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Joshua Duggar doesn't deserve an outpouring of support

By Lacy Hilliard
Tomahawk Writer/Photographer

I’m not sure what’s more disgusting in the case of Joshua Duggar – a member of the Duggar family who gained fame on the TLC channel with their show “19 Kids and Counting” – but currently it’s a tie between the acts he’s accused of (and admitted to) doing and the reactions of the general public.

If you haven’t heard, Joshua Duggar, now a grown man who’s married with children of his own, is accused of molesting his sisters when he was age 14. In total, there were five victims and he largely carried out the attacks while they slept. His youngest victim was four years old.

The Duggar family identifies as a fundamentalist Christian family. The girls wear long skirts and modest tops and sport long hair. The boys have short well-manicured hair and also dress modestly. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, the patriarch and the matriarch of the Duggar clan, don’t believe in the use of birth control, hence the 19 kids (and counting). Premarital sex is not even a consideration for the Duggar children. In fact, they’ve been raised to be so chaste; Jessa Duggar chose to share her first kiss with her husband in private rather than at the wedding altar.

Ironically, up until the scandal hit the airwaves, Joshua Duggar was the executive director of the Family Research Councils (FRC) Action Organization. The FRC Action Organization is solely dedicated to using political clout to interfere with any legislation attempting to provide equal rights to same sex couples. The FRC website presents multiple (unscientifically founded) “facts” as to why homosexuality is detrimental to today’s society. It even goes as far as to say that homosexuality can lead to child sexual abuse – a completely unfounded accusation akin to saying fundamentalist Christianity leads to pedophilia.

Jim Bob Duggar allegedly caught his son, Joshua, mid act. A year later, after a family friend discovered a damning letter hidden away in a book that was borrowed from the Duggars, Jim Bob decided to report the incident to State Trooper Joseph T. Hutchens. Joshua was sent to a program for three months that combines manual labor with counseling, however, none of the counselors were licensed or trained to deal with sex offenders. The State Trooper that spoke with Jim Bob about the allegations is currently serving 60 years in prison on child pornography charges.

Many have come out in support of Joshua Duggar since the story broke including former presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee. Huckabee stated, “”No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story.” He went on to say, “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, but I feel compelled to bring some context and reason for the bloodletting that many are engaging in and to come to the aid of our dear friends and family.” As a politician, I’d like to assume Mike Huckabee is aware that it is not God’s law that must be followed when a crime is committed but rather the laws of the land.

The most common statement made by people in support of Joshua Duggar is that he has asked for forgiveness from God and therefore, everyone needs to drop it. When will citizens of the United States of America realize that by choosing to live in this country you also agree to abide by its laws? Allowing religious law to supersede the laws of the land is a recipe for disaster. Don’t agree? Consider this: I’ve just created a new religion. It’s called Lacytarianism. The laws of my new religion state that every citizen of Johnson County must mail me a check for $1,000. I’ll be sticking close to my mailbox this week in eager anticipation.