The Duggar Mess

Duggarby Steve Lancaster    5/26/15
Over the last few days the media has been rife with the sad story of Josh Duggar and the rest of the Duggar clan. I do not in any way contend that Josh Duggar’s acts are ok or even marginal. However, there is another story behind the headline that has not and most likely will not make the news outside of northwest Arkansas and Fayetteville specifically.

It begins about this time last year. The Fayetteville city council was considering a non-discrimination ordinance supported by the usual LGBT groups, many from out of state, and opposed by local churches, conservatives and libertarians. The controversy continued throughout the summer and the council voted to enact the ordinance in September. We have the recall ability in the city charter and over the next 25 days enough signatures were gathered to put the issue on a special ballot in December.

Over that time, from the end of September to the vote in December, hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent by national LGBT groups to persuade voters to adopt the issue. The opposition church and others were operating on a literal shoestring. It was at this time that the Duggar family stepped up with money and public appearances to support the repeal. The vote in December was not even close and the ordinance was repealed. The LGBT activists blamed the Duggar family for that defeat and endeavored to destroy the family. They wrote letters to TLC and engaged in the worst kinds of innuendo and ad hominem attacks on the entire family.

There were several rumors about Josh and his relationship with his sisters and the rest of the family that have floated by over the years and his indiscretions were an open secret to many in the community. However, no official record except sealed minor records were known to exist. The LGBT groups used a FOIA request and a questionable decision by the Springdale Police to obtain that record. The Duggar family has grounds for a suit if they chose to pursue it, which I would encourage them to do. After all, how much more harm can be done?

Thus, this issue is not about a 14 year old boy, with raging hormones and his sisters. The real story is about a popular Christian family, with a television show supporting the repeal of a law desperately sought by the LGBT. After losing in Fayetteville in December, the new state legislature took up the issue in February and passed legislation that prevents local governments from enacting ordinances similar to the one in Fayetteville. It becomes effective in July. So the Duggars are not only blamed for the repeal in Fayetteville, but also the state-wide prohibition. The foaming-at-the-mouth peaceful liberal with “COEXIST’ bumper stickers were, and are, livid.

In their view now they have succeeded in destroying the lives of 30 people who have not, and likely never would, do them any harm. That is the real evil in this whole mess. • (1354 views)

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12 Responses to The Duggar Mess

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    “I’ve just flown in from California, where they’ve made homosexuality legal. I thought I’d get out before they make it compulsory.” — Bob Hope

  2. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    The Fayetteville city council was considering a non-discrimination ordinance supported by the usual LGBT groups, many from out of state, and opposed by local churches, conservatives and libertarians. The controversy continued throughout the summer and the council voted to enact the ordinance in September. We have the recall ability in the city charter and over the next 25 days enough signatures were gathered to put the issue on a special ballot in December.

    We had a similar scenario with the Plano city council in December last year, except the city council did not have any type of discussion on the proposed ordinance and gave a two day notice on the vote.

    Nevertheless, many people showed up for the council meeting and I understand those against the ordinance outnumbered those for it, by 10-15 to 1. Even several homosexuals said they were against it and it was a solution for something that was not a problem.

    A group here put together a petition to call a vote on the ordinance and got over three times the number of signatures required to demand a vote. Unfortunately, someone at the top did not get proper legal advice and the petition was declared invalid.

    This did not stop those of us who are fed up with the local mayor and city council and city manager. After the petition was rejected, we quickly got two new candidates to run for the city council who agreed to push for a repeal through a city council vote. Both candidates won their elections, handily, earlier this month. We also got some new blood on the school board to fight Common Core.

    The next city council election will be in two years and I think there is a good chance the rest of the councilmen who voted for the ordinance will be voted out of office.

    By the way, I think Fayetteville is the only city in the USA to have such a LGBT ordinance repealed.

    People, such as an heir to the Stryker medical billions who is a radical homosexual, are pushing these laws. Needless to say, he doesn’t live in Texas much less Plano.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Such rich homosexual activists have played a major role in Colorado (where 4 of them led a project to take over the state for the Demagogues) and elsewhere (a single rich homosexual activist played a major role in a suburban House seat in New York a few years back, for example).

      I’m not surprised it would turn out that the Lavender Thought Police targeted the Duggars. Josh Duggar misbehaved over a decade ago, as a teenager, and all those liberals who want to forgive every politically correct violent criminal reject any form of forgiveness for someone who became a Christian. Just another example of the foul stench of liberalism.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Ain’t “diversity” wonderful? The question I have for all those who went all goo-goo eyed over the term, “marriage equality,” is what about just plain old diversity? Why must everyone have homosexuality rammed down their throat? Don’t these “nice people” perhaps see now that there was another agenda besides “fairness”?

        Probably not, if only because being pro-homosexual was a mere cultural affectation, a way to show how hip, open, and with-it one is. That our civil rights and society suffer in the meantime means nothing.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          Note that “marriage equality” was never used as a term regarding interracial marriage, thus indicating that it was created as a propaganda term to push (as in pushing drugs) homosexual marriage. It’s especially important to remember that interracial marriage had no Biblical basis, and not much of a historical one. By contrast, until a few decades ago, homosexual marriage was oxymoronic (not to mention just plain moronic).

      • M Farrell says:

        I thought the Libs said this kind of teenage behavior was no problem ala Lena Dunham– Did I miss something’s?

        • Timothy Lane says:

          It’s bad behavior when the people engaging in it are people they don’t like, and good behavior when the people engaging in it are people they like. Liberalism is extremely tribal in its ethical standards.

  3. Steve — thanks for the backstory; I hadn’t known that and it surely switches on a needed light. Praying for the Duggars is a must. Good article.

    • Steve Lancaster says:

      Deana,
      Thanks, a sidebar to the story. In Eureka Springs about a hour from Fayetteville to the northeast the city council passed a similar ordinance in January. Eureka Springs is the Castro district of AR. so the support for the inevitable challenge to the ordinance and vote to repeal was not as organized as in Fayetteville and the repeal effort lost. However, since the state has passed legislation prohibiting such ordinances come the first of July it becomes a moot point.

      Lawyers on both sides of the issue are gearing up for the legal battles that are sure to come; they will be the only ones profiting from what most people believe was a non issue in the first place.

  4. I’ll have to keep following this. Things sure are getting bizarre. Ugly and bizarre.

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