Thursday, May 28, 2015

More about the Duggars...

If you haven't seen the Funny or Die video, it's must-see internet TV!  And too true -- Josh Duggar's sexual molestation of his sisters and possibly other little girls is all about him, not them.

Think I'm exaggerating?  Today it was disclosed that Josh sued the Arkansas Department of Human Services for investigating the family, despite learning that his "mistake" was not prosecutable because the statute of limitations had run out.  It seems that someone in a government position (yes, the guvmint!) realized the perpetrator and victims were still living under the same roof and wanted to ensure that no more "mistakes" were happening.

Because it's all about him.  Not about little girls who were violated in their own beds and then taught that girls that have been touched are like a bicycle that's been stolen and then returned as a beat-up wreck.

Although they (the Duggar daughters who wrote Growing Up Duggar) are careful to affirm evangelical theology that God will forgive even the gravest sin, the Duggars think of virginity as a “gift” one presents to a future spouse.
They recount a story their father, Jim Bob tells about parents who bought their child a brand new bike. Before the parents could present the bike, a neighbor child stole it and rode it around, scratched it up, and dented the frame. Although the parents gave the bike to their child anyway, he was understandably disappointed with its condition.
In this construction (a not too subtle one!) the bike is the female body, and the little boy is a future husband. Women’s bodies can be “stolen” by dangerous other men, and if they are, their future husbands will be understandably disappointed. Dating and premarital sex are not expressive in the Duggar construction (and evangelical purity rhetoric more broadly), they render women used and broken.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Duggar Sex Crime Scandal

Yes, I said "Sex Crime Scandal" not "Sex Scandal."  A sex scandal is when a consenting adult gets busted having sex with a consenting adult that the rest of us don't approve of.  Child molestation is a crime.  It's not a "sex scandal."

Okay, now that we've gotten that out of the way, here are the details:

Josh Duggar, the oldest Duggar child, forcibly fondled underaged girls, including his sisters, while they slept and at other times.  This was in 2002-2003, when he was 14.   TMZ tells the sordid story:
Jim  Bob, the dad, met with church elders and agreed Josh should be put in a treatment program.  The police report says Josh's mom, Michelle, said it wasn't really a treatment center ... they simply sent Josh to a guy who was remodeling a building to do manual labor.
In 2006, the family was scheduled to appear on "Oprah," and before the show someone sent an email to Harpo warning that Josh had molested girls. Harpo forwarded the email to a hotline, which triggered a police investigation.
Cops wanted to question Josh, but Jim Bob lawyered him up and Josh declined the invitation.
First, good for Oprah (I haven't found out if the show was cancelled) and her crew.  Second, shame on Jim Bob and the "elders" who dropped the ball.  Third, shame on Josh, though at 14 who knows what was going on in his mind.  How did he learn to sneak up on sleeping children and fondle them?  We will probably never know, but I suspect he learned from example.  Fourth, shame on the Family Research Council for sucking up to the Duggars and hiring Josh.  How qualified could he have been when he was a home-schooling victim? has the police report and more details:
Michelle Duggar later admitted to police that Josh did not receive counseling and instead had been sent during that time to a family friend who was in the home remodeling business.
Asked about the training center that Jim Bob said Josh was sent to, Michelle told police, according to the report, “it was not really a training center. Det. [Darrell] Hignite asked if the guy [redacted, Josh] talked to was a certified counselor. She said no. She said it was a guy they know in Little Rock that is remodeling a building. Det. Hignite asked if the guy was more of a mentor. She said “kind of.
So... shame on Michelle for not doing anything to prevent additional harm to her daughters!

Here's some of the police report, from In Touch:

In 2006, when authorities wanted to interview Josh, Jim Bob lawyered up and refused to let them do it.  After all, he had already had his pal, a cop who has since been convicted of child pornography crimes, give Josh a stern talking-to.

Not only that, but God has forgiven Josh, the girls have forgiven him, and Josh got more godly and less horny after hanging out with the remodeler.  That must have been some mentoring!

This kind of thing is why atheists are angry!  This atheist, anyway.  Did those girls get any counseling?  Did they have the choice not to forgive their brother?  Were they protected in any way from further molestation in the family?  As the family continued to grow to include 19 kids, could the parents really prevent it?

The girls in this family, and in the Christian patriarchy movement in general, have no say in anything.  Daddy takes care of things in his way, and his way is not to be questioned.  The elders, all men of course, can advise Daddy but if he doesn't want the girls' opinion he doesn't have to ask for it.

These are the "family values" that the Family Research Council and the rest of the movement promotes.  If you can call them "values."