Jeremy used to love the Duggar family. He would watch episodes of “16 and Counting” and beg me to get the ingredients for “tater tot casserole”. He was fascinated by their family life, their love of music, their chores, their devotion to God. He watched them pack the converted campervan to go on holiday, he was fascinated by the volume of pickles, washing, musical instruments the family needed to get by. He was a fan.
Sadly, the Duggar family were never a fan of Jeremy’s. Last year Michelle Duggar spoke out against anti LGBTIQ ordinance in nearby Fayetteville. She said that the ordinance “would allow men – yes, I said men – to use women’s and girls’ restrooms, locker rooms, showers, sleeping areas and other areas that are designated for females only” and stated, “Males with past child predator convictions [could] claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls. I doubt that Fayetteville parents would stand for a law that would endanger their daughters or allow them to be traumatized by a man joining them in their private space.”
May those words haunt her, as at the time she was fully aware that her own son has traumatised a number of girls. Her view has seen a crumbling media profile implode as parents of transgender children, the wider LGBTIQ community and frankly most sane people felt uncomfortable with the family’s extreme right wing views.
In 2002, when he was in his early teens, Michelle’s eldest son Josh sexually assaulted a number of younger females. That it has taken 13 years for the news to be made public exposes shocking layers upon layers of lies, ineffective action and cover up by the Duggar family and those connected to them. There has been no mention of what support was provided to his small victims. The public comments from his supporters are vile in their ignorance of both the law and God’s love.
The Duggar family are fundamentalist Christians, adherents to the Quiverfull movement. Quiverfull members see procreation and children as a blessing from God, eschewing all forms of birth control including natural family planning and sterilization. Women are seen as subservient to their husbands, their positions are home makers, educators and bearers of children.
Is this why the Duggar family are so complacent in hiding and excusing the hideous behaviour of their eldest child because he is male? Do they believe that somehow he has a right to take what he wants from females?
I am heartsick for the precious wee girl children he touched inappropriately. They are victims in this scenario and are hidden from view.
May their faces be shining in the sun now that their story is being told.