When the public discovered that conservative reality television star Josh Duggar had molested five underage girls—including four of his own sisters—his family used every excuse in the book to attempt to absolve Duggar of his guilt.
Duggar offered mild platitudes of apology. His sisters Jill and Jessa suggested that they were victimized more by the media coverage than by the sexual abuse they’d suffered at Duggar’s hands.
But even after detail after sordid detail of Duggar’s crimes—and the way his family handled them—became public, Duggar still kept some supporters who shared his purported views on family, religion, and politics.
Duggar was, after all, the executive director of the conservative lobbying group, the Family Research Council, which champions “marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society.”
It shouldn’t surprise us that Josh Duggar, in addition to being a child molester, is also an adulterer. As revelations come, this one’s rather anticlimactic. But in light of the aforementioned slogan, Duggar’s hypocrisy is flagrant enough that it begs comment.
A number of people’s indiscretions have been exposed in the wake of the Ashley Madison server hack, but Duggar’s case is especially striking: he had not one but two paid accounts. One was connected to his Arkansas residence, and the other to his home in Maryland where he spent much of his time lobbying against same-sex marriage. Because gay people loving each other is the real perversion.
Duggar has since publically admitted to being unfaithful to his wife.
“The last few years, while publicly stating I was fighting against immorality in our country, I was hiding my own personal failings.”
Note: A breach of privacy is a terrible thing, and one might argue that even adulterers are entitled to protection from the public eye. Certainly the victims of their adultery—their spouses, children, and family—deserve to be able to cope in private. So we don't relish in sharing these newest revelations about Josh Duggar's various hypocrisies.
But because Duggar's ultra-conservative views on marriage, homosexuality (e.g. "gay people are a threat to our children"), and gender roles have hurt the wider public, we feel that his actions are no longer his business alone.