Duggar 101 – Understanding the Duggar Family

by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her website Redeeming DinahEditor's note: This is part of a presentation that Cindy Kunsman is giving this weekend in Dallas at the annual meeting of the organization ICSA. Another NLQ featured author, Cindy Foster of Finding Fundamental, is on one of the panels Cindy Kunsman is moderating. We will be sharing Ms. Kunsman's presentations over the next few weeks.All images by Cindy Kunsman from Redeeming Dinah and used with permission. … [Read more...]

Gothard and Williams Draw their Cultic Hatred of Dinah from the Hebrew Midrash

by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from the blog Redeeming DinahAll images by Cindy Kunsman from Redeeming Dinah and used with permission. When I became involved in a church that followed the teachings of Bill Gothard, and as I spent more time with my same-aged peers who were involved in the Evangelical Christian homeschooling movement, I was surprised by the way they characterized certain women in the Bible. The teachings of many ministers within Independent Fundamental Baptist (IFB) church does not differ from what I heard – which all stems back to Gothard. … [Read more...]

TLC Filming New Duggar Family Television Shows

If there's one thing you can count on with networks like The Learning Channel is that they will not kill off the golden geese that fund the network, not even when children are sexually molested or one of the stars is exposed as a hypocrite. They waited a long time to cancel '19 Kids and Counting' starring the Duggar family, indicating that they were mostly waiting for the world to forget their outrage over Josh Duggar molesting his sisters, not that they had any real concern for the victims or the family. Yesterday it came out that TLC is once again putting the Duggar family back on television. … [Read more...]

Will Anna Duggar Be Offered As The Next Live Sacrifice To Save The Duggar Family? Scapegoating, Spread Your Legs Theology And The Modern Molech

by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her blog Under Much Grace(Please take note of embedded links for background information.) I’ve tried for more than 48 hours to write this, but having watched this scenario play out with other followers of Bill Gothard, it brings up so many disturbing emotions for me, I found myself too caught up in them.  As the media begins to report, Anna Duggar will share in the blame for her husband’s sins and divorce will be strongly discouraged if not demonized.  I’ve watched it happen with other people who follow this belief system, over and over again. … [Read more...]

Is Child Sexual Abuse Rampant in Evangelical Quiverfull Type Christianity?

by Suzanne TitkemeyerI am starting to believe that the situation in the Duggar family is far more widespread than everyone seems to think.  Much of the secular world reacted in horror at first. But now evidence is starting to emerge that seems to indicate this is an epidemic, not a isolated incident. Exactly how many connected to the Duggar family will be exposed as having sexually abused a child?Yesterday it was announced that Mike Huckabee's co-writer on two of his books, John Perry, has been accused of child sexual abuse in two separate law suits. Perry's ex wife has alleged that Perry admitted to the molestation in her divorce legal filing.This begs the question of why? Why … [Read more...]

What TLC’s Duggar Family and Charlie Manson’s The Family Have in Common

by Suzanne TitkemeyerLately I've taken to watching NBC's new show "Aquarius" It's set roughly in 1967-1968 time frame and deals with the Manson Family's early years. Plus it's a good solid cop procedural, and you know how I love a cop procedural show. The two lead cops are a straight-laced 1950s style cop named Hodiak and his younger hippie-esque counterpart Shafe. And yes, some of the stories are mixed up with law enforcement and the Manson Family. … [Read more...]

It’s Okay, Josh Duggar Is An Alleged Pedophile, But He’s Not Gay

by S. J. Reidhead cross posted from her blog The Pink FlamingoUpdated: I think no one picked up on the fact that Ms. Reidhead was speaking sarcastically and everyone believed in the seriousness of her words, leading to many nasty things being said in the comments. This piece is meant to be tongue in cheek and flip. Comments disabled until things calm down. We all owe the author an apology.(Editor's note: Author mentions Kate Hunt and if you're like me and not sure who she is or what happened with her there is more here and here. As always, views expressed are the author's views.)Josh Duggar is not gay.  It’s okay, he’s just an alleged pedophile who has allegedly molested 4 of his … [Read more...]

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Not Exactly Christ’s Christianity

by S.J. Reidhead cross posted from her blog The Pink FlamingoThe Christianity which is practiced by far too many members of the evangelical right is almost unrecognizable to what ‘evangelical’ churches practiced up until about 1978.  That was close to the cut-off point, when things began to change.  One of the very real problems is that I’m like the average Christian in this country.  I was living in a fool’s paradise.  Sure, I knew that things were getting a little flaky, but like everyone else, just chalked it up to things getting a little flaky.  Like just about everyone else, I never realized there was a very overt agenda, a planned take-over of the country, using a heretical version … [Read more...]

Why the Petition to Remove TLC’s Duggar Family From Television is Only Partially Right

by Suzanne Titkemeyer NLQ AdminEarlier in the week we posted here at NLQ about a petition circulating to remove "19 Kids and Counting" from TLC's on air line up because of the homophobic nature of some of the recent doings of the Duggar's: Michelle's transphobic robo calls to the voters of Fayettesville, Arkansas, the Duggar's funding of anti-gay politicians and most recently, that whole sorry thing with the Duggar parents asking for people to post their marriage kissing photos that ended up with either a Duggar or one of TLC's social media lackeys removing the photos of gay couples kissing on their Facebook wall. … [Read more...]

Bill Gothard – New ‘Ministry’ or Same Old Same Old?

Recently Bill Gothard announced his new project "Total Success Power Teams" Sounds like because he was forced to step down from ATI/IBLP over allegations of sexual harassment that Bill has tried to morph into another scheme/plan/ministry.Here's a little about it from Spiritual Sounding Board website. … [Read more...]