The Liberal Demonization of Josh Duggar

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Inside the ‘Treatment’ Josh Duggar Received After Reported Child Molestation.

A pastor’s wife and mother of eleven has sparked outrage online after suggesting that 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar was simply ‘playing doctor’ when he molested young girls as they slept.When Jim Bob Duggar became aware that his eldest son was allegedly molesting underage girls, the family decided to handle the incident privately instead of immediately reporting the accusations to police.While at the London premiere of San Andreas, Dwayne Johnson attempted to set the Guinness World Record for taking the most selfies in under three minutes.

In a rant on a Quiverfull critic’s Facebook page, Carrie Hurd, the wife of Texas minister Patrick Hurd, also referred to Josh’s actions as ‘a little Christian misbehavior’ and said he should be ‘left alone’. The 27-year-old had issued an apology without addressing the accusations, which were described in a 2006 police report detailed in In Touch magazine and later, Fox News’ FOX411. Sixteen months elapsed between the time Jim Bob learned of his son’s self-admitted “wrongdoing” and Josh Duggar’s official admission to Arkansas state trooper Cpl. Using her husband’s account to address atheist Vyckie Garrison, she wrote: ‘When I was a kid, it was often called “playing doctor”, there were just as many girls initiating this kind of behavior as boys. ‘Most of those never went on to perp horrible things.

But then the boy next door sneaks into the shed and borrows your new bike; he stunt-rides it up and down the back alley. “On Christmas morning your parents lead you out to the shed to reveal the special gift they bought for you, and as they open the door and say, ‘Surprise!’ they’re just as surprised as you are. Hutchins – who gave him a “very stern talk” but did not press charges, according to police reports obtained by InTouch but which have now been expunged. Sometime between Josh’s confession to his father and his formal confession to police, Josh spent time at a facility called the Institute in Basic Life Principles Training Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, PEOPLE has confirmed. Josh was scheduled to be a keynote speaker at one of the Teach Them Diligently Christian home-hchool conventions in the city of Sandusky, OH, which runs between May 28 and May 30.

The center claims to “strengthen individuals and families through sound Biblical teachings and character development opportunities and to demonstrate Christ’s love through serving,” as posted on their official website. Go to Iraq and fight ISIS if you are seriously worried about women being treated well by men and society.’ Mrs Hurd’s comment was posted on Saturday – just two days after it emerged that Josh, now 27, had admitted to molesting several young girls at his family’s Arkansas home when he was a teenager.

It has since provoked a storm of criticism on Ms Garrison’s Facebook page, with many accusing Mrs Hurd of defending sexual assault and ‘making excuses’ for a boy who ‘knew what he was doing’. It looks worse than something you would have bought at a garage sale. “I’m sure you would still be grateful for the bike, and you would have fun riding it, but it won’t be in the condition your parents had hoped and dreamed it would be when you received it.

Since the reports were published, Josh also quit his job as executive director of the legislative affiliate of the Family Research Council, a Christian lobbying group that describes itself ” Pro Marriage and Pro Life Organization.” “Today Josh Duggar made the decision to resign his position as a result of previously unknown information becoming public concerning events that occurred during his teenage years,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins had said in a statement posted on the official website of the FRC. “Josh believes that the situation will make it difficult for him to be effective in his current work. It was beyond ignorant.’ Facebook user Lynn Beisner responded to Mrs Hurd’s post with the words: ‘The difference between playing doctor and sexual assault is consent. We will be praying for everyone involved.” After In Touch posted its report on Thursday, it was revealed that the police report was expunged to protect the identity of a minor child who was alleged to be the victim of a sex crime. The Duggar’s decision to send Josh to the program in lieu of contacting authorities could be explained by the family’s deep rooted connections to Gothard and his teachings. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have long been proponents of the Advanced Training Institute, a homeschooling program based on Bible teachings, which was at one point run by Gothard.

Period.’ Another, Cat Givens, wrote: ‘Molestation is not the same as “playing doctor”‘, while Tina Littleton said: ‘Who are the people never to be blamed in child molestation cases? Wife Anna Duggar and his parents also issued statements in wake of the scandal. “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret,” Josh said. ATI offers many Christian based lessons and outlines for homeschooling programs, in addition to detailed courses on how to handle sexual indiscretions between family members. 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.” “I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life,” he added. “I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions.” , 38, who rose to fame as the lead character in the cult ’90s and ’00s series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, recently reunited with , 41, who played Buffy’s bestie Willow.

The two spent time together with their families—including Hannigan’s husband Alexis Denisof, who is also a series alum! “So this girl (#AlysonHannigan) and her husband (#AlexisDenisof) know how to throw a party,” Gellar wrote on on Saturday, almost exactly 12 years after the show ended, alongside a selfie of the two. “I thought I was good with the crafts, till I went to this party #CraftMaster Thanks for having the #PrinzeFamily I’ve never seen a farm and pony rides in Santa Monica before #NowIveSeenItAll.” “I had a lovely time with @SarahMGellar when I ran into her at Michaels today,” Hannigan tweeted. “Our mutual love of crafting would make Willow happy I think.” Denisof, 49, portrayed Wesley Wyndam-Pryce on and met Hannigan on the set of the show. In the alleged ATI teachings, after a period of repentance, the older brother is asked questions such as “What teaching could have been given to each child to resist evil?” and “What factors in the home contributed to immodesty and temptation?” The passage goes on to warn of the potential consequences of such a scandal: “The damage to the younger children, the ridicule to the cause of Christ, the shame of detailed publicity, and the scars to the life and reputation of the boy were indescribably painful to the family and their friends.” While there is no evidence the Duggars followed these teachings, their long association with the institute is well documented.

Mr and Mrs Hurd have 11 children – a staggering amount, but still significantly fewer than Michelle and Jim Bob Duggars’ 19 – whom Ms Garrison said are following in their Christian parents’ footsteps. What if you happened to be all the way in the back — the last person on the last row — and when the cup finally came to you the speaker asked you to drink out of the cup? Hannigan has in recent years also became known for her role as Lily on How I Met Your Mother and her hubby played the recurring role of news anchor Sandy Rivers. Speaking to Daily Mail Online, Ms Garrison, who was recently named this year’s ‘American Atheist Of The Year’ by the American Atheist Association, revealed she herself formerly lived a Quiverfull life. However, after she gave birth to her third child, doctors warned her that another pregnancy could kill her due to a health condition, leaving her and her now-former husband forced to employ birth control.

The Duggars built their brand on a slavish dedication to ideals of modesty and purity, keeping their children away from Unwholesome Influences, even to the point of shouting “Nike!” when the family was out for a walk in the presence of a woman who was immodestly attired, in order to get them to stare at their shoes. In 2014, Gellar hung out with Michelle Trachtenberg, 29, who played her little sister Dawn, and Seth Green, 41, who portrayed Willow’s love interest, Oz. Ms Garrison later shared the news article online, writing: ‘There’s a lesson to be learned here, Carrie. ‘Think twice before you decide to put a former Quiverfull mama in her place.

I like to believe rehabilitation is possible.’ On Thursday, a police report emerged revealing that, in March 2002, an unnamed youngster had come forward saying Josh Duggar ‘had been touching her breasts and genitals while she slept.’ Shortly after, Josh – who has three children, and another on the way, with wife Anna – admitted to his actions to his parents. Where you are no longer as good as anybody else?” A teacher had likened women to chewed pieces of gum, and the image stuck with her. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m that chewed up piece of gum, nobody re-chews a piece of gum. However, authorities only became aware of Josh’s actions in 2006 after Oprah Winfrey’s production team alerted them to an email they had been sent warning the host about the molestation scandal. When all sexuality is a sin, when even holding hands is off limits, there isn’t a clear line between permissible, healthy forms of exploration and acts that are impermissible to anyone, not just the particularly devout.

This gospel of shame and purity has the potential to be incredibly harmful because it does away with important lines. (Studies not only suggest that abstinence-only approaches to sex education do nothing to decrease the incidence of sexual behaviors, but also that they can make them riskier and that they deprive kids of the vocabulary they need to discuss when bad things happen.) Patheos blogger Libby Anne writes, “Handling child molestation as ‘sin’ rather than addressing the psychology behind it is a serious problem. Some sexual things are normal for a teen to do — say, masturbating — but other sexual things are not typical behavior — say, molesting children — and those things need to be addressed professionally rather than simply as ‘sin’ issues. Failing to do so places other children at risk.” (The whole post is worth a read.) Kay Steiger at ThinkProgress also put it well: When you treat this as a sin instead of a crime, you let everyone down. “Such a message can leave children confused about what is actually harmful behavior and what is merely something of which his or her religion does not approve. On Friday night, Arkansas police confirmed that they had destroyed the report on Josh after one of his victims came forward and requested the document be expunged from public record.

There is also evidence that using accurate medical terms to educate children in an age-appropriate way can be effective at allowing children to report abuse when it happens to them.” The account of what happened and how it was handled — failing to report the incidents promptly to authorities?

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