News: Media Starting to Link Duggar Family to Doug Phillips Finally

News: Media Starting to Link Duggar Family to Doug Phillips Finally April 16, 2014

The Daily Beast reported this about the link between the Duggars and Doug Phillips of Vision Forum – Sex Scandal Rocks The Duggars’ Christian Patriarchy Movement

The far-right Christian Patriarchy—brought to American audiences by the Duggar family—is on the verge of collapse after a series of alleged sex scandals involving the movement’s leaders.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have put many years and a lot of work into putting a smiling, nearly normal-seeming face on the extreme Christian right. The couple adheres to a fringe strain of fundamentalist Christianity dubbed the “Christian patriarchy” or sometimes the “Quiverfull” movement, and while there is a lot of internal diversity to the movement, they generally preach a combination of beliefs that run counter to mainstream America: absolute female submission, a ban on dating, homeschooling, a rejection of higher education for women, and shunning of contraception in favor of trying to have as many children as humanly possible. The movement is controversial even within Christian right circles, but the Duggars have tried to counter that with their popular reality TV show 19 Kids & Counting, where they present themselves as a wholesome everyday family that just happens to be a little more fecund and conservative than average.

The strategy has been surprisingly effective, with Michelle Duggar being able to act like she’s just like any other reality TV star, giving sex tips and sharing recipes. Jim Bob has also been able to turn their fame into an opportunity to get political power, chumming around with presidential candidates and speaking at more mainstream conservative events. While many in the Christian right are still skeptical of Biblical patriarchy’s extremism, this charm offensive has clearly softened up resistance and is giving this fringe an ability to throw their political weight around. The fact that Republicans have started to step up the anti-contraception rhetoric lately appears, in part, to be the result of this tiny group of extremists Christians putting a smiley face on absolutist anti-contraception sentiments.

But right as the Duggars are beginning to cash in on all this hard propaganda work, it seems the world they come from—the tiny but growing world of strict Biblical patriarchy—is in real danger of collapsing. While adherents to this form of Christianity, like the Duggars, like to paint an uber-wholesome face on their families and beliefs, ugly truths are finally starting to leak out regarding the problems of infidelity and alleged sexual abuse in the community.

It’s hard to underestimate the importance of Phillips in the small world of extreme fundamentalists. His father is one of the most critical founding fathers of the Christian  right movement generally, and Doug extended his work by largely building this culture of the far Christian right as we know it, especially if you watch 19 Kids & Counting. The Duggar family are friends and acolytes of Phillips, and Vision Forum, in turn, has used Michelle Duggar in their efforts to demonize contraception, including giving her an award for “Mother of the Year” for having so many children.

The “pitch” of Biblical patriarchy, as epitomized by Michelle Duggar, is that women will be coddled and worshipped in exchange for giving up their ambitions and the autonomy to practice an extreme form of female submission. The unpleasant truth is that a culture that teaches that women are put on earth for no other purpose but to serve men is not going to breed respect for women. Instead, these incidents show a world where men believe they can do whatever they want to women without repercussions. Is it any surprise that a subculture that promises absolute control over women will attract men who want to dominate and hurt women? Don’t believe the TLC hype. Biblical patriarchy is a sour, dangerous world for women, and luckily, that reality is finally being outed.



Of course there are those protesting that the perfect Duggars have no real links to Phillips – Duggar Family Linked to Douglas Phillips Lawsuit? Quiverfull Lifestyle Dissected in The Examiner

The Douglas Phillips lawsuit has reality fans interested and it’s not because Phillips has a reality show. Instead, it seems that the Quiverfull lifestyle, which is followed by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, has fans are wondering how the big family is associated, if at all, to the lawsuit. According to Radar Online on Tuesday, Douglas Phillips was sued by Lourdes Torres-Manteufel.

It is quite unfair to suggest that the Duggar family or their show “19 Kids and Counting” have anything to do with the Douglas Phillips’ allegations. Yes, the Duggar’s aren’t a typical family, but then again that has nothing to do with the issues they are falsely attached to in the news.

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Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement‘ by Kathryn Joyce


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  • Nea

    It is quite unfair to suggest that the Duggar family or their show “19 Kids and Counting” have anything to do with the Douglas Phillips’ allegations.

    Nobody has said that the Duggars are complicit in the sexual improprieties of Phillips, Gothard, PHC or BJU, oh Examiner author. Nice try at sidestepping the issue that the Duggars *DO* promote and advertise the corrupt leaders and institutions.

    If we’re supposed to listen to Jim Bob and Michelle touting their politics, religion, and lifestyle, then we’re also going to watch when their foundation crumbles out from beneath them and reveals the rotten core. They don’t get to pick and choose what the people paying attention to them pay attention to.

  • Trollface McGee

    Good, I’m glad it’s coming out – why this show has been on the air for years and years and no one has questioned anything, that I don’t get. Their ties to Gothard’s organisation aren’t secret, the materials they use to home “school” their kids aren’t secret, the way most quiverfull families live aren’t secret – a simple google search is all it really takes.
    Corruption, abuse are natural by-products of a system that advocates absolute authority without checks and balances – a system which the Duggars live, advocate, and put a rosy wholesome picture on every time their show airs. The system is inherently toxic. It’s bad enough that the people who live in it suffer, but they also advocate for laws and policies that affect the rest of us.

  • Catherine

    Good. I’m glad that the rotting foundations underneath the Duggars’ fake-pretty exterior are being revealed.

  • Independent Thinker

    I just hope one day the media gets to the part of the story where all these groups operate tax exempt and how your tax dollars support these extreme lifestyles. Of course that is just wishful thinking on my part.

  • These are important articles, but they’re not yours. You shouldn’t copy and paste the entirety of other people’s articles onto your site. You can excerpt parts of it for comment, but it’s rude to copy the entire article and divert these other sites’ traffic.

  • 27 and a PhD

    You know what I find amazing? That the Duggar family and the likes have spent countless hours on the show telling people that they are in the world but not of the world. Only to find that within the confines of their cocoon, mean, abusive leaders like Gothard and Phillips are abusing innocents, all while mingling with their precious families and friends. Really, it boggles the mind to think that so much BS they’ve talked about how their kids are protected by being trained by material and BS from these “wholesome” sources, the same bad things that happen on the outside, are happening in it. WTF? Seriously. And of course, now they’re doing a lot of damage control to stay away from the abusers they endorsed (like removing links from their page). I’m pretty sure no one in TLC is asking the right questions right now, because of course, the ratings will suffer.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    I put the entirety of both articles along with a Youtube video to prove a point of the divergency of coverages in the media. There were plenty others I could have cited or used. It was not an attempt to steal their thunder or traffic, but to illustrate a point for discussion. Next time I’ll chop up the articles and use bits and someone else will complain I ‘cherry-picked’. Can’t make everyone happy so I am going to do what I need to do based on a case by case situation.

  • Nea

    it boggles the mind to think that so much BS they’ve talked about how their kids are protected

    I Can. Not. get over the publicity shots of the Duggar girls for their new book – standing there with their fake curls *because that’s what Gothard found attractive.* Their words may say “I was safe and protected” but their looks shriek “I was dolled up expressly for the pleasure of a serial molester.”

  • Saraquill

    My retort to the second article is:
    They’re grooming their kids to lie down and take spousal abuse. On top of that, they;re children are given little to no means to achieve financial independence to leave an abusive home life.

  • It’s not about making me or anyone happy–it’s about copyright as well. Fair use permits excerpts for the purpose of commentary and criticism, but not the reproduction of all or most of a work with very little original contribution. (Even excerpts are sometimes seen as problematic, but at least they’re legal.) This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this behavior on NLQ–the last few Quoting Quiverfull articles I read basically scraped the original posts, for instance. You guys are doing important and valuable work, don’t undermine it by making these rookie mistakes.

  • Independent Thinker

    This issue has been brought up before on NLQ and the US Copyright Office says the following on Fair Use:

    Section 107 contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Section 107 also sets out four factors to be considered in determining whether or not a particular use is fair.

    The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes

    The nature of the copyrighted work

    The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole

    The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work

    The distinction between what is fair use and what is infringement in a particular case will not always be clear or easily defined. There is no specific number of words, lines, or notes that may safely be taken without permission……..The 1961 Report of the Register of Copyrights on the General Revision of the U.S. Copyright Law cites examples of activities that courts have regarded as fair use: “quotation of excerpts in a review or criticism for purposes of illustration or comment; quotation of short passages in a scholarly or technical work, for illustration or clarification of the author’s observations; use in a parody of some of the content of the work parodied; summary of an address or article, with brief quotations, in a news report; reproduction by a library of a portion of a work to replace part of a damaged copy; reproduction by a teacher or student of a small part of a work to illustrate a lesson; reproduction of a work in legislative or judicial proceedings or reports; incidental and fortuitous reproduction, in a newsreel or broadcast, of a work located in the scene of an event being reported.”

    NLQ would definitely fall under the umbrella of news reporting and as stated there is no defined number of words or lines that may be used.

  • Obviously the text of Section 107 doesn’t set a word or percentage limit because it can’t–as discussed on this page, 1% of a memoir has been held not to be fair use, while copying 100% of a TV show for personal use might be fair use. You’re right that there is a lot of variation and a lot of different factors.

    Section 107 is not the end of the story, however. There is a great deal of case law and industry practice that give a clearer idea of what is acceptable and what’s not. These include legal standards such as the “heart” of a work (the under-1% excerpt was a violation because it was central to the book), the division between personal and public use (recording a movie for personal viewing in one’s living room is very different from showing it to an auditorium full of people who paid to get in), the possibility of market substitution etc. There is also advice from standard practice and common sense–keep excerpts under 10%, contribute plenty of original material. But 100% scraping, with a sentence or two of commentary? Not going to fly by any metric.

    Believe it or not, I’m not doing this to be mean to NLQ. I don’t want there to be a scenario where someone from, say, Ladies Against Feminism discovers a scraped article and raises a stink about copyright–and as things stand they will have a point. I hate that the Quiverfull/Patriarchy movement might have that one little fingernail-hold of rightness when they are wrong on moral, theological, legal, and every other level existent or yet to be conceived, yet might use that fingerhold of legal technicality to distract from the real issues. Why give them that opening?

    But I guess the NLQ staff have made up their minds, and I’m glad they’ve at least considered the issue. I spoke up, as I thought I had to, and what they do is up to them.

  • jkarov

    The Duggar girls and young women are forbidden to go to college, they can’t work outside the home, and their life consists of being groomed as brood mares.

    Their chief occupation so far in life is to raise the dozens of younger siblings, cook dinner, do the wash, and submit absolutely to their father in every request he makes, no matter how debasing, demeaning, or intrusive in their lives.

    Their future is only one thing, to find a man to submit to utterly, and have as many kids as possible. No jobs, no education or college, no traveling, no exploration of the world, no career, no personal growth. Bible, babies, bedroom, and housework, full stop.

    I lost a young female friend as a result of militant Christian doctrine enforced by her abusive husband. She finally killed herself in despair of ever being free from the chains of bondage that her abusive husband built around her.

    The so called “Quivering” movement is responsible for so much suffering, abuse, sadness, and suicide

  • $30851753

    It’s really only a matter of time until one or more of the Duggar children grow up and write a book about the horrors of their childhood environment.