As a candidate for the U.S. Senate Jim Bob Duggar argued those guilty of incest deserved the death penalty.
Before he was the star of 19 Kids and Counting, Jim Bob Duggar was a prominent political figure in Arkansas, serving as a member of the state’s House of Representatives before running for the U.S. Senate in 2002.
Duggar lost his 2002 bid to be the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate, however, he did take positions as a candidate. While trying to justify his anti-choice, anti-abortion stance, U.S. Senate candidate Jim Bob Duggar stated forcefully and clearly that those guilty of rape and incest should be put to death.
The following appeared on Duggar’s campaign website:
Q. What is your abortion position, and specifically, where do you stand on rape, incest, and threat to the mother’s health?
A. If a woman is raped, the rapist should be executed instead of the innocent unborn baby. Adoption is an option. Many couples would love to adopt and are waiting for a baby. Abortion has been and always will be the destruction of an innocent child. Rape and incest represent heinous crimes and as such should be treated as capital crimes. The developing infant committed no crime and should be allowed to live. In the unlikely event that the life of both mother and baby would both be lost (for example, a tubal pregnancy) all should be done to save the life of the mother.
Rape and incest represent heinous crimes and as such should be treated as capital crimes.
However, Jim Bob failed to hold his son Josh accountable for sexually assaulting four of his underage sisters (Jim Bob’s daughters) plus an additional underage female victim. In fact, Jim Bob covered up his son’s crime for over a year, and consequently Josh was never prosecuted for his incestuous crimes, faced no legal consequences, and apparently received no treatment for his clearly deranged behavior.
A conspiracy to “forgive and forget” allowed Josh Duggar, the oldest son of “19 Kids and Counting” Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, to escape criminal prosecution for sexually assaulting his underage sisters plus an additional underage female victim.
Alas, Jim Bob Duggar’s hypocrisy is not surprising, and is but a footnote to this disturbing and ugly tragedy.