19 Kids and Counting Is Not Returning to Television, but Some of the Duggar Kids May Be

It was last July when all the scandals with the Duggar family finally hit the fan and TLC officially canceled their reality show 19 Kids and Counting. It was surprising, really, that it hadn’t happened earlier, immediately after it was revealed that Josh Duggar had been accused of molesting five girls (including four of his sisters) when he was younger — while some of them were sleeping, no less.

TLC stopped airing episodes of the show in May, when the story became national news, but there was question of whether the Duggars had appeared on TV for the last time.

As we soon learned, TLC wasn’t going to let this cash cow run dry anytime soon.

They aired a special in August called Breaking the Silence that focused on two of Josh Duggar’s victims, Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jill Duggar Dillard. You could make the argument, though, that this was okay since it was all about what the girls went through; the show wasn’t promoting their family.

That soon morphed into a three-part series called Jill & Jessa: Counting On. Again, the focus was on the victims and their lives. Not the full Duggar family.

But this week, news surfaced that TLC had announced the return of 19 Kids and Counting.

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A Compilation of Jerry Coyne’s Best Arguments and Comebacks

Here’s an excellent compilation of Jerry Coyne‘s best arguments and comebacks.


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Skeptics Join Church of Scientology for Podcast Series

The podcast Oh No, Ross and Carrie! features the hosts, Ross Blocher and Carrie Poppy, going undercover into different places and reporting on their experiences. They’ve done it with 9/11 “Truther” groups, Mormons, and exorcists.

And now, for their latest episode, they’ve joined the Church of Scientology.


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Lutheran Church Tells Old Woman She Can’t Be Buried Next To Her Husband Because of Poor Attendance

Doreen Pawelk was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in New Germany, Minnesota for more than 50 years, but the 84-year-old had more recently parted ways with their theology and stopped attending services. Still, after her church-going husband died last year, she assumed that she could at least be buried next to him when her time came.

But then she received this letter from the church telling her that, because she no longer attended services regularly, she’d have to find a new burial plot, too:


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“Seasonal Marriage” Law Raises Sex Trafficking Worries in Egypt

In Egyptian law, there is a concept of “seasonal marriage” — a temporary arrangement, during which time two persons are wed, that concludes on an agreed upon date, with money exchanging hands. In a religiously conservative country, it’s a means of legalizing what essentially amounts to prostitution. The practice has been dubbed “tourism marriage” by human rights worker Amr Abdel Rahman, as it draws wealthy older men from other countries seeking temporary Egyptian brides. Brides who are, often enough, from very poor families and desperate circumstances.


Recent government moves to protect temporary brides by increasing the cost of these marriages have raised concerns that they will only bolster sex trafficking as the women involved may have little or no say in their marriages.

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