As the Duggar molestation fallout continues - TLC pulling the show, sponsors cutting and running - the most stunning aspect has been the contingent of apologists who have unashamedly stepped forward to defend Josh Duggar and his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle.
One would think - ok, wait, stop. One must be in possession of that ability to begin with. And thinking, especially critically, simply does not seem to be in the provenance of so very many these days.
So, allow me to rephrase that. Those of us who are critical, rational thinkers see nothing defensible in the molestation of a child, let alone repeated molestations of five children. It matters not that Josh was 14 and 15 during the repeated acts against his family members - these are felonious acts, and should have been dealt with appropriately.
Those of us who are critical, rational thinkers cannot understand the acts that were taken by Jim Bob with the blessing of his completely subservient broodmare wife.
So it goes without saying that those of us who are critical, rational thinkers are a bit gobsmacked by the vocal contingent of apologists including, but not limited to: Mike Huckabee, thousands of "true" Christians, and family members. Comment boards overflow with support for Duggar, citing God as having forgiven him because Josh said so. Christian after Christian defending his acts with phrasing like "a curious teen," "boys will be boys," and "not a big deal, get over it." ALL quotes taken directly from comment boards. This is just a sample:
Um, Kristy? I completely own up to experimenting as a teen. WITH OTHER CONSENTING TEENAGERS.
My response to the mindset of "not a big deal, get over it" is simple. Pony up one of your young children - son or daughter, doesn't matter - and now we will put them alone for the night with a "curious teen" who will, come daylight, admit what heinous acts he has subjected your offspring to, but will then assure you that he has asked for and received forgiveness from the Sky Fairy of his choosing, and that it's all cool now - life can go on. Oh, and thanks for letting me diddle your kid.
Yes, I have posted variants of that on many threads and the response is always the same. An immediate fallback to "that's not the same thing" and the positioning of me as a "hater."
Let me be clear. You are goddamned right I am a hater.
I hate anyone who abuses a child. I have complete disdain for anyone who would defend the indefensible. I abhor all attempts to whitewash what was done, REPEATEDLY, to those children. And I hate, hate, hate hypocrisy.
And yes, anyone who defends him and is not willing to allow one of their own children to be molested without repercussion is a hypocrite. Because if you are willing to cut slack and repackage his crimes into "sins" just because he is on TV or because God, yet somehow are not willing to do the same for a stranger?
The linguistic gymnastics at play have been almost as impressive (in the way a landslide diaper is impressive) as their mental roundoff back-handsprings.
The verbal sleight of tongue they are attempting is pathetic.
What Josh Duggar did, REPEATEDLY, were crimes. Felonies, actually. He broke the law in the most fundamental of ways, against the most innocent among us.
Yet, repackaged under the brand name "SIN," it suddenly makes it forgivable, an oops moment, something to pray away.
Mike Huckabee, who will surely be stupid enough to wonder WHY he won't be President AGAIN, has been very vocal in defending all the Duggars. Reminding us all that we are sinners. All of us, and that Joshie has asked for and received the grace of Jesus.
"Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things."
That is a quote. Not out of context, just a straight up quote that ends with praise for the Duggar family's "authenticity and humility."
Sorry, but "good people" don't molest children, Mike. And calling REPEATED molestation of FIVE children "regrettable" is the only "disgusting thing" here.
Molesting a child even once - not a mistake. Repeating the act after having been part of the Duggar's obvious fish-farm catch and release program? Those are active, thought out CHOICES. Those are deliberate acts that you know are wrong.
Calling them "sins" doesn't take away the damage, doesn't wash away the crime. And invoking the robes of your chosen deity means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
By your logic, any teen can molest your child, kill your wife by crashing into her while texting and driving, hack into your bank account, and kick your dog - then expect for those crimes to be written off as mistakes and go along his/her merry Christian way, right?
<insert sound of crickets>
Yeah, that whole 'love the sinner, hate the sin" mantra is pretty much bullshit when it happens to you or someone you love, huh?
See, that's why we have a secular legal system, Mike. So people can't just stab you in the spleen, plead "God" and go on to stab another person in the spleen. The legal system is actually built upon accountability. Consequences for actions. Punishment for breaking the agreed upon laws of society.
Your chosen brand of faith, dogma, or make believe has zero bearing. Why? Because it is YOUR CHOSEN BRAND OF FAITH, DOGMA, OR MAKE BELIEVE.
So it doesn't matter that so many are actively choosing to defend Josh Duggar and hide behind the robes of the Almighty. What matters is he committed CRIMES.
But hey, wouldn't we all if we thought we could get away with it?
That would be the logic being dribbled out the face anus of Michael Seewald, an in-law of Josh. He says, "Many times it is simply lack of opportunity or fear of consequences that keep us from falling into grievous sin even though our fallen hearts would love to indulge the flesh."
Yes, according to him, all that stands between every single one of us and molesting a child is the fear of being caught.
Sorry, Michael, but I don't molest children because I have zero inclination to do so. Not because I might get caught. Not because I am afraid of not getting a Fastpass at the celestial Disney World. Because I am not a child molester.
I am also not a bank robber. A murderer. A pedophile. A tax cheat. An adulterer.
I am a good person. A good person who limits their mistakes to an occasional speeding ticket, spilt soymilk, being obstinate in a fight. You know, things that don't leave a trail of tears, blood, or emotional carnage in their wake.
Oh, and I don't go to church or read your Bible. So that kind of puts paid to the whole only being moral because of God thing you people like to preach.
I am moral because I AM MORAL.
And as someone with morals, a strong sense of right vs wrong, and appreciation for justice - I can tell you that painting molestation as a forgivable sin is as unforgivable as the act that got us to this place.
So to he who would withhold the first stone, I again ask, "Which of your children are you cool with offering up for molestation today?"
Don't worry. I'm only holding my breath because your hypocrisy smells like the bullshit it is.