19 Controversies & Counting! The Duggar Family’s Most Scandalous Quotes Of All Time

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Nov. 21 2014, Updated 6:54 a.m. ET

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The Duggar family are known for having an abundance of kids, but these days it seems like they’re getting more attention for their outrageous opinions! Almost every time one of the 19 Kids & Counting stars opens their mouth, an OMG moment is sure to follow. Check out this list of their most controversial quotes — so far!

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The Duggar girls may be young, but they’re opinionated! Jill, Jana, and Jessa spoke out about abortion in their book Growing Up Duggar, writing, “Don’t allow anyone to talk you into taking the life of your child. Your baby is not a blob of tissue! … It’s a baby from the time it is conceived.”

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The Duggar girls may be young, but they’re opinionated! Jill, Jana, and Jessa spoke out about abortion in their book Growing Up Duggar, writing, “Don’t allow anyone to talk you into taking the life of your child. Your baby is not a blob of tissue! … It’s a baby from the time it is conceived.”

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The Duggar girls may be young, but they’re opinionated! Jill, Jana, and Jessa spoke out about abortion in their book Growing Up Duggar, writing, “Don’t allow anyone to talk you into taking the life of your child. Your baby is not a blob of tissue! … It’s a baby from the time it is conceived.”

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The Duggar girls may be young, but they’re opinionated! Jill, Jana, and Jessa spoke out about abortion in their book Growing Up Duggar, writing, “Don’t allow anyone to talk you into taking the life of your child. Your baby is not a blob of tissue! … It’s a baby from the time it is conceived.”

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They also admitted to struggling with body issues. “You may think that kids like the Duggars, who are homeschooled and don’t watch TV or read secular magazines, are immune from feelings like that, but we’re not!” they wrote in the book. “We’ve experienced some of those same negative feelings about the girl in the mirror that you may be feeling right now or have felt in the past. All of us have gone through times when we’ve felt we need to lose weight”

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They also admitted to struggling with body issues. “You may think that kids like the Duggars, who are homeschooled and don’t watch TV or read secular magazines, are immune from feelings like that, but we’re not!” they wrote in the book. “We’ve experienced some of those same negative feelings about the girl in the mirror that you may be feeling right now or have felt in the past. All of us have gone through times when we’ve felt we need to lose weight”

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As for lust, they said they have that too, but keep it in check! “God has created us to have a natural physical desire toward men,” the wrote. "When these feelings arise, we thank God for making us ‘normal.’ … But during our single years, this physical attraction, if not carefully controlled, can also be one of the biggest sources of temptation and struggles.”

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As for lust, they said they have that too, but keep it in check! “God has created us to have a natural physical desire toward men,” the wrote. "When these feelings arise, we thank God for making us ‘normal.’ … But during our single years, this physical attraction, if not carefully controlled, can also be one of the biggest sources of temptation and struggles.”

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The girls also revealed Jim Bob has an anger issue. “Not that he has a major anger problem,” they wrote, but Jim Bob has struggled with his temper after growing up with an angry dad. “Over the years he has gotten much better about not letting things stir up a spirit of anger in him,” the 19 Kids and Counting stars claimed, “but he would be the first to admit he has not completely conquered it.”

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The girls also revealed Jim Bob has an anger issue. “Not that he has a major anger problem,” they wrote, but Jim Bob has struggled with his temper after growing up with an angry dad. “Over the years he has gotten much better about not letting things stir up a spirit of anger in him,” the 19 Kids and Counting stars claimed, “but he would be the first to admit he has not completely conquered it.”

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Mom Michelle stirred up controversy when she recorded a robocall bashing a bill in support of transgender rights. 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.” She went on to describe “males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female” who would enter these private areas. In response, thousands of LGBTQ supporters signed a petition asking TLC to take the show off the air.

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Mom Michelle stirred up controversy when she recorded a robocall bashing a bill in support of transgender rights. 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.” She went on to describe “males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female” who would enter these private areas. In response, thousands of LGBTQ supporters signed a petition asking TLC to take the show off the air.

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When she and Jim Bob came under fire for apparently deleting photos of gay couples from their Facebook page, they posted a quote from Rick Warren that read, "Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. Second is that to love someone means that you must agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”

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When she and Jim Bob came under fire for apparently deleting photos of gay couples from their Facebook page, they posted a quote from Rick Warren that read, "Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. Second is that to love someone means that you must agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”

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Jessa posted the same quote to her instagram around the time that Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson came under fire for his controversial comments linking gay marriage to bestiality.

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Jessa posted the same quote to her instagram around the time that Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson came under fire for his controversial comments linking gay marriage to bestiality.

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Jessa’s husband Ben Seewald got in on the Facebook controversy when he slammed Catholics in a rambling post — that he later deleted — in July 2014. “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,” Seewald wrote, quoting Ephesians 2:8-9. “Where Catholics depart from Scripture, I will in no way support, but will call them out because I love them and desire that they be turned from their deadly errors."

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Jessa’s husband Ben Seewald got in on the Facebook controversy when he slammed Catholics in a rambling post — that he later deleted — in July 2014. “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,” Seewald wrote, quoting Ephesians 2:8-9. “Where Catholics depart from Scripture, I will in no way support, but will call them out because I love them and desire that they be turned from their deadly errors."

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In October 2014, it was Jessa who came under fire for comparing abortion to the Holocaust after a visit to the Holocaust museum in Washington, D.C. "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," she wrote. “…We must be a voice for those who cannot speak up for themselves. Because EVERY LIFE IS PRECIOUS. #ProLife"

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In October 2014, it was Jessa who came under fire for comparing abortion to the Holocaust after a visit to the Holocaust museum in Washington, D.C. "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," she wrote. “…We must be a voice for those who cannot speak up for themselves. Because EVERY LIFE IS PRECIOUS. #ProLife"

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Michelle’s marriage tips were slammed as seemingly encouraging marital rape. “In your marriage there will be times you’re going to be very exhausted,” Michelle told the Today show. “Your hubby comes home after a hard day’s work, you get the baby to bed, and he is going to be looking forward to that time with you. … Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls.”

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Michelle’s marriage tips were slammed as seemingly encouraging marital rape. “In your marriage there will be times you’re going to be very exhausted,” Michelle told the Today show. “Your hubby comes home after a hard day’s work, you get the baby to bed, and he is going to be looking forward to that time with you. … Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls.”

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The Duggars believe a fast engagement is a pre-requisite for a happy marriage. “You may not wanna push the wedding date out too far,” Jill told Page Six, “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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The Duggars believe a fast engagement is a pre-requisite for a happy marriage. “You may not wanna push the wedding date out too far,” Jill told Page Six, “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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They insist on limiting physical contact with men until marriage. “When we say true love waits, we mean that couples should not act like they’re married when they’re not or share physical intimacies that married couples share. Also, it’s important to never consider living together until you are married, as this is clearly not God’s will,” Jana, Jessa, and Jill wrote in their book.

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They insist on limiting physical contact with men until marriage. “When we say true love waits, we mean that couples should not act like they’re married when they’re not or share physical intimacies that married couples share. Also, it’s important to never consider living together until you are married, as this is clearly not God’s will,” Jana, Jessa, and Jill wrote in their book.

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In an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network, Michelle showed a limited grasp of science when she said that “the idea of overpopulation is a not accurate, because really the entire population of the world, if they were stretched shoulder to shoulder, could fit within the city limits of Jacksonville."

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In an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network, Michelle showed a limited grasp of science when she said that “the idea of overpopulation is a not accurate, because really the entire population of the world, if they were stretched shoulder to shoulder, could fit within the city limits of Jacksonville."

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Jim Bob also claimed that evolution was a myth. He slammed “the fallacies" of “totally unscientific” evolution, insisting "It was impossible for this world just to happen by chance."

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Jim Bob also claimed that evolution was a myth. He slammed “the fallacies" of “totally unscientific” evolution, insisting "It was impossible for this world just to happen by chance."

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Michelle agreed, insisting, “We didn’t just come from mush! … Science really backs up what Scripture says!”

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Michelle agreed, insisting, “We didn’t just come from mush! … Science really backs up what Scripture says!”

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Jill chimed in, “I think the world is definitely, as The Bible says, 6,000 years old.” Scientific estimates place it at 4.54 billion years.

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Jill chimed in, “I think the world is definitely, as The Bible says, 6,000 years old.” Scientific estimates place it at 4.54 billion years.

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Jessa insisted that creationism “is actually more scientifically proven” and God “created the world in six days.

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Jessa insisted that creationism “is actually more scientifically proven” and God “created the world in six days.

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Jim Bob and Michelle came under criticism when they let their kids campaign for controversial Senator Rick Santorum. “He’s an honest man! Not a flip-flopper run-off-the-mill politician,” Jana said, and Jessa insisted he was “a defender of traditional marriage, protecting the core of our families.

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Jim Bob and Michelle came under criticism when they let their kids campaign for controversial Senator Rick Santorum. “He’s an honest man! Not a flip-flopper run-off-the-mill politician,” Jana said, and Jessa insisted he was “a defender of traditional marriage, protecting the core of our families.

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