When the story first broke that Josh Duggar had acted inexcusably (touched young girls inappropriately) when he was 14 and 15 years old, I posted about it on Facebook saying that while there are people who are immediately taking sides one way or the other, I was not one of them. I want to hear both sides and gather as much knowledge as possible before forming an opinion. Someone interpreted that as being “on the fence”. I don’t agree with that. If I were on the fence, I would be undecided as to whether I believed what Josh did was wrong or not. I certainly believe what he did was wrong, but I don’t believe it’s fair to persecute him all over again for something to which he has already admitted, repented, and received counseling as a minor.
Josh’s parents claimed that the justice system failed by releasing records that were supposed to be sealed. Here’s why the release of the documents was probably NOT illegal. Now that it’s out there, though, the family is doing the right thing by addressing it.
Perhaps (and this is just one avenue of thought) since the family was always together and not alone with strangers, “the talk” about right and wrong touching hadn’t taken place. Their naivete may have led them to believe that since they were raising their children with strict christian values, this wasn’t something any of their children would even think about. Jim Bob and Michelle’s own apparent strong sexual desires obviously didn’t clue them in that any of their children might also be so inclined, which begins as curiosity. This curiosity is exactly what Josh acted on and obviously knew wasn’t right and wanted to repent for.
19 Kids and Counting is currently not in production, and TLC has pulled all reruns from the schedule indefinitely. As of today, TLC has not made a decision to cancel the show entirely but are said to be discussing a spin-off show centered around Jill and Jessa and their new families.
Jim Bob, Michelle, Jill, and Jessa all spoke with Megyn Kelly on a televised interview about this situation. Megyn showed little (if any) empathy and seemed (to me) to lean more towards further condemnation as she quickly moved from one question to the next in an apparent effort to get through a specific list within the allotted time. Jill Dillard and Jessa Seawald reportedly don’t remember the offenses and have forgiven their brother. They feel it’s in the past and has been dealt with.
People think this is relevant to the show because the show promotes christian family values. Hmmm. I think the family is known to have strong christian family values, but I don’t think the show is about promoting these values. The show is about their life. This incident and how they dealt with it is part of their life. This is reality TV.
I hope they have saved a lot of the money earned from the show, but I know the show is not their sole source of income. If the show is definitely cancelled and there are no spin-offs, they won’t be homeless.
Before throwing stones at me for the pieces of my thoughts expressed above, know that there are more thoughts in my head about the situation. Don’t assume I’ve taken sides or am speaking out strongly favoring one side or the other. I don’t want to sit here all day covering every tiny detail. The amount of research I’d need to do to get all of the facts would probably involve traveling to Arkansas. Ain’t nobody got time for that!