TV reality show featuring Christian extremists isÂ filming a reboot after son’s teenaged sex scandal, marital infidelities drove family off the air.
The only thing America’s Christian extremists love more than a devout Christian conservative is one who has fallen from grace but claims to have been forgiven by God.Â
Six months ago TLC canceled “19 Kids and Counting” after realizing eldest son Josh Duggar’s admission of sexually abusing several young girls when he was a teen, including some of his own sisters, was just too toxic for the show to continue. His later admission of being “addicted” to pornography and having affairs seemed to seal the decision permanently. Duggar also was forced to quit his job at the anti-gay hate group, Family Research Council Action where he served as its executive director despite having little previous work experience, sans a job at the family’s used car lot.Â
It was also revealed that Duggar had two paid accounts at AshleyMadison, the extramarital dating site, and was accused of hiring prostitutes and having rough sex with them.
Not exactly a “family show” by the religious right’s standards.
But now TLC is bringing “19 Kids And Counting” back.
“Fans of the TLC series ’19 Kids and Counting’ will be happy to know that the series will be back for another run,” the Christian Post reports.
American Family Association’s former spokesperson and present-day radio host, the virulently anti-gay Bryan Fischer, tweeted the news:
For fans of the Duggar family, “19 Kids and Counting” is coming back to TLC. https://t.co/rR5i5sMId6
â€” Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) January 28, 2016
“The Duggar family, without a doubt, is filming a new television series, which is being heralded as aÂ 19 Kids And CountingÂ reboot,” theÂ InquisitrÂ notes, citing theÂ “unmitigated success ofÂ Jill & Jessa: Counting On, a mini-series that followedÂ Jill and Jessa Duggar in the aftermathÂ of the Josh Duggar scandals.”
“Josh Duggar might be returning to television as TLC gears up for a new reality series about the Duggar family â€” this time, the series is rumored to follow Jana Duggar,” the InquisitrÂ adds. “At the age of 26, Jana is a bit behind her younger siblings in the marriage and babies department, and the series is said to focus on the singletonâ€™s dating (ahem, courtship) and love life.”
The religious right may be pleased, but not everyone is thrilled.
“Itâ€™s apparent that TLC is uninterested in the Duggar familyâ€™s vicious crusade of lies against LGBT Americans,” blogger Joe.My.God. observes.
On Twitter, more reactions:
â€” Lauren (@ljohnson2006) January 28, 2016
â€” CS (@CSBBB) February 1, 2016
â€” Marguerite (@margcellent) February 2, 2016
@TLC are you seriously bringing back “19 Kids and Counting?” A show about a disgusting,anti-equality, molestation aiding and abetting family
â€” BikerBecca (@BikerBecca) February 2, 2016
â€” Lu Who (@LuWho2You) February 2, 2016
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Christian Right Facing ‘Credibility’ Issues — Just as They Try to Force Their Will on Everyone Else: Analyst
On Tuesday, writing for MSNBC’s ReidOutBlog, Ja’han Jones outlined how the Christian Right is facing renewed moral scrutiny and a crisis of “credibility” — at exactly the moment they have captured the Supreme Court and have begun striking down rights and protections they have long declared to be counter to moral society.
Specifically, he argued, the latest rash of sex abuse allegations against conservative Christian institutions puts their moral authority on the line.
The Catholic Church has long faced criticism for overlooking and shielding priests accused of molesting children — but now, noted Jones, other denominations are coming under scrutiny for similar alleged misconduct.
“First, there’s the scandal still unfolding at Agapè Boarding School, a Christian facility for young men in Missouri that’s facing a slew of child abuse allegations. Agapè pitches guardians on its ability to ‘biblically teach your child the importance of submission to authority and the joys of being an obedient law-abiding citizen,'” wrote Jones. “The Missouri State Highway Patrol has been investigating Agapè for systemic child abuse for more than a year now. On Monday, The Daily Beast reported new details about several students who have filed lawsuits alleging they were sexually abused and beaten by workers at the school.”
“That alleged culture of abuse sounds similar to the one victims say was fostered by the Southern Baptist Convention, an ultraconservative denomination of Christian nationalists,” wrote Jones. “In May, church leaders released a report showing hundreds of pastors and church workers have been accused of sexual abuse. The SBC, which is in ideological lockstep with the conservative movement, has since released the names of pastors it says were accused between 2000 and 2019. When the news dropped, SBC President Ed Litton said in a statement there ‘are not adequate words to express my sorrow at the things revealed in this report,’ and that Southern Baptists ‘must resolve to change our culture and implement desperately needed reforms.'”
All of this, he noted, comes as many right-wing Christian organizations are claiming that their hate speech and discrimination against LGBTQ people is in the name of “defending children.” And this is “an impossible sell when the worlds they operate appear even more broken than the one they want to ‘fix.'”
You can read more here.
Highland Park Shooting Deaths Include Both Parents of Two Year Old Found at Scene of July 4th Massacre
On Twitter Sunday afternoon in the aftermath of the July 4th Highland Park mass shooting a photo of a young boy appeared in several tweets. He was described as lost, good samaritans assumed he had become separated from his parents in the mayhem of the massacre, and people were trying to reunite him with his family.
CBS Chicago reporter Marissa Parra now reveals the boy’s name is Aiden, but he won’t be reunited with his parents: both were shot dead by the Highland Park gunman.
Remember this little boy found wandering alone after #HighlandPark parade? We’ve just found out why… both his parents were killed💔
A fundraiser has been started for Irina and Kevin McCarthy’s 2-yo son Aiden as he grows up without them
— Marissa Parra (@MarParNews) July 5, 2022
“Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, were among the seven people [who] were killed during the mass shooting,” CBS Chicago reports.
“We took him to safety under tragic circumstances, came together to locate his grandparents, and prayed for the safety of his family,” reads the story on a GoFundMe page hoping to raise money for Aiden.
“Sadly, I need to share his name…Aiden McCarthy. And he needs more of our help,” it adds. “At two years old, Aiden is left in the unthinkable position; to grow up without his parents,” it adds. “Aiden will be cared for by his loving grandparents, Misha and Nina Levberg, and he will have a long road ahead to heal, find stability, and ultimately navigate life as an orphan. He is surrounded by a community of friends and extended family that will embrace him with love, and any means available to ensure he has everything he needs as he grows.”
About $475,000 has quickly been raised with more than 7600 people contributing. The top donation is $5000.
‘Invasion’: Texas Lt. Gov. Likens Border Crossings to Attack on Pearl Harbor – ‘These People Are a Danger to America’
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, a far-right Republican, is comparing migrants crossing the border into Texas to Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that killed 2335 people. He is calling it an “invasion” and says that gives the state the right to “put hands on people.”
Patrick, who because of Texas’ unique structure is more powerful than the governor, told Fox News on Tuesday, “we are being invaded, and if we’re being invaded under the constitution I think that gives us the power to put hands on people and send them back. Put hands on people and send them back,” he said repeatedly.
“These people are a danger to America,” Patrick said in a rant. It was unclear if he was referring to migrants or President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
The Lt. Governor, who has hawked the racist “great replacement theory” repeatedly, and used the term “invasion” repeatedly, told Fox News that Texas is now spending $4 billion annually on the border, while Texas National Guardsmen and Texas Rangers complain of being called up to serve, having to abandon their regular jobs, for no apparent reason.
“This is the biggest danger we have, to your family,” Patrick says of the fentanyl crossing the border. “It’s all on Biden,” he claimed.
Last week Texas Governor Greg Abbott drew extensive criticism for using the deaths of more than 50 migrants packed into an 18-wheel tractor-trailer as a political opportunity to attack President Biden. Even some conservatives attacked Abbott for his inhumane remarks..
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick repeatedly says the state’s declaration of an “invasion” of migrants means they can “put hands on people and send them back.”
He then says “we’re being attacked just like we were on Pearl Harbor.” pic.twitter.com/kmcPakR43Z
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 5, 2022
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