Last week, as THG reported, disgraced former reality star Josh Duggar was hauled off to jail following his arrest.
The child porn charges were disgusting, but remarkably, not that big of a surprise given his personal history.
Josh has, after all, very famously targeted little girls in the past (four of his victims were his own sisters).
And more and more fans are pointing out that Josh’s crimes are inseparable from the Duggar brand.
Josh was arrested and charged for possessing media depicting the sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12.
This is both disturbing and morally repulsive, and there has been a lot of talk about what the heck happened.
But at the same time, some longtime viewers of TLC’s hit Counting On are making requests of other fans.
On celebrity gossip and across social media, some Duggar fans are trying to police how this is discussed.
They would like more “positive” posts about the Duggar girls and their babies and about Counting On.
After all, Josh and his wrongdoings have “nothing” to do with any of that, they would have you believe.
In reality, it’s hard to argue that Josh’s sisters – some of whom were also his victims, and forced to forgive him – aren’t relevant.
And Counting On may have been TLC’s sneaky way of profiting from the Duggars after Josh’s 2015 scandal, but it’s not innocent.
The show is a mouthpiece designed to help promote and normalize the very same toxic purity culture and fundamentalist cult.
This lifestyle, or belief system (if you don’t like the word cult) is the same one that enabled Josh this whole time.
There are so many infamous aspects of the cult to which the Duggars belong, based upon the teachings of Bill Gothard.
The extreme fundamentalist beliefs range from the superficial – those absurd perm jobs – to the serious.
But in addition to the emotional, psychological, and physical abuse encouraged within the cult, there is … more.
Much more. And none of it good.
The antiquated dress codes for “modesty” aren’t just disturbingly toxic and misogynistic, though they are that.
The requirements of homeschooling are about more than keeping children isolated from other people and real world ideas.
And the division between women and men in every walk of life?
It’s about more than just reminding women that they are “less than” – troubling as that is, it’s deeper than that.
Several years, back when Josh Duggar’s history of sexually abusing little girls first became public, the world learned a lot.
As we have previously reported at length, one survivor of the cult who broke away spoke out.
She offered the world a vivid description of how the cult groomed every little girl to be a man’s victim.
“Like any system of abuse, ATI relies on control to maintain its power,” wrote Brooke Arnold in 2015.
“And a critical component of that power is the total indoctrination of its members,” she elaborated.
The church to which the Duggars belong, Arnold noted, did so in part “through its homeschool curriculum.”
Source:: The Hollywood Gossip
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