Updating The Duggars – Day 9

joshannaHave you read R.L. Stollar’s comparison of how two different Joshes, Josh Duggar and Josh Komisarjevsky, raised in ATI and both committing criminal behavior, are being treated by the media and the Christian Community? You should. At Homeschoolers Anonymous – A Tale of Two Joshes

Last night there started to be many outlets reporting that TLC was on the verge of retooling Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s show “19 Kids & Counting” into a show that features almost exclusively just Jill & Derick Dillard and Jessa & Ben Seewald and various coming children. Is anyone really interested in watching that because it seems that would be one very dull show. TLC just needs to end all the Duggar shows and allow the family to heal from what has happened.

People magazine is quoting a ‘Duggar Insider’ that the new retooled show will go forward, while TMZ says to bet on cancellation.

On the bright side Hulu has now officially pulled off their service all episodes of “19 Kids and Counting” From TMZ – Pulled From Hulu

From Salon – The Duggars and TLC’s exploitative reality TV cash cow: How much lower can one network sink?

TLC has for several years now made clear its commitment to going all in on individuals and behaviors that can answer to the description “extreme,” as in extreme poodles. And it’s made it blatantly clear that it gives no damns about whether you watch or hate watch, whether you care about who gets hurt along the way. The network isn’t the only one with a pile of human suffering in its roster, of course. “Bachelor” contestant Gia Allemand’s suicide two years ago didn’t make a dent in the franchise — and the competition genre itself is littered with a long line of dangerously not well-checked out characters and other suicide victims. But TLC has a particular consistency to its dysfunction that makes it outstanding, even in the wasteland of Lifetime’s “Born in the Wild” and everything on MTV. Don’t expect that to change. As the Hollywood Reporter notes Wednesday, “19 Kids…” “can still pull as many as 3.3 million to a telecast. And it’s one of the contributing factors to the network’s ongoing success,” with ratings “currently stronger than ‘Honey Boo Boo’ at its peak.”

From Buzz Feed – How Evangelical Churches Protect Abusers Like Josh Duggar

The Evangelical church is a closed system that values its own governance over the American judicial system. In fact, the church, structured by the laws of God, often finds itself at odds with “the laws of man.” These conflicts are reconciled through a practice referred to as church governance, where many churches espouse a system found in the Bible in Matthew 18. The offended Christian is to first approach his “brother” with the fault in private. If there is no resolution, then the offended party should approach again with witnesses. Ultimately, he should tell the church. While instances of church governance are on the decline, many mainstream pastors defend the practice. In a 2014 article, John Ortberg, influential pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, noted that church discipline can be effective if practiced correctly. But all too often church governance puts itself in between abusers and the law.

Salon finally discovered NLQ’s favorite Holocaust denier who’s husband tricked Holocaust survivors into appearing on his film about how the Holocaust didn’t happen. Took them long enough.  Zsuzsanna Anderson is still jealously verklemping about the Duggars plus winning friends and influencing folks. From Salon – Wife of Holocaust-denying Arizona pastor slams Duggar clan as too “Liberal”and “Worldly”

The wife of controversial Arizona Pastor Steven Anderson — who has, in the past, demanded women remain silent in church and tricked Holocaust survivors into appearing in his anti-Semitic filmweighed in on the Duggar family travails over the weekend, claiming that she always secretly believed them to be “liberal” and “worldly.”

 On her blog, Zsuzsanna Anderson wrote that even though the Duggars claimed to be “fundamentalists,” the version of their faith and belief system presented on their TLC show was “weak and anemic.”
Gawker has discovered the unscientific jaw-dropping horrible that are ATI Wisdom booklets, the very thing that makes up the bulk of the Duggar children’s education. Gawker – Semen Causes Cancer: Bad Science From The Duggar’s Homeschooling Cult.

The Duggars’ homeschool curriculum is full of wisdom, if by wisdom, of course, we mean a phrenetic preacher screaming in tongues about hell. Now, imagine that raving, holy lunatic wants to teach you about cervical cancer and gangrene as it directly relates to lust.

The Advanced Training Institute’s Wisdom Booklets—designed by noted bachelor and octogenarian sex offender Bill Gothard—has a lot to say about cervical cancer. And medicine in general. And it makes for just about the worst, most impractical first aid arsenal you ever did see.

Dan Savage wants to turn the name ‘Duggar’ into the same sort of gross buzzword for sexual things like Santorum. From Huffington Post – Dan Savage Wants To Turn “Duggar” Into The New “Santorum”

Dan Savage wants to do to Josh Duggar what he did to Rick Santorum: redefine the man’s last name.

On Tuesday, the writer and LGBT advocate called on his Twitter followers to help coin the new term based on the “19 Kids And Counting” star who was investigated for allegedly sexually molesting five underage girls, including several of his sisters, when he was a teen.

From Defamer – The Bates Family Is Cable TV’s New Duggars And Just As Toxic  Finally someone in the media realizes that it’s more than just the Duggars living like this and how dangerous it can be.

Many fans of Bringing up Bates believe the Bates family is “better” than the Duggars; Kelly Bates genuinely seems to love her 19 children, Gil Bates actively parents (and can also paint glow-in-the-dark eagles at impressive speeds), minimally talented country-singing son Lawson is more sociable and fun than any Duggar boy, and Erin Paine nee Bates is compelling to watch as she shares everything in her life from makeup tutorials to her struggles with fertility.

But lurking behind the admittedly gorgeous family are the same ugly beliefs that drove the Duggars to keep their child-molesting son hidden from authorities for over a year and in the same house as the sisters he molested for many more. Alongside Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Gil and Kelly Bates share a devotion to God, an affection for TV money, and a strict adherence to the ATI (Advanced Training Institute International) homeschooling curriculum.

The Washington Post remarks on the disturbing trend in Josh Duggar’s apology, his constant mention of himself. From The Washington Post – Jesus is quick to forgive, but Josh Duggar’s is still disturbing.

Is it too soon and too horrifying to treat the story with humor? Apparently Funny or Die doesn’t think so. What do you think?

That’s all I got this morning and I’m glad. Seriously burning out from the constant Duggar updating and news. This song by Weird Al is starting to describe my mental state.

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