Monday, May 25, 2015

Matt Walsh Supports the Duggars

Professional blogger Matt Walsh revealed d his thoughts on the recent controversy surrounding the Duggars on The Blaze. Although he watches the show with his wife, Walsh is not a fan of 19 Kids and Counting, but he does admire the family.

"They are living by their convictions, in defiance of cultural trends, and clearly bestowing a strong faith in all of their children," writes Walsh. "That faith hasn’t...made any of them perfect saints, but it seems genuine."

Josh has been called a hypocrite by many media networks and individuals, but Walsh explains why he does not agree with that accusation.

"A Christian failing to live up to his faith does not make him a hypocrite," says Walsh. "It makes him cowardly, perhaps. It makes him selfish. It makes him flawed. It makes him sinful. It makes him any number of things, but not necessarily a hypocrite. A hypocrite is an insincere person who misrepresents his own beliefs."

"I’m not diminishing Josh Duggar’s infractions," continues Walsh. "As I said, he did something very bad. But Christians commit major sins sometimes, which is the whole reason why Jesus died on the cross."

Walsh also puts himself in Jim Bob and Michelle's shoes and admits that if his son made the same mistakes as Josh, he might not "immediately run to the cops."

"Would you?" Walsh asks his readers. "Is it really that simple? The decision to have your child arrested as a sex offender would be an automatic thing for you? Really?"

"..It appears that Josh’s parents attempted to address the situation within their family before going to the church, and then eventually to a law enforcement officer," says Walsh. "As a parent, you have to think whether your 14 year old son deserves to have his life ruined over his mistakes. Maybe you’d decide that he does. I can’t say I’d agree."

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    1. Amen!!! I support the Duggars 100%, who hasn't had his faith tested. They are trying to teach their children humility and forgiveness. I think they has done well.

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    2. Amen. Love the Duggers. Hope they can come back on air

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    3. Interesting point of view.

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    4. As a Christian, it is truly alarming to me the amount of people defending this situation. God does forgive but the bible and our judicial system says that he is to be held accountable. His parents conveniently didn't report it till the statute of limitations ran out. They took away his accountability at the expense of all their children. Neither he nor his victims received any professional counseling. Being forgiven doesn't mean that you aren't accountable. If that were the case, why have a court of law?

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  2. I support the Duggars 100%. Isn't that what Jesus died on the cross for? Praying for you Duggar family. I really hope the your show comes back soon. It's still my favorite show.

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  3. Thank you for posting this. Everyone is quick too judge Josh but no one really steps back and think what if that were my son. I'm glad someone outside the Duggar realm said something. Tell me which skeletons in your closet do you want the world to see?

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    1. yes... but what if it were your daughter? what about being in her shoes?

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    2. Those girls are being molested by the media, being forced to relive it all.

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    3. The girls are being hurt more now as the media runs their lives through the masses.

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    4. Media? They don't watch TV. I doynbt they know how big their story actually is

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    5. Exactly, what about the girls ?

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    6. They don't live on an island, they all have cell phones, friends and instagram accounts. They know.

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    7. Seriously? They may not have a television but they have instagram accounts. Amd every single post any of them has on IG has been totally overrun by this mess. I say it's none of our freaking business and those girls have a right to their privacy when it comes to this.

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    8. How ever did this was not trying to help no one but the media. Now the girls are reliving this, as someone who was abused when I was 8, I honestly believe josh got forgiveness from the ones he wrong and everyone else needs to get off their high horse. It didn't happen to you personally, the ones that it happened to has put it behind them and he sought forgiveness. That right there says a whole lot about josh, and the fact he has took responsibility for his actions.

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  4. Totally right on!

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  5. I agree also. This is what I have been saying all along

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  6. I totally agree with you. We all sin differently.

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  7. This is wonderful. I agree. Being a Christian does not make you perfect. We Christians are imperfect, saved by a perfect God. Most dates at that age someone could be charged with the same charges. The Duggars have done a wonderful job raising their children. If in 19 children you had one that did something wrong, I think they are doing really well.

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    1. I'm not even religious, but AMEN to this!

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    2. Im not even a Christian, but Amen to this!

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  8. My thoughts exactly! Its so hard watching a family go through then when it happened to me as a child. I dont condone my brother for what he did to me. But i still love him and forgive him. Teenagers hormones are crazy especially teen boys sometimes they act without thinking and just act on hormones. My brother and i went through rough patches but he is still my brother and im proud of who he became today. I see their are people out there saying they would never let josh watch their kids or things like that. I however would allow my brother or even josh to watch my kids because i know they have grown up and they have been forgiven for their sins from god and from me. God bless duggar family. My family and many others are behind you!

    Mandi Spanier

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    1. Good for you. Life goes on! God bless!

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    2. Same happened to me and I agree with you. I believe it happens more then one thinks. I feel people are using this more to bash Christians then the Duggars.

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  9. I wholeheartedly agree. Why ? I've been in their shoes, more or less. I offered to call the police, but the offended party declined. Counseling was completed by all parties. It was NEVER swept under the rug, and family and friends watched with caution. It was, and in many ways, continues to be a sadness that crosses my mind, and I'm sure others'. Human nature is flawed, to put it mildly, but God forgives limitlessly and often the young offender is restored. In our case, the offended parties appear to be thriving, thank God. I'm not sure what else the legal system could have added.

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  10. I agree with you. Josh did admit his bad deed. They did do things to admit and council him and his victims. I feel that many online posters are saying things way beyond what actually happened. Putting this out to the media has now ruined his ability to work and be in the public, brought bad memories/shame to the victims and undue ridicule to a family that has tried their best to live their faith. All involved were minors and this should not have been released. I feel Josh did a terrible shameful thing but has tried to live the past 12 or 14 years honestly and learned from his mistake. If his victims can forgive him that is what counts. I for one would continue to watch & support their show.

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    1. I agree w everything you've said and support them as well. I've actually been depressed reading the horrible things being said and imagining what they're all going through. It helps to know im nit the only one who feels they did the best they could in a very unfortunate situation. I challenge any other parent to have done better or differently.

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  11. Amen! People are to quick to point fingers!

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  12. That was beautifully written! We said! Duggar supporter all the way!

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  13. Dear, dear Duggar family, I support you 100%. You live out your Christian convictions wholeheartedly and only proclaim that Christ is risen and forgives sin. Our culture is now so against Christians and the gospel that common logic is thrown out the window. Obviously no one supports what Josh did, but to jump to conclusions as to why and how Jim Bob and Michelle handled the situation years ago is wrong. I agree with this blog very much and pray that the public lynching of this family will stop.

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  14. #savetheduggars

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    1. I agree as well with everyone here. This situation was dealt with and should have been left in the past. Now not only are the victims having to relive the past, but now there are other children in this family that weren't born yet but now will have to have everything explained to them. Now their innocence is forever gone as well. My prayers go out to the entire family.

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  15. 100% Agreed. Amen. Team Duggar all the Way.

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    1. With the duggars praying for yall

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  16. Well said!! What Jim Bob did was very brave!!

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  17. A common misconception in the world is that Christians claim to be perfect and do imperfect things and that makes them hypocrites. Not even close. Christians KNOW they aren't perfect, apostle Paul wrote about the struggles between the two natures in Romans. Oh how we fail but God in his infinite mercy, forgives. Josh Duggar made very bad choices but he turned his life over to God and wanted to make a difference in the world. I'm glad God doesn't give up on us. We don't need to give up on the Duggars. God is using them for his purpose.

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  18. As far as I read Josh was not a christian when this happened but received the
    Lord afterwards and has done everything he can to keep his commitment to God and has ask forgiveness from his family and the ones he hurt. If it has nothing to do with you or your family shut up and move on.

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    1. Yes! I agree!! It's time for people to let this go and move on! I support the Duggars 100%! They have done a fabulous job raising 19 children. And they did a wonderful job dealing with this years ago when it happened. It's time to let it go!!
      #ISupportTheDuggars
      #BringBack19KidsAndCounting
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  19. I agree with Matt, we are not perfect people Christians make mistakes sometimes terrible ones.

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  20. I think every one can change and deserves a second chance yes he did wrong but he payed for it at the time and also peoe need to remember he was a child him self also at the time

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  21. I agree and I support the family

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  22. I completely agree with this blogger and am so glad he wrote it. Many of my friends have shared it on FB. This is a great point of view and a Christian point of view. I'm praying for you Duggar family! This will only make you stronger in the end! God has a plan; trust in Him and be patient. God bless!

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  23. I agree and I support the family

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  24. Amen!!! TLC bring back the Duggers!!!

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  25. Amen I have said the same & Josh didn't hide from this story he once more admitted his sins & stepped out of the spotlight. As Christians these days we are the wrong & that in my mind is wrong. I don't know if the family reads this or not but if you do know there are many out there praying for you all

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  26. God Bless them all.

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  27. Amen. "He who is without sin cast the first stone". I know what he did was wrong, and my Savior died for the sins of His believers.

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  28. Couldn't agree more. Too bad people have to put their noses where they don't belong. Until your a parent and your kid goes thru that and you are lucky enough to find out...hold your judgements aND opinions. Each of us have hidden pasts WE don't want revealed, nor should they be revealed. It's forgiveness people. 2nd chances. Don't we all deserve that??

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  29. #istandwiththeDuggars

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  30. I agree. A sin we find out about is no bigger than sins hidden: lust, greed, malice, deception, and so many others. They seem honest about facing, accepting, and dealing with it. I SUPPORT AND PRAY FOR THE DUGGARS!

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    1. I agree that no one can cast the first stone. I'm also wondering since Josh had to resign from his position in DC and TLC took the show off the air, how is this going to affect all the Duggar children and their spouses. I do not know if everyone in Arkansas is a forgiving Christian and therefore I have no idea if Josh can we open up his car lot and if people would want to do business with him and the same thing for the Duggars, I know they have a lot of real estate but everybody was getting paid from TLC including Jill and Derek and Ben and Jessa and now the paychecks stop so they have a lot more on their plate to handle at this time and and make no mistake, people are going to whisper about him and I believe the family reputation is a little tarnished at this point and all we can do is pray God brings them through this

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  31. Matt. I totally agree. All this media bashing has served to reopen old wounds for his victims and create new ones. Those who believe Mackynzie, Michael, Marcus and even their baby sister, are not victims have no common sense. There will come a day when they will read all of this and be terribly hurt. Whatever he did as a teenager, today he is only their Daddy and they love him as he adores them.

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  32. I can't believe it at first but then there was 13 of us and boys will be boys I never have had it done but I would stand by my bother I love the show and hope to see it again soon may God stand by you we are sending our prayers to all of you

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  33. I 100,000,000 % support the Duggar family!

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  34. John 8:7 ~ Let he who is without sin cast the first stone comes to mind. We all sin & as Christians we are attacked on a daily basis. Thank goodness for a loving, forgiving Father who does not discriminate when it comes to sin and is always willing to forgive us. Yes, what Josh did was extremely wrong, and I am not saying their shouldn't be some sort of punishment. But he has asked for forgiveness from God as well as his victims and he seems to have turned his life around so who are we to judge what should/shouldn't be done and how we think it SHOULD have been handled.

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  35. I am a sinner. My sins may be different than those Josh committed but still I am a sinner. Therefore I cannot cast a stone his way. I will add my sins are covered by the blood of Jesus Christ. Also, we are to forgive others of their sins of we ourselves expect Christ to forgive us of ours

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  36. I am praying for the family because I support them 100%. I hope their show will come back. It is my favorite program.
    Debbie G. from Texas

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  37. Its a wonderful show I am so said how people are ready to judge and accuse . We all make mistakes life is a learning experience I Pray for the Duggars and Hope the show will come back on TV there is to much other garbage on TV .

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  38. Don't judge lest ye be judged. I support the Duggars, love that family

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  39. I agree with #4 posting: Tell me which skeletons in your closet do you want the world to see?

    Every one is so quick to judge, but have they not looked at their own lives. Which one of you have had a perfect life with no sin, no hate, no jealousy, no lies. I could go on and on. Every one has done things they regretted. It took a long time before Josh did reveal what he had done. This must of been eating at his heart and mind. But he did finally reveal to his parents what he had done. God forgives all of us that have sinned.

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  40. I agree 100% with you. I am praying because I could imagine how this family is feeling right now. We have all committed sins, and he who is free from sin, throw the first rock. He was only 14, I don't want to be judged for the things I did when I was 14. I am a totally changed women and the real change comes when you do not make the same acts again. It shows that he has changed and we are no one to judge.

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  41. Amen. I sent tlc a post yesterday stating I will boycott their station until they bring them back on the air and I said similar to this. Also it is and was a private family matter.

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  42. i agree..we all are sinners..if they felt it was handled properly and through their faith have been forgive then who are we to judge these people.. they (TLC) should have never pulled them ...this was the one and only show i watched on tv...pretty sad i will not be watching anything now...Good luck to the entire Duggar family ...maybe the media will one day stop dragging the name through the mud!!!

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  43. This was the crime of a juvenille, it shohld not ov been made public. He suffers I am sure daily. If the female victim's are ok it shojld ov been left alone. It is no one elses business.

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    1. you are right. someone got paid to pull expunged records.!

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  44. why does everyone seem to forget the victims in this..it is all about Josh, Michelle and Jim Bob...what about the girls...don't give me the crap that they received counseling because it doesn't sound like they got much. It was not a simple case of boys will be boys and their hormones are raging. I don't know any boy that molests their sisters and think it is fine. The to cover it up hoping their dirty little secret doesn't come out and then when it does cry foul...well i guess i won't get posted because you only like sunshine and lollipops on this page, but I for one support the girls affected and hope that they get counseling...

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  45. everyone deserves a second chance, yes he did wrong but he admits the wrong he did....every family has its mysterys... but he is a family man now has a wonderful wife and children...and we have to forgive to be forgiven....AMEN

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  46. Please bring back the duggar's.jesus died for all sin.who are we to judge.amen.

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  47. Totally agree with that, and I support the Duggar Family 100%...... They are Human beings too and everyone makes mistakes everyone needs to go look in the mirror and see what I see a human being that makes mistakes too we are not perfect..... Duggar#1show......

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  48. AMEN! Standing with the Duggars!!

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  49. I support the family. As a Mom, my heart goes to the entire family..As a Christian, I pray that God gives them strength for this journey .

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  50. Duggars should have not made this show knowing their son issues were hidden. Now that his past has been exposed it has now come back to haunt the victims again. It is now more exposed than ever and will have more serious consequence than before. That is why unless you want your family completely exposed you should not do a TV show about your family. Besides I would like to see them now lead a normal life of education and jobs for real people, instead of living off the show that will have to end sometime.

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  51. I agree to I hope the show comes back soon,

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  52. I totally agree! He was young and made a terrible mistake. His actions were not acceptable, but he had the courage to come forward and admit them to his parents. They had the moral fiber to take the matter to the church and then law enforcement. Everyone involved received counselling. Being a christian does not mean we're perfect. Jesus was the only perfect human to walk on this earth.This was not something that was swept under the rug, as the media is trying to make mainstream believe. The family is a good christian family and the show is great. I support the Duggar family!

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  53. I completely agree. My niece was a victim of someone hurting her physically, so I am. Erg sensitive to this. However, I do not think that actions taken as a 14 year old CHILD that were innocent should be scrutinized by people today. He is not a hypocrite. He has admitted to his sins and that's all that matters. We are hypocrite to say he shouldn't be forgiven because of his actions 12 years ago. I pray TLC and other networks reconsider their actions.

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  54. I agree! What if it was your child. 19 kids & counting needs to come back on air!!!!

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  55. I was abused as a child by someone who was also themselves a child, I also support the Duggar family, Jim Bob did something that I bet no parent would want to do, Josh was given the help he needed as were the victims. Jesus died because we are all sinners! Even Christians! In fact as a Christian we are more aware of our failings. The Duggar family shine the light of Jesus around the world through the show and the devil hates that so of course he will attack! I would hate to think of my abuser having their life ruined by self righteous media men/women, to relive something I've moved passed, they are not helping the victims just victimising them again! I'm praying for the Duggar family, you all have my support all Josh has tried to do is move on from his mistakes and make good. May the Lord give you all strength. May the media get off the judgemental high horse and TLC get your program back on!

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  56. Very well said! I also am 100% behind the Duggers and so hope they will be back on TV. I have followed them for many years...they feel like distant relatives! PLEASE bring them back. We are not to be the judges of sin...that is God's job and since Josh has asked for forgiveness God is the only one to grant that. That is why his Son died...for ALL our sins.

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  57. I support the Duggars.....to the point of posting a comment (something I don't normally do). However not a big fan of Josh. Not because of his past mistakes but because he comes off so prideful a little too much so. I feel his arrogance will lead to further mistakes. I pray your family can come out of this blatant attack with strength and comfort.

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  58. I think whoever was the scumbag that thought this would be a good idea to give this story to the media should be taken "behind the barn." Shame on TLC to bow down to the almighty righteous criticizers, just like they did to Paula Deen, but she came back fighting, didn't she . . so will the Duggers . .I am sure Josh has prayed everyday for forgiveness . . leave him and the family alone !!

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  59. It frustrates me that people are so quick to judges him, everyone did stupid things as a teenager! Although this sin is worse in our eyes, all sins are equal in God's eyes.

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  60. I support the duggar family. I am praying for all involved. This was a family issue that was handled appropriately. In Most states if not all juvenile records are sealed and are not held against the offenders. Because they are JUVENILES, CHILDREN!! but wow this report was unearthed and released what a coincidence!!!

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  61. I agree with Mr. Walsh. Josh Dugger is not a hypocrite, but a young,self centered young boy. Please
    keep 19 kids on the air, Please. As a great-grandmother I love the show and the young kids on the program. PLEASE..

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  62. There are no word for what this man put. It's so true they aren't that perfect Christian or not everyone sins. Amen to Matt Walsh for making others see what most of see if n the Duggar family. I hope the come back TLC should let them back. To Matt I couldn't have said it better myself amen to you and your family

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  63. I agree! The show should continue. He answers to what he did. Who are we to judge. I was abused but have forgiven. Isn't that what god teaches.

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  64. I am still proud to support the Duggars. I wish you all well and I hope we see you soon. Love and hugs to you all. God bless you.

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  65. June Shannon is making threats about suing TLC but the situations are completely different. She had an ADULT male boyfriend that abused her daughters. And she allowed it. The Duggars was an incident with CHILDREN that the family dealt with as they saw fit and STOPPED IT .

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  66. I Stand With The Duggars:-) :-) We Are Not Perfict We Are Human. We Need To Be Praying For This Family. They Have Been Through So Much This Week. What They Are Going Through Now Will Only Build There Chartecrer And Faith.

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  67. I completely agree with this he was a child himself I love this family and there show I would love to see it again

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  68. I agree with this also. This happened many years ago when he was just a young, desperately curious teen. If the family has forgiven him, especially the girls, then we need to forget all of this. It's not like it happened recently or even as an adult. This is a wholesome tv show unlike most that are on. Why should a 14 yrs. old bad choice, (12 yrs. ago,) reflect on canceling the show now?

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  69. 5 girls now have their story and their pain out there for the public to ponder. Is that fair? Now everyone is wondering which 4 Duggar sisters were victimized. As a survivor, I feel their pain. Yes, we forgive. We never forget. We always hurt and have issues arise.

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    1. I totally agree. It is not fair to the beautiful girls to have to remember this all again. For those of us who have also been victims and have forgiven and gone on with our lives, these stories make us all re-live our terrible past. For the Duggar girls I am so sad because the whole world knows due to the hatred of a few people.

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  70. I agree totally with this article. I thought and thought about this and as a parent truthfully the last thing I would have thought to do would be call the police on my son. I would seek professional help for everyone involved which is exactly what it appears they did. He was wrong, but obviously need help not a police record. I hope the show comes back on the air.

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  71. Amen! Well said. I continue to pray for the whole Duggar family.

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  72. I agree kids make terrible mistakes sometimes. My heart breaks for his sisters and his wife though. I do love the duggars and thrive to be more like them.

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  73. I agree with Matt Walsh. I'm glad he posted this. We've all done things we would never think of broadcasting on TV, for Pete's sake. But that being said, I don't think that type of behavior is easily eliminated from a person's life. I hope he has been getting counseling. I feel like if the show is to ever come back, they would have to be honest about this situation and a little more forthcoming about the family's struggles and how they have overcome them with Jesus' help.

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  74. If this were something that was still on-going then I would agree with the outcry. However, this was a tragic event that occurred many years ago and was dealt with by family and the law at the time. Is everyone claiming that no one can change and be repented and remorseful of their past. That we cannot forgive and forget? I am dismayed for the other children in this family who will be harmed by this story. Someone went to a great deal of trouble to dig this up. Was it to protect innocents or get a story for their own 15 minutes of fame? Let you who are without sin cast the first stone.

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  75. We are forgiven in Christ Jesus. Praying for all of the Duggars during this difficult season.

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  76. It is so wonderful to see people praying for this wonderful family. It's not unusual for families to go through difficult things, but their faith brought them through and their family values keep them strong. Is there anyone out there who hasn't done something they're ashamed of - very poor judgement for TLC and the media for making only negative comments about this issue. We should be praising them for moving past it. Leave this family alone - they have a family life that many strive for. We don't have to agree with everything they do and say but they have every right to be who they are.

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  77. I agree 100% and feel that TLC has made a huge mistake. They have lost out on a learning curve that could have helped so many families with similar situations. I thought TLC stood for "The Learning Channel"!!! I would like to see them prove that and address this situation rather than run away from it via taking the show off. Since I have been a victim and also had a child be a victim of similar experiences. I speak from experience. :o) <3 Duggars You are still a good representation of family values. We are not all perfect and we all sin. Sad but true and this is reality!!! Jennifer R. Stocks Sarnia ON Canada

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  78. I agree!!! God Bless this family!! As a child he made a mistake, something I am sure happens quite often in life, the family did what needed to be done and who are we to judge how they handled it.... Praying for this family and hoping TLC will continue with their show....

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  79. All have to say is. That there is not one person that in their teen years was not curious about the other sex whether it was male or female. If everyone that is bashing the Duggers for what happened. Thinks that they are so perfect then they need to try and walk on water.

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  80. Great words!!! I wish more people like him would speak up in support!!

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  81. I support the family! Please bring the show back. It was something from the past that was dealt with. We have all done things we regret from our past but if you have repented and dealt with it is in the past and not who you are now! Jim Bob and Michelle I admire you and your family! Would love to meet you someday! Hope someday my daughter marries into a Godly family like yours!

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  82. I agree and support the duggars. Christians will fail to tempation...and when we do we must ask for forgivness and seek proper help which the family did. Josh new it wasnt godly what he was doing and confessed..that is y i love this family..they admit flaws seek forgivness and move foward

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  83. Very well said!

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  84. What I find irritating is that this happened when he was 14, not recently. They are making him out as a child molester, but he was a child himself! A fourteen year old BOY with raging hormones, just like any other red blooded American BOY

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  85. Amen! I agree 100% and stand behind the Dugges.
    Not one of us is without sin.

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  86. I stand with the Dugger family. These were juvenile records and should never have been made public. Will anyone be reprimanded for that? Our courts realize that a juvenile has time to turn his wrongs into rights. Josh has shown that he has done exactly that and deserves the life he has made for himself. I hope the Dugger faith will see them through this dark patch and keep them well.

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  87. I also agree 100% and boy have I been getting responses from my friends at how shocked they are. This article explained exactly how I was feeling about the whole thing. I don't think it's as black and white as some people make it out to be. And we don't know all of the details and we never will, nor should we. I love the Duggar family and what they stand for.

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  88. seems like the show could continue without any shows with Josh --condemning the whole family for one persons wrong doings--

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  89. I support the Duggars Christians aren't perfect!!! The only one that is perfect is Jesus Christ. Josh made a mistake he sinned and Jim and Michele I believe took appropriate steps to address the problem. If anyone has not made a mistake or sinned then yes by all means throw stones... but I doubt there is anyone who fits that equation!

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  90. Beautifully written, I totally agree with you. Bring back the show!

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  91. I support the Duggar's 100%...Matt...you are spot on. From what I have read his "victims" were all siblings. Why can't families work this out within the family. Why can't we as Christians seek the church for help? I am in no way excusing his actions but God forgave me and continues to forgive and show mercy EVERY DAY...just like He forgives Josh.

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  92. I hope TCL looks at this website and sees that the people who do watch the duggers support their mission and Gods mission! I know some of the things I did in high school I would not want to follow me! Praying for the duggers and TLC! TLC please dont cancel!

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  93. I can not believe how people can judge so quickly,why was this even made public??? 100% behid the duggers !!! I LOVE YOUR FAMILY!!!!

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  94. I agree with this totally. I as a parent would not find it easy to go to the law to report my child without trying to handle it first in private. We aren't sure or at least I haven't read if this was before the first airing or not but that really doesn't matter. I think we all would be amazed at what goes on in our neighbors houses behind closed doors. I would continue to watch the Duggers, I hope they keep them on. As far as Josh goes and not being able to work in the public that is ridiculous. Hey we had a president who did wrong with his sexual actions and now his wife is running for president. People forget apparently that what he did he didn't clarify as having "sex". Josh will find something else to do, I am positive of that. God Bless this family.

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  95. Anyone who is a parent knows children are not perfect,I would like to know what help was actually given to him and and especially to the girls involved. Just because your a christian doesn't mean your perfect,All states are suppose to seal records of children. The press hasn't just destroyed Josh,they have once again hurt the young girls.For this they should be held accountable. True no names where printed, but they said his sisters where involved. We need a press who are held to higher standards then then what we have now..The problem is our society only wants to hear the bad. This is a sad situation no matter how you look at it.

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  96. Hi Ellie and Lilly,
    Thank you for all that you do! Could you please pass on a message of encouragement to Josh and the whole Duggar family for me? I am a Christian and an incest survivor, and Josh's story has given me hope rather than hurting me. This is what is capable under Christ: forgiveness, redemption, and reconciled relationships. I have forgiven the person who attacked me, but unlike Josh this person refuses to admit to what was done and has broken relationship with me. I praise God for the work He has done in Josh and in the Duggar family! May the Lord continue to use you all to minister to victims and past abusers. Thank you.

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  97. I 100% support the Duggars and want them back on the air!!

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  98. Alright, alright, enough said already. As a Duggar supporter I say we need to stop rehashing and help get this family out of the mire. Where is a petition to put our favorite family back on TV. I'll be the first one to sign it!

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  99. I don't agree with all the Duggars say a do, that aside, genuinely good adults determine the age we consider children to be children. Yet josh is now being tried as an adult by everyone. Yesw he committed a crime one I could never truly forgive him for if it was me. A truly honourable man will always consider themselves guilty if they have committed a crime or sin. I believe that many have committed similar acts during pubety, most common being peeping but many take it further. Point is to prevent it going further. Intervention to prevent it doing so is necessary. Maybe they didn't get that quite right but they tried many don't and the crime continues and evolves.

    Is this case what im not seeing anywhere is anyone discussing the crime that has happened since. Not just a vendetta against the Duggars by some women who seems close to them. My concern is first the internet reporter and the police who gave who the documents.

    Not only should these document have been expunged. Nobody noted that most of what was is these document refered to the victims and there accounts. HOW IS THIS GOING TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO SPEAK UP. if someone can just take the documents and publish them. plus they had discriptive accounts. Correct me if im wrong but isn't there a law regarding the distribution of child pornography, yet people have been passing this document over the web and publishing. A child went through this once now going through it again but now not confidential now it shared with the world. Congrtatulations to that ireporter and the women with the vendetta, and the police at springdaler, you have successfully set back decades of hard work from charities and coucillors working to encourage victims to speak out.
    You only thought of what you gain from this. yet you call yourself good people yet all those people who sit in judgement of josh are the same who ignore the crimes committed in this coming out. the law should have been more proactive.....the freedom of information act should not include statements from victims. I hope all those who publish the document are brought to task and springdale police assessed and everyone else involved.

    In one of the statement someone said "I don't trust him anymore" - but I bet she expected to trust those officers, the child protections officers that interviewed her, her parents the church. Yet it was all handled very wrong and it continues. Trust in the good of mankind.........sometimes its just hard to find when people do this how do those who need to find someone to trust do so.........

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  100. I won't be watching anything on TLC if they take the Duggars off the air!

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  101. I won't be watching anything on TLC if they take the Duggars off the air!

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  102. whoever leaked this, should be FIRED, this was many years ago and it was handled. I do not understand why so many feel it was swept under the proverbial rug so to speak. it was dealt with. they sought counsel form the church they spoke to police, what do you want this father and mother to do to their son? skin him alive? really? put yourself in their shoes and if that was your son? no one is saying what he did was ok. they are saying that this was the actions of a young boy, NOT an adult. by putting it out there did more damage to the victims, now they have public shame and embarrassment. @TLC missed a huge learning curve here, this would've been a great platform to open up positive dialect with our children. I thought TLC stood for the LEARNING channel? you people at TLC really jumped ship on this one and I for one and very disappointed in that. Josh didn't lie about it, he was forthright about his sins. #TLC bring back the Duggars along with Josh and Anna . they are a family!!! How is this young man suppose to support his wife and family now? John 8:7 ~ Let he who is without sin cast the first stone . Lets all look in the mirror and stand before God and say you are sinless, perfect human beings. I can't. Prayers go to all involved. stay strong and know you have followers that support your entire family. AMEN!

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  103. Teresa MooneyhamMay 25, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    I believe this is all satan working hard to take this family down because he is sated that they do to much of the Lord's work! Michelle and JimBob love each of their children equally and I have no doubt that they have gotten help for all of the victims involved. It is not the right of any man or any woman on earth to judge! God makes that very clear. Josh has asked for forgiveness and repented so to God, it is though this sin is washed away! These girls have forgiven and hold no hatred in their heart, but love for their family, including their brother. The difference in this and "honey boo boo", is that Josh has morals and the decency to ask for forgiveness and live a God life now. He is forgiven! If I know the Duggars, satan isn't going to stop them from doing the Lord's work. God has won!

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  104. Although I don't condone what Josh did, what the media has done to him and his family isn't right!
    He was a child when these incidents happened, any other minor would have had their records sealed. All this has done is hurt the family and the victims by dredging up the past.

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  105. I completely agree!! Love the Duggars and support them 100%. I think people are too quick to judge when they themselves aren't perfect. If we were all perfect we wouldn't be on earth. People need to have some compassion and understanding.

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  106. Thank you for this Blog. You have given everyone a different perspective on this issue and if people can't stop for a few seconds to consider another angle/view to any issue then I will pray that sometime in the future there eyes will be opened to see a much wider view. Narrowmindedness can become something very dangerous.

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  107. I totally agree! When a christian stumbles in their faith and commits a sin ppl are quick to judge and pounce on them... especially the media. This guys has proven to be a forgiven sinner as am I and is living a godly life as a husband and father. This will follow him the rest of his life and his children's.

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  108. I support the Duggars 100%!!! We have all done things in our past that are wrong, everyone is a sinner; but my God died for my sins! From what I have read, everyone that was involved in the incident has received counseling and all of this is just stirring up trouble. I love the Duggar family, but I also know that they are not perfect. None of us are perfect. I leave the judgement to God. I believe he is better at it than I would be. My prayers are with the Duggar family and with the families of the girls (now young women) that are involved. I do hope the show comes back on soon. It was one of the very few that I actually enjoyed on television right now.

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  109. Point on!! I agree completely.

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  110. Amen!! My heart goes out to The Duggers Famil. πŸ’– We are Praying! πŸ™

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  111. I totally agree with you and think that the show could make this a teaching tool for all the world and help others who have been either victims or wrong doers.

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  112. If God can forgive, why can't we! The show should be aired! My prayers to the Duggar family.

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  113. People are human and everyone falls from grace. Jesus died for our sins. People should be praying for the Duggars not persecuting them.

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  114. Amen I love the duggars they r the best

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  115. The Bible warns us, "Be sure your sin will find you out." Yes, Josh and his victims can find peace and reconciliation with God's help -- and we are all praying for that -- but as Christians let's not forget that sin always has consequences.

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  116. I know what I have to say won't be posted because it is not completely in support of the duggars. I do watch their show and like most of the time. I don't agree that they should of have hid what Josh did that isn't right. I have been there and the person who did it to me got away completely free. I still see him around town once in awhile and even though it has been years the memory come back. I have been to counseling because I didn't want this to effect the rest of my life especially when I started dating. I know we all make mistakes and God will forgive use because he is a forgiving God which I am glad for that but I still believe that Josh should have had some kind of consequences for his action. As far as the show I agree with TLC it should be cancelled.

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  117. I agree 100% with Mr. Walsh

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  118. I also agree with everything that has been said, and give my support and prayers to Josh and his family. Praying for you all. x

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  119. I support all the Duggars and always will I pray for all of them. they have been a bright light in a dark world.

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  120. @Anonymous I also sent tlc a similar letter. As someone said, this is a public lynching and certain groups were just waiting for some sin, be it old or new, to come to light so they could pounce on it. Keep shining your light, Dugger family. I and multitudes of others stand with you!

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  121. The Duggars are so well known that many seem to think of them as their personal friends. But I think the door is closing on this family and we won't be seeing so much of them in the media anymore. I think they have may have some more reasons to leave their public life. Even Josie's seizure while the parents were out of town shows the difficulties that the family is having functioning. Every parent knows things can happen when the children are not supervised. It was a young brother who recognized Josie's state. Honestly I recognize something seems to trouble Jennifer. And so if there are problems like these that are being over looked and swept aside then the family should be called out on this stuff. Hard as it is.

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  122. It is good reading these comments. I agree with those who support the Duggars. It always amazes me how some people seem to jump at the chance to put good people down. I 100% support the Duggars

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  123. Prayer's for The Duggar family

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  124. I also want them back on the air if that's what all of the family desires.. God Bless all of the Duggars

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  125. Would you all be this forgiving if the offender was not family.

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  126. I completely agree with this. Let ye who knows no sin cast the first stone!!!! He repented. Asked for forgiveness. He shows remorse for what he has done. He was a minor himself!!!! I am behind the Duggars 100% and I am praying for their family.

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  127. For all who are so quick to judge, are you without sin? There was only one without sin and HE was JESUS CHRIST. Josh was a teenager who made bad decisions; he confessed it to his parents, to his church and most of all, to his LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST. That information should never have been made public not only to protect the young girls involved but also Josh who was young also. I will not sit in judgment of the Duggar family because I cannot say I am without sin. I will pray for them; most of all I will pray for Josh and Anna. They do not need this media outcry. It is wrong and unfair. Also, to TLC. You can keep your gypsies and Honey Boo Boo and all other crap you have on while pulling off a good Christian program. I will find another way to enjoy the Duggar clan. They will survive. Josh will survive.

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  128. God has something better for Josh, I truly believe this. When the devil is coming after them, as he is, that means they are doing something right.

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  129. I don't think I would have gone to the police either if it could be handled in house or in the church. But we don't know the circumstances. How in the world did it get public. It is such a sensitive matter for the others involved and the whole family?

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  130. I absolutely agree. For the love of God's he was just a curious child that needed guides to which he received as well as young girls.

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  131. Amen Matt walsh. I support and love all Duggar family .

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  132. Very well said! It seems that the world is SO ready to condemn anyone who makes a mistake. I wonder what's in their closet.

    I support the Duggars 100% - the are Christians - they are flawed, but the persevere in walking the walk and talking the talk.

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  133. I know we all make wrong choices. And Josh and his families are dealing with the situations so we should not judge. And pray for this families hope the show comes back on TV. God bless you all.

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  134. I would like to know how many out there with a large family have not had things happen with their children that you did not find out til they were grown I know I have. This is so wrong what they are doing to this family They are a great family that and to be so big and not have more things happen is a great testam in its self. I personal
    y love them I have a good size family and they are all grown now and yes they did things in their young years but turned out wonderfully.

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  135. Yep....agree with this guy. Even though what Josh did was atrocious he is definitely not a hypocrite. A hypocrite would have denied or thought his actions were fine.....Josh does not think his actions were fine and repented. I'm actually encouraged more by the Duggars knowing that, before going to the police, Jim Bob went to the elders of the church first. This shows us that instead of making hasty decisions on what to do......seek God and see what he wants us to do......seek counsel through the church on what God wants us to do. May only concern on this is if the victims truly forgave Josh and not just said they did because it was the right thing to do or their parents said it is what they should do......you just can't say it you have to feel it in your heart that you have really forgiven him and, if not, pray that through God's power He can help you to forgive. Once last note........Anna......you're awesome!!

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  136. I agree the family is being hurt and the real harm is the media for exposing something that was dealt with years ago. Why is it that a person has to be seeking redemption for life over something he did as a young teen. People who serve jail time even get a second chance after doing their time. The parents stated many times that they are not a perfect family and have had some trying issues to deal with just like the rest of us. That to me is very open and upfront. I am even wondering if maybe dad in wanting his children to love and serve God maybe made his son a victim. After all this may not have been something that anyone would have even known about. I know that some boys reaching puberty do tend to seek out siblings. The dad addressed the issue in a way he thought best. It is sad that there are so many people in the world that want revenge to last forever. We need to remember that 12 and 14 year olds are children not adults. I pray that they are empowered with the strength to rise above this situation because I think they are good people.

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  137. I 100% support the DUGGAR'S!!!!!!!

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  138. I just added TLC to the FoodNetwork as a channel I will not support or watch. They were far to quick in cancelling 19 Kids. I don't feel they got all the facts or allowed for any explanation from the Duggers.

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  139. I could not agree more!! We have 3 teenage daughters and a 13 yr old son. While discussing this whole situation with my husband I said the same thing! Would we rush to call the authorities after our son confessed this to us?? Absolutely not! We would seek counseling, go to our church, seek counseling for all those involved! Almost exactly what the Duggars did! God bless this family!!

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  140. I agree with your comments. All of us make mistakes and I know how hard it is to forgive many of them. I think Jim Bob and Michelle made the right decision and I hope this will help all who have been through this or know someone who has.I still support the Duggers.

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  141. If a Christian is continually living in sin now and professing to be a Christian, yes that would make them a hypocrite. However what Josh did was BEFORE he got saved and also it was over 12 years ago...not yesterday! He since repented and got right with God. He has had years to show his genuine commitment to the Lord. We are all sinNers. What if someone blasted each of our own sins on the front cover of in touch? We'd all have to quit our jobs too? Be shamed by our own supposed brothers and sisters in Christ? How fair is that? God forgives as we should also.

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  142. I love the Duggars! They are a genuine christian family and I enjoy their show.

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  143. I support the duggars

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  144. Duggar family, I support you 100%! My family has gone through a similar situation and I feel no matter how it's handled people get hurt and mad. People need to keep in mind Josh was a kid not an adult. I remember way back when that people use to call this experimenting and correct their children and explain why it is wrong. I am not saying that is right or wrong...just human nature. In our family the young boy inappropriately touched his 3 yr old sisters and was turned in and removed from the family and after he completed counseling and treatment he lived with his grandparents. The sisters don't have any memory of what happened but received counseling also. It ripped the family apart and there is and was hard feelings...Not towards the boy, but towards the parents. Anyways in this rambling it's my way of saying I understand and it's no one's business but the family's!

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  145. I feel that the network should look on the mirror. I don't think what he did was right, but at least he was a man not to lie and deny what happened. God Bless the Duggars. I for one will not be supporting TLC. You all have my full support!!!!

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  146. We support and love the Duggar' s. Its so sad what the media has done with this. This shows how they aren't perfect just as we arent. Thank God for grace and restoration. God will be glorified!

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  147. I agree...leave this family alone! They consulted clergy.law enforcement, sought counseling who are we to say they handled things wrong. I support and pray for the Duggars.

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  148. Who in heavens name is trying to slam the Duggars? Josh was a young teen age boy and what boy at the age of 14 or 15 isn't interested in sex even if your religion says no till marriage.It seems that someone is always trying to dig up dirt on the Duggar family. I hope TLC continues their show and I pray for Josh and his family that things work out for him. Hold your head up, there are alot of people that are standing behind you. Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

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  149. Amen. I support the Duggars and pray for them.

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  150. The media is very wrong for this. I support Duggars 100%!

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  151. I miss you all & hope you'll be back soon. Don't cave, TLC!

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  152. I hope that you all come back this fall

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  153. Back the duggers

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  154. How does one contact TLC to protest???

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  155. It saddens me to see how the media is making Josh look like he is still molesting his sisters. This was 12 years ago, and the parents handled it in the way most parents would. I don't think I know of any parents that would run to the police if their daughter told them their brother molested them. If so, I would like for those parents to post they would. Josh repented, and changed his ways with the help from the lord Jesus!! If the girls forgave him, shouldn't we. Jesus did!

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  156. those without sin cast the first stone. No one can throw a stone. Why trash a persons life for some thing he did as a teenager. GOD for gave him. The devil is using this story to ruin a families testimony.

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  157. If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone John 8:7

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  158. i think they need to leave things alone this is a christain show leave the past in the past he was young when this happened they need to leave the show on and keep the negative words to there selfs

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  159. Move on, Josh has and so should every

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