The last week and a day with all the different released news of Josh Duggar committing sexual crimes against five different young women has had an odd effect on the community. Those not involved in Evangelicalism or Quiverfull or Christian Fundamentalism have said a) this is horrible and b) it should have been investigated and prosecuted, or at the very least everyone involved should have had legitimate treatment or counseling. Sounds reasonable, huh?
Not if you’re in one of the groups mentioned above, the general consensus in the more conservative Christian circles is that the family handled it in house, everyone has forgiven him so shut up! Don’t talk about it!
This isn’t the first time that sphere of folks has defended the indefensible or a leader who has committed a crime by telling the rest of us to shut up. Why is that? Is reality too much of a stretch for them? Why is their first reaction to scandal to tell people to not talk about it?
The silly thing is that you know that behind closed doors that’s exactly what they are doing, talking about it in stultifying detail ad naseum.