Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Former Family Research Council spokesman Josh Duggar sentenced to 12+ years for possession of child porn

Josh Duggar

The Family Research Council loves to portray LGBTQ people as pedophiles and 'groomers.' Maybe it should acknowledge the problem it once had in its own house.

From Raw Story:

Former reality TV star Josh Duggar has been sentenced this Wednesday to over 12 years in prison in the wake of his conviction last year on possession of child pornography charges, news outlet KNWA reports. Duggar was sentenced to a total of 151 months. Duggar was arrested in April of 2021 after federal agents executed a search warrant at Duggar’s place of employment, seizing multiple electronic devices and pieces of evidence, including one video that Special Agent Gerald Faulkner called “in the top five of the worst of the worst that I’ve ever had to examine.” Duggar was unanimously found guilty on the charges back in December. 

 According to CNN

 Duggar is the oldest son of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, whose family and devout Christian lifestyle were the subject of the TLC show "19 Kids and Counting." The show was canceled in 2015 in the wake of allegations that Josh Duggar had molested girls as a teen, including two of his sisters, Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard, who spoke about the allegations in an interview with Fox News. He was never charged in relation to those allegations. 

 That particular controversy ruined Duggar's reputation as anti-LGBTQ activist for the Family Research Council. He served the group as executive director of  its lobbying group, FRC Action from 2013 until 2015 when the initial scandal of him molesting his sisters forced him to resign.

Before the sh!t hit the fan,  Duggar claimed that he was working with FRC to 'promote family values.'  In 2014, he and his family helped in a successful campaign to repeal a nondiscrimination ordinance in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Central to the effort was a robocall by his mother, Michelle, which implied that trans women were predators:

"Hello, this is Michelle Duggar," the robocall begins. "I’m calling to inform you of some shocking news that would affect the safety of Northwest Arkansas women and children. The Fayetteville City Council is voting on an ordinance this Tuesday night that would allow men — yes, I said men — to use women's and girls' restrooms, locker rooms, showers, sleeping areas and other areas that are designated for females only.

 "I don’t believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls. I doubt that Fayetteville parents would stand for a law that would endanger their daughters or allow them to be traumatized by a man joining them in their private space. We should never place the preference of an adult over the safety and innocence of a child. Parents, who do you want undressing next to your daughter at the public swimming pool’s private changing area?"

Maybe if Mrs. Duggar had her eye on the actual predator who was in her family instead of attacking trans women . . . 

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