News: Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar To Speak At ATI Conferences

News: Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar To Speak At ATI Conferences April 18, 2014

from – Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar Slated to Speak at ATI Conferences Despite Sexual Abuse Scandal

Apparently ATI’s attempt to paper over the allegations of sexual abuse by former leader Bill Gothard is to get the Bates and the Duggars to speak at their conferences.

Nonetheless, it’s apparent that many IBLP and ATI followers — including the Duggars — are still committed to the programs. In fact, according to the newly released “2014 Family Conference Guide” for ATI and IBLP followers, Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar are slated to speak at three upcoming national conferences.

The program also indicates current ATI and IBLP leaders (including Gil Bates from United Bates of America) hope to steer attention away from Gothard — calling the programs’ situation “a transition.” As the introduction reads, “How blessed we are by the opportunity this conference provides for us to bring everything back to the Word of God.”

Without any direct mention to Gothard or the controversy (either in the program or other literature recently released), it’s unclear whether IBLP/ATI leaders are actually committed to making changes to prevent similar instances of sexual harassment from happening in the future. If fundamental changes are not made, the women of Recovering Grace worry situations may worsen for the girls at risk.

“It seems unbelievable that a subculture that so emphasizes sexual propriety, denial, and protection would conceal so much sexual misconduct and abuse, but passive facilitation of abuse is endemic to the system. Sexual abusers are attracted to and protected by the system.”

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  • Saraquill

    Speaking at conferences associated with a pervert who doesn’t believe in consent. So much for all the Duggar’s talk of sexual purity.

  • Nea

    I’ve been talking on every blog about how I creep out now looking at the picture of the Duggar girls for their book, knowing that their hair is curled because that’s what Gothard gets his jollies from. Those kids were handed over to Moloch and told it was holy.

    Which is why Duggar mere and pere have no option except to double down now. They’re too far down the hole to detangle without admitting that they’ve raised their kids according to the dictates of a serial molester, not the Bible.

  • brbr2424

    Jim Bob can speak? I heard him try to spit out an endorsement of some right wing loon. Cuccinelli, I think it was. He needed his wife’s help and still couldn’t get it out.

  • Allison the Great

    They would never get out no matter how bad it gets. I get the feeling that Jim Bob is just like Gothard and the rest. All the men who choose to subject their families to this – what with the way they treat women – are doing it because they like the way this culture is set up.

  • Nea

    It’s not just Jim Bob. Michelle would be nothing without this community. No TV, no awards, no books, no being held up as the standard… nothing. At this point, I think she has more to lose than he does if he decided to go more mainstream.

  • Nea

    It was Cuccinelli. Who lost by a large margin. Sucks to be a Duggar right now; both their religious and political stands are detriments, not assets.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    Oh yeah, it was pretty obvious Cuccinelli would lose here. He was the one that wanted to make oral sex a felony in state of Virginia.

  • Nea

    That and Virginia workers were hurt the most by the furlough, even more than MD ones. Anyone who supported the tea party while people were still recuperating from losing half a month’s wages was going to be out on their ass.

  • JustJane

    Kind of reminds me of Warren Jeff’s admonishment to “stay sweet”. BTW, Gothard said the opening prayer at the recently aired Erin Bate’s wedding.