Christian Counseling and Homeschool Program Embraced By Duggars Funded By Hobby Lobby


It was little surprise to learn that there is a close connection between the anti-women’s rights Hobby Lobby patriarch and the twisted Quiverfull Duggar family. Although there are likely several reasons the Duggars, their church leaders, and local police covered up the admitted molestation at the hands of Josh Duggar, their devious cover-up was certainly not to protect the victims. In fact, there is a very informative read on the role of women in the dangerous Quiverfull cult here, and another here explaining why the Duggar’s Christian beliefs set up the conditions for sexual abuse. Accordingly, based on the homeschooling and sexual counseling program developed by evangelical political activist Bill Gothard, the Duggar’s likely still believe in their religious hearts that Josh’s victims were at fault.

The underlying beliefs and biblical principles the Duggars embrace are completely informed by the teachings of Bill Gothard’s Advanced Training Institute (ATI), a homeschool program founded on “biblical principles” that “actually help groom and shame victims, hide grievous sexual abuse, and prevent offenders and victims from receiving help.” It is little wonder then, that an organization and its leader that teaches that women and girls are second-class citizens, blameworthy, and under subjection of a Christian man has been heavily-funded by Hobby Lobby patriarch David Green. Green is the man who believes the bible gives him purview over women’s healthcare decisions; a belief the Vatican-5 on the Supreme Court completely agree with and ruled accordingly.

Hobby Lobby has, for years, provided substantial financial support to Bill Gothard, the Christian fundamentalist who founded the ATI homeschool program and the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP). IBLP is the Christian sexual treatment center the Quiverfull Duggars sent their son Josh to for “Christian sexual counseling.” What is not a surprise is that Josh likely got the same “sexual counseling” from IBLP as he did from the law enforcement officer convicted of child pornography his Quiverfull father sent him to see.

Gothard, the evangelical hero, resigned his post in 2014 after accusations came to light that he molested 34 women, failed to report child abuse under his watch at IBLP, and was accused in an internal IBLP report of “acting inappropriately toward women.”  Gothard, a Quiverfull advocate, claimed he did nothing wrong and was simply “sexually grooming teens and young women;” not touching all 34 of them inappropriately. It was likely the kind of scriptural “counseling” he provided to Josh Duggar with support from his parents who, along with Sarah Palin, champion Gothard’s Christian teachings and biblical homeschool program.

Whatever Gothard’s particular sexual dysfunction toward women and young girls, and his belief they are subject to the will of Christian men, it certainly appeals to Hobby Lobby’s founder David Green. Green’s family sold Gothard a 2,250-acre campus in Big Sandy, Texas, complete with a landing strip and aircraft hangar for $10. The Green’s also gave Gothard a 529,717-square-foot building in Little Rock, Arkansas and a campus in New Zealand. In fact, according to a report, “No-one was more instrumental to Gothard’s now-controversial ministry than the Green family,” and this was long before Hobby Lobby went to the Supreme Court to gain religious control over women’s reproductive health choices.

The Greens were anxious to assist Gothard in spreading his particular brand of Christian homeschooling and sex counseling that uses biblical justification to portray female victims of sexual abuse as blameworthy. Gothard is closely associated with the Quiverfull movement championed by the Duggars and advocates, above all else, abject female submission to a man; something the Christian Green’s certainly endorse. Gothard also teaches that if something bad like a sexual assault happens to a young woman or girl, and their father is righteous, it is always the girl’s fault. Just being aware of this “scriptural knowledge” keeps most girls from ever disclosing being abused because questions about “their sins” are the first response to revelations that they were violated.

Under the Gothard ILBP Christian sexual counseling program, the impetus is always on the victims’ responsibility such as young girls coming out of a bath without being fully covered, “running around in a dress,” or an infant girl having their diaper changed in the presence of a male. In fact, in ILBP literature victims are reminded that since their soul holds more value than their bodies, after being abused their only priority and regard is forgiving the offender to ‘magically’ brush aside any physical or psychological suffering. The Duggar parents claimed all of Josh’s victims received adequate counseling, but since it is founded in Gothard’s Christian program, they were blamed and shamed, not healed and certainly not forgiven; they are female after all.

Just when it seems that this sordid affair cannot get any worse, more revelations arise that make one wonder how the Duggars, Bill Gothard, or Hobby Lobby’s Greens can live with themselves. The Hobby Lobby owners were well-aware of the Gothard counseling and homeschooling program to puts women in servitude roles in the home and society, and the Duggars were aware they were teaching their son that his actions were his sisters’ fault. It is all founded on biblical teaching that women are the root of man’s fall from grace, and that a man can garner complete forgiveness for the most sexually deviant and heinous acts simply by asking Jesus’ forgiveness and getting close to god. For the victims, as long as Jim Bob Duggar was as righteous as he says he was, then the girls are to blame and according to Gothard’s teachings they were no doubt shamed mercilessly according to the scripture-based Institute in Basic Life Principles that Hobby Lobby’s owners fully support and heavily fund.

29 Replies to “Christian Counseling and Homeschool Program Embraced By Duggars Funded By Hobby Lobby”

  1. we all know what this guys hobby was and maybe still is these guys don’t change. Hobby lobby supporting this Duggars hobby.

  2. Wow, this is sick stuff. These men are perverts and the women are just as guilty for not protecting their daughters.

    This is not religion. This is just an uglyass cult.

  3. And who is first to scream about Sharia Law taking over America? These disturbed criminals. They who treat women as chattel, breeders, and worse than a dog. All in Jesus’ name of course. Funny how Jesus never made an appearance in their Old Testament where all these antiquated rules appear.

  4. Totally right on article. These sick creeps are a cult. They brainwash their kids, plus keep them helpless and isolated by homeschooling , they can only associate with each other, only marry into like families. The secular world outside their cult is to be feared and considered evil.

  5. These “folks?” are totally insane! They are a danger and menace to America and American society.

    Yes, we have seen the enemy… Hobby Lobby and the SCOTUS decision that endorsed their anti-women case.

    Hobby Lobby Greens are NOT Christian by any means. They do not, even remotely, resemble the Person whose name they bear. They are using the name for their own twisted benefit.

    They simply do not do as he commanded his followers to do — “Love one another as I have loved you.”

  6. There is only a slight shade of difference between these cultist and the ones who populate southern UT, the FLDS creeps.

  7. I see many folks denouncing Snobby Lobby as being some sort of unique cult like activity.

    It’s not. It’s historical Christianity made manifest.

  8. The reason you have now written about 47 articles about the Duggars is because these cases involving conservatives are so rare. It’s like you have this one golden chance to make asinine

  9. I accept your challenge Erica, go ahead. List the ‘endless’ liberal examples.

    If you can. Or would such be too much like work for you?

  10. So you’re OK with Josh Duggar’s sexual molestation of his underage sisters, the family’s hypocrisy in ascribing this sort of thing to LGBT people to deflect attention away from themselves, the father covering it up for fear he’d lose his lucrative TV program, the “friend” who provided him “counsel” now serving 60 years for child porn, etc.

    Thanks for leaving us no doubts as to the dishonesty and depravity of your character.

  11. Brainwash their kids? Try kids all over the US via their Bill Gothard’s “Character Building” courses. In 2006, AZ had it in ALL their Charter schools…read and weep.

    …and police departments, which makes one ponder the thought and wonder if the dots “connect”.

  12. Actually, their model is closer to the Moonies “Divine Deception” which means lie, lie, lie in order to get in or out any door that promotes fearless leaders ideology. Scientology has a similar model, but, I forgot what they call it…this is basic “Cult 101” knowledge which we should be add to ALL school programs K-12.

    (actually, an effort was made after WW2 to get programs into schools to teach kids about the subject of propaganda and there was this Senator…what was his name…who made sure the bill was quashed. Ah, yes… McCarthy was his name-o!)

  13. The root cause is womb envy. No matter what else men achieve, they can not create life. So they make up fairy tales to pretend they ejaculate a teeny, complete human being – a homunculus – that incubates in a women like a bird in a shell.
    Any effort by a woman to rid herself of ‘god’s chosen sperm’ foils god’s plan and murders the homunculus.
    Honest. That’s why birth control is ‘murder’ and men’s hands grow babies after they masturbate. Because the sperm is the living being and the female incubator is just a sperm locker.

    Rape is just an opportunity to complete ‘god’s plan’ by giving the homunculus a home. Think ‘Alien’ and ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers.’
    The same myth allows for ‘demonic possession’ where ‘free will’ is subordinated to an uninvited supernatural being like a homunculus.
    Phallus worship is the result of men attempting to build a place for themselves in creation of life.
    Perhaps that was Adam’s punishment – denied a place in creating …

  14. “…Green’s also gave Gothard a 529,717-square-foot building in Little Rock, Arkansas and a campus in New Zealand.”

    The New Zealand campus would be the Botkin Klan; the live in New Zealand/have real estate holdings there and the Carolina’s.

    Botkin has 2 daughters who lecture, travel the world around like the “Princesses of Quiverfullville” all the while dressing like Stepford Barbie; no prairie dress for them!

    The “No More Quivering” victims call their “lecturing” the “Botkin Syndrome”.

  15. You know you’re lying, and we know you’re lying. The one thing you know and we don’t is whether you are lying for spite, money, or both. We can’t keep you from being a waste of protoplasm, but keeping you from being a waste of column space is an option.

  16. Homeschoolers should have to take state-mandated standardized tests to show that they are providing an equivalent education.

    In many cases homeschoolers are being provided an inferior education.

  17. Still bothers me: Josh Duggar and his wife Anna have three little girls, and another baby on the way.

    Anna once boasted the Josh is a great Daddy because he’s always the one who volunteers to get up in the middle of the night to change the babies’ diapers.

    What the hell ELSE is he doing to those poor little girls as they’re having their diapers changed? I’ll bet he loves giving them baths too!

    Why isn’t CPS taking a very close look at those little girls? Once a pedophile, ALWAYS a pedophile, period.

  18. The question is are we the American People going to DO anything about this?Or will we just sit here and complain and let it keep happening?? We need to start Voting so that we can CHANGE the SCOTUS first of all, then put people in office that will TAX the church, ALL OF THEM..they are Money laundering facilities, and THAT IS ALL they are, and they make Child abuse Acceptable in this country. Disgusting.

  19. so RARE???? Are you effing kidding me?????? Do you think like these guys do? You must if you’re here defending them..SICKO! And It’s NOT RARE, it happens ALL to often with YOUR KIND…SICK GOP MFERS.

  20. P hogan, I agree with you. Christ taught to his followers to “render therefor unto Caesar the things that are of Caesar’s, and unto God that are of God’s.” – Bible Matthew 22:21 From the Old testament God required 10% of the Man’s worth.

    I have always questions using Caesar tax breaks for churches, when they have all their followers giving tithe of 10% ever week to their choice of worship.

  21. Oh its not rare. Growing up I went to a strict fundamentalist church for a few years until my mother saw it for what it was and pulled me out of the cult. Years after I left I met another ex-member that was a bit older than me and she had a child that was a result of a rape by one of the teen boys. She was taken to the pastor for ‘counseling’ and basically told she had brought sin upon herself. I found out later that even though that ‘boy’ was given a talking to he continued to assault. This is more common than people think, churchgoing people are not exempt from these crimes.. and they tend to blame the victim :(

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