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Anti-gay groups launch Twitter campaign to save Duggar show from ‘rabid homosexuals’

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Responding to a petition calling for The Learning Channel & Discovery Networks to drop the Duggar family’s 19 Kids and Counting, the American Family Association is fighting back with a petition of their own, while LifeSiteNews  launched #DefendtheDuggars on Twitter.

Launched in mid-November by Jim Wissick of San Jose, the Change.org petition points out the anti-LGBTQ rhetoric of the Duggar family and asks that their show be dropped. The petition hit its goal of 100,000 signatures in four days and currently lists over 160,000 names.

The petition states,  “Michelle Duggar of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting is warning Fayetteville residents that transgender people are child predators and that the law will somehow protect that predatory behavior.”

Wissick also notes on his petition: “Josh Duggar has also taken a position at the so called ‘Family Research Council’. The Family Research Center is such a hate-filled, anti-gay organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2010 labeled it a ‘hate group’ for its ‘dissemination of false and demonizing propaganda about gays and lesbians.’”

“The Learning Channel & Discovery Networks need to separate themselves from this bigotry and put an end to the Duggar’s show.”

Responding to the petition, AFA radio personality Bryan Fischer launched a petition of his own claiming, “Rabid homosexual activists have made America’s favorite family enemy Number One.” Fischer tweeted out a link to the petition reading, “Duggar Family is under all-out assault by the Gay Gestapo. Sign this petition to show your support.”

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Fischer has set a goal of one million signatures by Christmas  but in order to sign, petitioners  must supply their name and email address to the AFA.  Unlike the Change.org petition, no running account of signatures is displayed.

LifeSiteNews launched #DefendtheDuggars on Twitter in order to build support for the family.

Like many Twitter campaigns, #DefendtheDuggar has been hijacked, with gay couples submitting pictures of themselves kissing, and comments directed at the family.

One commenter wrote, “#DefendtheDuggars because c’mon, only old, unattractive, homophobic, white married couples should be allowed to post gross makeout selfies,” while another wrote, “Thank the lord for sending two cable star nymphomaniacs dressed like Walmart to show us how to live. #DefendtheDuggars.”

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Trump ridiculed for babbling Oval Office talk about ‘manned drones’: We call those ‘planes’

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During a press availability in the Oval Office with Canadian Prime Minister, Donald Trump was naturally asked about Iran reportedly shooting down a U.S. drone in international airspace, which led to the president rambling in the way he does about what a drone is and does.

His explanation was not what one might call knowledgeable or smooth.

“I think probably Iran made a mistake,” the president replied when asked about the international incident. “I would imagine it was a general or somebody that made a mistake in shooting that drone down. Fortunately, that drone was unarmed. There was no man in it and there was no — it was just — it was over international waters, clearly over international waters, but we didn’t have a man or woman in the drone. We had nobody in the drone. It would have made a big difference, let me tell you. It would have made a big, big difference."

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GOP lawmaker’s secret Christian magic shop exposed after he seeks Tennessee House leadership

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A Tennessee Republican is facing questions about a Christian magic supply business he operates out of his basement, but hasn't registered or disclosed with the state.

Deputy Speaker Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) is handing out campaign checks to Republican colleagues as he hopes to drum up support to become the state's next House Speaker, but he's facing new questions about his religiously themed business and ties to two companies that do political work, reported the Tennessean.

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Emotional vulnerability that is at the source of male gun ownership explored in new documentary

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On the surface, the gun debate almost appears on the surface to be a debate between men and women, as Moms Against Gun Violence dominates the anti-NRA conversation. It's given the pro-gun argument a twinge of masculinity at the heart of gun culture, but it's taken out of the debate about gun violence.

A short Washington Post documentary explores the statistic that more than 80 percent of the mass shootings, suicides with a gun and homicides with a gun are committed by men.

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