Michelle Duggar, the matriarch of the massive “19 Kids and Counting” family, has just influenced the passing of an Anti-LGBT bill in Arkansas.
The bill was inspired by the repeal of a non-discrimination ordinance in Fayetteville back in August, which may not have passed without Michelle’s outspoken support, reports Salon.
Using her celebrity and influence within the conservative community, in the week leading up to the vote on the ordinance, she sent out a fear mongering robocall warning Northwest Arkansas women that they and their children are in danger.
As stated by Salon, in the call she specifically targeted transgendered individuals. She proclaimed that if the bill were passed, “It would allow men — yes, I said men — to use women’s and girl’s restrooms, locker rooms, showers, sleeping areas and other areas that are designated for females only,” she continued, “Males with past child predator convictions [could] claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls. I doubt that Fayetteville parents would stand for a law that would endanger their daughters or allow them to be traumatized by a man joining them in their private space.”
And to wrap it up nicely, Michelle posed the question, “Parents, who do you want undressing next to your daughter at the public swimming pool’s private changing area?”
That’s interesting. Michelle and the rest of the Duggars would never go to a public swimming pool in the first place. Or the beach, for the matter. They believe that the men of the family wouldn’t be able to stop gawking at all the girls in bikinis.
In the end the Fayetteville bill was repealed.
Now, Arkansas lawmakers have adopted the Fayetteville measure as a statewide bill. The new bill, which was passed on Monday, “prohibits cities and counties from implanting anti-discrimination policies for LGBT people,” reports Salon.
The bill was sponsored by Republican State Sen. Bart Hester. He originally supported the repeal of the bill back in Fayetteville. He believes that it would attract more business to the state by establishing uniformity. But as Salon points out, perhaps he didn’t consider that some businesses might be turned off by the idea of a state that promotes anti-LGBT discrimination.
The passing of this bill is a giant victory to the Duggars, who have a history of anti-LGBT campaigning. Eldest son Josh, is the executive director for the Family Research Council, which is known for its anti-gay stance, and he has led several same-marriage opposition rallies in Arkansas.
There was even an unsuccessful attempt to get the Duggars off the air because of their anti-gay views. A petition got over 75,000 signatures, but ultimately, the Duggars have a large fan base and the show is now moving into its tenth season.
Hatred and inequality raises its head again in Arkansas. In 1957, it took federal troops to integrate nine students (called the Little Rock Nine) into an Arkansas white high school, inspite of the Supreme Court in 1954 declaring the non-segregation of all schools in the nation. Now, in 2015 those hateful genes have been passed on and now the people of Arkansas can hate again based on their “Biblical conscience.” This hatred can spill into jobs, accommodation, businesses, etc. This bill will be stuck down by the Supreme Court. These so-called “Christians” will reap what they have sown. It would be interesting to trace the Duggar’s ancestry and see where they stood on segregation.