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Questions, questions: What I would have asked the Duggars – Janet Mefferd

Janet Mefferd is a highly-respected, nationally syndicated, Christian conservative, radio talk show host.  Like her, I came away concerned for the interview Megyn Kelly (who I like and appreciate) did of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar on June 3.  I’ve posted Mefferd’s “Questions, questions: What I would have asked the Duggars” below.  You can listen to Kelly's interview here.

I also came away concerned for many of the answers provided to Kelly by the Duggars.  Here is but one example (I can’t take time for more).  

In her introduction, Kelly pointed out the following about the start of “national notoriety” for the Duggars. She was referring to their first TV Special in 2004. 

KELLY: The family first rose to prominence in Arkansas where in the late 1990s and early 2000s Jim Bob Duggar served in the state’s House of Representatives. But it was in 2004 that the Duggars gained national notoriety. 

Later, Kelly asked Jim Bob Duggar the following question about whether it was a good idea to start the TV series called “19 Children and Counting” in 2008.  It was the wrong question.  She should have asked about the TV Special called “14 Kids and Pregnant” in 2004 

KELLY: But are you thinking at all, wait, this [the TV series] might not be a good idea because when you bring cameras into your home, they tend to discover things and people get more interested in you. 

J.B. DUGGAR: We had nothing to hide.  We had taken care of all that years before.  And when they asked us to do the reality TV show, all of this had been taken care of five years before and we had a clean bill of health from the state. 

First of all, the state did not give the Duggars a “clean bill of health.”  Detectives investigating Josh Duggar in 2006 wrote up an offense report accusing him of forcible fondling and second degree sexual assault.       

Second, Josh Duggar was molesting girls in 2003 and soon after his father was making preparations to do a TV Special that aired in 2004.  If Kelly had asked him the right question, Jim Bob could never have answered, “All of this had been taken care of five years before.” 

He was able to give a deceptive answer because the wrong question was asked.  Josh was removed from the home for four months because of his molestations.  He returned in July 2003.  I would have asked, “Jim Bob, how soon after Josh moved back home, did you start discussing a TV Special with film producers?”  

Then this follow up, “Do you think it was a good idea to bring cameras into your home knowing Josh molested your daughters just last year?  How could you justify highlighting your family under those circumstances and making a TV Special your focus?”  

And then, “Why didn’t you tell the film company about Josh’s molestations?  Isn’t that something you would want to know about if you were in their shoes?  Were you concerned they might not produce the TV Special if they knew the truth about Josh?” 

And finally, “The promotion for your TV Special claimed, ‘This incredible family works as a team to ensure a happy, healthy and balanced life for each member.’  How did Josh ensure a happy, healthy and balanced life for each of his four sister who were victims?  And was everyone really enjoying a happy, healthy and balanced life?  Recently, you called it a ‘dark,’ ‘most difficult’ and ‘terrible’ time.  Weren’t you presenting a false narrative in 2004 as promotion for the TV Special?  Please explain the discrepancy.”    

Here’s some of what I recently wrote on a previous post.  

“One of the reasons, I posted this article [“A timeline of the molestation allegations against Josh Duggar” by the Washington Post] was to show how soon after the alleged molestation of five girls including four sisters, the father, Jim Bob, started promoting his family on TV specials as a model of virtue attributable to their parenting practices.  That lacked a tremendous degree of humility and integrity.”  

“At that point, the elders in Jim Bob’s church should have stopped him and redirected his attention to the care and protection of his family – not its promotion. … The family was in deep trouble and their parenting had not produced as advertised.  These were not ordinary family problems.  Things were seriously wrong.  It was time to refocus and reevaluate, not build a family empire.”  

“Instead, Jim Bob created a brand in conjunction with the company that did not correlate with reality.  It was encapsulated in the sentence, “Get an unprecedented look at how this incredible family works as a team to insure a happy, healthy and balanced life for each member.” 

“The Duggar’s are a family franchise.  There is tremendous pressure to put forward a superior “family life” product.  It is the key to their fame, and honestly, their fortune.  With the marketing of that product comes tremendous temptation to pretend righteousness and cover up unrighteousness.” 

The Lord have mercy on the Duggars but I don’t think they are being truthful in some respects.  There are too many minimizations, contradictions and misrepresentations. I know the liberal press will take advantage of the situation but that is no excuse for the conservative press or evangelical Christians to go soft. 

Furthermore, we can’t reject out of hand the investigative reporting of the liberal press.  For instance, yesterday, In Touch magazine posted Duggar Interview: 7 Crucial Facts They Didn’t Tell You – the Cover Up Continues.  They asked some excellent questions and made some excellent points.  

Here are the questions Janet Mefferd would have asked.  I hope the Duggars go on her show.   

Questions, questions: What I would have asked the Duggars
Posted on June 4, 2015 by JanetMefferd 

I don’t know what you were doing last night, but I was yelling at my TV. 

I wasn’t literally yelling. But I was frustrated, and I did erupt in a few, rather loud “WHAT?!”s and a bonus round of several “You’ve GOT to be kidding me!”s. This is often what happens when I tune in to softball TV interviews, which is why I usually avoid them. And if ever I’ve seen a softball TV interview, it was last night’s sit-down between Fox News’ Megyn Kelly and the Duggar parents, Jim Bob and Michelle. 

It is not for nothing that there is a lot of controversy surrounding Josh Duggar’s admitted molestation of five young girls, including his sisters, since this famously clean-living Christian family is accused of covering up the sexual abuse for years and skirting the full legal consequences for their son. Did they do it for the considerable cash they were sure to earn through their reality TV show? Were they aware that the molestations were crimes under the law, or did they honestly believe they were just “mistakes?” Furthermore, what about the Duggar statements that don’t totally align with what’s in the police reports? 

There are a lot of tough questions that need to be posed to the Duggars. Unfortunately, Megyn Kelly didn’t really pose them (at least the ones I think she should have asked). So today, I reviewed a lot of the material in the police reports and the news stories, deliberately avoiding other people’s blogs and commentaries. I simply asked myself, “If given the chance to interview the Duggars after Megyn Kelly, what would I have asked them?” 

I always compile long lists of questions before I ever interview anybody. But this one is, admittedly, longer than most. I apologize for that, but I think each question is important. Here they are:  

  1. You both have used a number of terms to describe what Josh did to these five girls, including the phrases “mistakes” and “wrong choices.” These are terms usually reserved for fairly innocuous errors. Do you believe the sexual molestations Josh committed against these five girls were simply errors, rather than crimes? If not, why use such language to refer to what Josh admittedly did?
  2. It took you three reported incidents to get outside “help,” as you call it, to deal with the molestation of these five girls. You say this is because you’d heard the success rate for rehab wasn’t very good. But why would fear of the effectiveness of rehab preclude you from going to police after the first reported incident?
  3. Jim Bob, you admitted during the interview that the first two molestation victims were not awake but the subsequent victims were fully awake. Yet you said right after that, “none of the victims really knew about (the abuse) or understood what he had done until we told them.” How can both of those assertions be simultaneously true – that some were awake, and yet none of them knew what Josh had done? What exactly does that mean?
  4. You said that Josh called the babysitter he claims to have fondled and asked for her forgiveness. Did you ever talk directly to the babysitter’s parents after Josh molested her? What was their reaction to the abuse? Did they have any alternative opinion on how the abuse should be handled, legally?
  5. Knowing that Josh had sexually molested some of your daughters before, how was it that Josh was allowed to have a girl sit on his lap, a girl he claims to have molested? Where were you both physically located at that exact moment?
  6. After Josh’s first report to you, did you ever leave him alone with any of your daughters?
  7. After Josh’s first report to you, did you ever allow him to babysit for any of your daughters?
  8. Jim Bob, you have claimed that before you went to the Arkansas State Police, you “didn’t know anything about (Cpl. Joseph Hutchens) besides that he was an officer there at headquarters.” However, in the police report, Darrell Hignite reports the following: “I asked the Duggars if any of this had ever been reported to the police. James said that he had spoken to a state trooper after (Josh) had returned from the program in Little Rock. James said that he knew Col. Hutchins (sic) with the Arkansas State Police. James said that he knew Hutchins because he used to be a car dealer and Cpl. Hutchins was the State Trooper who inspected car dealers.” How do those two different accounts fit together? Did you have any direct conversations with Cpl. Hutchens about Josh’s crimes prior to physically going into state police headquarters and reporting those crimes to him in an official capacity?
  9. Exactly how much contact did you have with Cpl. Hutchens prior to reporting Josh’s crimes? What was the nature and frequency of your contact with him?
  10. When Cpl. Hutchens, as you reported, told you that a treatment program was enough for Josh, did you object in any way?
  11. What did Cpl. Hutchens specifically indicate to you about a police report? Did he ever tell you directly that he would not be writing up a report?
  12. If not, did you ask him for a copy of the police report at that time, or in the weeks following your visit there?
  13. You say “a few weeks went by, a few months went by” while you were waiting to hear from the police. Did you ever return to the headquarters or call to inquire about the status of the case? If not, why not?
  14. Cpl. Hutchens has subsequently claimed that you lied to him about the severity of Josh’s sexual-assault crimes when you came to him to discuss the situation, and that he would have made an official report had he known more about what happened.  What do you say to that?
  15. You have stated that you do not believe Josh is a pedophile, due to his age. However, the Springdale police report references a “state class” under Offense No. 1 as sexual assault in the 2nd degree. According to Title 5 of the Arkansas Code, a minor can be charged with 2nd degree sexual assault if he “engages in sexual contact with another person who is less than 14 years of age; and not the person’s spouse.” The statute also states that the minor does not have an “affirmative defense to a prosecution” if the minor was more than three years older than the victim, and the victim is less than 12 years of age; or four years older than the victim if the victim is 12 years of age or older. At any time, was Josh potentially facing charges of 2nd degree sexual assault?
  16. Is it true, as has been reported, that Josh attempted to sue the Arkansas Department of Human Services after his crimes were investigated? If so, why?
  17. You also have said in this interview that in the first abuse incidents, the victims “weren’t even aware.” Yet Michelle, you have said that when you went to the police department, your children “poured out their hearts. They shared everything.” Who shared everything? Just the final two victims? Or all the girls? And if it was all the girls, how could they pour out their hearts about incidents you and your husband say they weren’t aware of?
  18. Jim Bob, you have said that “parents are not mandatory reporters” when it comes to sexual abuse of children. However, the December 2006 police report notes – and it is widely known publicly – that your children are educated at home. Under Arkansas law, teachers are required to report suspected child maltreatment, including sexual abuse. Would your role as teacher PLUS parent not effectively broaden your own personal responsibility to bring any child maltreatment issues to the attention of authorities immediately?
  19. Who was this family friend of yours who described Josh’s molestations in a letter that was put inside a book and later discovered? Was the letter inaccurate in any way? Did you see it? Did you have subsequent conversations about it with this family friend?
  20. An unidentified female contacted Oprah Winfrey’s production company in 2006 and tipped them off to Josh’s incidents of sexual abuse. What, if anything, did Harpo Studios communicate to you directly about that tip at that time or afterward?
  21. Your family has been very involved in what is called the Biblical Patriarchy movement, and yet that movement has been tarred in the last several years by sex scandals. You have associated with Bill Gothard, founder of the Christian nonprofit Institute for Basic Life Principles, who resigned last year after allegations of rampant sexual harassment. Doug Phillips, founder of Vision Forum, has been another close friend of yours. Phillips, too, was felled by a sex scandal – an “inappropriate relationship” with a younger women not his wife that resulted in his stepping down in 2013. This was an organization, Michelle, that named you “Mother of the Year” in 2010. Why do think we are seeing so many major sex scandals coming out of the Biblical Patriarchy movement?
  22. In one lesson from Gothard’s Advanced Training Institute, called “Lessons from Moral Failures in a Family,” there is a hypothetical scenario described, in which “an older brother was guilty of sexually abusing younger ones in his family.” When the brother repents, one of the questions he is asked is this: “What factors in the home contributed to immodesty and temptation?” How do you react to that question?
  23. Do you believe there can ever be a case in which responsibility for sexual abuse can ever be laid at the feet of a victim? Do you believe any of the five girls Josh admits to molesting bear any kind of responsibility for their abuse? Or do you believe he bears full responsibility for it?
  24. Do you see the Biblical Patriarchy movement as having negatively impacted your family dynamics in any way? If so, how?
  25. You noted that after Josh fondled your daughters, apparently in their beds, and then fondled girls on a couch, you talked to other parents and noted “a lot of families have said that they’ve had similar things happen in their families.” Were these families all homeschooling families? Did it strike you as at all odd that molestations seemed to be common in your circles? What did you make of it?
  26. Based on your conversations with these families, were you led to believe that sexual abuse is common, and so perhaps it should not draw undue alarm? In other words, could that information in any way have contributed to you downplaying Josh’s abuse of the five girls, as many have charged?
  27. Do you continue to have any contact with Bill Gothard, either on the phone, in writing or in person?
  28. It has been reported that your family still follows the teaching plans of Gothard’s Advanced Training Institute. Is that true or false?
  29. Romans 13 talks about Christians needing to submit to the governing authorities. What responsibility do you believe you have to submit to the governing authorities when it comes to the commission of crimes and the breaking of the civil law?
  30. Can you think of any biblical reasons for not reporting sexual abuse to police as soon as it occurs?
  31. You talk about Josh being forgiven by God. Do you believe that forgiveness from God precludes civil punishment for a teenaged boy who sexually molests young girls, especially given the Arkansas statute on 2nd degree sexual assault and minors?
  32.  If not, what do you believe is a proper civil punishment for a teenaged boy who sexually molests girls as young as 5?
  33. How was it that after the first sexual-abuse incident Josh committed, there were others? How was that even possible, given that you said you had put in safeguards?
  34. Do you believe sexually fondling a young girl without her consent is only sexual abuse if the victim is fully awake?
  35. Jim Bob, you said you “had nothing to hide” because “all this was taken care of in 2002-2003,” and that was why you didn’t hesitate to launch your reality TV show. Michelle, you have said, “In our hearts before God, we haven’t been keeping secrets.” Did you disclose the incidents to TLC, prior to launching your reality TV show? Was anyone at TLC aware of the molestations prior to May 2015?
  36. You refer to an agenda that has twisted things to “hurt and slander.” What is the slander that people have committed against you?
  37. Michelle, you’ve said your girls “have been victimized more by what has happened in these last couple weeks than they were 12 years ago.” Are you really saying that media reports about the sexual abuse have been worse than the sexual-abuse incidents themselves?
  38. Michelle, you say: “We have been protecting those that, honestly, should be protected,” referring to the girls. Do you also believe you protected Josh in the process?
  39. Jim Bob, you say, “When they asked us to do the reality TV show, all of this had been taken care of five years before, and we had a clean bill of health from the state.” What exactly do you mean by “a clean bill of health from the state?”
  40. Jim Bob, you say, “Our son violated God’s principles from doing some improper touching.” Did he not also violate the law, the trust of the public and the innocence of those five young girls?
  41. In light of Josh’s past, did either of you ever advise him against taking that highly visible political job with the Family Research Council? Did you ever discuss the possibility that your family could face even more public scrutiny if Josh decided to serve in that role?
  42.  Jim Bob, you say, “the big picture is protecting juveniles’ records.” While that certainly is an important point, it would seem to many that the bigger picture is what happened to those five girls and whether or not your subsequent actions were appropriate. Why is “the big picture” the protecting of juveniles’ records, in your mind, rather than the abuse of those five girls?
  43. If a 14-year-old boy you did not know had molested your 5-year-old, how would you have handled it? Would you have reported the stranger to police, or would you have let his parents handle it in-house?

The “Incredible” Duggar’s – “Happy, Healthy and Well Balanced” 

This was the image put forth by Jim Bob Duggar and TV producers in the marketing of his family soon after his son, Josh, repeatedly confessed to molesting four of his sisters and a babysitter.  Tragically, it was far from true.      

The Police Investigation & Report

On December 7, 2006, Detectives Darrell Hignite and Barbra Denney of the Springdale Police Department in Arkansas filed an Offense Report that cited Josh’s alleged crimes as “Sex Offense – Forcible Fondling,” which they classified as “Sexual Assault 2nd” degree.  These were not mistakes or youthful indiscretions.  Josh was accused of serious crimes but the case was closed because the 3 year statute of limitations had expired.  He was not prosecuted.

In Touch Magazine, who broke the story, reported, “Other bombshells in the police report are: Josh Duggar was investigated for multiple sex offenses – including forcible fondling – against five minors.  Some of the alleged offenses investigated were felonies.”  

Read the following articles for more details. 

‘Nineteen Kids and Counting’ Son Named in Underage Sex Probe
May 19, 2015 

Bombshell Duggar Police Report:  Jim Bob Duggar Didn’t Report Son Josh’s Alleged Sex Offenses for More Than a Year
May 21, 2015  

The Duggar’s Extraordinary Response to God

After this came to light, Jim Bob and his wife, Michelle, put out the following message on their Facebook page.  

Duggar Family Official
May 21 at 6:41pm

Please read the following messages:

From Jim Bob and Michelle:

Back 12 years ago [2003] our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives.  When Josh was a young teenager [age 14 & 15], he made some very bad mistakes and we were shocked.  We had tried to teach him right from wrong.  That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before.  Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God.  We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family.  We have challenges and struggles every day.  It is one of the reasons we treasure our faith so much because God’s kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to us — even though we are so undeserving.  We hope somehow the story of our journey — the good times and the difficult times — cause you to see the kindness of God and learn that He can bring you through anything.

In this statement, they admit to no deficiencies in their “right from wrong” parenting.  Given their teaching, they were “shocked” by Josh’s “very bad mistakes.”  That is revealing.  Most parents would question their approach and accept some responsibility if their oldest child and first born son fondled multiple family members. 

They also commend themselves and all 14 children for seeking “God like never before” during “that dark and difficult time.”  Jim Bob and Michelle don’t realize it, but they are putting themselves forward as “a perfect family.”  No one fell short in their response to God.  Everyone responded flawlessly.  If anyone sinned during that time, you would never know it.

To “watch our lives” as presented in this statement reveals one thing.  The entire family is an extraordinary example of godliness according to the parents.  Yes, they have “challenges and struggles everyday” but these are met with perfect obedience or so it appears.   That is the message that comes through this statement.  Except for Josh, I fail to see how anyone in the family needed God’s undeserved kindness, goodness and forgiveness according to the parents.  Only sinners need such and that is completely missing from the picture they paint.

So Many Disturbing Elements to the Story

There are many disturbing aspects to this story of sexual abuse.  For example, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported on May 23.

“A Washington County Juvenile Court judge ordered the [police] report destroyed on Thursday, saying one of the victims is still a minor and that the child’s identity might be revealed. The Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette obtained the report before it was ordered destroyed.”

The female victim is still a minor.  That means she is not yet 18 years of age.  The fondling occurred in 2002 or 2003.  Therefore, the little girl was under the age of 6. 

There are also so many other serious issues related to how the situation was handled.  For example, “Jim Bob also refused to allow the police to interview Josh when they opened a felony investigation in 2006.”   

I’d recommend the following articles for a much fuller understanding of the facts and issues at hand.    

Silence led to no case for Duggar
May 23, 2015
A timeline of the molestation allegations against Josh Duggar
May 23, 2015

Duggar Molestation Case—Another Bombshell Revealed: Josh Sued the Arkansas Department of Social Service
May 27, 2015
Duggar Breaking News:  Disgraced Cop Who Didn’t Report Molestation Shoots Down Jim Bob’s Story
May 27, 2015

The TV Special, “14 Children & Pregnant Again” – September 6, 2004

Josh Duggar "confessed" in March 2002, July 2002, and March 2003.  The incidents were not investigated until December 2006 but by then it was too late.  The statute of limitations had expired.

In September 2004, the Duggar’s starred in their first TV special.  That was 18 months after the last known molestation.  I wrote the following on my Facebook page.

“One of the reasons, I posted this article [“A timeline of the molestation allegations against Josh Duggar” by the Washington Post] was to show how soon after the alleged molestation of five girls including four sisters, the father, Jim Bob, started promoting his family on TV specials as a model of virtue attributable to their parenting practices.  That lacked a tremendous degree of humility and integrity.  

“At that point, the elders in Jim Bob’s church should have stopped him and redirected his attention to the care and protection of his family – not its promotion.  There were 14 children then, there are 19 children now.  Having more children was a major part of Duggar’s marketing success.  Stop having kids and the audience loses interest.  That’s why the shows were always called the latest number of children “and pregnant” or the latest number of children “and counting.”  If they stopped having children, their celebrity ended.  So did their show unless rebranded under another name.  

“Jim Bob and Michelle should have seriously considered having no more children when they learned their oldest child and first born son, Josh, was a sexual predator according to reports.  Not as a punishment, but as a matter of priority and wisdom.  The family was in deep trouble and their parenting had not produced as advertised.  These were not ordinary family problems.  Things were seriously wrong.  It was time to refocus and reevaluate, not build a family empire.” 

The TV special was called “14 Children & Pregnant Again.”  It aired on September 6, 2004 and was produced by Advanced Medical Productions (a.k.a. Figure 8 Films).

Figure 8 Films says this about themselves.

“We are storytellers.  Accuracy is very important, as is sensitivity and respect for our subjects and our audience.  Primarily, we tell stories about incredible people and challenging situations.”

I have no reason to doubt “accuracy is very important” to this film company.  I assume they had no idea what was really going on in the Duggar household.

They said the following in their advertisement for the TV special.    

“Advanced Medical Productions has been invited to the Duggar household in Springdale, Arkansas to get an unprecedented look at how this incredible family works as a team to insure a happy, healthy and balanced life for each member. We’ll settle in for several, busy days with the Duggars and “walk in the sixteen sets of individual shoes” as they go about their daily tasks. We’ll take a trip to the grocery store with Michelle, ride in the family “bus” to church and watch Jim Bob and the boys work on the new house they’re building for their growing family.” 

This film company that valued "accuracy" should have been told the truth by Jim Bob Duggar before he “invited [them] to the Duggar household in Springdale, Arkansas.”  Of course, they would never have come to produce the TV special if he had been honest with them.  

Instead, Jim Bob created a brand in conjunction with the company that did not correlate with reality.  It was encapsulated in the sentence, “Get an unprecedented look at how this incredible family works as a team to insure a happy, healthy and balanced life for each member.” 

I wrote on Facebook this week. 

“The Duggar’s are a family franchise.  There is tremendous pressure to put forward a superior “family life” product.  It is the key to their fame, and honestly, their fortune.  With the marketing of that product comes tremendous temptation to pretend righteousness and cover up unrighteousness.  You can’t do a reality TV show as a Christian unless you are going to be real.  And furthermore, what parents would do a TV series about their family knowing their oldest son recently abused four of his sisters?  The Duggar’s have not been real.    

Josh Duggar’s “First Kiss” on His Wedding Day 

Josh Duggar married Anna Keller on September 26, 2008.  Much was made of their first kiss.  Watch Josh & Anna Duggar’s First Kiss – YouTube.  I wrote the following. 

“I don’t follow the Duggar’s but I see they put Josh forward as an example of purity for first kissing his wife, Anna, on the day of their wedding.  This gave the false impression that Josh had a history of purity, when he had a history of sexual predation that was covered up.  Millions of people were led to believe a lie.  Josh also put himself forth as an example.  He told a national audience, “Not only to us but to all the other young people in the room it was quite a testimony to say, ‘They waited.’” 

“If they waited, that’s good.  Here’s what’s not good.  Putting yourself forward as a model of virtue and allowing people to believe you don’t have a history of sexual sin (let alone sex crimes) when in fact you do.  If Josh said anything about himself, it should have been something like this.  “A few years ago I was involved in sexual sin of a serious nature.  I broke the law.  I turned myself into police.  I repented and confessed to my church.  I got accountability and I have been honest with everyone around me.  By God’s grace, I changed.  As a result, Anna and I were able to save our first kiss for our wedding day.  I am not an example of purity but I am ‘quite a testimony’ of God’s extraordinary mercy.

“Josh and his parents led people to believe Josh had no previous history of sexual sin when they promoted the “first kiss.”  That’s called false advertising in the world of marketing.  It’s called deceit and hypocrisy in the Bible.  I hope the Duggar’s come to realize this so they can clearly acknowledge it.  They have brought reproach to the cause of Christ.  I hope they will make repairs.” 

Josh Duggar - Executive Director for the Family Research Council Action

In June 2013, Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council (FRC) and Family Research Council Action (FRC Action) hired Josh Duggar to be the Executive Director of FRC Action, the legislative action arm of the FRC.  Josh never told Perkins about his past.  Nor did his father.  That was a terrible disservice to Perkins, FRC, FRC Action and millions of supporters throughout the nation. 

In his position, Josh Duggar fought against the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender agenda in Washington D.C.  That is good work but not work he was qualified to do given his history of molestation and attempts to cover it up.  He and his father kept this information from Perkins during the hiring process even though it was known in other circles.  They were willing to put FRC and FRC Action at risk for the sake of landing a powerful and prestigious job.  Like everything else, they publicized the accomplishment and the move to D.C. on their TV series and in the press.  See for example. 

Josh Duggar moving to D.C. for political job with Family Research Council
June 18, 2013

 Josh Duggar on his Family Research Council job, new life in Washington
October 8, 2013

This week I wrote.

“And as I’ve said before, no one starts a TV program to put forth your family as a model when “Exhibit A,” your firstborn son and oldest child, recently abused his younger sisters and at least one other girl.  Nor does a father support his son as a lobbyist for “family values” knowing his son’s past and the fact his past was undisclosed to his employer.  Jim Bob Duggar should have revealed this information to Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council if Josh was unwilling to be honest during the interview process.  

“If anything, Josh should be helping families by honestly telling his story so they can learn how to protect against child abuse by family members and others.  He could also lobby for legislation designed to overturn the statute of limitation for pedophilia – that is, after he fully discloses his past to law enforcement and clearly acknowledges his hypocrisy to the general public.” 


I’ve only commented on four issues.  The extraordinary response, the first TV special, the first kiss and the job as executive director.  There are other issues that deserve treatment but I must leave that to others. 


Here is the 33 page police report.  The narration begins on page 11.