Josh Duggar, a reality TV star on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” and the oldest child of the Duggar clan, admitted that he sexually molested several young girls as a teenager. Duggar only owned up to his conduct after records of a police investigation were obtained by In Touch Magazine. He was never prosecuted because, by the time he was reported to the authorities, the statute of limitations had expired.
Prior to his admission on Thursday night, Duggar spent years crisscrossing the country as a spokesman for “traditional values.” Duggar took a job as executive director of the Family Research Council’s political arm in 2013. In that role, which he resigned on Thursday, Duggar argued that marriage equality and abortion rights — among other things — were destroying the values that he and his family embodied.
Josh Duggar is one of the 19 children of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar; the family is featured on the "reality" TV show "19 Kids and Counting." The Duggars are held up by rightwingers, including Tea Partiers, as an example of how the rest of us should live -- thumping on their Bibles, telling everyone else how to live, you know the kind.
And now we find that: (1) he molested several little girls, including his own sisters; (2) has parents and the "elders" at this church covered up for him; and, (3) he has made a good living traveling around the country telling the rest of us how evil homosexuals are.
Can you imagine the outrage, the foaming at the mouth, the shrieks and cries from the rightwing if he were a Democrat?
Let's hope TLC cancels this bizarre series.
Meanwhile, this is just one more example of rightwing hypocrisy.
UPDATE: CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?? All court records from the Duggar molestation case were destroyed on Friday, 22 May 2015, by order of the local judge!!!!!!!!!!!!!
To those outside the Evangelical Christian bubble, the nature of Josh Duggar's criminal actions are seriously disturbing, as are the actions of the Duggar family and the Arkansas criminal justice system in covering them up.
However, within the closed, insular, and perverted universe of today's "Conservative Christian" movement, Ted Nugent's enthusiastic songs and statements about having sex with underage girls have been completely ignored. We've seen Phil Robertson, patriarch of the Duck Commander morons extolling the virtues of wedding and bedding underage girls with nary a peep of protest from supposed "family values Christians". And, perhaps most disgustingly, we get to hear Republican Christians not only downplay the brutal nature of rape while joyfully celebrating the pregnancies that result, but also sponsor legislation and policies that give rapists legal access to the children their victims have given birth to.
In other words, as long as the sexual predators are white males and the victims are female, "family values Christians" and Republicans will make excuses for it. Why? Because similar kinds of actions are repeatedly described approvingly in the Old Testament. They only give a shit about sex when it involves people of the same sex.
This horrible story will have very short legs not just within the Evangelical Christian and conservative movements (not that there's any real separation between the two), but also within the non-Fox mainstream media. The quivering, ignorant, lazy stenographers who make up the vast majority of the nation's "professional journalists" are petrified at the prospect of going after the "Christian" hypocrites who effectively control today's Republican Party.
ANOTHER UPDATE. The Arkansas court may have ordered the records destroyed, but, on the Internet, things live forever.
Here's a link to the Josh Duggar court records!!!
DUGGAR FAMILY PORTRAIT
Everyone who has fondled your little sister's genitals, or, who has been fondled by your big brother,
RAISE YOUR HAND!!!
AND ANOTHER UPDATE. Here is an excellent article that addresses the Duggars as an example of the evil that exists and that is being promulgated by the closed world of evangelical families. I will not reproduce the entire article here -- go to this link -- below are the five main points of the article.
#1 - The Duggars are “Pro-life.”
#2 - The Duggars believe that, under God, the FAMILY is the highest authority, particularly Daddy.
#3 - The Duggars frame dysfunction, abuse, and psychopathology in terms of sin, repentance, forgiveness, and grace … oh, and DEMONS.
#4 - The Duggars embrace Evangelical Christian teachings on “modesty.”
#5 - The Duggars believe that a benevolent God is intimately involved in every aspect of their lives and He is working all circumstances out for their ultimate good.
And here is the powerful conclusion of the article:
JimBob and Michelle Duggar live in a fantasy world of their own making, and they believe that, just like in the fairy tales, they all will live happily ever after. While confessing to not being a perfect family, and admitting their family faces challenges and struggles every day, the Duggars are convinced “that dark and difficult time caused [the family] to seek God like never before,” which in their minds, means the molestation really wasn’t so bad, and in fact, has turned out to be a kind of blessing in disguise since each one of them “drew closer to God,” as a result of “something so terrible.”According to the “eternally happy ending” story which the Duggars are telling themselves, the little girls whom Josh allegedly groped and fondled are not victims or even survivors of sexual abuse, but are instead equated with the “highly favored” Old Testament Joseph whose brothers sold him into slavery: What Satan meant for evil, God used for good.Suffering in this life is insignificant - even trifling - compared to the faith-strengthening and soul-saving purpose of trials which will be richly rewarded with eternal life in Heaven … so praise the fucking Lord for whatever misery He sends to you and your children.The Duggar delusion is so deeply ingrained that even in the midst of this horrifying revelation, JimBob and Michelle are hoping that the onlooking world will be inspired by their family’s witness: “We hope somehow the story of our journey — the good times and the difficult times — cause you to see the kindness of God and learn that He can bring you through anything.”Um … no, JimBob and Michelle, I don’t see the kindness of God. All I see is the most twisted and insidious spiritual abuse which minimizes, rationalizes, and even glorifies the sexual assault of children.Stop. Please, just stop. Quit trying to spin this situation into a pretty story. Do not attempt to salvage your “Reality” TV program. Go home and “focus on your family”: get some legitimate, professional help for yourselves and your children. You have a quiver full of kids counting on you to stop the delusion and self-deception. For their sakes, do not allow your legacy to be the prolific multiplication of mania.