Family Attacked for Too Many Children:
"Thrilled to be Preparing for Baby Number 19
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar told US news service MSNBC they are
delighted to discover the impending arrival of their 19th child.
Described by the Today program as "glowing," Michelle Duggar said, "I'm
feeling sick and tired, which is a good way to be feeling about right
"I always tell myself that's a good way to be because that means good
things are happening."
The baby is due to arrive around March 18, 2010.
The family stars in the reality TV show "18 Kids and Counting" airing
on TLC. The family are members of the Quiverfull movement among US
Protestants that rejects the modern anti-child philosophy and allows
God to decide how large their families will be.
The news of Michelle's pregnancy, only eight months after the birth of
their last child Jordyn-Grace, was followed by that of the family's
eldest son, Josh, who announced that his new wife Anna is expecting
their first child, who is due on October 18. "Children are a blessing
and a gift if you raise them right, and I think my parents have
definitely shown that," Josh Duggar said.
But not everyone is smiling. When the story was published on the
website of the left-leaning Huffington Post, commenters did not
hesitate to express their hostility to the Duggar's openness to life.
1081 commenters responded with nearly uniform outrage that the Duggars,
who have no financial problems, live in a large house they built
themselves and are not in debt, have the audacity to be happy with
their large family.
"Nothing but pure selfishness," said one. "How about adopting a klan of
white children who actually NEED homes?" followed another.
Commenters focused on the "threat" the Duggar children posed to the
environment and accused the Duggar parents of using their older
children as "unpaid servants and de facto parents" calling them "greedy
and slothful." Some called the Duggars' religious beliefs a cult that
"expounds the subjugation of women."
"You should pity these poor children with no childhood and no future,
who pay everyday for their parents' desire to collect children the way
the crazy lady down the street collects cats."
But one writer was more skeptical: "Funny how my fellow liberals preach
tolerance and choice until they disagree with someone else's decisions."
The Duggars have produced a book about their experiences, including
their decision to stop using artificial hormonal birth control, and
have been featured on several US television documentaries. They have
also appeared on numerous national and international TV shows including
The Early Show, The Today Show, The View, Fox & Friends, Italian
Public Television, the Korean Broadcasting System, Discovery Home &
Health in the UK and Australia, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Fox News Network and
here for a video of the Duggers.
Date: September 2, 2009
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