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Dan Savage Calls Out Duggar Clan's 'Staggering' Hypocrisy on Family Values in Wake of Molestation Allegations: VIDEO

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Dan Savage appeared on Chris Hayes' MSNBC show last night to discuss the unfolding drama surrounding reality TV's Duggar clan in the wake of allegations that Josh Duggar sexually abused five underage girls over a decade ago. 

Highlighting the family's long-standing anti-LGBT activism under the guise of protecting families, Savage pulled no punches:

"Particularly when religious conservatives want to talk about it, they want to point a finger at non-family. They want to point a finger at people that they define as the enemies of families or not from or having families of their own - LGBT people, particularly trans people increasingly with these anti-trans bathroom bills. And that is what the Duggars have dug in on is attacking trans people and opposing this LGBT civil rights bill in Fayetteville where they were out there arguing that the threat to little girls in Fayetteville were transwomen when they knew, when they were covering for someone who had demonstrated, at least at that age, was a threat to little girls himself.

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TLC Pulls '19 Kids and Counting,' Issues Statement in Wake of 'Heartbreaking' Molestation Allegations

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TLC has issued a statement on its decision to pull 19 Kids and Counting from its schedule in the wake of allegations that Josh Duggar sexually abused five underage girls over a decade ago. 

JoshduggarJosh, the eldest son of the Duggar clan featured on the show, resigned from his position as executive director of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council's lobbying arm yesterday, saying in a statement "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."

Wrote the network on its Facebook page:

Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air. We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.

Last November, a petition calling on TLC to cancel the show over the Duggars' "LGBT fear mongering" caught fire on the internet and amassed over 100,000 signatures. 


Mike Huckabee Stands By Duggar Clan in Wake of Molestation Allegations, Decries 'Bloodthirsty Media'

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Mike Huckabee is throwing his support behind reality TV's embattled Duggar clan in the wake of allegations that eldest son Josh Duggar sexually abused five underage girls over a decade ago. 

Josh Duggar resigned from his position as executive director of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council's lobbying arm yesterday, saying in a statement "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."

Wrote Huckabee on Facebook:

Janet and I want to affirm our support for the Duggar family. Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, 'inexcusable,' but that doesn’t mean 'unforgivable.' He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities. No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story. Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things. The reason that the law protects disclosure of many actions on the part of a minor is that the society has traditionally understood something that today’s blood-thirsty media does not understand—that being a minor means that one's judgement is not mature. No one needs to defend Josh’s actions as a teenager, but the fact that he confessed his sins to those he harmed, sought help, and has gone forward to live a responsible and circumspect life as an adult is testament to his family’s authenticity and humility. Those who have enjoyed revealing this long ago sins in order to discredit the Duggar family have actually revealed their own insensitive bloodthirst, for there was no consideration of the fact that the victims wanted this to be left in the past and ultimately a judge had the information on file destroyed—not to protect Josh, but the innocent victims. Janet and I love Jim Bob and Michelle and their entire family. They are no more perfect a family than any family, but their Christian witness is not marred in our eyes because following Christ is not a declaration of our perfection, but of HIS perfection. It is precisely because we are all sinners that we need His grace and His forgiveness. We have been blessed to receive God’s love and we would do no less than to extend our love and support for our friends. In fact, it is such times as this, when real friends show up and stand up. Today, Janet and I want to show up and stand up for our friends. Let others run from them. We will run to them with our support

In Touch, the tabloid that broke the story earlier this week, reported yesterday that Duggar patriarch Jim Bob waited more than a year after his son Josh confessed to sexually molesting several female minors before contacting police. 

The Washington Post notes Huckabee recently received the endorsement of the Duggar family in the 2016 presidential race. 

The Duggars are the stars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting and have been active opponents of LGBT rights. The network announced today it would pull the show from its schedule as a result of the controversy. 


Anti-gay FRC Hate Leader Josh Duggar Resigns, Issues Apology in Wake of Molestation Allegations

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Josh Duggar, the oldest son of reality TV's 19 Kids and Counting clan, has resigned from his position as executive director of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council's lobbying arm in the wake of allegations that he sexually abused five underage girls (some of whom may have been his sisters) over a decade ago.

"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, 27, told People magazine in a 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."

Josh's father Jim Bob, who was reportedly the one who brought his then 17-year-old son into the Arkansas State Police Station and spoke with a state trooper about Josh's inappropriate contact with a minor, has issued a statement alongside wife Michelle:

Duggar4"When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes, and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before. 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." 

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement regarding Josh's resignation:

"Today Josh Duggar made the decision to resign his position as a result of previously unknown information becoming public concerning events that occurred during his teenage years.

"Josh believes that the situation will make it difficult for him to be effective in his current work.  We believe this is the best decision for Josh and his family at this time.  We will be praying for everyone involved."

People adds that Josh continues to live with regret over his actions, saying:

"I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions," says Josh. "I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God's grace, mercy and redemption."


Anti-gay Activist Josh Duggar Allegedly Admitted to Sexually Abusing Sisters

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Update: Josh has resigned from his position at the Family Research Council as a result of the accusations. 

Yesterday, we reported Josh Duggar, the oldest son of reality TV's 19 Kids and Counting clan, was allegedly investigated for sexual abuse several years ago involving underage girls. Reports indicated that the allegations came from none other than Duggar patriarch Jim Bob, who brought his then 17-year-old son into the Arkansas State Police Station and spoke with a state trooper saying Josh was involved in inappropriate contact with a minor

Josh, who currently serves as executive director of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council's lobbying arm, was not charged because the state trooper involved in the allegations didn't follow up on the case (the trooper was later convicted on child pornography charges and is currently serving 56 years in prison.)

With more information coming in, TMZ says it has learned some of the girls Josh allegedly molested were his sisters:

According to the police report, Josh fondled the genitals and breasts of the girls, some of whom were sleeping, but sometimes they were interacting with him ... in one case reading a book.  

There was another reported incident 9 months later. According to the police report, the police were not immediately contacted. Instead, Jim  Bob, the dad, met with church elders and agreed Josh should be put in a treatment program.  The police report says Josh's mom, Michelle, said it wasn't really a treatment center ... they simply sent Josh to a guy who was remodeling a building to do manual labor.

NY Daily News adds:

Duggar1The family secret finally came out because of the discovery of a letter written by a family friend with knowledge of the incident. The letter was placed inside a book which was later loaned to a member of the Duggar family’s church.

In 2006, the Duggar family was scheduled to appear on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show. Prior to their appearance, an email was sent to Harpo Studios to alert them of the alleged sexual abuse.

The studio then faxed the letter to the Department of Human Services hotline, which led to the Springfield police opening an investigation. But this probe came to an end because the three-year statute of limitations had expired.

According to TMZ's account of the police report, one of the Duggar family members told investigators "this entire incident had brought the family closer to God." 

The 27-year-old is married with three children. 

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Anti-Gay Activist Josh Duggar Was Investigated For Child Molestation In 2005

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Prominent anti-gay reality TV star Michelle Duggar may soon find herself embroiled in a family scandal after reports surfaced that her son Josh Duggar, an anti-gay activist in his own right, was investigated for child sexual abuse several years ago reports NewNowNext.com. Surprisingly, the allegations of sexual abuse come from none other than Duggar patriarch Jim Bob himself who claims he saw his son, 17 at the time, leaving a young girl's bedroom in 2005 and learned that "something inappropriate happened." 

A source that spoke with InTouch claimed that a police report confirmed Jim Bob brought his son into the Arkansas State Police Station and spoke with a state trooper saying his son was involved in inappropriate contact with a minor. However, the state trooper didn't follow up on Jim Bob's statement; the trooper himself was later convicted on child pornography charges and is currently serving 56 years in prison.

The Arkansas State Police finally brought the case to the Crimes Against Children Division and Springdale Police Department three years after the alleged incident however, the statute of limitations ran out on the case, preventing Duggar from being further investigated.

Ironically Josh, now 27, is the executive director of FRCAction, the lobbying component of the fiercely anti-gay Family Research Council that routinely accuses LGBT people of child molestation.

(Photo via Instagram)


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