Duggars in the Bahamas – There Without Approval?

Duggars in the Bahamas – There Without Approval? September 19, 2019

This popped up today on my Facebook page. The same man complaining about the Duggar’s behavior in the Bahama’s, James Lea, tried to verify claims by the Duggars and the Bates that they had official authority to be there. Guess what. Looks very likely that they lied about that official approval. They do not have a diplomatic note from the Embassy authorizing their organization to be there much less commandeering supplies, fuel and vehicles. Or to sell the fuel or supplies.

No word on if they have the approval of any branch of the Bahamian or local governance.

Are the Duggars acting like entitled royalty running roughshod over laws on weapons all the while seizing supplies not meant for them? It certainly would not surprise me, just like it would not be a surprise if they lied about their permissions from the Embassy. This is all the types of white entitlement we commonly see among certain types of Evangelical organizations.

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  • Tawreos

    I am not sure that the government would do much against them. Who wants to deal with the fallout that would come from them whining to their fanbase about how they were just poor christians trying to follow the bible and help people after a hurricane, but the government shut them down. You know that is the story that will get out and the people that provide the backlash will listen to nothing other than that story.

  • Nea

    They aren’t acting like royalty. Between the armament and the fake badges, they are acting like a rouge military attempting a coup, and I wish they would be treated like armed invaders.

  • Nea

    Put ’em in jail under charges of imitating police and looting and don’t let them talk to anyone until after the trial. Claiming fake diplomatic immunity probably breaks some international law as well.

    After they’re convicted they can whine and pout all they want, there’s still going to be a legal record.

  • Astreja

    Excellent idea. Arrest them.

  • AFo

    Their entitlement kills2 me. Just because you can spout off Bible verses at the drop of a hat and claim to work on the behalf of Christ, does not mean you are actually qualified to provide disaster relief. True humility, as Jesus advocated, would be admitting that and letting the experts actually do their jobs.

  • Christian

    Exile them to Syria!

  • CutePuppyGuest

    I’m not surprised. I would expect no better from these vile people. They learned their behavior and deceitfulness from the best-their parents. What is sad is that we STILL have a tv show being produced about this family. TLC/Discovery may as well state that they believe in protecting child molesters and their enablers, they are all for keeping women and children downtrodden, misogyny and bigotry are just fine, and perverts are welcome on their shows.

  • CutePuppyGuest

    The kids have all been brought up to think they are special. Jim Bob sends his boys to the ALERT academy to learn how to be these mini soldiers for God. None of the boys hold REAL jobs. Their entire life is all about acting instead of doing. They think that by being a “volunteer” firefighter, emt, constable, they are highly qualified and know it all. One of the girls thought she was a mid wife. With Duggars it is all about talking the talking but not really learning how to walk the walk. None of this surprises me in the least. It fits right in with who and what these people really are.

  • texassa

    So the trailer for the new season is out. That’s now 3 deliveries and THREE calls to 911 for Jessa. When will these self-righteous people realize that they are a drain on public resources? 18 years each of 19 dependent tax credits plus calling their homestead a church and all the other financial shadiness they pull off plus monopolizing emergency resources because they can’t be bothered to deliver their litters of babies with any level of responsibility.

  • CutePuppyGuest

    I just saw it on People. I usually do not even go on that site anymore after they changed the comment section. It makes me sick that these media rag sites STILL promote this family after all they have done. Why haven’t any of them picked up this story? I guess it does not fit into the new season promotion2 time.

  • CutePuppyGuest

    Tried replying to you but the comment is still waiting approval (?). I just saw the new season promotion2 on another site. I am mad that not one of the gossip media sites have not picked up on this story yet.

  • Astreja

    Nah. Don’t want to make martyrs out of ’em.

  • Friend

    Actually, I think this is not a good look for them at all. Their fanbase worships the military (even if the Duggars pretend to live completely outside the Mere Laws of Men). If the US military concluded that they were being used in some way, it would hurt the Duggars’ cause.

  • Mimc

    QF/CP doesn’t believe in experts.

  • Iain Lovejoy

    I am having some difficulty in understanding why the Duggars haven’t been arrested; one can only presume they are taking advantage of the temporary chaos before the Bahamian authorities restore proper control. I do hope the Duggars don’t have the common sense to get out before that happens.

  • Tiny but fierce

    I rather resent them giving actually dedicated volunteers a bad name. My dad was a volunteer firefighter for 20 years. Both my parents became paramedics in order to volunteer at the local county ambulance. True volunteers are actually dedicated to helping their community or communities in need. These people pretend to be volunteers. They don’t take the time to actually, I don’t know, learn something about what they pretend to care about.

  • SAO

    If they tried to get real jobs, the fact that they don’t have a real high school education (not to mention college) would become clear.

  • CutePuppyGuest

    These kids never even received a formal education. They were educated at a kitchen table by a woman (the mother) who once claimed the entire world population could fit into the area of the city of Jacksonville. Hardly surprising how they act now. But you are right, it is disturbing that they masquerade and pretend to be something they clearly are not. It does a disservice to people who are trained and highly qualified.

  • CutePuppyGuest

    I saw the new season promotion2. Too bad these sites are not running a story about this Bahamas fiasco instead of promoting trash tv. I guess they have some sort of connection with the network to promote the show and a negative story does not fit the agenda.

  • frostysnowman

    A couple of FB pages that are critical of the Duggars and their ilk have been covering all of these tweets. It definitely appears they were there with not the best intentions. They were showing their fake badges to create an aura of a legitimacy to what they were doing, which doesn’t seem legitimate. Plus, it’s not legal to open carry firearms in the Bahamas. They have to be registered with the government and kept in lock boxes.

  • Tiny but fierce

    Exactly. My parents both spent a lot of time in classes, progressing through Emergency Care Attendant (ECA), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), EMT Special Skills to Paramedic. I should know, I spent a lot of those classes under the table, coloring and later in the back of the room, reading. When I was a teenager, I became a Jr firefighter. I took courses in using the breathing tanks and masks, crowd safety and management and even rappelling. I actually accompanied my dad to fires to help manage the crowd that inevitably gathers. All of this represents one of the things the Duggars and those like them just don’t care about or actively despise. Education.

  • frostysnowman

    Seriously, where is InTouch when you need them? They broke the Josh is a Molester story.

  • paganheart

    What I want to know is if they have a TV crew with them, sh00ting footage for a future “Counting On” episode or other “reality” TV program. There’s a common trope on “reality” TV shows (h3ck, the show “Survivor” is based upon it) that involves taking the “stars” out of their usual environment and sending them off to some strange, exotic locale, so the audience can observe “how the animals behave outside their natural habitat,” basically. (Spoiler Alert: they usually behave very badly.) I’ve long suspected that Jill and Derrick’s little “mission trip” to El Salvador (in which they showed up to do “mission work” with no training and no sponsoring church or NGO) was nothing more than a TV plotline, and this smells like more of the same.

    Look, I know you can only film so many Duggars courting, getting engaged, getting married, getting pregnant, and delivering babies with a (completely preventable) Gray’s Anatomy-level of medical drama before the show gets really stale. But if the Terrible Life Choices channel’s brass are aware of this debacle, and even okay with it, then shame on them. Another reason I wish TLC and reality TV would just go away!

  • SAO

    I suspect it’s relatively easy for people in a poorer country to get really riled up by entitled Americans condescending to ‘help’ poor, darker-skinned people. Not the real aid workers, but the Duggar-types who think they know everything and deserve to have locals jump to their every uninformed command.

  • Brianna LaPoint

    there are too many christians just like the duggars. hence the rise of non christians such as myself

  • Polytropos

    No Chick-fil-a in Bahamian jails, I’d guess.

  • Saraquill

    @#$%ing neo-colonists.

  • Desperate Ambrose

    “… the Duggar’s behavior in the Bahama’s… .”

    That’s “the Duggars’ behavior in the Bahamas”.

    You’re welcome.

  • CutePuppyGuest

    They have a blind item about this now on the BG. The heading is “Disturbing Hurricane Help”. Finally….some media sites are picking up on this!

  • Jim Jones

    Funny how these groups that h8te socialism lean on it so hard.

  • Jim Jones

    Some butchers sell bad meat.

  • Friend

    Great news! Do you have a link? What is the BG?

  • Jim Jones

    I don’t like the rouge military. The make-up is always too thick.

  • persephone

    You’re not. Drive by grammarians are useless and annoying.

  • persephone

    Hi, Suzanne, when you get a chance (I know you’re traveling) would you, please, ban Desperate Ambrose? Their comment section is nothing but garbage. Thank you.

  • Geri Balistreri

    Who or what are the Duggars? Are they like the beatniks or hippies?

  • CutePuppyGuest

    Blind Gossip. It is the top item. You cannot miss it. It is a site that gives you clues and you guess who it is. This one is glaringly obvious.

  • Jennny

    Just surprised they’re not making a song and dance about chucking out paper towels or air dropping bibles to these poor folk. I hate to read of inappropriate relief supplies which there always seems to be plenty of in any disaster situation. And IMO most of it comes from fundies with a hidden agenda. This is the first time I`ve heard of something so downright illegal.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    She’s right, you know, and didn’t call anyone a snotty name. Just going to leave the drive by grammarian there.

  • Desperate Ambrose

    But, in this case, correct.

  • Jennifer

    So is Persephone.

  • Zeldacat

    They probably assume the 2nd Amendment applies worldwide. ‘Murica!

  • persephone

    Okay. I just researched their comments and they tend to be this type of thing all over Patheos.

  • Desperate Ambrose

    Well, shucks, she’ll survive, especially now that you have reinforced her security in the knowledge that she’s right. No autopsy, no foul.

  • Mimc

    Celebrity Chirstian fundimentalist family that believes birth control is evil and had a reality show called 19 kids and Counting.

  • Geri Balistreri

    They sound like the perfect White Christian family. Birth control is a mortal sin and so is pleasure from sex. Praise Jesus!