Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar will appear with Megyn Kelly on Fox to address …

31 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

How the Duggars steer the GOP wrong.

Santorum’s response contrasts dramatically with that of another 2016 contender, Mike Huckabee, who enjoyed the Duggars’ support in his 2008 bid but didn’t run in 2012. He was imprisoned on child pornography charges in 2007 – just four years after he had failed to properly investigate his friend Jim Bob Duggar’s son Josh for molesting young girls in their sleep.It’s a different experience now, watching “19 Kids and Counting,” TLC’s reality show about a bland, Bible-wielding family that doesn’t use birth control.Back in 2012, I watched the Republican presidential candidate campaign in Iowa alongside Jim Bob Duggar and several of his 19 kids — the celebrity Christian family behind the hit TLC series — en route to Santorum’s victory in the Iowa caucuses.A conservative Quiverfull writer with ties to the Duggars has come out swinging in defense of the “19 Kids & Counting” stars, posting a series of outraged Facebook posts praising the family in spite of an ongoing sexual abuse scandal.

Though he shares a similar love of Christ and fear of transgender people as the reality TV family, presidential hopeful and major dick Rick Santorum is finally distancing himself from the Duggars. After the news broke (and Josh Duggar apologized) two weeks ago, Huckabee posted a message on Facebook to “affirm” his support of the Duggars. “Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things,” he wrote, calling Josh Duggar’s response a “testament to his family’s authenticity and humility.” Why the divergence in opinion? Now, the sickening details of former Arksansas state trooper Joseph Hutchens’s offenses have emerged, including how he had pornographic photos of one of his own relatives on his camera. But after announcing his 2016 presidential bid this week, Santorum cut the Duggars loose. “I was sickened by it, just sickened by it,” he said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday of the news that Josh Duggar, the eldest Duggar son, had molested several girls as a teen. In the posts, which were first cited by watchdog group Homeschoolers Anonymous, homeschooling activist Rick Boyer — also the author of the Jim Bob Duggar-endorsed book “Take Back the Land” — asserted that the reality-show family appropriately handled allegations of incest and assault by eldest son Josh Duggar, and that they do not deserve to be criticized. “‘Abuse’ is the new ‘racism,’” Boyer, who also sits on the board of the Home Educators Association of Virginia, wrote. “As soon as you’re accused of it, you’re considered guilty.

According to new explosive court documents, Hutchens operated a Yahoo adult profile using the handle ‘dadsluv2002’, on which he claimed to be interested in a number of disturbing categories. But you can still find episodes on YouTube, which is how I found myself watching an episode titled “The Duggars’ Guide to Love.” It described the family’s strict rules for courtship: no physical contact before marriage, save for the occasional “side hug”; chaperones on every date; many awkward double dates with Mom and Dad. Several candidates had sought the famous family’s favor, as evidenced by the photos (mostly from Josh Duggar’s Twitter stream) of Duggar with Huckabee, Santorum, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker. These included the child porn categories ‘Preschools’, ‘Kinki Kids’, ‘Child’s Play Series’, ‘Strangers With Candy’ and ‘Babyz’, and incest-themed ones like ‘Family Affairs’, Radar Online reported. The installment was filled with man-on-the-street interviews, with some people reacting in horror, some expressing a vague nostalgia for rituals they’d never use themselves.

He visited the website hundreds of times, and admitted communicating with a woman, dubbed ‘Miss Understood’, whom he instructed to ‘role play that she was a little girl having sex with daddy’. I don’t join in the Schadenfreude on the left over the latest case of hypocrisy among family-values conservatives, or take any delight in the discovery that the Duggars, who find immorality in homosexuality, abortion and out-of-wedlock sex, have more disturbing questions of morality in their own home. This is abundantly clear to everyone but the Duggars themselves and the conservative wing of the Republican Party, which has somehow misread the show as aspirational. Should they have skinned Josh alive, rolled him in salt and hung him on a meathook?” Josh Duggar, who admitted to sexually assaulting several young girls when he was a teenager, stepped down from his position at the anti-LGBT Family Research Council after the allegations came to light last week.

Right, Josh is seen in February with his wife, Anna, who is pregnant with their fourth child On the site, he also listed his hobbies as ‘putting fat objects into small holes’, cited his favorite quote as ‘Everything I enjoy is either illegal, immoral or fattening’, and listed his marital status as ‘married’. On a network that regularly shines a light on subcultures and outliers, the Duggars fit in well; they practice a supremely patriarchal form of Christianity that, as their dating process suggests, amounts to an evangelical version of extreme couponing. The political issue is not what Josh Duggar did as a teenager but why so many who seek the nation’s highest office feel the need to woo people who are so far out on the ideological extreme.

During 2004 and 2005 – when a police inquiry was launched into Hutchens’s behavior – he ‘spent considerable time on his computer viewing porn’, say other court documents, obtained by Jezebel. The Duggars also emphasized that Josh’s victims had “forgiven” him. “Do you hear Josh’s sisters railing against him?” Boyers continued. “No, it’s not the victims howling for scalps, it’s pagans and gullible Christians, eagerly grabbing the bait and shooting their own wounded.” Boyers also defended disgraced religious activist Bill Gothard, whose hyper-conservative homeschool curriculum has been endorsed consistently on the Duggar family blog and promotes a victim-blaming mentality for handling sexual assault. This despite the Duggars having raised their children by the book — home schooling, restricting access to entertainment, guiding courtships and advising that sex should await marriage, which, come to think of it, wouldn’t hurt a nation that seems to be in perpetual rut. He specifically focused on ‘prepubescent children’ engaging in sexual activity – and even admitted to police that he had pleasured himself over pornographic images of girls aged two, three, 12 and 13.

They’re also free to try to leverage their fame into political power, and this the Duggars have done with gusto: lobbying against gay marriage, recording robocalls against an ordinance to ban discrimination against gay and transgender people. The Duggars’ expectations were more or less the norm not so very long ago — and many would argue that the country would be better off if more parents were similarly engaged in their children’s lives. Last fall, after baiting gay couples on the family Facebook page, patriarch Jim Bob declared that “God is expanding our borders through the national media.” TLC has largely tried to tiptoe around the Duggars’ politics, blurring out their antiabortion T-shirts and focusing, instead, on the universal appeal of weddings and abundant babies.

The family has often been associated with, and claimed by, the Quiverfull movement, a Christian patriarchy sect proposing that women must obey and submit sexually to their husbands and should eschew birth control and embrace their “high calling” as wives, mothers and homemakers. Other viewers most likely have been gawkers riveted by the spectacle of so much post-betrothal activity under one tent by just one couple — and the fact that no one in his or her right mind would wish 19 children on anyone. On the device, they found shocking images of a family friend’s young daughter – and one of Hutchens’s own relatives, which are thought to have then been posted online, Radar reported. ‘It is believed that this Digital Camera was used to take the pictures of the small children which we believe were posted on Joe Hutchens’ Yahoo account,’ investigator Chris Sparks said.

In January 2007, Hutchens pleaded guilty to eight felony counts of possessing visual or print medium depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, and was jailed for five years. The disturbing new details come just days after it was reported that Hutchens had claimed Jim Bob had lied to him about his eldest son Josh’s actions when he brought him to speak to him in 2003. This might explain why Jim Bob went to church elders after his son confessed to child molestation and why he later sent Josh to see Arkansas State Trooper Joe Hutchens, who lectured him but took no action. Into this perverse auto-da-fé have waltzed two Republican presidential candidates, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, presumptively the two most devout Christians among the — hey! — 19 likely Republican presidential candidates. But instead of admitting his son had inappropriately touched several girls over a year – as detailed in a 2006 police report released last week – Jim Bob said he had molested only one, he said. ‘Jim Bob explained to me that Josh inappropriately touched [a victim] while she was asleep,’ Hutchens said in an interview for InTouch Magazine. ‘He said it only happened one time.’ The prison inmate added: ‘Jim Bob sat down and Josh was crying.

Marco Rubio recently whined that Christianity faces “a real and present danger” from gay rights supporters exercising their right to free expression. Last week, it was revealed that Jim Bob, 49, and Michelle, 47, informed some of the elders at their church about Josh’s actions in 2003, before sending their son away to a faith-based healing facility.

The embrace of other bizarre figures in the conservative movement has caused heartburn similar to the Josh Duggar scandal for GOP officeholders — such as when Ted Nugent called President Obama a “subhuman mongrel,” and when antigovernment Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy expressed racist sentiments. And these two candidates may not have been far-fetched in their calculations in cozying up to the family, but only if they have no ambitions beyond the primary. Nationally, neither has a ghost of a chance of becoming president for the simple reason that Americans in increasing numbers find the convergence of religion and politics distasteful if not loathsome. The overwhelming majority of Christian conservatives are upstanding Americans and are neither racist nor believers in exotic notions of patriarchy and fertility. He said that the underage victim that he was told about during his 2003 meeting with the 19 Kids and Counting stars, and two other unidentified people, ‘should have been my first priority’.

Young people, who missed the Golden Age when most people didn’t talk about their religious beliefs or their politics — and never in combination — perceive that to be religious is to be politically conservative. Speaking to InTouch Magazine, criminal defense attorney Carmen Roberto, of Ohio, said that Jim Bob’s alleged lies could be considered child endangerment, if Hutchens’s account is correct. To a party that tends to be skeptical toward Islam and draconian about immigration, separating politics from religion would seem to be an imperative of some urgency. At the very least, Republicans wishing to become president might steer clear of religious grandstanding and avoid association with reality show stars whose single claim to fame is having more babies than anyone else.

It states that in March 2002, a girl came forward saying Josh ‘had been touching her breasts and genitals while she slept.’ A year later, ‘several’ more minors came forward to say that Josh had touched them, and the teen was sent away to the Basic Life Principles Training Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, for treatment. He was never charged with a crime for the incidents as by the time police learned of the offenses the statue of limitations had passed, and his parents did not notify authorities in an official capacity.

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