Rick Santorum “Sickened” by Josh Duggar Molestation Allegations

28 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

5 demented Evangelical teachings that enabled Josh Duggar’s sex crimes.

In an interview with Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos that aired Thursday morning, the Christian conservative said he was “sickened” by allegations that molested underage girls back when he was a young teenager. (Josh, now 27, has acknowledged that 12 years ago he “acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret.”) “I was sickened by it. According to “In Touch,” Josh Duggar filed a lawsuit against the Arkansas Department of Human Services after the agency initiated an investigation into him for molesting five young girls, including two of his sisters.The Arkansas state trooper who reportedly gave the young Josh Duggar a “very stern talk” once had a Yahoo profile in which he detailed his own sexual interest in children, according to a 2009 court document.Mega-family superstar, Josh Duggar, has resigned his position as lobbyist for the Family Research Council after In Touch Magazine published a police report confirming that JimBob and Michelle Duggar of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” fame’s oldest son confessed to molesting several female minors in 2002 – 2003. The Pulaski County, Arkansas, “risk assessment” document, which is publicly available online and was posted by Jezebel on Wednesday, detailed the criminal history of the former officer, Joe Hutchens, who is now serving a 56-year sentence on child porn charges.

According to the 2006 police report, Duggar family patriarch, JimBob actively covered up Josh’s confession and neglected to notify authorities or provide professional help for Josh and/or his victims. The feeling seemed mutual – Duggar’s Twitter photos are sprinkled with the smiling faces of nearly every member of the emerging Republican presidential field.

Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things.” “The reason that the law protects disclosure of many actions on the part of a minor is that the society has traditionally understood something that today’s blood-thirsty media does not understand—that being a minor means that one’s judgement [sic] is not mature,” continued Gov. To make matters worse, Josh’s pregnant wife, Anna Duggar, believes her husband is a changed man and continues – along with the couple’s three young children – to live with an admitted child sex offender.

But since Duggar apologized for acting “inexcusably” and his parents acknowledged “some very bad mistakes” made by their oldest son, the GOP pack has gone silent on the apparently radioactive Duggars, once considered a valuable line to many Republican Party evangelicals. Huckabee. “No one needs to defend Josh’s actions as a teenager, but the fact that he confessed his sins to those he harmed, sought help, and has gone forward to live a responsible and circumspect life as an adult is testament to his family’s authenticity and humility.” E! The results of the DHS’s investigation and the findings at the trial are both sealed, but an anonymous source close to the case told “In Touch” that Duggar likely “appealed the DHS decision or findings from their investigation,” and noted that depending on what those findings were, it’s possible that the DHS applied “restrictions or stipulations about him being at home with the victims.” “Josh would be considered an in-home offender, giving DHS the authority to do an investigation. That may be a collective attempt to elevate presidential politics above the tabloid frenzy so often surrounding reality TV stars’ every action – especially if the action in question is more than a decade old.

News reached out to a Duggar family rep for comment as to whether they will be publicly supporting Huckabee or Santorum in the GOP race, but we did not receive an immediate response. Or it may be more of a strategic silence, borne out of a concern that in a primary field as crowded as this one, every vote – particularly those of the older, whiter, more religious base – makes a difference. “It’s difficult for a Republican running for president because the narrative that [Duggar] did a terrible thing who has repented and changed his life is central to any sort of Christian faith, and particularly central to the evangelical view of the world,” said Henry Olsen, senior fellow with the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a conservative think tank. “In the absence of any evidence, it’s very difficult for candidates to make a statement because they’re either confirming or denying that basic narrative of sin and repentance,” Olsen told msnbc. “If you’re denying it without any evidence, you’re clearly taking on the family and running into issues with Christian conservatives.

In the meantime, TLC has pulled episodes of 19 Kids and Counting from its schedule amid resurfaced allegations and several advertisers have cut ties with the program as well. When contacted by “In Touch,” lawyers for the Duggars refused to comment on the investigation, the lawsuit, the trial, or any possible restrictions placed upon Josh. As a former Quiverfull believer, I recognize in this Duggar family debacle several essential beliefs which are widely held amongst fundamentalist Christians which shackle True Believer’s™ common sense to an outdated and irrelevant god-myth and seriously impair their ability to make sound moral choices. Michelle and JimBob Duggar take very seriously the Evangelical “pro-life” teachings which have influenced the couple to have way too many children: God allows or causes miscarriages.

Given that most of these candidates have no personal ties [to the Duggars]… it’s much better to just be radio silent.” Clearly, that message has gotten through. Hutchens added that he regrets his actions (or lack thereof). “I did what I thought was right and obviously it wasn’t,” he said. “If I had to do it over again, I would have told him immediately I am going to call the hotline and contacted the trooper that worked those cases and have a full report made. One of the key verses from which fundamentalists get their “Choose Life” catch phrase comes from a passage in Deuteronomy 30 which promises God’s blessing for the faithful.

In Touch reports, based on the police report it obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request, that: Josh Duggar was investigated for multiple sex offenses — including forcible fondling — against five minors. The document states that Hutchens’ Yahoo profile username was “dadsluv2002” and that his profile listed such interests as “Kinki Kids,” “Child Play series,” “Strangers with Candy,” “Puberty” and “Preschools.” The report also states that between 2004 and 2005, Hutchens “spent considerable time on his computer viewing child porn.” Hutchens was initially sentenced to five years in prison, but by early 2010 he had been released on a suspended-sentence agreement. The passage also warns of judgment and curses for those who disobey: specifically, God promises death … including death of “thy seed”, i.e., miscarriage and stillbirth.

When Michelle’s second pregnancy ended in miscarriage, the Duggars believed that God must be displeased with them and concluded that it was their use of oral contraception which made The Big Guy so mad. The report says that James told police he was alerted in March, 2002 by a female minor that Josh — who turned 14-years-old that month — had been touching her breasts and genitals while she slept. This time he wound up pleading no contest to 10 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing child pornography, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported, and was sentenced to 56 years behind bars. Another common teaching in Evangelical churches is that hormonal birth control such as oral contraception causes “micro-abortions” and early miscarriages (which believers also consider abortions).

After Huckabee officially launched his 2016 bid earlier this month, it only took a day for the Duggars’ endorsements to pop up on the governor’s campaign website. Prior to that, he had sent Josh to counseling at a Bible-based facility whose affiliated homeschooling program has been criticized for its “horrific” teachings about sexual abuse.

Many Christians take this a step further to say that ALL forms of birth control, including Natural Family Planning are sinful because controlling a woman’s fertility is tantamount to “playing God,” by thwarting The Big Guy’s prerogative to determine when and if a new soul with potential for eternal life comes into existence. Let me tell you more … There is a teaching amongst Evangelicals in which matters of discipline must be addressed according to God’s order of authority which goes like this: God, Family (within the family, the Father has ultimate authority), Church elders, Church family, Extended family, All Like-minded believers, Satan, and finally (maybe) … the Civil Magistrate. The famous family even cozied up to former President Bill Clinton, a Democrat and fellow Arkansan, during back-to-back appearances on “The TODAY Show” in 2011. “Senator Roberts thinks it’s tragic and as the grandfather of five, his thoughts are with the young victims of the abuse,” said Sarah Little, Roberts’ communications director, via email. “He obviously had no knowledge of this and finds it completely deplorable.” But a spokesman for Santorum, who officially announced his second White House run on Wednesday, did not respond to msnbc’s repeated requests for comment. We had tried to teach him right from wrong,” that “each one of our family members drew closer to God,” and that they “pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family.” But the Duggars and their supporters have very deliberately marketed them as a perfect family—or if not perfect, at least pure, and in particular, sexually pure. The first episode of their “reality” television show aired in 2008, two years after the police interviewed family members about the sexual assaults that had taken place in 2002 and 2003; the statute of limitations had already run and the police could not pursue charges.

In politics they police sex between consenting adults, sex between people of the same sex; they are “pure” and “godly” because they police and condemn other people’s sexual lives. But now the public knows that this family which enforces “purity” has covered up the sexual predations—against children, even their own children— of their star son.

The sad fact is, the Duggar family called Josh’s sexual abuse of minor girls a “teenage mistake” and they naively believe that because the boy repented, humbled himself before God, and asked forgiveness, God’s “grace, mercy, and redemption” have changed Josh into a new man who can be trusted not to molest minor children. Christians who trust in repentance and forgiveness of sins when it comes to abusive situations will PRAY for the abuser rather than PROTECT the abuse victim.

For years, they have been held up as exemplars of biblical living, of devotion to Christ, and of, especially, homespun honest living and sexual purity. Upon learning of their oldest son’s fondling and groping of the younger girls, JimBob and Michelle’s first reaction was undoubtedly to question the girls’ – as well as their own – culpability rather than immediately believe it was Josh himself who has a problem.

Bob Vander Plaats, an influential social conservative activist in Iowa and head of The Family Leader, believes the relative silence among the GOP field has more to do with sensitivity toward the family than politics, although even that argument seems laced with a concern for the evangelical base. “I just don’t think it’s time for criticism,” Vander Plaats told msnbc. “I don’t think there’s anybody – candidate or non-candidate, Christian or non-Christian – that says, ‘We support what happened at age 14 with Josh Duggar.’” “It’s time for the Christian community to come around Josh Duggar and his family in prayer,” he continued. “What this reminds us of as Christians is that we’re all fallen and we’re all in need of a savior.” In Quiverfull homes, the onus of sexual indiscretion always lies primarily with the father for failing to adequately protect his daughters, and secondarily with the girl or woman for failing to avail herself of adequate protection of clothing and/or her parents’ supervision. Rather than recognizing immediately that Josh needed professional help, the Duggars were more likely to believe that demonic forces were at work … the Devil made him do it. #5 – The Duggars believe that a benevolent God is intimately involved in every aspect of their lives and He is working all circumstances out for their ultimate good.

Suffering in this life is insignificant – even trifling – compared to the faith-strengthening and soul-saving purpose of trials which will be richly rewarded with eternal life in Heaven … so praise the fucking Lord for whatever misery He sends to you and your children.

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