by 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 The vote in December was not even close and the ordinance was repealed.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)