Why Josh Duggar’s Past Will Hurt Social Conservatives

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TLC Pulls 19 Kids and Counting From Schedule After Josh Duggar Molestation Allegations.

Montel Williams is the latest star to react angrily against the Duggar family following Josh’s confession that he molested young girls when he was a teenager. ‘Josh Duggar, a world class bigot, admits sexually abusing young girls – has consistently stated that LGBT folks r danger to kids,’ Montel wrote to his 147,000 followers. As a reality TV star famous for being part of a large conservative family, Josh Duggar had a public visibility that made him attractive to advocacy groups hoping he could spotlight their shared opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.

I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” Duggar, 27, said in a statement released via his family’s Facebook account on Thursday, May 21. Try feeling sorry for a pedophile—those guys (and they’re almost always guys) who lust for children, stalk children and may eventually molest or rape children. The family issued a lengthy statement to People magazine on Thursday acknowledging the past incidents. “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. Josh has since Duggar resigned from his position at the DC conservative lobbying group as Executive Director, a job he took in the summer of 2013, uprooting his wife and three young children in the process. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.” The fact that the incidents came to the attention of law enforcement officials raises questions about whether TLC or Discovery Communications executives were aware of Josh Duggar’s past when the series about the expansive Duggar clan was greenlighted in 2008.

No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story.” However, other public figures haven’t been as kind. Duggar was 25, a young, popular TV star who poised to help advance the conservative evangelical political platform. “Josh and his wife Anna have been an inspiration to millions of Americans who regularly tune in to see the Duggar family’s show, and all of us at Family Research Council and FRC Action have long appreciated their commitment to the pro-family movement,” Perkins said at the time. That he was drawn to them as an adult pedophile is drawn to a child, and that under the care of a psychiatrist or psychologist, he would be diagnosed with clinical pedophilia.

He served on two presidential campaigns, Mike Huckabee’s in 2008 and Rick Santorum’s in 2012, and during the recent midterms he campaigned for Senate candidates in Kansas, Mississippi and Virginia. Admittedly 1% to 5% is a wide range, but unlike people suffering from, say, depression or phobias, people with pedophilic stirrings are not likely to step forward for treatment. Often molesters were themselves molested in childhood—anywhere from one third to three quarters of them—though the studies on which these findings are based are often called into question because they rely on trusting the abusers to tell the truth about their past. He said his family was the “epitome of conservative values.” Conservative GOP candidates valued Duggar as a way to advance their agenda and leverage his constituents. He has tweeted photos of him with nearly all the 2016 GOP White House hopefuls—Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, to name just some in his timeline—and countless representatives, senators, governors and operatives, from Sen.

Scans of pedophiles’ brains show less connective white matter than the brains of other people; other studies show that pedophiles have a greater tendency to be left-handed, that they score poorly on visual and spatial tests and that they may even be shorter, on average, than other males. All of this points either to the genes or prenatal womb environment, or both, meaning that pedophilia is innate, unchosen and as fixed as anyone else’s sexuality. “None of us decides the sorts of people we’re going to be attracted to,” says Dr. Fred Berlin of the National Institute for the Study, Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Trauma, in Baltimore. “We discover that, and that’s true too of people who discover they’re attracted to children.

This is not the result of a choice.” That’s where treatment becomes hard, and where sympathy—if you’re inclined to feel it—may be warranted. In the days in which homosexuality was punished, gays and lesbians spent their entire lives either denying themselves a sexual outlet or doing so furtively and fearfully. But there will be no such coming around in the case of pedophilia, nor should there be, because by definition a child incapable of consent will always be hurt by the act.

FRC Action has also removed Duggar’s information from its website. (His bio on FRC Action’s website stated: “Drawing from his unique experiences in family, entertainment, politics and business, Josh seeks to use his God-given platform to encourage others to be engaged in the political process.”) Reactions from the conservative side still remain to be seen. And part involves other kinds of group support, such as the website Virtuous Pedophiles, for people who recognize their disorder and are determined not to act on it.

Others who have those attractions with perhaps a higher degree of desire may need more intervention, including medicine.” In one study of 300 patients Berlin treated, only 3% who fully complied with treatment re-offended within five years.

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