Even though more than 150,000 people signed a petition to cancel the TLC program “19 Kids and Counting,” which features the pro-life Duggar family, the family announced that the cable station will not cancel the show.
Liberal activists were at it again last month with another attempt to pressure TLC to cancel the program. The Duggar family’s central theme is their pro-life, Christian values and Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children have been outspoken over the years in defending human life from abortion and promoting abstinence education.
Thousands of people signed an online petition that calls on TLC to cancel its popular “19 Kids and Counting” series claiming the Duggar family engages in fear-mongering. Jim Wissick, of San Jose, California, wrote a letter to TLC, which was posted on the Change.org petition page, that accused the Duggar family of “using their fame to promote discrimination, hate, and fear-mongering.”
LifeNews and others organized a counter-petition that gained the support of tens of thousands of pro-life people.
But the effort was unsuccessful and father Jim Bob Duggar says it just gave the program “more exposure” and the family’s Facebook fan page picked up 50,000 fans in a week during the height of the controversy.
The Change.org petition to remove the show picked up over 180,000 signatures, but Jim Bob says “they won’t succeed” in removing the most popular show on TLC from the air.
“Our show is the No. 1 show on TLC. We love everybody. It’s a small group creating this fuss. All it has done is give us more exposure,” he said at the Booster Banquet at Hannibal-LaGrange University.
“We’ve gained 50,000 Facebook fans last week,” he said. “God is expanding our borders through the national media.”