A few months after Josh Duggar, the eldest of the 19 Kids and Counting, publicly admitted to molesting his younger sisters as a teen, his younger brother, Josiah, 18, has officially broken off his courtship with 17-year-old Marjorie Jackson. They’d been dating, with an eye toward marriage, since April, People reports.
Since 19 Kids and Counting’s Josh Duggar admitted that when he was a teenager he molested some of his sisters, many have backed away from the reality TV family—TLC execs and former Duggar-backed candidate for president Rick Santorum included. But the Duggars still have their supporters. I know this because they’ve emailed me.
Last week, conservative political activist and reality star Josh Duggar admitted that, as a teenager, he molested several underage girls—including some of his sisters. The admission was confirmation of a longstanding and widely circulated rumor about the 19 Kids and Counting family, and it’s not the only tale out there.
Among the most disturbing details of last week’s InTouch story about molestation perpetrated by 19 Kids and Counting’s Josh Duggar as a teenager was the revelation that Josh had confessed to the abuse to state trooper, only to be let off after a “stern talk” with the trooper—a family friend who was subsequently arrested on child porn charges.
After InTouch published a 2006 police report last week that detailed Josh Duggar’s molestation of his sisters, Josh admitted to the abuse in a statement to People. His parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, also gave a statement declaring that “that dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before.”
If you watch the TLC show 19 Kids and Counting starring confirmed child molester Josh Duggar, chances are you’re familiar with the Bates family. From their frequent appearances on the show since 2009, to a 2012 TLC special entitled “The Bates Family: And Baby Makes 19,” to a now-canceled 2012 TLC show United Bates of America, to the new ratings success Bringing Up Bates on “family-oriented” network UPtv, Gil and Kelly Bates have never been shy about their friendship with the Duggars.
Josh Duggar, the eldest child of the 19 Kids and Counting celebrity-evangelical clan, admitted Thursday that when he was a teenager he molested several underage girls, including some of his sisters. His admission was shocking to many—but not to all: Plenty of people have known about Josh’s abuse for years, including Oprah, Duggar friends and church members, the Springdale police, and a large number of Duggar obsessives online.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, the nation's most blessed breeders and stars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, want you to know it's important to make time for romance in your relationship. WWJD on Valentine's Day? Who cares! WWTDD? The Duggars would fuck. They would skip House of Cards, roll up Michelle's giant denim skirt, and they'd do it all night long in their giant Arkansas dormitory.