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20 Controversial Duggar Quotes That Totally Freaked People Out

Celebrities Jenny Erikson Feb 19, 2015

It's almost funny that a family who famously doesn't even kiss or full-on body hug before getting married would be mired in so much controversy. But maybe it's precisely because of the Duggar family's ultra-conservative and Christian beliefs that they have been at the center of Internet rage over some of their controversial comments. The public holds them to very specific standards, and one "slipup" can send even the most loyal fans into a disappointed rage -- one they are not too shy about spreading. Seriously, they have infuriated people more than a few times. 

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With their pretty extreme views, how they raise their family, and just how they go about pretty much anything, there are plenty of people who don't agree with the things this family does ... or says. 

And those critics definitely aren't afraid to let their opinions known -- that's for sure.

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But, no matter how much people don't quite agree with them, one has to admit that they are pretty entertaining to watch. Reading through these blurbs proves that. Here are 12 controversial Duggar quotes that totally freaked out people. It might be hard to pick the quote that is the most scandalous.

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2Michelle Duggar's Anti-LGBTQ Robocall

Michelle Duggar landed herself in hot water with LGBTQ defenders when she recorded a robocall last fall against a transgender rights bill last fall. In part, she said the bill would "allow men -- yes I said men -- to use womens' and girls' restrooms, locker rooms, showers, sleeping areas and other areas that are designated for females only ... I don't believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls."

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3Ben Seewald's Anti-Catholic Rant

Back when he was still courting Jessa Duggar, Ben Seewald ranted on Facebook about Catholicism and its "deadly errors." He later deleted the post, and followed up by saying, "I have nothing against individuals who are Catholic. I know a lot of Catholics who are great people. What I DO have a problem with is the teaching that man can merit God’s favor through his own works or the works of other fallen men."

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4Jill Duggar Believes Short Engagements Lead to Happy Marriages

The Duggars have famously short engagements, and Jill once told Page Six the reason for that is to remain pure. "You may not wanna push the wedding date out too far, as those natural God-given desires with too much time between engagement and marriage can make it harder to remain pure."

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5Michelle Duggar's Comments on Her Stillborn Daughter

In 2011, the Duggars suffered a terrible loss when their 20th child was stillborn during the second trimester. The family was criticized for their decision to share some beautiful and creative pictures of baby Jubilee Shalom's body, along with the caption, "There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world." Some people went so far as to say the photos were "disgusting."

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6Jessa Duggar's Unapologetic Pro-Life Stance

Prior to attending Arkansas' March for Life in January 2015, Jessa Seewald posted a message to Instagram saying, "The Heart of Arkansas Beats for Life." She also posted a picture from the rally, of a sign reading, "God loves every life from beginning to end."

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7Jana Duggar Caught in a Lie

When Jana Duggar and her twin John David turned 25 in January 2015, Michelle posted a happy birthday message on the family's Facebook page. She included this little tidbit, "Jana is a concert pianist and is involved in many ministries." The problem is that many people called out the exaggeration, claiming that church concerts don't qualify one as a "concert pianist."

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8Michelle Duggar on Why They Avoid the Beach

Michelle Duggar admitted in a blog post in June 2012 that the fam doesn't take summertime beach trips, because the boys just don't need to be tempted by girls in bikinis. She wrote, "We typically don't go to the beach in the summertime. And in general we don't do a lot of swimming events where swimming suits are worn because it's just too hard for the guys to try to keep their eyes averted in those situations."

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9Jessa Duggar Compares Abortion to the Holocaust

During a visit to the Holocaust museum in October 2014, Jessa Duggar was slammed for comparing abortion to the murder of six million innocent Jews during WWII. She wrote, "The sanctity of human life varies not in sickness or health, poverty or wealth, elderly or pre-born, little or lots of melanin [making you darker or lighter skinned], or any other factor ... We must be a voice for those who cannot speak up for themselves. Because EVERY LIFE IS PRECIOUS. #ProLife"

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10Josh Duggar Lets His Kids Play With Guns

In August 2014, Josh Duggar posted this picture of his fam along with the caption, "Honored to meet a soldier in the honor guard @ArmyFifeandDrum at @JBMHH the other night! #ar15 #soldier #family." While there's nothing controversial about the quote, the fact that his kids are touching the soldier's gun was more than enough to get tongues wagging.

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11Michelle Duggar Believes Overpopulation Is a Lie

Michelle Duggar responded to critics of her very large family in 2012 by saying, "The idea of overpopulation is not accurate."She also said that the entire population of the world could fit inside of Jacksonville, Florida, and quoted Mother Teresa by saying, "To say that there are too many children is like saying there are too many flowers."

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12Amy Duggar Admits She Was Born Out of Wedlock

Just last month, cousin Amy Duggar dropped a bombshell revelation that she was born out of wedlock. In this ultra-conservative family, that's pretty huge news. She wrote on Instagram, "The tabloids are telling the truth, my mom and dad did have me out of wedlock. Just because we are Christians doesn't make us perfect, it just makes us forgiven. Just because I share the Duggar name doesn't mean my life is perfect! God knew my uncle would have a hit show and that somehow I would be apart of it. He knew my parents story would be told. How amazing is that?! Your testimony is everything."

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13Jim Bob Duggar on Courting

When Jessa and Been Seewald entered into courtship, Jim Bob explained the ritual. "Courting is getting to know each other in a group setting, both families spending time together and the couple setting goals together to determine if they are meant to marry. With dating, a couple will often pair off alone and that sometimes leads to a more physical relationship."

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14Michelle Duggar's Advice to New Brides

Yes, it is special to share a sexual bond with your spouse, but maybe someone should tell him to take a cold shower when his exhausted, pregnant wife doesn't feel like doing the deed. "Be available, and not just available, but be joyfully available for him. Smile and be willing to say, 'Yes, sweetie I am here for you,' no matter what, even though you may be exhausted and big pregnant and you may not feel like he feels. 'I'm still here for you and I’m going to meet that need because I know it’s a need for you.'"

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15Josh Duggar on Traditional Marriage

The eldest Duggar child worked as a lobbyist for a family values firm in D.C. before he went away to a long-term treatment facility for sex addiction. Whoops. He once said, "Marriage is essential to the American family and every single child deserves a mother and a father."

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16Jessa Duggar Questions the Age of the Earth

She's a devout creationist, but it's pretty clear she doesn't believe the earth is more than a few thousand years old. She linked to an article asking, "Does radiometric dating prove the earth is old?" Um, yes, it kind of does.

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17Josh Duggar's Incest Joke

When talking about his courting days with wife Anna, Josh said that his twin brother and sister chaperoned one of their dates. "We chose Jana and John David -- we thought why not, have a double date ... We are from Arkansas, no?" Of course we didn't know at the time that he had molested four of his sisters years earlier.

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18Jim Bob Duggar's Code Word

Apparently, when the Duggar patriarch spies an attractive woman in public, he tells the kids, "Nike," which is the code for them to drop their eyes to their shoes to avoid being tempted by too much sexy flesh on display.

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19Michelle Duggar Teaches Self-Contol

Mama Duggar is big into blanket training, which involves swatting a baby trying to crawl off a blanket. She continues the training as they get older, teaching them to sit quietly and stare into space like good little children. She explained, "I'll sit him in a chair, and I'll say, 'Okay, Mommy's going to sit beside you, and you're going to practice being still and quiet ... yes ma'am?'... We may do that two or three times a day for about a week, and usually they catch it ... "What they're learning is self-control ... They're learning to obey Mommy's voice."


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