TLC airs ’19 Kids and Counting’ marathon on same day Josh Duggar admits to …

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Embattled reality star Josh Duggar arrives at DC airport alongside his pregnant wife and three children one day after child molestation allegations surfaced.

The eldest son of the Christian Arkansas family featured in the TLC reality show also resigned as Executive Director of the Family Research Council, a Christian lobby group. Josh, 28, his pregnant wife Anna, 26,and their three children were seen walking through Washington DC’s Reagan Airport after their flight arrived from Arkansas, smiling and seemingly unaffected by the claims being made about Josh’s past.Los Angeles: ‘19 Kids and Counting’ star Josh Duggar has apologised for “acting inexcusably” during his teenager years, hours after he was accused of molesting underage girls including his sisters, 12 years ago. “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. According to InTouch, Josh’s father Jim Bob turned him in to Arkansas State Police after ‘he caught him leaving a young girl’s bedroom and learned something inappropriate happened.’ The state trooper who took the report in 2005 however never followed up with Josh, and then was arrested himself and ‘convicted on child pornography charges.’ He is serving 56 years in prison. Josh Duggar, 27, is the eldest child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, whose long-running show on cable network TLC chronicles the daily struggles and triumphs of a conservative family in Arkansas.

Tony Perkins, president of the Washington-based Christian lobbying group, said in a statement Thursday that Duggar resigned because of information becoming public that he believed would “make it difficult for him to be effective”. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. “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. In the wake of the trooper’s arrest, someone in the police department reportedly contacted the Child Abuse Hotline, leading to Crimes Against Children Division and Springdale Police Department involving themselves in the case. The couple married on in a televised wedding in 2008, and famously saved their first kiss for marriage after a traditional courtship in which they only held hands after they were engaged. The Duggar family are staunchly pro-life, trust in God for family planning rather than birth control and are now campaigning for their friend and fellow Arkansas native Mike Huckabee to he President.

That dark and difficult time caused use to seek God like never before.” “When my family and I first visited the Duggar home, Josh shared his past teenage mistakes. The TLC show was previously called ’17 Kids and Counting’ and ’18 Kids and Counting’, but looks to be done at 19 Kids and counting as Michelle hasn’t given birth in four years and it’s now grandchild time. Josh’s younger sister Jill recently gave birth to grandchild four, son Israel, and daughter Jessa is expecting the sixth Duggar grandchild with her husband Ben, 20. The organization’s budget in 2013 was about $13 million, according to its financial statements. “Family Research Council is one of the major players among the pro-family social conservatives and has a major DC presence,” said Tobin Grant, a political scientist at Southern Illinois University, who compared the FRC to the Heritage Foundation or the American Family Association. “It still represents an old guard of people who are pushing the culture wars and traditional family values.” Of the molestation allegations and Duggar’s apology, Grant said: “This is really going to hurt them.

If it looks like hypocrisy, it’ll be, ‘Who are you to throw a stone?’” FRC is often the go-to group when the media is looking evangelical, pro-family messages. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. In 2010, the Southern Poverty Law Center controversially listed FRC as an anti-gay hate group. “I deeply regret that recent media reports about my long ago past has brought negative attention to FRC Action and its work to preserve and advance the interests of family, faith, and freedom in the political arena,” Duggar said in his resignation letter, which was published by People magazine.

Recently, Michelle Duggar successfully helped a campaign to repeal a Fayetteville, Ark., ordinance that would have prohibited discrimination in the city on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Duggars, who endorsed Mike Huckabee for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, have been likened to the “Quiverfull” movement, which urges its followers to have as many children as God will give them.

Although the number of adherents is small within the larger American evangelical Christian community, the Duggars’ large following and wholesome image have helped the family function as ambassadors for their way of life. The Duggars have previously promoted the teachings of Bill Gothard and the Institute in Basic Life Principles, a conservative organization that was once popular among the Christian homeschooling movement.

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