing LGBT people as “child predators” and expressing other ugly sentiments motivated by their Christian extremism.
Over a 100,000 people have signed a Change.org petition calling for the cancellation of the Duggars’ TLC series “19 Kids and Counting” after the reality stars expressed discriminatory sentiments against the LGBT community.
According to Huffington Post, viewers are angry about Duggar family matriarch Michelle Duggar’s participation in a series of robocalls in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in which Duggar urged voters to not support a municipal non-discrimination law that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual and gender orientation.
In the calls, Michelle Duggar described LGBT people as “child predators,” and said that trans women are actually male sex offenders who want access to women’s locker rooms and bathrooms.
If that was not enough material for outrage, the Duggars added fuel to the fire after deleting photos of gay married couples from their Facebook page.
Last week the couple posted a Facebook photo of themselves kissing and encouraged other married couples to share their own shots.
John Becker, of LGBT blog The Bilerico Project, posted a photo of him kissing his husband, along with a message about marriage equality; he says his photo was later taken down and that he was banned from the Duggar’s page.
The Duggars are part of a radical Christian lifestyle known as the Quiverfull movement:
the idea that truly godly families will “trust the Lord” with their family planning. Children are viewed as unmitigated blessings (“As arrows in the hand of the mighty man, so are the children of one’s youth, happy is the man who hath his quiver full of them”).
In essence, children are considered canon fodder in the Lord’s army, culture warriors to promote an ugly, intolerant, sexist, and homophobic brand of Christian extremism, an extremism that resembles the worst sort of Islamic sharia, only with Jesus.