Josh Duggar ‘found forgiveness and cleansing from Jesus Christ,’ in-law says

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’19 Kids and Counting’ cast pulled from Philadelphia event in wake of molestation scandal, report says.

The Seewald family stands with the Duggar family in solidarity. In this Aug. 29, 2014, file photo, Josh Duggar, executive director of FRC Action, speaks in favor the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark.Days before news broke of Josh Duggar’s alleged molestation of five girls when he was a teen, the 19 Kids and Counting star’s pregnant wife Anna Duggar shared a cryptic quote about forgiveness — read it here.

It would be like a cracked mirror reflecting a foggy mirror, an eternal cascade of blurry images and croaky sound bites from programs such as My Husband’s Not Gay, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Jon & Kate Plus Eight, Toddlers and Tiaras, Virgin Diaries, I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant, Freaky Eaters, My Strange Addiction, Extreme Cheapskates, America’s Worst Tattoos and Hoarding: Buried Alive.Josh Duggar has received the support of his sister Jessa’s father-in-law after reports resurfaced this week that Duggar molested five underage girls 12 years ago. In the clip, which comes from an episode of the show when it was called 17 Kids & Counting, Duggar recalls how he wanted to go on a date with his then-fiancée Anna, but needed a chaperone. “So, we chose Jana and John David –- we thought why not have a double date,” Duggar said in the clip. “We are from Arkansas!” “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret.

Michael Seewald – the father of Jessa’s husband Ben Seewald, 20, and six other children – posted an essay titled “Grace Greater Than Our Sin” to his family’s blog Sunday, explaining why he is rallying around his family members and forgiving Duggar for his actions. “It pains me to see that they are now having to relive the nightmare that had been laid to rest well over a decade ago with Josh’s repentance and reformation,” Seewald wrote, “but I feel compelled to bring some context and reason to the bloodletting that many are engaging in and to come to the aid of our dear friends and family.” Seewald went on to explain in more than 2,000 words why Duggar should not punish himself forever and that the victims involved should “not be lost in all of this.” “Sadly, this type of thing is all too common. The Duggars were originally scheduled to appear alongside other TLC reality show stars like “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro and Kate Gosselin at the TLC Summer Block Party on May 30. You don’t even need to watch two minutes to know the cable network that once stood for The Learning Channel should be renamed TFS, as in The Freak Show. I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” Duggar wrote on Facebook after the news broke. “I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation.

Would you be willing to publicize your own darkest moments?” Seewald, a devout Christian, asked in the blog post. “Yes, we should constantly be learning and growing as parents and change when we see a better way, yet no parenting method is without flaw. If you want to star in a TLC show — and they accept online applications — all you probably need to do is send in a video in which you’re gobbling thumbtacks or reading Shakespeare to lampposts or confessing a lifelong attraction to farm animals while sprawled on a bed of hay in your cow pyjamas. But the downside of setting up tripods in the cultural margins to showcase people who don’t hew to convention is that a network runs the risk of showcasing people who may be more than just unusual.

Saying that he had “acted inexcusably” and was “deeply sorry” for what he called “my wrongdoing,” the 27-year-old Duggar resigned his post with the Family Research Council, a conservative lobbying organization, on Thursday. A day later, TLC announced that it had pulled all episodes of “19 Kids and Counting” off the air. “There is blood in the water and the sharks are in a feeding frenzy,” Seewald wrote. “Finally, the Duggar family’s opponents have found what they have been eagerly waiting for: shocking revelations of scandal by Jim Bob and Michelle’s firstborn son, Josh.” Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar “are to be commended,” Seewald wrote. “I believe that Josh’s parents acted in a way that godly parents should. While the scandal continues, Us Weekly confirmed last week that local circuit Judge Stacey Zimmerman signed for all copies of records from 2006 pertaining to the Josh Duggar investigation be destroyed. We should not downplay the seriousness of these offenses particularly, nor gloss over the pain and confusion they often bring, sometimes for a lifetime. “Do not keep silent if you are being abused, tell someone you trust, a parent, a teacher, a friend, anyone is better than silence,” he wrote. “You are likely not the only one who has been abused. Civil penalties are sometimes required and we should never begrudge the victims of crimes or the civil authorities from seeking justice, but we are not to condemn repentant sinners in our hearts or with our tongues or pens.

On Monday, an old clip from the show resurfaced, in which Duggar makes an incest joke, which seems to suggest we can at least debate the “deeply regret” and “extremely sorry” contained in his public apology last week. There are many of you that are reading these words right now having had thoughts and deeds no better than what Josh had and did.” Since Thursday, when Josh Duggar, his parents and his wife, Amy, posted a series of statements on Facebook, the Duggars have been in a cone of public silence.

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