For at least a little while, the world was spared the freak show that is the Duggars, former stars of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting. This is because the show was cancelled amid a firestorm of scandal when it was revealed that the Duggars’ eldest son Josh sexually molested young girls when he was a child – including his own sisters. This was all revealed in 2015, when a brave woman with knowledge of the crimes of Josh Duggar talked to the press.
Of course, since these crimes happened when Duggar was a teenager, the world of the Christian Right immediately forgave him – including former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. He is, of course, a Christian extremist, and is also the father of the current Deputy Press Secretary for the Trump White House, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Despite what Huckabee and others said, Josh Duggar was not repentant nor reformed. The married super Christian was caught with not one, but TWO accounts on the website Ashley Madison, which is a site that explicitly helps people cheat on their spouses. He was also sued for assault and battery by an adult film star he allegedly roughed up during sex in a manner she did not consent to. After all of these revelations, the Duggers had Josh sent away to some kind of religious rehab facility, which he promptly disappeared from without explanation. Now, however, the family is saying that he completed the program.
After all of this, the Duggars slowly, but surely and mercifully, faded away. The only thing that was on TLC was the spin off show Jill and Jessa: Counting On, which features two of the sisters Josh molested when they were children. However, that reprieve from seems to be over, as Josh Dugger is back in the news – and this time he is denying he did anything wrong for molesting those girls, including his sisters. What’s his excuse? Why, the devil made him do it, of course. According what a source told InTouch, Josh blames “external forces” for his philandering and molesting. He will speak of what he has done on the show, but he won’t apologize:
Josh will cover everything and he will maintain the family line that god has saved his soul and guided him back to the right path. But one thing you probably won’t hear is that he’s actually sorry, as he believes that external forces were to blame for his behavior.
That’s super-Christy speak for “the devil made me do it.”
This family is disgusting. To them, religion absolves them of all wrongdoing, no matter how heinous. What’s worse is that his wife Anna knows that Josh is a sick man, but has stayed married to him, and they have two young daughters. Who knows what he has done to them? Further, in religious cults like this, they certainly do not report such crimes. Their method is to handle it through church, prayer, and keeping it in the family. On top of that, the very creepy way they teach children – especially girls – think about sex, consent, and their bodies…well, let’s just say it’s understandable that they don’t even understand that they are victims. In fact, the Duggars’ Quiverfull teachings actually blame the victims. In fact, it is these cults and their teachings that actually set the stage to create monsters like Josh Duggar.
All in all, this creepy family needs to go the hell away. The people who covered up Josh’s crimes, and of course Josh himself, need to be in jail.
TLC, shame on you for continuing to put this disgusting family on the airwaves. Hopefully, there is a boycott until you get this unapologetic child molester off the air.
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Shannon Barber is a self- described queer feminist and activist for racial equality, LGBT rights, women’s rights, and secular rights in America. She is a lifelong lover of words, though her educational background is in computer science. She currently writes for 2 liberal websites, and keeps her own humor blog for lesbians. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.