Josh Duggar a common sight on stump for conservative candidates

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‘It’s f****ed up’: Mama June threatens to sue TLC for not axing Duggar show following child molestation scandal (as the network air 19 Kids And Counting marathon).

Mama June has hit out at the Duggar family, claiming their show 19 Kids and Counting is worse than axed Here Comes Honey Boo Boo – and insisting it should have been pulled from the air too. “Please read the following messages,” it begins, as the family addressed the mounting scandal over Josh’s alleged sexual abuse as a teenager, and the family’s decisions on how to deal with it.“19 and Counting” could be the name of a reality show on the 2016 GOP presidential field. (Poor Reince Priebus.) But it’s actually the name of that TLC show you never watch on the bewildering Duggar family, headed by Jim Bob and Michelle, who have 19 children (and counting?) because they claim that’s what God wants. Duggar resigned from his position as the executive director of FRC Action, the Family Research Council’s lobbying firm, in the midst of Thursday’s story. “Sorry, Josh Duggar is a bigot, slimebag. Duggar’s admission could become a significant headache for Republican presidential contenders, many of whom have been outspoken supporters of the Christian conservative family in the past, and have received campaign support from the family.

As the details come out, it seems Jim Bob Duggar knew about his son’s abuse for at least a year, and tried to address the problem by taking him to talk to church elders, including a session with an Arkansas state trooper who later went to jail for child pornography. A police report published by In Touch magazine on Thursday night outlined multiple allegations of child molestation by Josh Duggar, now 27, against underage girls that happened when he was 14 and 15 years old, and were reported to the Springdale police when he was 18. Late last night, Duggar also resigned as head of the lobbying arm of the conservative Family Research Council, a decision President Tony Perkins said in a statement was the “best decision for Josh and his family at this time.” He also emphasized that the molestation allegations were “previously unknown” to the organization. “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret,” Josh Duggar said in a statement. “I hurt others, including my family and close friends.” Duggar’s statement appears to refer to a 2006 police report in In Touch magazine’s story.

There’s no evidence to suggest any of the candidates who campaigned with the Duggars over the years had any knowledge of the report published this week. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counselling. “I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life… I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions.

It is one of the reasons we treasure our faith so much because God’s kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to us — even though we are so undeserving. 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. Within hours of the news breaking, critics of the Duggars had unearthed shots of him with a veritable panoply of declared and expected GOP presidential candidates, enough to fill a single-service Tumblr page. This comes on the heels of court transcripts revealing that bullying patriarch Bill O’Reilly, another purveyor of right-wing family values, used to return to his family and “go ballistic,” in his words, once dragging ex-wife down the stairs by the neck in front of his daughter. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption.’ ‘I can imagine the shock many of you are going through reading this.

Stellar mom Michelle Duggar made a robocall pushing the repeal of a local anti-discrimination ordinance, arguing that it would allow “child predators” to threaten “the safety and innocence of a child.” Maybe she had a guilty conscience. The Duggars also appeared in a photograph with former President Bill Clinton, who is also from Arkansas, when both the family and the former president were interviewed on NBC’s Today show in 2011. Josh himself claimed anti-discrimination laws “protect one group of people over another” and make it hard to “protect the well-being of women and children in our cities.” (Think Progress has a handy guide to “9 times Josh lectured the world on family values before admitting he was a child molester.” Enjoy.) On the campaign trail in 2012, Duggar told reporters “Our family is like the epitome of conservative values.

And the Duggar family’s political activity doesn’t stop there — last cycle Josh Duggar alone campaigned for GOP Senate candidates in Kansas, Virginia and Mississippi. In 2008, they helped drive Mike Huckabee to a win in the Iowa caucuses, where Evangelical Christians are a strong voting force; in 2012 they did the same for Santorum. The entire Republican field is united on the inferiority of gay families, but hails parents like the Duggars, who let their son prey on his sisters for a year without going to authorities. A formal police investigation wasn’t opened until 2006, when the Duggars were due to make an appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s show and a tipster sent along a letter detailing some of the allegations, which the show forwarded to police. I was able to say, “Yes” knowing who Josh really is – someone who had gone down a wrong path and had humbled himself before God and those whom he had offended.

If it weren’t for your help I would not be here as his wife — celebrating 6 1/2 years of marriage to a man who knows how to be a gentleman and treat a girl right.

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