Could the Josh Duggar scandals be fake? An insider recently revealed that Josh is looking for his own reality show, and confessed that the scandals might just be a way to break off from the rest of his family and make a grab for the spotlight.
While there is a leaked police report documenting that Josh Duggar molested several young girls when he was a teenager, a source close to the Duggar family believes the scandals and his time in rehab are just a way for Josh to land his own series. According to the Christian Post, the scandals, his confession last year that he cheated on his wife, Anna, and his subsequent stay in a faith-based rehab facility in Illinois are “a ploy by Josh to get back onto TV. He’s hoping this will show everyone he’s taken real steps to deal with his problems.”
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The Duggar family has been accused of trying to reintroduce a better, redeemed Josh Duggar to their viewers, featuring him on their family blog and on Facebook. Josh and Anna have also released several statements on the Duggar Family Blog about the state of their marriage.
In one statement, Josh and Anna shared that they’ve been struggling with keeping their marriage together, confessing that “we have been working with a professional marriage and family counselor to take important steps toward healing,” noting that “[i]t isn’t easy and some days are very difficult. It is a long road to rebuild trust and a truly healthy relationship. As the future unfolds, we are taking one day at a time and we are grateful for your continued prayers for both of us and our sweet children.”
But according to the Christian Post, it’s all just a conspiracy to get Josh back on the air. The insider believes that Josh “is realizing that his father, Jim Bob, can’t keep supporting him financially for the rest of his life,” and wants to break out on his own.
While some fans are dying to know more about how Josh and Anna have been rebuilding their destroyed marriage, other fans think they should just fade into the mists. In fact, the 19 Kids & Counting alums were slammed earlier this month for sharing one of Josh’s favorite bible quotes.
In the now-deleted Facebook post, Jim Bob and Michelle shared that their eldest son’s favorite verse was “[h]ave I not commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed; for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
Fans took the quote as an insult, hurling back at Josh “[i]s that what he told his wife and all the girls he molested? ‘Be strong, God is with you, while I break other tenants [sic] of our faith.’ ”
A second social media user told Josh that their favorite quote is “I shall not molest my sisters or have affairs while judging others for their mistakes and then only ask for forgiveness instead of punishment,” presumably referring to the scandals that broke while Duggar was working for a conservative Christian lobbying group.
It’s not the only time the Duggar family has been slammed on social media. Recently, they were heavily criticized for sharing a photo of Jason Duggar holding Josh’s infant daughter, Meredith. According to the Facebook group, Duggar Family News: Life is not all pickles and hairspray, when the molestation scandals broke, Michelle Duggar shared that the family has a rule that “no girl will sit on a boy’s lap.”
The group criticized the Duggar family for breaking their own “safeguard” rule, adding that Jason is 15-years-old — the same age Josh Duggar began molesting children. So, is the Duggar family in “denial about the sexual abuse and incest that happened in their family?”
While there is absolutely no reason to think and no evidence to support that any other member of the Duggar family would harm young girls, some fans have questioned whether Michelle and Jim Bob “truly think what created Josh’s issues was a fluke and all the other kids are fine.”
What do you think? Are the Josh Duggar scandals fake? Should fans be concerned for the safety of the Duggar girls? Leave a comment below!
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