Republicans, Family Research Council and Josh Duggar Are A Match Made In Heaven

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Most people have a person or thing they regard as a representative symbol of something they consider an ideal worth emulating, even if only in secret. For most Republicans Ronald Reagan is their paragon of choice, and for real Christians, Jesus Christ is the idol they most revere. However, since both Reagan and Jesus are long dead, America’s neo-Christians and Republicans consolidated a conservative demigod and evangelical icon into one ideal to worship and regard as “a family that is the epitome of conservative values” and something all evangelicals and Republicans can easily “connect with.” At least that is what Republican hero, ‘Quiverfull’ product, biblical spokesman, reality television star, and child molester Josh Duggar claimed in his role as executive director of the Family Research Council’s (FRC) political arm last year.

It is curious that so many Americans were surprised over the revelations that a religious conservative idol is guilty of molesting his sisters, or that Republicans embraced the FRC’s icon they must have at least suspected was a fraud. In fact, the close relationship between Republicans, the FRC, and Josh Duggar was a match made in heaven. The idea of being a rank hypocrite guilty of heinous acts and yet free of guilt due to the ‘saving grace of Jesus Christ‘ informs what it means to be a socially conservative neo-Christian Republican. One of the reasons Republicans can cheat on their wives and disappear while governor, launder money as House speaker, or pressure their wife and mistress to get an abortion and still be revered in conservative religious circles is because Christians are “blessed to have a Jesus who forgives and forgets.” Americans are expected to do the same and there is little doubt that Duggar will be back in the Republican spotlight sooner than most Americans would like to believe.

Republicans are silent now because Duggar’s value as an evangelical electoral asset has not been lost according to some seriously sick and revealing statements of support from the religious right that agree with Mike Huckabee that criticism of Duggar is unwarranted because Jesus forgave him. After all, evangelicals contend that “boys are just curious. This story shouldn’t even be in the news. Its (sic) not current. Its (sic) done, over, and has been forgiven. None of us have any need to say anything. It was reported, and its (sic) been handeled (sic). Its (sic) over.” And, “everyone makes mistakes but our God is a forgiving God. He died on the cross not only for sins of that time but for future sins as well.”

Sadly, many Americans embrace that whole biblical forgiveness concept and there is little doubt Josh Duggar, his Quiverfull mother, and criminally-complicit father will be embraced with open arms by an adoring public once the molestation furor dies down; and like it or not it will die down. Americans are loath to remember even the worst sins committed by Republicans because Jesus forgives all Republican transgressions. It is why Republican politicians, particularly those running for president, who embraced Josh Duggar are remaining silent because as they depended on his close relationship with the Family Research Council for electoral and legislative support before the molestation revelation, they will need his support again. In fact, except for Baptist preacher and perennial presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, only the Family Research Council has made a statement about Josh Duggar’s announcement he is stepping away from his job as FRC’s legislative advisor. An important advisor to Republican presidential candidates, Republicans in Congress, and Republicans in state legislatures who are opposed to women’s reproductive rights, LGBT rights, and marriage equality.

Actually, although FRC commented on Duggar’s resignation, it did not issue a dedicated press release. Instead FRC chose to remark on Duggar’s “personal issue” on the front page of its website. It simply says, “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. Josh believes that the situation will make it difficult for him to be effective in his current work. We believe this is the best decision for Josh and his family at this time. We will be praying for everyone involved.” The organization’s claim to fame, besides demonizing the LGBT community for what it claims are violations of biblical law, is allegedly as a devout and fierce protector of children and families. However, the ‘family values‘ organization never identified the “concerning events” leading to Duggar’s resignation. In fact, based on the claim that FRC’s primary motivation for all of its political and religious activism, its silence on Duggar’s actions is revealing as to its hypocritical inclinations; but then again the evangelical organization is praying for the Duggars and acknowledges that Jesus forgave him so obviously Jesus forgives FRC’s hypocrisy as well.

One of the ‘issues‘ that the Family Research Council harps on consistently, and is specifically belabored publicly by Josh Duggar is “the evil done to children in one of its worst forms;” something the forgiven molester knows well.  Over the years FRC’s well-documented history of lies and deceit include demonizing the LGBT community as an existential threat to America’s children. In a document FRC released in 2002 about the time Duggar was dealing with his “personal issue” titled “Homosexuality and Child Abuse,” (still on FRC’s website) claims “The evidence indicates that homosexual men molest boys at rates grossly disproportionate to the rates at which heterosexual men molest girls.”

FRC knows that pedophilia is not motivated by sexual orientation, and if they had taken the time to ask their executive director Josh Duggar, his birth-machine mother Michelle Duggar, or his Quiverfull patriarch dad Jim Bob Duggar, they would have understood that sexuality in no way informs the particularly heinous behavior. In 2010, FRC leader Tony Perkins and Senior Fellow Peter Sprigg complained loudly that scientists refuse to accept the evangelical assertion that there is a “direct correlation between homosexuality and pedophilia,” a claim Perkins repeated again just a year ago. And something Josh Duggar claimed restricting the rights of LGBT Americans was crucial to “protecting the well-being of children in our cities.”

There is a movement afoot to pressure The Learning Channel (TLC) to cancel the Duggar’s reality show, and although Josh Duggar’s actions are unforgivable, and his Quiverfull parent’s concealing his “personal issue” are criminal, the Duggars still have millions and millions of ardent supporters. Likely included in those supporters are Republicans who depend on the evangelical vote like most humans depend on air to survive. Based on the outrage among evangelicals that decent Americans are appalled that the “family that is the epitome of conservative values” is under fire and faces being taken off the air, it is doubtful that Josh Duggar will be out of commission for long.

If evangelicals wonder why the Christian religion is losing favor among Americans, they should take a long hard look at how they easily forget truly despicable acts by their heroes in Republican ranks and religious activist movement just because their Jesus forgives them. What they fail to acknowledge is that most Americans are not Jesus and cannot forgive, much less forget, something as vile and twisted as an entire family covering up child molestation while preaching to Americans to hold them up as family values’ icons.

59 Replies to “Republicans, Family Research Council and Josh Duggar Are A Match Made In Heaven”

  1. Republicans embraced the FRC’s icon they must have at least suspected was a fraud.

    Playing Devil’s Advocate- when isn’t anything a Republican would willingly embrace- not a fraud?

  2. Christians whitewash prosecutable crimes as mere “sins” which can be forgiven with counseling, penance, and hard work?

    No wonder people are leaving Christianity in droves!

    The truly honorable despise hypocrites.

  3. Sometimes I think if Hitler himself could grift and get out the vote the assholes would forgive him

    So what he killed millions jesus loves him now give me more money

  4. Classic euro-Christian tyranny. Women’s lives don’t matter.

    Throw away girls. Handmaids. This is what they are pushing for with their pro sperm agenda.

    Replacing a women’s role as creator of life with a role as sperm incubator.

  5. Duggar and the Republicans are not a “match made in heaven.” Good grief.

    I’ve never heard of this guy, never watched the show and I believe I represent the vast majority of Americans. That show at it’s very highest ratings was pulling in barely 2 million views, in a country of over 300 million. So he’s quit, the show has been yanked off the air and we’ll not see them again.

    Unless “The Weiner Guy” represents liberal thought, it might be time to let this go.

  6. Duggar Parents Placed Son in Christian Treatment Facility whose Leader was Caught Molesting Girls

    After Josh Duggar admitted to his parents Jim Bob and Michelle that he had fondled multiple minor females in his home, his parents say they were swift to move into action, and get him treatment. Only RadarOnline.com can reveal the faith-based center, founded by a controversial figure.
    Radar has identified the facility as the Insitute in Basic Life Principles Training Center in Little Rock, founded by Bill Gothard. Gothard was previously accused of sexually grooming and inappropriately touching young women in his ministry, and while he was later cleared of any wrongdoing, he resigned amid the scandal.

    Today, the centers claim to “strengthen individuals and families through sound Biblical teaching and character development opportunities and to demonstrate Christ’s love through serving,” according to a church website.
    http://radaronline.com/celebrity-news/josh-duggar-sex-scandal-rehab-treatment-center-little-rock/

  7. Basically, to these people, tw*ts, and the vaguely humanoid mechanisms that house them, are disposable containers.

  8. Repub politicians love the creepy Duggar sex cult. Kind of revealing that not one has denounced incestuous child molester Josh.

  9. Gothard was accused and cleared. No story.
    If this kid was a minor and his parents got him to treatment and he has not had any problems since then, this seems a terrible way to destroy a man for something he did as a minor.
    The article talks about forgiveness. Bill Clinton nailed a 22 year-old; barely an adult herself, and yet he has been forgiven and is considered a great statesman. So Democrats do believe in forgiveness. Just not Republican forgiveness.

  10. First of all he you read any of my post on this subject you would find that while I condemn the crime the bigger crime was with the parents who covered it up so they could grift from dumbasses like you

  11. Bad choice of a representative of “liberal thought”.

    Anthony Weiner never “fondled” underaged girls and the conversations he had were, according to reports, mutually acceptable. But of course you would totally ignore the fact that many Democrats, not only private citizens, but members of congress, spoke out asking for Rep. Weiner resignation because that wouldn’t fit into your narrative.

  12. Addressing the broader issues, cientific studies based on legitimate empirical evidence do not support the mass hysteria and moral panic that currently surrounds sexually expressed child/older person relationships, which are invariably cast as “child sex abuse/pedophilia.” As masturbation and homosexuality were demonized in the past, these irrational emotional responses are based on ignorance and fear, and are promoted by agenda-driven “victimological” academics who argue that all such relationships are intrinsically pervasively harmful. But is this supposed harm intrinsic to the interaction, or does it instead result from the social hysteria that occurs when such a relationship is discovered? Also, there are no legitimate data supporting intrinsic harmfulness, and no credible pathway or mechanism for such harm has been demonstrated. For further discussion, see http://www.shfri.net/mech/mech.cgi

    Also see http://www.boyandro.info

  13. From the “shfri” link provided:

    That’s an average of a whopping 7 1/3rd visits per day… far less than your typical bathroom stall philosopher’s work gets.

  14. Except that you’ve got Huckabee and other Right Wing wannabe leaders screaming that we should “forgive” this unpunished pedophile. That kind of says a lot about this crowd of pedophile lovers, doesn’t it?

  15. There was talk not long ago about the mother making racist remarks. People got into an uproar but nothing came of it. This is different. He broke the law, they knew it and covered it up. But what about the little girls, they are the true victims, what will come of that? Of course they should be off TV, and I hope it’s the last I hear of them,unless they are in some way paying for their ways.

  16. That article is right on, written by a former “Quiverfull” mom who knows the crap that goes on in the minds of these wack jobs.

    Also I followed a link to a story about the state trooper, Joseph Hutchins, who Jim Bob took Josh to for the stern talk, the article said Hutchins was originally arrested for porn in 2005! Again in 2010

    Now shouldn’t Jim Bob and Michelle have found that first arrest disturbing and shouldn”t they have done something about Josh or is this when they decided to really go to the police?

    Regardless, it’s obvious to me that the Duggars purposely hid this until the staute of limitations expired so Josh could not be charged and it would not blow up their tv show.

    And now we have a judge destroying records and saying it was requested by the victims. I call bs on that, I say it’s to protect Jim Bob and the show, thank goodness the record is online.

    A judge Appointed by gov Huckabee, go figure huh. I strongly suspect Huckabee requested those records…

  17. Yeah, Anthony Weiner’s career was destroyed by his dick-pic addiction. Elliot Spitzer had to resign as NY state governor when his whore-mongering ways became known.

    Unlike the right, the left actually holds its sex freaks accountable.

  18. OMG……now this is gettingmore and more convoluted!

    Hutchins, the perv state trooper was mandated by law to report the molestation.

    Also the remodel job Josh was sent to work on for 3 months was an old VA building in Little Rock, bought by Hobby Lobby! And donated to Institute of Basic Life Principles, Bill Gothard’s organization.

    This mess has so many unraveling threads it’s unbelievable. No wonder they wanted the re ords destroyed.

    I wonder how much Hobby Lobby got the VA building for and if thepurchase was on the up and up. Did they then get to write it off as a charitable donation?

    There are too many coincidences going on in this story.

  19. Robert,
    From Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Franklin to Warren Harding to Franklin Roosevelt, United States presidents have had all sorts of Unfaithful Affairs.

    Only The Republican Party works like hell to weaken and destroy Democratic Presidents any way they possibly can!

  20. Huckabee was governor when Hobby Lobby bought, and later donated the VA building to Bill Gothard’s organization, Institute of Basic Life Principals.

    Jim Bob and Michelle have given speeches at all the big conservative conferences.

    Their cover up of this incident should not go unpunished. Their son should have been put in juvinile detention with counseling, just like any other 14/15yr old for molesting a 5 or 6 yr old plus others repeatedly, for years.

    What he did was no mistake.

    But that would have blown up their whole goody two shoes christian persona, tv plans and big paying speech gigs. Hypocrits.

  21. Except he had to resign and wasn’t allowed to come back to the ministry, period. Also, it doesn’t sound like any of the woman took the case to the law. There were 34 women and one was 16. Having to resign doesn’t sound like he was “cleared” of wrongdoing. Quite the reverse.

  22. You are completely wrong, and the only people I know who defend this are themselves guilty of this behavior. I know 2 women who are molested by their brothers and they felt horrible and miserable WHEN it happened.

  23. David Riegel wrote “The Pedophile’s Guide” which was finally yanked from Amazon. He doesn’t sound like a disinterested person. (He’s mentioned as an author of a study that claims pedophilia is NOT harmful.)

  24. I bet Jesus has some serious regrets about his “sacrifice” for the likes of these Yahoos.

    Actually, I am pretty sure all the Sky Daddies and Mommies (if there are any) have disowned their human progeny.

  25. Reyn, do you still have that link on republican companies that pay trolls to incite triggers, change topics and, destroy conversations on sites that are non-conservative?

    Please post it; Robert the Wart Troll is back…

  26. No…what we have here is a not so clever “paste and copy” creep pretending to know what they are talking about…too many big words in their $400.00 diatribe.

  27. Looks like this “Veridicus” character is the same person who wrote the books on pedophilia he is referring to.

    “David Lee Riegel AKA Veridicus AKA Researcher uses his real name in most of his online dealings, but sometimes uses the alias Veridicus to post on news articles when he’s involved with the activities of BoyLove Media Watch. He has also used the nick “Researcher” to complain at BoyChat about BoyLinks not being up, as he claimed he needed that for his “research.”
    He is an author on the subject of pedophilia and has been involved in many online pedophile organizations, including Safe Haven, Free Spirits Coalition. He seems to believe his ideals about “boylove” are superior to the rest of the pedophile community and has specifically said that he does not condone their organizations or activities; however, when reading his writings, it is hard to distinguish his thoughts from those of other pedophile activists.”

    https://encyclopediadramatica.se/Evil-unveiled.com/David_Rieg

  28. You a hole’ you want to compare what clinton did with a consenting 22 yr old compared to what Josh Duggard did with less than 12 to 5 yr olds? Against their wishes, forcibly?!! Seriously? F off robert, i will ignor you

  29. Thomas Jefferson does not belong on this list. It was proven that his brother Randy was culpable of numerous affairs with Jefferson’s slaves, and of siring sons.

    Thomas Jefferson loved his wife Martha very much and was faithful to her. Martha died several years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Thomas was a family man, faithful to his daughters, and Jefferson was a very sick man.

    See:
    “In Defense of Thomas Jefferson: The Sally Hemings Sex Scandal” by William G. Hyland (June 9,2009)

  30. Really? Last time I checked the rape factories known as Hollywood and the public school system were pretty liberal dominated.

  31. Defending a child molester. One of the sickest things a person could do and you are defending them You are one sick vile POS of a human being

  32. Unfortunately, the duggars will become martyrs to the right because they will see this as further persecution by the “liberal media.” I can’t help but think there would be more of an outcry if he molested his younger brothers. However incest is always covered up by the family and often goes on for generations. My personal theory is that both Josh and Jim Bob are WAY in the closet. That would explain their extreme homophobia.

  33. The freak show known as “19 and counting” is TLC’s number one show, sorry to bust your bubble. This is one of the reasons this whole thing is so disgusting, TLC is willing to sell out all the young girls Duggar molested for profit.
    Forget this and move on, you say. Would any right-winger be saying this if Duggar was a gay male liberal who molested young boys? Hell no, they would be hyping this for years to come. Just like their obsession with the Bengazi embassy attack, even though there were 11 embassy attacks under GWBush that ALL of them have chosen to ignore.

  34. Abstract: It is generally recognized that boys, and especially later prepubertal and young adolescent boys, are openly attracted to older boys and men.

    This has nothing salient to do with Josh Duggar. This is another op-ed ala N.A.M.B.L.A., trying to justify sexual contact between Men and Boys.

    Josh Duggar molested/raped younger girls.

    Apples and Oranges.

  35. Of course people can be forgiven. However, extremist “Christianity”, and I use the term loosely, likes to take concepts and stretch and twist them. A true Christian pays back his dues to society, and extends the grace he has received like the Bible actually says.

    The outrage here is not for the act, but the hypocrisy. If the Duggars had dealt with the crime appropriately, gotten treatment for the girls, and Josh had spent his career helping those who had been abused rather than attacking gay people I don’t think people would be all arms about it.

    And as far as Christians whitewashing it, the vast majority of my social circle are Christians and every single one of them are appalled and disappointed at both the act and the hypocrisy. I don’t think I’ve met anybody actually on his side, and I’m highly suspicious that a lot of the commentators I’ve seen supporting him online are actually trolling.

  36. And brainless Erica too…she always seems to comment on stories that have to do with this kind of subject or anything to do with what the Republicans are doing to women…she also has a habit of bringing up the Clintons saying they did this or they did that, but never backs up her claims with “facts” or reliable links!

  37. Is the young female intern found dead in Joe Scarboroughs office available for comment? Is the woman that was paid millions in the sexual harassment against Bull O’Really available for comment?

  38. Probably the level where reserved spaces are waiting for Bush, Cheney, McCain, Wolfowitz, Rice and the rest of them. No redemption for any of those vile people who send other people’s kids to war for profits.

  39. Matt 23:27 ” Woe unto you, scribes and pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.” Jesus the Christ

  40. Help !!! I’m So Confused !!!

    GOPee Candidates + Child Molester.

    WHICH ONE IS WHICH?

    I can’t Tell the Difference !!!!

  41. Hey Scarsdale, They LOVE to forget THEIR misgivings, ha, But heaven forbid that Hillary used a “private email”. Seems to go with the old adage, Clean your own porch before you say mine is dirty! And, they damned sure can’t STAND IT when they get caught with their pants down, SICK BASTARDS!!

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