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How many times can one person be forgiven? When he was a teen, he sought forgiveness for molesting his sisters. Now he is caught again and this scandal directly affects his wife as well as his children. Something is wrong in the Duggar households. Josh Duggar is a product of homeschooling and real-life ignorance.
There is something to be said about teaching children the value of their bodies. It is not wrong to teach abstinence. However, using religion as an excuse to misinform children about healthy sexual roles between consenting adults leads to unhealthy situations. Duggar is a prime example of this. When something is taboo, mostly due to lack of teaching, a child, and in this case, an adult, lacks the morality to make sound decisions.
Upon reading the police reports about the teen’s molestation of his sisters, there was a disturbing reoccurrence of incorrect terms used for a person’s body parts. For example, when referring to a woman’s outer anatomy the term used was for the inner part. The reference to a man’s sex organ was grossly misstated. The children interviewed told the inspector it was improper to touch a person between their neck and their knees. They said they knew to say no to unwanted touching.
The elder Duggars brag about one of their daughters getting married to a man she never even kissed. They also do not allow their daughters to wear skirts that do not fall below the knee. Showing the thigh is shameful because of its nakedness. The girls also do not go swimming for the same reason. The flesh of a woman’s body is more sinful than that of a man’s.
The Evangelical Christians homeschool their children to keep them from the worldly thoughts and ideas. According to recent articles, the Republican candidates are courting families who homeschool. Likewise, the families want Republicans in office because the politicians spout the same dogma.
How does this tie back to Duggar? He is once again the subject of a scandal. His admission of his pornography addiction and unfaithfulness to his wife link back to inadequate teaching of values. Duggar is a product of close-minded homeschooling and as a result he exhibits real life ignorance. He was taught to hate gays, abortion, and liberal thinkers. Since his family was basically for sale, he was not taught the value of fidelity. Even his molestation was brushed under the rug.
USA Today writes, Twitter majorly mocks Duggar. One of the tweets reads, “No matter what you’re going through, you’re still having a better year than Josh Duggar.” There were so many more, not so nice tweets. Another has a photo of a cat with 3D glasses on holding a soft drink cup and popcorn. The words in the tweet say, “This just keeps getting better and better.”
One of the tweets mentioned his wife and how it must be difficult for her, especially with four children; one just a month old. While agreeing with this tweet, his wife could have foreseen this or something like this. When they were dating, Duggar told his wife about the molestations. The simple fact is, the old adage is correct, a leopard does not change his spots.
Should an adulterer be trusted to change his ways? A good Christian would forgive. A smart Christian would also be prepared for more lies, secrets, and half-truths.
Had the matriarch and patriarch of the massive clan taken the molestation seriously and truly put their eldest son in a program he might have learned a different lesson. Dad told the police his son was in a rehabilitation program with manual labor and teaching. Mom told the police the son “kind of went to a place” to help construct a building.
The lesson he learned was it is okay to be bad as long as you apologize. As a result of real-life ignorance, the product of homeschooling and lack of sex education has made Duggar’s life a disaster. This is a reflection of the family’s choices. Perhaps, they will learn something from this and teach the younger children more about the real world.
Opinion By Cathy Milne
Edited By Leigh Haugh
Arkansas Times–Magazine Obtains Police Report Over Josh Duggar Sexual Molestation: He Admits His Past Mistakes, Resigns From Family Council Job
USA Today–Josh Duggar Admits to Ashley Madison Account
USA Today–Twitter Mocks Duggar
The Atlantic–All Unhappy Families: The Downfall of the Duggars
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