The media has been abuzz with stories about the Duggar family after the eldest son, Josh Duggar, confessed to molesting five underage girls, four of them being his sisters.
The majority of the press has been negative, discussing the crimes, the lack of punishment and the cover-up his family committed to making sure Josh never paid for these crimes. The families handling of the incident has been appalling.
Yet, many on the right, especially the more fundamental Christian right have rushed to defend not only the family, but the child molesting Josh Duggar himself.
Here are some of the worst defenses given for Josh’s actions.
6. Duggar relative believes anyone would molest kids given the opportunity.
Jessa Duggar’s father in law, Michael Seewald said that the parents should be “commended” for their handling of the situation and that most people would commit these same actions if they had the chance and even went as far as to say we should be thankful to God that it hasn’t happened to us:
“Many times it is simply lack of opportunity or fear of consequences that keep us from falling into grievous sin even though our fallen hearts would love to indulge the flesh. We should not be shocked that this occurred in the Duggar’s home, we should rather be thankful to God if we have been spared such and pray that he would keep us and our children from falling.”
5. Creationist Eric Hovind blames evolution.
Eric Hovind, son of convicted felon Kent Hovind, said that in a world in which people believe evolution is true, molesting your sisters cannot be “wrong” saying:
“If evolution is true, then there is no absolute right and wrong. If evolution is true Josh should not have admitted his faults over a decade ago because what one evolved bag of molecules does to another bag of molecules just doesn’t really matter.”
Hovind even suggested that as a punishment for his actions, Josh should be forced to work at the Family Research Council, the job Josh resigned from over the allegations and should spend his days defending marriage and the family.
4. Creationist Ray Comfort says he stands by Josh because the events happened before he found Christ.
Ray Comfort, known as the banana man to most, defended Josh by saying that Josh’s actions happened before he found Christ and has since repented for his sins and all should be forgiven.
Except, according to Josh, he found Christ at age 7 and committed these acts at age 14, so Josh had already become the born-again Christian that Comfort praises before he fondled his little sisters.3. Mike Huckabee says Josh’s crimes are forgivable and everyone should leave the family alone
In a statement on Facebook, presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said that Josh’s actions were, “‘inexcusable,’ but that doesn’t mean ‘unforgivable.’”
And the former pastor continued, “He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities. No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story. Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things,” wrote Huckabee, “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 judgement [sic] is not mature.”
Later, a judge with close ties to Huckabee ordered the police records of this case destroyed.
2. Matt Walsh, blogger for The Blaze blames progressives
Matt Walsh, easily one of the most disgusting people on the planet went to great lengths to defend Josh, excusing his actions, and then claiming that liberals have a double standard when it comes to sexual assault.
First, Walsh says liberals defend and praise Lena Dunham, creator of HBO’s Girls, after she admitted to touching her sisters vagina, but fails to mention Dunham was 7-years-old and not sexually molesting her sister, but was a curious 7-year-old. He then continues:
“It’s always interesting to watch progressives discover sexual morality just in time to denounce a right winger, only to shed the pretense as soon as the next liberal pervert comes out of the woodwork,” wrote Walsh, “They are moral opportunists. They are the actual hypocrites. This outrage is a charade. A circus. A show. A political ploy.”
(note: I try to link to all my sources whenever possible, but I will not link to Walsh’s blog and give him or The Blaze any ad-traffic)
1. Carrie Hurd, the wife of Heritage Covenant Church Pastor Patrick Hurd, said Josh Duggar was just “playing doctor” and on a rant on Facebook said she just didn’t see what the big deal was.
“When I was a kid, it was often called ‘playing doctor’, there were just as many girls initiating this kind of behavior as boys. Most of those never went on to perp horrible things.”
Except the Duggar girls were not playing along, given the fact that Josh repeatedly molested them in their sleep! So this is not comparable on any level. Josh Duggar knew what he was doing was wrong, he didn’t think he was only playing.
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