Jim Bob Duggar says the petition against the Duggar family's TLC show has actually only served to aid the family.
A Change.org petition that urges the cancellation of "19 Kids and Counting" was created last month by a man from San Jose, CA and now has more than 180,000 signatures. The petition was a response the Duggar family's strong stance on traditional marriage.
According to the Huffington Post, a Christian publication called The Pathway interviewed Mr. Duggar about the petition.
“We love everybody, but we don’t always agree with them," Duggar told The Pathway. “They won’t succeed. Our show is the number one show on TLC. We love everybody. It’s a small group creating this fuss. All it has done is give us more exposure. We’ve gained 50,000 Facebook fans last week. God is expanding our borders through the national media.”
Since the petition has started, the Duggar's Facebook page has increased by roughly 50,000 likes. In addition, counter-petitions have been launched by fans of the Duggar's show, urging TLC to keep the show on air.
One of these reads: "Liberal activists are at it again with another attempt to pressure TLC to cancel '19 Kids and Counting,' the successful cable television show featuring the Duggar family and their pro-life values. 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."
TLC has not commented on if the show will be cancelled.
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