Friday, August 21, 2015

Josh Duggar, family values lobbyist, cheats on wife

You could have guessed this, right?
In 2013, conservative reality TV star Josh Duggar—of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting fame—was named the executive director of the Family Research Council, a conservative lobbying group in D.C. which seeks “to champion marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society.” During that time, he also maintained a paid account on Ashley Madison, a web site created for the express purpose of cheating on your spouse.

In May 2015, Duggar was forced to resign after In Touch Weekly reported that he had molested five young girls (four of whom were his own sisters) beginning in 2002. When the accusations became public, the family went into crisis mode, insisting that Josh had reformed and that the media covering the claims was intent on “exploiting women.”

Since then, Duggar has admitted to cheating on his wife. So much for reforming, huh? But will it even matter? Look at Sen. David Vitter, another right-wing Christian 'family values' promoter caught patronizing prostitutes. He didn't even lose his Senate seat, and he's currently leading in the race for Louisiana governor, still pushing God-based family values (i.e. one man and as many concubines as he wants, apparently).

None of this will matter to the faith-based, though. That's because reality doesn't mean anything to them. They believe what they want to believe, and that's that. It won't affect the power of the Family Research Council, either, or of the Republican politicians who genuflect to them.

The hypocrisy does make me feel good, though.

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