Saturday, May 23, 2015

Huckabee Backs Duggars

In the wake of the the controversy regarding inappropriate actions committed by Josh Duggar as a young teenager and TLC's decision to pull 19 Kids and Counting for the foreseeable future, public figures are rising up to stand by the Duggars.

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee published a heart-felt Facebook post explaining why he and his wife, Janet, still support the Duggars.

"Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, 'inexcusable,' but that doesn’t mean 'unforgivable,'" writes Huckabee. "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."

"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," continues Huckabee. "Janet and I love Jim Bob and Michelle and their entire family.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."

Read the full statement on Huckabee's Facebook page

TLC Pulls "19 Kids and Counting"


It is with heavy hearts that we share this message from TLC, released this afternoon:

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.

The season finale of 19 Kids and Counting aired on Tuesday, May 19th. TLC has not announced plans to officially cancel the show but has pulled the show for the foreseeable future.

We will keep you updated and will continue blogging about the Duggars. Please keep the family in your prayers during this difficult time, and be sure to show your support for them. As fans and viewers of the show, your voices matter.

Duggar #15 Turns 11

Wishing Jackson a happy 11th birthday!


Friday, May 22, 2015

Josh's Resignation from FRC

Due to the nature of this incident and the misrepresentation of information that is likely to occur, we encourage you to exercise caution when reading about the allegations against Josh Duggar on other websites.

Please keep the Duggar family in your prayers during this time. Based on more than 200 episodes of the Duggars' reality TV show, the positive impact the family has made on millions of people across the globe, and the statements that PEOPLE released last night (see our previous blog post), as well as our own personal interactions with the family, it is clear that Josh Duggar sought forgiveness and guidance years ago and is now following God.

News about the incidents involving Josh, which occurred 12 years ago, was communicated to the public by a media outlet, who had obtained police reports from the Springdale Police Department, this week. When other news organizations requested the same reports, the Springdale Police Department stated that the records had since been expunged. Because of the nature of the incident, the reports should not have been released by the Springdale Police Department.

In his resignation letter to Family Research Council, Josh Duggar expressed deep regret that recent media reports about a dark time during his young teenage years have brought negative attention to the organization.
 
FRC Action's mission to fortify the traditional foundations of civil society is more important now than ever before, and I'm heartbroken that any attention has been diverted from these noble causes to my wrong actions as a young teenager. I am so thankful for God's grace, forgiveness and redemptive heart that allowed me to transform into a man of faith and testimony. In good faith I cannot allow Family Research Council to be impacted by mistakes I made as a teenager, so I am resigning as Executive Director of FRC Action. 


Josh also requested prayer for himself and Anna as they seek to "discover the next chapter of [their] lives." (More on PEOPLE.com)


Photo courtesy of duggarfamily.com

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Duggars Respond to Accusations Against Josh

Josh Duggar resigned from his position at the Family Research Council following accusations that he molested five underage girls as a teenager.

Josh, his wife, and his parents released statements via PEOPLE.com this evening.

"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 told PEOPLE. "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."

Jim Bob and Michelle told PEOPLE that this incident, which occurred 12 years ago, was a dark time for their family. They were shocked by their son's behavior, but they lovingly came alongside him to help him through it. The Duggars say they grew closer to God through this ordeal.

"We pray that as people watch our lives, they see that we are not a perfect family," Jim Bob and Michelle told PEOPLE. "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."

When this incident occurred, Josh's family members responded with grace and forgiveness. They have chose to stand by him because they know he deeply regrets his actions and that he is now following after God.

Josh confessed his mistakes to Anna and her parents two years before proposing. Anna says she was "surprised at his openness and humility."

[I know] who Josh really is – someone who had gone down a wrong path and had humbled himself before God and those whom he had offended," said Anna. "Someone who had received the help needed to change the direction of his life and do what is right."

Josh says he "would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions." As a teenager, he sought forgiveness from the people he had wronged and from God. "In my life today, I am so very thankful for God's grace, mercy, and redemption," said Josh. 

More on PEOPLE.com

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins released a statement following Josh's resignation:

"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."