Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Joy and Jed Interning in Little Rock


Joy Duggar and Jedidiah Duggar, 2016

Two of the Duggars siblings are exploring career options at the Arkansas State Capitol. According to Representative Charlene Fite, Joy-Anna Duggar, who turned 19 in October, and Jedidiah Duggar, who turned 18 in December, are currently interning at the Arkansas House of Representatives in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The Duggars have deep roots in politics, with Jim Bob Duggar serving two terms as a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives following the 1997 election and various other family members taking interest in the political realm over the years. The family has also helped multiple political candidates campaign for office.

 Joy Duggar and Jedidiah Duggar, 2011 (ages 13 and 12)

 Photos courtesy TLC, DCL, duggarfamily.com

57 comments:

  1. Good for both of them, we need more devout Christians in politics to stand up for high moral standards. I've felt the call myself and plan on running in Texas for a state position in 2020 when I am eligible. Again, hats off to them for getting their feet in the door.

    God bless

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    1. "More devout Christians" in politics? In a country whose very Constitution says that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion? In a country that's not supposed to allow religion (especially any ONE religion) to be mixed with state or national government? If you're going to run for a position, you should study the Constitution first and remember there's a separation of Church and State. You have to check your religion at the door of the Capitol, and you can't use it to influence changes in the law! Running the country is not the same as running your own life. "We the people," not "You, the one who gets to decide for us, based on what you believe."

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    2. Texas- I'd be curious to know your definition of "high moral standards" and the religion you base them on. You see, when we
      entertain the idea of writing laws based on a particular set of religious beliefs, we are walking down a very slippery slope, indeed.

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    3. Sir or Ma;am (11:36), I regret to inform you, but there is no separation of Church and State. That line came from a letter from Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists ensuring the congregation that the government would make no law against the practice of any sincerely held religious beliefs. That very letter is one of the corner stones to the interpretation of our first amendment. Neither I or anyone must check their faith, or lack there of, at the door of any government work. Like anyone else I would be elected by citizens to represent their ideals, morals and other standards. What you seem to be forgetting is that the government is nothing but citizens elected to be the voice for their district or state. Who they are and what they represent is exactly why they were elected in the first place. As for an understanding of our constitution, the bill of rights and other historical corner stone documents, I'm no expert, but I'm extremely passionate about studying all of them. Through the study of the Federalist papers and Anti-federalist papers, I like so many before me, have a great understanding of how the founders of this country meant it to run.

      I'm sorry that citizens running on the ticket of faith and morality offends you so much. It's more than your right to vote in opposition for such things. However, it isn't your right to tell or void someone from standing for what they believe. I implore you to get out and vote at every opportunity if you do not already. America is nothing without the voices of the people.

      God bless you.

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    4. Amen, 11:36am! I cringed when I read Texas's statement. It's demeaning to insinuate that nobody but Christians have high moral standards. Or to suggest that our states or nation need any one-particular-faith-based laws! Look how many "Christian" leaders have fallen flat on their faces, both in politics and in their personal lives. The US is a democracy, and the citizens have over 300 different religions and belief systems. When does government fail? When it pushes too hard in the direction of one person's or one group's beliefs and it ignores the rest, and common sense. Just turn on the news any night and see the protests. If you want to change your state, take compassion to the capital. That's what we need - more compassion for all, not more "Christianity" in politics!

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    5. With all that said, there is still a place for someone with religious values in politics. People from all walks of life bring balance to discussions in Government, and make our laws based on the opinions of many. Their input will go a long way in achieving balance.

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    6. To 11:36. Really !!! Look at all the places you see, "In God We Trust". Yes the USA was built on Godly values, accept it.

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    7. Anon 11:39 AM -- Did you feel the same way about Jewish Senators Al Franken or Barbara Boxer, or to Muslim Congressmen Keith Ellison and Andre Carson? Were you worried that they should study the Constitution before running for office? Or is it just Christians who should check themselves? If you're worried about the Constitution, I think you'll find that Christians, as a group, are among the most pro-Constitution Americans. And we're thrilled with the Gorsuch nomination. He's a man who will uphold the Constitution.

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    8. Having a Congress that establishes religion was referring to setting up a state church. The phrase "separation of church and state" is not found in the Constitution.

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    9. Well said, Anonymous 11:36!

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    10. The deprecation is to keep the government out of religion not religion out if government!!!!

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    11. Just in terms of attitude conveyed, I am impressed that responses like the one to this comment come across as very defensive but I wonder how well they know what they are so quick to defend from?
      Really Christianity is defending us all from death, destruction, darkness and eternal pu ishment if we accept it.

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    12. Right. Which is why prayers were said at the latest inauguration. Check religion? Never gonna happen.

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    13. Hats off to your response. I'm happy it was posted. I'm also glad the siblings are doing something else to plan a future for themselves then getting married and having babies. Maybe they will obtain a college education to reach a goal.

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    14. Tell that to who got elected. Stopping funding to organizations that provide cancer screening without paying a fortune, provide support emotionally to victims and provides family support including prenatal is our loss when the focus is on one negative topic. People throw stones at topics and individuals they don't understand.

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    15. That is a poor interpretation of "Separation of Church and State." Thomas Jefferson coined the term--and his primary concern was THE STATE not respecting the 1st Amendment right to Freedom of Religion. This country is founded on Judeo-Christian ethics and morality. We the People...us ordinary citizens...are called to take part in our governments...and that does NOT mean "checking your religion" at the door. Far from it.

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    16. Would you please quote me where in the constitution is states there is to be a "separation of church and state"?

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    17. I disagree, people of faith bring valuable insight to the public square. No one should have to check their beliefs, there's room for both believers and nonbelievers with compassion and compromise.

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    18. The original goal of the seperation of church and state was so that there would not be one church of the US church....it was never intended to mean what it has become. If you look at the original mission statement of Harvard, founded in 1636 was "To be plainly instructed and consider well that the main end of your life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ."

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    19. This is what the constitution does say;
      Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

      You seemed to have left out second last half of the statement.

      Separation of church and state is simply an idea stated by Thomas Jefferson. Not actually a part of our constitution.

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    20. I hear you. This is why Trump was elected. Obama ran his presidency in support of Islam and the Muslim religion. His decisions were based on sympathizing with Islam and Muslims.

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    21. Please study the real meaning of the separation of Church and State. It was established in response to the religious persecution going on in other countries. It means that the state cannot establish a "State religion" which all are required to belong to, and also forbids religious persecution. It does not mean that a man cannot use his conscience as a guide when making moral decisions. More people need to realise this.

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    22. Don't any of you pretend that you don't know what the phrase "separation of church and state" means as it relates to the US and its Constitution. You know exactly what it means. It SAYS what it means. And don't tell other people that they don't know what it means, either. We all know what it means! BTW, "separation of powers" and "checks and balances" are also phrases not in the Constitution, so why aren't you arguing that they shouldn't be upheld either, since they're not mentioned word for word? If you're against one phrase that's not spelled out verbatim, you should be against them all.

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    23. That's great! I live in TX. Great to hear that you are willing to run for office. I'm considering it myself.

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    24. Amen @ Texas!

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  2. Is Joy-Anna or Jed seriously interested in careers in politics?

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    1. I read it as they are exploring alot of areas of interest for jobs, this is just one of them.

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    2. They are ''exploring'' career options, but so far, none of the adult kids really have a career. Especially the girls. Jill is a midwife but she is not really practicing. but they seem to be smart people, I wish they will spred their wings and fly.

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  3. Isn't interning for college students??? I didn't know just anyone could intern at their capitol.

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    1. Maybe not in Arkansas? At least they are exploring future opportunities and often criteria is provided to be considered.

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    2. I was wondering the same thing. Maybe it's just about who you know in their case.

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    3. Well they have graduated high school, they could be in college

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  4. Great!!! Good for them.

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    1. I agree! Nice to hear!

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  5. Praise God it's a calling and we need people like them to stand up for life and to stand up for God in this country!

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    1. First they need a college or university degree so hopefully this exploration is opening their eyes to the work in front of them.
      They have the moral fiber to make a difference but politics is serving the people that elected you, not God. That's why we have the Constitution and separation of church and state.

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  6. good hope joyanna will choose this path in politics as a fulltime career for self, can have and mtg both being a wife and mother someday mixing good balance in both worlds, will make her into a better woman

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  7. More "PRO-LIFER`S" in the U.S politics? Sweden Calling

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  8. I have watched this family from the beginning and I shall continue to watch but let's get serious here; is any child in this family educationally equipped to go into politics? Josh made a stab at it and that ended badly. As we are witnessing now, reality TV stars don't necessarily make for good politicians.

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  9. Seriously speaking, and no insult meant here....Joy will be pregnant in exactly one year. Interning? Why???

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  10. I think Joy is then not certain of her future as a wife.

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  11. Would Joy & Jed maybe write a guest post about their experience interning? That would be really interesting!

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  12. Congratulations Joy-Anna and Jedidiah. Christians are always needed and good for politics.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

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  13. "In God we Trust"

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  14. How are Joy and Austin doing? Are they still together?

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  15. we need more Christians in politics! this is great - the Duggars are not only Godly people but very intelligent and politically savvy. God Bless them both! btw- they can thank their Dad for teaching them how important the Christian role is in politics!

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  16. Good Joy-anna and Jed, but Jessa is due tomorrow

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  17. Hope it's a paid internship.

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  18. Why an image of Jed at an amusement park?

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  19. internet news article says josh and anna are divorcing. is this true or false?

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    1. If it is a gossip website then it isn't true. The people that run those sites are bored with nothing to do so they print falsehoods such as Elvis being alive.

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    2. Not true of all "gossip" websites and newspapers.

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    3. It was the "gossip" sites that first broke the Josh news, forcing the family & Josh to finally address it publicly and put out a statement.

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    4. The latest articles has their Reps denying the divorce rumors. But who really knows.

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  20. How do the mighty fall? Going into these domains should be done with constant prayer and humility. To serve the Lord in purity and Godliness.

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