We Are Not All Josh Duggar

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Evangelicals and fundamentalists often excuse abuse by arguing that all people sin, and that in God's eyes no sin is worse than any others. As a child, I was taught James 2:10 as a proof for this concept. "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." This verse was used to convict me that I was a terrible sinner even though I'd never done anything "really" bad. After it came to light that Josh Duggar had an Ashley Madison account and cheated on hi … [Read more...]

Breaking: Leadership of Josh Duggar’s Treatment Center Allegedly Involved in Sex Abuse Coverup


Earlier this week Josh Duggar checked into Reformers Unanimous (RU), a Christian residential addiction treatment program in Rockford, Illinois, run by North Love Baptist Church and co-founded by the church's authoritarian Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) pastor, Paul Kingsbury. Over the past twenty-four-hours, I have spoken with a number of individuals involved with or affected by either North Love or Kingsbury. Of primary importance are allegations that Kingsbury is actively su … [Read more...]

“Terrifying” Josh Duggar Porn Star Allegations Reveal the Depravity of Evangelicals’ Sexual Ethic


Earlier today, InTouch unveiled allegations by stripper and porn star Danica Dillon that Josh Duggar paid her for sex and then engaged in rough sex that she found "terrifying" and "traumatic." While Dillon described the encounter as consensual, she made it clear that she was not comfortable with what took place between them. You can read more here: “He walked into the Gold Club like a normal patron and said he’d been a fan for a long time and has watched my career grow — he even said from before … [Read more...]

Josh Duggar Sent to Long-Term Treatment Center


Earlier today, the Duggars released a statement. Duggar Family StatementWe are so thankful for the outpouring of love, care and prayers for our family during this most difficult situation with Josh. As parents we are so deeply grieved by our son’s decisions and actions. His wrong choices have deeply hurt his precious wife and children and have negatively affected so many others. He has also brought great insult to the values and faith we hold dear. Yesterday Josh checked himself into a l … [Read more...]

Can You Believe Premarital Sex Is a Sin without Stigmatizing Unwed Motherhood?


Several years ago, in a Facebook conversation with a family friend, I argued that pro-life individuals should favor reducing the stigma on unwed mothers. I argued that when an unmarried woman decides whether to keep a pregnancy or have an abortion, the stigma unwed mothers face factors into her decision (whether consciously or not), and that reducing the stigma would make women in this position more likely to opt to keep their pregnancies. This family friend disagreed vehemently, arguing that … [Read more...]

Josh Duggar and the Pressure of Perfection


A lot of people are familiar with the Duggars only from catching snippets of their TLC show or coming across random news articles, so let's add some context here. The Duggars are part of a specific culture, a Christian homeschooling world that has served as a sort of hothouse for eccentric ideas pushed by charismatic leaders. Within this hothouse environment, parents implement specific methods and ideas---breaking children's wills, isolating children from public schooled peers, banning dating in … [Read more...]

The Battle for the Target Toy Aisle


Yesterday I found myself in Target in search of a tablet charger. On the way to the electronics section I walked by the toy aisles. And then I stopped and stared. I knew that Target had decided to remove the gendered labeling from its toy aisles, but there's a difference between hearing the announcement and seeing the result. It was beautiful. Don't get me wrong, the toys themselves are as gendered as ever, but with the plain wood backing the division was less obvious.Some might think this a … [Read more...]