Michelle Duggar, matriarch to the 19 Kids and Counting brood, may have to eat her own words.
Last year, Michelle Duggar lent her considerable celebrity to a campaign to help defeat the rights of transgender persons to use public bathrooms with which they identify.
In a robocall that went out in the Fayetteville, Arkansas area, Michelle Duggar said:
“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. 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."
A petition effort followed on the heels of this action by Michelle Duggar, calling for the cancellation of 19 Kids and Counting by TLC. The show was not cancelled.
Now Michelle Duggar is dealing with a scandal within her own 19 Kids. Josh Duggar has dmitted to molesting five girls when he himself was 14 years old.
Josh Duggar said in a statement:
"Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life."
Josh Duggar's parents, Michelle and Jim Bob, also issued a statement in support of their son.
"Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God. We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family. We have challenges and struggles every day."
The Duggars: a family where kissing before marriage is a sin but molesting young girls is a juvenile mistake #CancelTheDuggars
— jade (@expressionalx) May 22, 2015
Neither statement made any mention of the victims of Josh Duggar's actions, some of whom were his own sisters.
We shouldn't judge the Duggars till we hear the whole story. Like maybe they had so many kids because some were just for molesting.
— Gary Janetti (@GaryJanetti) May 22, 2015
You can hear the robocall that Michelle Duggar recorded here: