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More than 70,000 urge TLC to cancel Duggar family show over anti-LGBT ‘fear-mongering’

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More than 70,000 people have signed a Change.org petition against The Learning Channel and Discovery Networks over the reality-TV program 19 Kids and Counting, which centers around the Duggar family, who adhere to a radical Christian sect called “Quiverfull families.”

According to Huffington Post, viewers are angry about participation by Duggar family matriarch Michelle Duggar in a series of robocalls in Fayetteville, Arkansas in which Duggar urged voters to not support a municipal nondiscrimination law, which would outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual and gender orientation.

In the calls, Michelle Duggar described LGBT people as “child predators,” and said that trans women are actually male sex offenders who want access to women’s locker rooms and bathrooms.

The petition was launched by Jim Wissick of San Jose, California, who said that the Duggars are promoting anti-LGBT “fear-mongering,” and reminding the networks of the family’s involvement in the Family Research Center (FRC), an anti-LBGT agency that the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated as a hate group. Josh Duggar, one of Michelle and Jim Bob’s sons, is director of FRC Action, the group’s activist arm.

“The Duggars have been using their fame to promote discrimination, hate, and fear-mongering against gays and transgendered people,” Wissick wrote on the Change.org petition page. “You need to take a stand on the side of justice and cancel their show.”

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have managed to parlay their notoriety as a Quiverfull family into a lucrative family business. In Quiverfull families, wives are urged to produce as many offspring as they physically can, sometimes at the risk of their own health and well-being.

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The ostensible aim of keeping Quiverfull women constantly pregnant is to raise a Christian army of their descendants in accordance with a scripture from the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible.

“Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth,” says Psalm 127. “Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.”

Some women who have left the faith, however, have said that the real aim is to subjugate women and keep them vulnerable and powerless under the tenets of the sect.

“Growing up in a Quiverfull home means being raised by a narcissistic father and having a mother with a huge martyr complex,” wrote former Quiverfull mother Vyckie Garrison. “The kids are treated as property to be hoarded. They are isolated, coerced and manipulated, abused and deprived socially and educationally. As surrogate moms, the older daughters bear the brunt of the work: cleaning, cooking … even homeschooling and disciplining their younger siblings when the Quiverfull mothers become too worn down and burned out from perpetual pregnancy and trying to keep up with this unsustainable lifestyle.”

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Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering editorial, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

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On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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