Josh Duggar’s Dad, Running For US Senate, Said Rape And Incest Should Be Punishable By Death


Josh Duggar's dad says rape and incest are capital crimes, punishable by death.

James Robert Duggar, better known as Jim Bob Duggar, the patriarch of the "19 Kids and Counting" clan, was an Arkansas State Rep. from 1999 to 2002. He then ran for the U.S. Senate, but lost in the Republican primary.

An archive of Duggar's 2002 campaign website, which Gawker just dug up, included rather powerful statements against issues like incest and rape, made probably just before the time Josh Duggar, according to police reports published by In Touch, sexually molested five girls, reportedly including family members.

"Jim Bob lost the Republican nomination for Senate to Arkansas' incumbent Senator Tim Hutchinson," Gawker notes. "His son Josh remained very much alive and went on to molest several underage girls including some of his sisters from 2002-2003."

Like many politicians, Duggar posted his position statements to his 2002 campaign website, in a Q&A format.

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"What is your abortion position, and specifically, where do you stand on rape, incest, and threat to the mother's health?," the website asks.

"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," Jim Bob Duggar said.

"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."

A capital crime is one that can result in the death penalty.

When faced with his own son's acts, Jim Bob Duggar consulted church elders, sent Josh to live with a family friend who remodeled houses, and reportedly enrolled him in a short stint of Christian counseling that had its own dubious issues, before notifying the authorities.

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