Although I did not pay much attention to them, I had of course heard of the Duggar family, stars of a reality show called 19 Kids and Counting, referring to the number of children that the parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar had. You could not avoid reading about them. From the little bits of news that crossed my path, they seemed like a bunch of insufferable Christians who looked down on everyone who did not follow in their religious, home-schooled, sex-puritan ways. But they were feted by right wing Christian types, including politicians, as upholding true Christian values.
But by now, we have got used to the idea that this kind of Pharisaic posturing often hides a dark secret and now comes revelations that 12 years ago the eldest son Josh Duggar, who was working as executive director of the lobbying arm of the Family Research Council, one of those ghastly Christian right wing anti-gay operations headed by the unctuous Tony Perkins, sexually molested five minor children, four of whom were his sisters, and that his parents covered it up.
What finally exposed them was the leaking of a sealed police report containing the charges. Note that Bill Clinton is posing with the family though Evan Hurst has rounded up plenty of photographs of Republican politicians also happily posing with Josh Duggar.
Of course, while Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Bryan Fischer and the like are quick to argue that same-sex marriage leads inevitably to incest and bestiality, they are quick to make excuses for such acts if it is done by one of their own, as we now see with Huckabee excusing Duggar. The next step will be for them to say that all this media coverage is another example of Christians in the US being persecuted.
There is another ghastly story in which six older brothers of another religious home-schooled, ‘anti-government’ family molested their youngest sister for over a decade, from the time she was 4 until she was 15 and their parents knew and did nothing about it. According to the report, the victim “told investigators that she believed she would go to hell if she told anyone about the assaults, which she said took place at least twice a week.”
You can be sure they will all say that Jesus has forgiven them and they are now even more Christian.
These people are truly sick.