Josh Duggar’s parents say he has checked into rehab, but there’s a very good chance it’s Christian based and “not a medical facility,” which means the Duggars think Jesus can heal Josh’s problems.
When news broke that Josh Duggar had sexually molested five young girls, includingÂ his sisters, when he was a teenager, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar insisted they did all they could for him, including sending him to counseling. That counseling reportedly included a summer of hard labor, and some reports stated Josh was sent to a family friend who was a home remodeler.
Last week, Josh admitted to cheating on his wife, amid reports he had two paid Ashley Madison accounts, and rumors he had a Facebook page set up to communicate with strippers, and an OkCupid dating site account.
InÂ his apology last week, Josh Duggar stated,Â “I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.”
“The last few years, while publicly stating I was fighting against immorality in our county, in my heart I had allowed Satan to build a fortress that no one knew about.”
Now, the Duggars this week say Josh has entered rehab. But given their following of Quiverfull practices and their extreme Christian beliefs, chances are good that Josh’s “rehab” is Christ-based, not medical-based.Â
Gawker has published several reports stating that Josh Duggar has likely checked into “the Christian-based,Â North Love Baptist Church-affiliatedÂ Reformers UnanimousÂ recovery center. A place thatâ€™s little more than a glorified, bible-based labor camp.”
Reformers Unanimous is headed by Dr. Paul Kingsbury who “was raised in a Christian home and came to know the Lord Jesus as his personal Savior at five years of age. At sixteen he surrendered to serve Christ with his life under the preaching ministry of Dr. Jack Hyles of Hammond, Indiana. He began preaching in jails, nursing homes and rescue missions. He attended Maranatha Baptist Bible College and graduated from Hyles-Anderson College in 1976.”
Hyles-Anderson College is an unaccredited Independent Baptist college that trains ministers, not M.D.s.
In fact,Â Reformers Unanimous states it is a “School of Discipleship” and a “ministry,” not a medical rehab center.Â
The schedule shows all those who go to the Christian facility have to get up at 4:30 AM, spend several hours daily in prayer or Bible study, workÂ â€“ for freeÂ â€“ at least eight hours a day, and have practically zero free time.
Its applicationÂ (below) states, “if you are serious about changing your life for the glory of God and willing to learn to let God do the work, we can help you. Remember this, the only permanent change is character change; and character change takes discipline, determination, and the wonderful grace of God. We will introduce you to all three while in our homes.”
The application also includes these forms:
The chances of Josh Duggar being cured or equipped to deal with his addiction, whatever they may be, seem to be slim.
“The most troubling part in all this, though, is that what Josh would be doing during his six months away isnâ€™t likely to contribute to the sort of addiction recovery heâ€™s ostensibly looking forâ€”just like the last time he entered this sort of program,” Gawker writes. “Despite the apparent lack of results, his family continues to pay to send him to uncredentialed work facilities, with the hopes that maybe this time something will stick. The problem isâ€”at least from what these forms tell usâ€”is that the only thing Josh could possibly walk away with is a strengthened sense of self-loathing and a few more memorized bible verses.”
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Trump Could Face 20 Years Behind Bars for ‘Serious Felonies’ at Mar-a-Lago: Legal Analyst
A legal analyst for ABC News pointed out that former President Donald Trump is potentially facing 20 years in prison for “serious felonies” after the search of his Mar-a-Lago home.
Dan Abrams told ABC host Jonathan Karl that the Department of Justice could indict Trump for multiple crimes after finding classified documents during the search.
“They’re very serious,” Abrams said of the charges. “And the one that’s being talked about most is this espionage act because it has the word espionage in it. But the truth is that when it comes to potential criminal sentences, the obstruction of justice statute is the one with the most potential prison time.”
“There you’re talking about up to 20 years behind bars,” he added. “So these are not sort of minor crimes we’re talking about here. We’re talking about the potential for serious felonies with regard to all three of the crimes being investigated.”
But Abrams threw cold water on the idea that a Trump prosecution would be easy.
“The fundamental question is going to be intentionality,” he opined. “How much do they believe that they did this on purpose? Were they intentionally ignoring subpoenas? Were they literally destroying documents?”
Watch the video below from ABC.
.@danabrams breaks down what unsealed search warrant papers for former Pres. Trump’s estate suggest about federal investigation.
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Republican lawmakers are reportedly at an impasse on whether or not they should be defending former President Donald Trump amid his latest flurry of legal woes. The party is also facing challenges with navigating some lawmakers’ critical assessments of law enforcement over the Trump investigation.
A new analysis is breaking down Republicans’ seemingly flawed response and how it underscores the cracks in the political party’s foundation.
According to Axios, the analysis comes shortly after documents released on Friday, August 12, offered details about the search which reportedly involved “highly classified materials believed stored in violation of the law at the ex-president’s private residence.”
Prior to the release of those documents, Republicans serving on the House Intelligence Committee participated in a press conference where they continued to criticize the investigation, describing it as being politically motivated.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) scrutinized the investigation deeming it a “complete abuse” of authority as she suggested it was being conducted because the former president is considered to be “Joe Biden’s most likeliest political opponent in 2024.”
However, some Republicans on the committee have offered a more leveled approach to the situation. Per The New York Times, “Trump allies have told top Republicans to tone down their criticism of the Justice Department ‘because it is possible that more damaging information related to the search will become public.'”
“It’s incumbent upon everybody to act in a way that’s becoming of the office they hold,” said Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), a former FBI agent, “And that’s not casting judgment on anything until you know all the facts.”
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Image: Elise Stefanik with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago via Facebook
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Again, according to reports, that too is false. DOJ issued a subpoena after the National Archives tried to get all the documents back and Trump still did not comply.
“They could have had it anytime they wanted—and that includes LONG ago,” he continues in a separate post on Truth Social. “ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS ASK.”
Again, multiple reports say they did, numerous times.
None of his responses explain why he had at Mar-a-Lago what we now know were at least 35 cartons – 20 retrieved on Monday and 15 earlier this year – of items including confidential, classified, and top secret documents that were required by law to have been handed over to the National Archives.
“The bigger problem is,” Trump says, “what are they going to do with the 33 million pages of documents, many of which are classified, that President Obama took to Chicago?”
That is also false.
The National Archives on Friday issued a statement after Trump repeatedly spread the false claim that former President Barack Obama had 33 million documents in his possession.
“President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, much of them classified. How many of them pertained to nuclear? Word is, lots!” was one of Trump’s false attacks on his Truth Social site.
“The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) assumed exclusive legal and physical custody of Obama Presidential records when President Barack Obama left office in 2017, in accordance with the Presidential Records Act (PRA),” the Archives said in a statement posted to its website Friday.
“NARA moved approximately 30 million pages of unclassified records to a NARA facility in the Chicago area where they are maintained exclusively by NARA,” the Archives added. “Additionally, NARA maintains the classified Obama Presidential records in a NARA facility in the Washington, DC, area. As required by the PRA, former President Obama has no control over where and how NARA stores the Presidential records of his Administration.”
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