Friday, May 22, 2015

What to do with Josh Duggar?

(Lifenews.com)
NOTE: There is no intent of malice for this article. I just wanted to compile quotes and statements from various sources and then raise questions on what, if anything, should be done.

By now, you have heard of the mess that the Duggar Family have fallen into in just a few short days. It all started when In Touch Magazine made this report:
"In Touch Magazine first broke the news of the Duggars’ underage sexual molestation scandal in this week’s magazine. (Note: Josh’s name is redacted from the police report but In Touch has confirmed the passages that refer to him.) … Jim Bob Duggar waited more than a year after his son, Josh, confessed to sexually molesting several female minors before contacting police, In Touch Magazine is reporting exclusively, based on information contained in the official police report … The report has been hidden since 2006 and was just obtained by the mag through a Freedom of information Act request. Jim Bob also refused to allow police to interview Josh when they opened a felony investigation in 2006 … What’s more, Jim Bob informed the elders of his church about Joshua’s actions and they waited three months before contacting authorities. The explosive new information is contained in a Springdale, Ark., police report obtained by In Touch Magazine.
Members of the Duggar family then posted statements on their official Facebook page. Josh Duggar wrote:
 “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption.”
Then his parents Jim Bob and Michelle stated:
"Back 12 years ago our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives. When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before. Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God. We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family. We have challenges and struggles everyday. It is one of the reasons we treasure our faith so much because God’s kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to us — even though we are so undeserving. We hope somehow the story of our journey — the good times and the difficult times — cause you to see the kindness of God and learn that He can bring you through anything."
Later, the Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released this statement:
"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.”
But the quotes don't stop there. GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee gave his support to the Duggar family, saying:
“Today, Janet and I want to show up and stand up for our friends. Let others run from them. We will run to them with our support,” Huckabee said also via Facebook “Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, ‘inexcusable,’ but that doesn’t mean ‘unforgivable … Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things. The reason that the law protects disclosure of many actions on the part of a minor is that the society has traditionally understood something that today’s blood-thirsty media does not understand — that being a minor means that one’s judgment is not mature.”
Then former TLC show partner, Mama June Shannon, mother of Honey Boo Boo spoke up as well, but clearly not understanding the point:
“I read that the Duggar family said this happening with their son brought them closer to God and each other. So they’re saying it’s OK to have family touch time? Hell no.” 
This she told the TMZ while stating that she was considering legal action against TLC if they didn't pull the Dugger's show after they had just canceled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo in October of last year due to June's relationship with a convicted child molester. This “mother of the year” also made headlines this week for her stunt dancing with strippers at the Crazy Horse strip club in Florida and making $5,500 for her appearance.

Which brings us to this statement given by the cable network, TLC:
“Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids And Counting currently from the air. We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.”
So what happens now? Typically, convicted child molesters are considered dangerous for their entire lives, but these incidents happened many years ago with no reports any wrongdoing from Josh Duggar since. The seemingly prestine image of the Duggar family has now been tarnished. Not that the family ever saw themselves as “perfect” but many of their fans did. There is no doubt that Josh's continued involvement with the Family Research Council would definitely prove to be a distraction, but should he have stepped down? For that matter, why wasn't his past sins brought up when he took the job in the first place? Why didn't this issue come up when the family was first approached by TLC to do the TV show? One can only assume that the family had thought that this issue, though alarming, was done and over with, but as we have seen so many times in politics, our past has a way of catching up to us.

How do you view this story? Are you like Huckabee who wants to forgive and forget or should Josh be penalized forever? Do you think child molesters can be cured? What would you do if you were TLC?

No comments:

Post a Comment

Let us know what you think!