Michelle Duggar has never been shy about expressing her conservative political beliefs, but her recent opposition to an Arkansas law might surprise even her most far-right fans.
The TLC reality star recorded a robocall message for the citizens of Fayetteville, Ark., encouraging them to vote against an anti-discrimination law.
The legislation is designed to outlaw prejudice against transgender individuals with regard to employment, housing, and use of public facilities.
Duggar not only wants to keep current segregation policies in place, she reveals in her call that she refuses to recognize transgender people by their proper gender.
In fact, she informs callers that the new law would allow "men - yes I said men to use women's and girls' restrooms, locker rooms, [and] showers."
You can read the full text of Duggar's message below:
"Hello, this is Michelle Duggar. I’m calling to inform you of some shocking news that would affect the safety of Northwest Arkansas women and children. The Fayetteville City Council is voting on an ordinance this Tuesday night that would allow men – yes, I said men – to use women's 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. I doubt that Fayetteville parents would stand for a law that would endanger their daughters or allow them to be traumatized by a man joining them in their private space."
"We should never place the preference of an adult over the safety and innocence of a child. Parents, who do you want undressing next to your daughter at the public swimming pool’s private changing area?"
Alderman Matthew Petty - who put forth the proposal - issued a statement pointing out that the law in no way "provides predators with access to women's restrooms."
Its objective, he says, is to protect the rights and safety of transgender people.
Because he says, they "are far more likely to be the victims of harassment and violence if forced to use a bathroom that is inconsistent with their gender identity."
Michelle and her husband Jim Bob Duggar, the parents of 19 children as TLC fans are well aware, entered the political realm several times in the past.
The Duggars campaigned for Rick Santorum during the 2012 GOP primaries, and called the arch-conservative Pennsylvania senator "a man of God," and the only "sane" choice to lead.
Recently, the Duggars were linked to the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision, as a disgraced minister they had previously supported was funded largely by the controversial craft store chain.
Michelle Duggar has yet to respond to the media attention generated by her robocall recording, but we don't expect her to stand down anytime soon.