’19 Kids and Counting’ Josh Duggar on the Chopping Block

23 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Duggar family show pulled after son’s molestation admission.

Most prominent Republicans are wisely keeping mum about the controversy surrounding Josh Duggar, the conservative reality television star who on Thursday acknowledged reports that he had confessed to sexually molesting five underage girls when he himself was a teenager.TLC yesterday yanked “19 Kids and Counting” from its schedule, but that’s not stopping the questions: What did TLC know, when did it know and what is it going to do about it? But not presidential aspirant Mike Huckabee, who has come out with a forceful statement expressing his support for Duggar, saying, “No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story.” While Duggar is best known to the public as one of the stars of TLC’s reality show 19 Kids and Counting (a reference to Duggar’s very large Evangelical family), he is deeply embroiled in conservative politics.

I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. “We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. In the wake of “19 Kids” star and oldest son Josh Duggar’s admission that, as a teenager, he molested five girls, including some of his sisters — a few while they were sleeping — the basic cable channel faces a round of scrutiny for its practice of making stars out of unconventional families. Once the scandal broke, Duggar stepped down from his post as the head of the political arm of the Family Research Council, the influential conservative group that has long campaigned against abortion and gay marriage.

I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.” Hours before Duggar’s statement, In Touch Weekly had published a partially redacted police report from the Springdale Police Department in Arkansas that, the tabloid said, contained details of the allegations against Duggar. The network canceled its hit “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” in 2014 after matriarch June Shannon was found to be dating a convicted child molester. (Reruns, however, have recently popped up late night on the channel.) In a statement posted to the Duggar family Facebook page, Josh, 27, said, “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. According to the police report, after Jim Bob Duggar reported the alleged abuse in 2006, Josh was investigated for sexual assault in the fourth degree. Ryu Spaeth California officials on Friday accepted a compromise offer from Delta farmers, who proposed forgoing a quarter of their water supplies due to the state’s “unprecedented drought,” The New York Times reports. I hurt others, including my family and close friends.” That year, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” canned an episode with the Duggars after learning of the sex abuse allegations and notified Arkansas authorities.

California’s agricultural industry accounts for 80 percent of the state’s water consumption per year, but farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta own some of the state’s most senior water rights — and The Sacramento Bee notes that they have historically held tight to those claims. Representatives for the Delta’s nearly 4,000 farmers said they expected most to participate in the cutbacks, either by farming less of their acreage or planting crops that require less water.

On camera, the Duggars present a saccharine image; off camera, the family advocates a brand of evangelical Christianity and argue that gay people are a threat to children. Prolific procreator Michelle last year led a successful campaign to repeal a Fayetteville, Ark., ordinance that protected citizens on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

It would never have occurred to the Duggars (or perhaps even TLC) that all along they were making a TV show about a subculture, but that’s exactly what they were doing. Founder Henrietta Lovell specializes in creating bespoke blends of the world’s finest teas, which will run you a hefty $7,870 for first blending and a three-month supply. Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things.” The FRC, from which Josh Duggar resigned on Thursday, is known in Washington for hosting a Values Voters Summit, which regularly gathers Republican politicians trying to run for president. If you watch the show, you’ve probably noticed that the producers and the network steer away from exploring the nitty-gritty of the Duggars’s religious and political beliefs.

If it looks like hypocrisy, it’ll be, ‘Who are you to throw a stone?’ ” FRC is often the go-to group when the media is looking evangelical, pro-family messages. As the Duggar family’s presence in the culture wars increased (matriarch Michelle urged voters last year to oppose a local anti-discrimination ordinance), the show was instead transfixed by the older daughters’ giggly wedding-planning and the logistics of wholesome family outings. In 2010, the Southern Poverty Law Center controversially listed FRC as an anti-gay hate group. “I deeply regret that recent media reports about my long ago past has brought negative attention to FRC Action and its work to preserve and advance the interests of family, faith, and freedom in the political arena,” Duggar said in his resignation letter, which was published by People magazine. In “Growing Up Duggar: It’s All About Relationships,” published last year, Josh Duggar was quoted as saying that “as I became a young man I was constantly tempted to have lots of wrong thoughts and often battled to keep my heart right.” The book was written by the four oldest Duggar sisters. The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, which acquired a copy of the report before the court order was issued, wrote that police began investigating the case in December 2006, after learning about “a letter containing allegations of improper touching in the Duggar home” several years earlier.

Sealed cases aren’t supposed to be left in public view, but the Duggar case file had been left in a stack of routine court filings at the circuit clerk’s office. Although the number of adherents is small within the larger American evangelical Christian community, the Duggars’ large following and wholesome image have helped the family function as ambassadors for their way of life. The Duggars have previously promoted the teachings of Bill Gothard and the Institute in Basic Life Principles, a conservative organization that was once popular among the Christian homeschooling movement.

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