Michelle Duggar and her family have been in the public eye for years, but in recent weeks they’ve dominated headlines with a molestation scandal and a public explanation via an interview with Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly. Now, after a landmark decision from the Supreme Court regarding the legalization in all 50 states of same-sex marriage, the Duggars are once again in the media, and once again, fans are split between support and backlash.
The Duggar family operates a Facebook page and a blog, where they post updates and photos for fans. Now that the show has been pulled from TLC (although rumors are flying that a spinoff show is in the works for two of the Duggar girls), it’s especially important for them to connect to their fans via social media, but many of the family members have been silent since news broke about Josh Duggar reportedly molesting several underage girls when he was a teenager, including four of his own sisters. Jill and Jessa appeared on the televised interview to tell their side of the story, saying they forgave Josh of his actions and approved of the way their parents handled the situation. Not everyone agrees, however, and many have spoken out against the family in the days following the published police report.
After a Facebook post with the caption, “Praying for our nation today,” the Duggars have garnered even more criticism as people take to the site to vent their frustrations with the family. The photo bears a Bible passage that reads, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
“I love my God and I really appreciate the Duggar’s steadfast faith, but my God tells me to love others and that HE will be the one to judge in the end.. Please, people of God, remember to love one another and not spread hate,” wrote one commenter.
“But its okay for a brother to molest his sisters…bravo duggars…you are disgusting…you are warped and pathetic…love how your platform shows its okay to molest but not to genuinely love,” wrote another Facebook user.
Michelle Duggar hasn’t been too vocal on social media since the scandal broke, and neither has Josh Duggar, who resigned from his position with the Family Research Council in May. However, he has long been against same-sex marriage.
Michelle Duggar is due to become a grandmother once again very soon when Anna, Josh’s wife, gives birth, but the family hasn’t updated fans on her condition.
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