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  • Breaking: 'I Acted Inexcusably' – Josh Duggar Apologizes, Resigns From Family Research Council

    Amid an exploding media circus, Josh Duggar has apologized for his "inexcusable" actions as a teen, and resigned from the Family Research Council. Will "19 Kids and Counting" survive?

    Editor's note: see update at bottom.

    It's been a whirlwind.

    In Touch magazine just hours ago published a 33-page police report that reveals Josh Duggar, around the age of 14, sexually assaulted five girls, including family members, and allegedly admitted to at least one of the assaults.

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    Report: Josh Duggar Investigated For Molesting Five Girls, Including Family Members, As A Teen

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    These were repeated sexual molestations, some forcible, and went unreported for months or a year, according to In Touch, which also states some were felonies, although Duggar was never prosecuted.

    Moments ago, Josh Duggar gave a statement to PEOPLE magazine.

    "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends," Josh told PEOPLE in his statement. "I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life."

    According to In Touch, Duggar's mother admitted that despite family claims they sent their teen son Josh away for Christian counseling, instead he went to work for a summer with a family friend who builds houses.

    LOOK: Here's Josh Duggar Hanging With Half The GOP Presidential Candidate Field

    Duggar has also resigned as executive director of Family Research Council Action, the political arm of an anti-gay hate group.

    "When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes, and we were shocked," Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar told PEOPLE. "We had tried to teach him right from wrong. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before." 

    UPDATE: Family Research Council President Tony Perkins Responds To Josh Duggar News

    "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."

    UPDATE – 05.22.15 1:40 PM EDT:
    Breaking: TLC Pulls Duggars' '19 Kids And Counting' From Schedule

     

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    • commented 2015-05-24 17:08:46 -0400
      Nobody in his or her right mind would support child molestation no matter the political affiliation of the perpetrator. The gay rights activist in the link shared by AJ Ravinksy should face the consequences for his actions just as Josh Duggar should have faced the consequences for his actions.
      Here’s why the two situations are not comparable: The gay rights activist likely did not launch a campaign against the Duggars or their cult lifestyle that we know has the potential to harm children in several ways, one being the creation of an environment where sibling sexual abuse can occur and continue to occur. . On the other hand, the Duggars did launch a campaign against LGBT people on the false premise that the LGBT lifestyle hurts children. The gay rights activist did not have a forum on national television from which he promoted a wholesome and folksy image which hid his terrible crimes. The Duggars did just that.
      It is unlikely that the gay activist has a network of questionable people to whom he can rely on for a slap on the wrist (his legislator father), a stern talking to (form a law enforcement officer now serving a prison term for child porn), a pseudo counseling/remodeling retreat(family friend who remodels houses), or a clinic headed up by a man who has been accused of improper conduct by at least 30 women. The Duggars had all of that. It is interesting to note that they knew exactly who to go to in order to avoid any official action to be taken. Hmmmm…
      Given all of that, I still say a child molester should be dealt with according to the laws in their state no matter who they are, Most people who have similar political outlooks would most likely agree. So, your premise is weak and your comparison is weak. These two situations are not comparable.

    • commented 2015-05-24 13:40:39 -0400
      So a 14 year old teenager can’t commit rape? Is he doing the same thing an 18 year old adult could do? He RAPED AND MOLESTED the children and knew he was wrong. He hid it for years. Would not be surprised in the least if more victims come forward and that he’s of adult age when other or continued incidents took place. .Hopefully, justice is served for ALL the victims. God can forgive him. That doesn’t mean he’s cured which is highly unlikely! What’s sad is something somewhere went wrong for Josh at a young age. I hope he can figure it out and come to peace and move on hopefully without anymore victims.

    • commented 2015-05-24 11:16:29 -0400
      When the Left comes down as harshly and unrelentingly on these guys (see link) as they are doing with the Duggars, then I will believe they are sincere.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1178354/Gay-rights-campaigner-led-double-life-leader-paedophile-ring-carried-catalogue-child-abuse.html

    • commented 2015-05-23 09:34:30 -0400
      Correction to my last comment:

      “Love and empathy are nowhere to be found in the Duggars’ crusade against LGBT people who have done a bad thing to them.”

      should of course read:

      “Love and empathy are nowhere to be found in the Duggars’ crusade against LGBT people who have NOT done a bad thing to them.”

    • commented 2015-05-23 09:32:34 -0400
      LEAH ANDERSON

      I agree people can repent and that forgiveness should allow someone, especially a 14 year old child, who has done the wrong thing to turn their life around and stop offending, otherwise there would be no point in having a criminal justice system. I also agree that Duggar was himself legally a child when he committed these offences. I agree furthermore that the LGBT movement have leapt on his fall from grace with unbridled ferocity. Do you really not understand why?

      Before you answer, consider this: out of America’s 2.6 million homeless youth, over 40% are LGBT children kicked out of home from as young as 11yo by their religious parents. Over 60% of those contemplate suicide in their first year of homelessness, succeeding from the age of 11yo upwards at up to 14x the national average youth suicide rate. The Duggars are a prime example of this judgmental mindset that brainwashes gay kids into believing “God hates fags”, that they have no future in this life as an LGBT person unless they “pray away the gay” in Conversion Therapy indoctrination camps, which have been discredited as scientific fraud and arrant psychological child abuse and are now rightly being outlawed in state after state.

      Religion enjoys unparalleled power at taxpayers’ expense to legally inflict serious harm on LGBT youngsters, Now, who should come along but the overpopulating Duggars, a family that is the veritable embodiment of this evil ideology, blaring it directly into American homes via the manipulative power of television and social media, who represent that mindset that seeks to destroy the legitimacy and human dignity of LGBT people. Yet their behaviour is actually the opposite of what their religion demands: “do not judge others or you yourself will be judged”, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you you” and “love others as you love yourself”. Love and empathy are nowhere to be found in the Duggars’ crusade against LGBT people who have done a bad thing to them.

      I’m not at all surprised by depth of the manifestations of pent-up anger against the Duggar parents who have held themselves up as “goody two shoes” bastions of sanctimonious, self-righteous and self-important morality, when they fall so lamentably short of " standards" (e,g. “don’t be gay”) that they demand of others.

      Some of the public commentary is every bit as you described it. I don’t condone all of it, but the Duggars had it coming to them. I’m just sorry for their kids now, who will have no privacy and some of whom will almost certainly be gay themselves on the basis of statistical average at between 5-10%.

    • commented 2015-05-22 23:15:31 -0400
      R MC – get a grip man. Take a Prozac. You are so far off base

    • commented 2015-05-22 22:36:29 -0400
      Ms. Dubbeld, the FRC is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

    • commented 2015-05-22 19:05:00 -0400
      Josh, you committed a horrible offense. I truly believe that your remorse is sincere and genuine. I will always support this family simply because they are willing to tell the truth and admit their mistakes and their are people who won’t admit to far worse or even much less offenses. I am behind you and all Duggars

    • commented 2015-05-22 16:38:35 -0400
      The FRC IS a hate cult. Proven fact.

    • commented 2015-05-22 16:33:37 -0400
      His actions were horrible. The fact that his patents covered it up at the expense of some of their other children is worse. However, calling the Family Research Council a hate organization is over the top.

    • commented 2015-05-22 16:03:52 -0400
      Leah Anderson, I understand that it is comforting to try to find easy and simple solutions that would explain away this situation, especially if you identify with this family or “look up to” this family because you have similar beliefs. Child sexual abuse is not a simple mistake or isolated lapse in judgement. It is indicative of a larger more pervasive issue in that home. It is usually a response to a specific familial or parental dysfunction. If you read my response to the other person who attempts to minimize this family’s issues a little more carefully with the intent to understand and not with the intent to respond with simplistic platitudes, perhaps you might gain a little insight that is rooted in fact as opposed to belief. (My post is not at all about a comparison of my indiscretions/mistakes/moral failings to Josh Duggar’s sexual compulsions. It is not about expectations of perfect behavior. I have noticed that people who are defending the Duggars are all using the same terms, this accusation of expecting perfection being one of them even though there was nothing in my post to remotely suggest as much. I also notice that you completely disregard the facts about the “counseling” and the law enforcement officer friend who is a convicted child pornographer, as if ignoring the facts makes them not so.It is more than a little disturbing, I have to be honest.) I am simply trying to say that sexual abuse is not to be taken lightly, It is not a “mistake” as people have suggested. It is a strong indication that there are other serious problems within that home. These people are part of a cult. I hope that if you are in a similar situation that you seek help and freedom. .

    • commented 2015-05-22 11:12:34 -0400
      I don’t believe we in the gay community are happy this happened to them, it’s more so the fact that this family places judgement on the LGBT community for sins when this family can’t even keep their own sins at bay. If you’re going to place judgement onto others then maybe you should keep your own ducks in a row. I for one hope this opens their eyes and I truly hope tlc stops paying these horrible people and supporting their cult.

    • commented 2015-05-22 11:06:20 -0400
      “so unless you are without sin, you should probably not be casting stones.”

      Tell that to Josh Duggar and his family who make it their life’s work to cast stones at LGBT people and anybody else who are not their version of “Christian”.

    • commented 2015-05-22 11:03:10 -0400
      Kathy Kirkland, would you like to have the first 18 years of your life made public? Have you been perfect? I know I did things in my youth that would be criticized if they were made public. I too am thankful for forgiveness. The Duggar’s did report his actions to proper authorities and paid for all who were involved to receive counseling, including Josh. In addition he worked with a family friend. Hard labor is good for everyone. No one has lived a perfect life, except for Jesus, so unless you are without sin, you should probably not be casting stones.

    • commented 2015-05-22 10:49:57 -0400
      Mr. McCurry, from his statement, it is not clear that he has learned much. He talks about realizing that he would ruin his life with no mention of the victims. Sibling sexual abuse is much more than a mistake. This is not something to be diminished. It is indicative of a much larger problem. The Duggars are not a model family. In fact, their choices created an environment that was optimal for this type of abuse to occur. Their children are inadequately supervised, younger children are almost exclusively cared for by older children, females are devalued, the father is the unquestioned ultimate authority of the household, and so forth…all of these are indicators of abuse and there are more that I didn’t list. I am not saying that they deliberately set up their household to facilitate abuse, but their adherence to fundamentalist principals led to this dysfunctional environment. It is unlikely that this is the only abuse that has ever happened or is happening in that home. Also, they are members of a cult that subscribes to Dominionism, which is the belief that the United States must be turned into a Christian theocracy. Having multiple children to facilitate this objective is key to their belief system. People like you are taken in by their wholesome image and that is dangerous. These people should not be given a forum on a national cable channel. They are not role models. The father took the son to an officer who was a friend only after the statute of limitations had expired, protecting the son and not the victims. The son was allowed to stay in the home during this time, where the abuse continued to happen.. Curiously, this officer is now in jail for child pornography. They did not take the boy to counseling. They made him work for a friend and called it counseling. I highly doubt any counseling was provided for the victims. This is not what good parenting looks like. This is not what a father should have done.

    • commented 2015-05-22 10:28:32 -0400
      HEATHER MILLER THORPE

      Obviously no-one can agree with his actions but he was 14 at the time and so legally a child himself. There’s no way they’d imprison a 14 year old for anything, let alone that.

      I think Heather Shaw’s analysis below yours is a fair appraisal.

    • commented 2015-05-22 10:27:55 -0400
      Sorry but NOPE. Yeah he was 14yo when he did this. You know who else was in that age range when he and his hateful evil family (who are members of a hate cult that advocates persecution of LGBT people) accused them of potentially molesting other children? He and his hateful evil family accused openly gay boy scouts and girl scouts of being potential child molesters. He and his hateful evil family accused transgender children of being potential child molesters. Meanwhile, he and his hateful evil family are hiding the FACT that he himself molested girls younger than he was possibly even his own sisters. Then there is the FACT that the officer who investigated it in serving time for child pornography. People in glass houses should not throw stones. The hate-filled Heinrich Himmler wannabe didn’t learn shit. He went forward in his worthless life projecting his proclivities onto LGBT people, including LGBT children, who he deems “inferior”.

    • commented 2015-05-22 10:10:03 -0400
      His father turned him in, which would be extremely hard to do. Also this was a 14 year old kid. I’m sure all the hate on these post are from lgbt folks that are happy something like this happened. Christians are not perfect they make mistakes just like everyone else. Seems he has learnt from his mistake as a 14 year old. Stop hating. This family is a good family who have kids that will make plenty of mistakes. And again being Christian does not mean perfect so stop acting like they are supposed to go thru life as perfect. The father took this matter to police it was up to police to do whatever they felt needed to be done.so stop blMing the father, he did what he should have done ,bottom line.

    • commented 2015-05-22 09:44:25 -0400
      One down. 19 to go.

    • commented 2015-05-22 09:16:59 -0400
      He raped children. What’s wrong with you people who act as if this is no big deal? He knew it was wrong and continued to rape children. It doesn’t matter what age he was. Rape is rape. Stealing is stealing. By his actions he took from those girls or boys (for all we know) what they will never get back. He has given them mental anguish to deal with for the rest of their lives. He deserves nothing less than to be in prison. He’s a rapist. He can convert himself in prison with the rest of them. End of story.

    • commented 2015-05-22 08:01:43 -0400
      I don’t get people calling him a pedophile, he was a kid himself. 14 is NOT an adult. I don’t agree that it was right….oh hell no….but to call a child a pedophile?? Thats not right either. When a child is having sex with another child, its wrong….it isn’t the same however as an ADULT having sex with a child…that makes them a pedophile.
      I’m glad that he is resigning from his position with the church, and I sincerely hope that the people he hurt are able to openly get help now, to deal with the trauma of what happened. He needs help too.

      The Duggers have a strong faith, they have passed on those teachings to their children who spout off what they hear their parents say. Hopefully the children will grow up, and some day make their own choice regarding their beliefs. There is no way that in a family with 19 kids, there isn’t one or two…or more….who aren’t gay, lesbian, bi or tg. Gonna be interesting to see how that plays out, and how the family deals with finding out that their child is “an abomination in the eyes of the Lord.” I hope this family can realize that they are not as perfect as they wish to portray, and get off the cross….we need the wood.

    • commented 2015-05-22 00:36:54 -0400
      He is just looks sorry that he got caught again 12 years later…maybe the group he is with will send him to the same place the priest’s are sent to when they get caught a second time.
      So blame it on a State Trooper who went to jail on an unrelated crime for the Justice System not doing their job…
      Who else got a free out of jail card because of this Trooper…
      Did not he have a Supervisor who reviewed his work…
      Hello, no one in that Police Unit knew this guy had charges against him and his work was not going to be worked…
      Who runs this police system?
      Who is responsible and are they still there and is this stupid system fixed…HELL-O!!
      Does one guy make the system break down?
      Please!!
      Let’s hope they are retired or died or even in jail so that they will have another excuse why the system did not work here…a lucky break for him but the innocent victims that no one seemed to care about, but maybe 12 years later…

    • commented 2015-05-22 00:35:15 -0400
      He is just looks sorry that he got caught again 12 years later…maybe the group he is with will send him to the same place the priest’s are sent to when they get caught a second time.
      So blame it on a State Trooper who went to jail on an unrelated crime for the Justice System not doing their job…
      Who else got a free out of jail card because of this Trooper…
      Did not he have a Supervisor who reviewed his work…
      Hello, no one in that Police Unit knew this guy had charges against him and his work was not going to be worked…
      Who runs this police system?
      Who is responsible and are they still there and is this stupid system fixed…HELL-O!!
      Does one guy make the system break down?
      Please!!
      Let’s hope they are retired or died or even in jail so that they will have another excuse why the system did not work here…a lucky break for him but the innocent victims that no one seemed to care about, but maybe 12 years later…

    • commented 2015-05-21 23:31:54 -0400
      As a sexual assault survivor, I am deeply saddened by this unexpected revelation. What was done is sad and sickening. And inexcusable.
      However, the all-out assault on Christians is pretty ridiculous.

    • commented 2015-05-21 22:13:55 -0400
      Gina, this young homosexual was so confused as a child that he molested little girls to make his dad and mom proud of him. He didn’t know it was wrong because he was raised by immoral people whose faith in a false God has led them to believe in an immoral religion. Let’s hope their God exists and “God’s kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to” them since they believe in an evil God who would let their son rape little girls and get away with it without any consequences now or in the hereafter. Evil family who believes in an evil God who won’t punish them for their wrongdoing

    • commented 2015-05-21 22:06:32 -0400
      When someone says something like this I doubt he knows right from wrong, “I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.” If as an adult he can’t even acknowledge how his actions affected those he hurt but instead expresses how it would “end up ruining my life” then he hasn’t learned right from wrong yet.

      He has only learned how to fear punishment if he does things like this because he still considers his life and interests over others. He has yet to suffer any real consequences for his actions so I’m glad that he has resigned. The loss of his job now will be one consequence for the crimes he committed. Now that he is finally suffering some consequences for his actions he can learn right from wrong since his parents didn’t teach him

    • commented 2015-05-21 21:54:54 -0400
      I meant to say that it’s entirely possible Josh Duggar wasn’t even aware that he was allowed to date outside the family.

    • commented 2015-05-21 21:51:50 -0400
      Although, to be completely fair, (‘ve seen that family interviewed a few times. It’s entirely possible that Josh Duggar knew that he was allowed to date outside the family.

    • commented 2015-05-21 21:46:30 -0400
      I think that the loving, empathetic, compassionate of LGBT Americas should extend to the Duggars every ounce of compassion and support they have offered our community. Like Jesus said, “When you sin, go see your eye doctor.” (No, that wasn’t it. Oh yeah, it was “an eye for an eye.” We’re supposed to be to the Duggars what they are to us.

      That’s what Jesus would do.

    • commented 2015-05-21 21:45:31 -0400
      J Bernard, spot on

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