Members of the Duggar family have always had extremely restricted access to the internet, so Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar simply can’t believe that their son, Josh Duggar, used a website like Ashley Madison and managed to get himself addicted to internet pornography. However, it sounds like the Duggars are doing everything they can to make sure that this never happens again — they don’t even let their kids look at internet maps.
During an interview with People magazine, a source close to the Duggar family revealed that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are “absolutely stunned” that Josh Duggar recently confessed to being addicted to internet pornography and to using the Ashley Madison website to cheat on his wife, Anna Duggar. Jim Bob and Michelle have always worked hard to keep their children sheltered from the outside world in hopes that they wouldn’t see something that would make them think “sinful” thoughts.
“They so strictly limit their exposure to these sorts of outside influences – from websites to even the sort of television they watch, if they turn on the TV at all – that they were absolutely baffled by how this could have been possible.”
According to In Touch Weekly, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar shared their thoughts about the internet and smartphones earlier this year during an interview with Covenant Eyes. Apparently, they’ve heard that people like to flash and moon the Google Street View car, so they don’t want their family using Google maps.
“We have emails and just the basic things on the phones for the guys. But…even on the maps and things there are some ways to see some bad things, and that’s a struggle,” Michelle said.
According to Jim Bob, male members of the Duggar family are only allowed to use internet-free cell phones from 1995. This is because smartphones can steal your soul.
“It’s so important not to have open Internet that you can go see anything, do anything, any time you want.” Jim Bob said. “Especially now with the smartphones. They can go off by themselves and take it out in a hurry. It has the potential to steal somebody’s soul.”
Unfortunately for the Duggar family, Josh didn’t have to keep following their rules after he got married and moved out of their house. And even while he lived at home, he was extremely sneaky. Back in June, Jessa Duggar and Jill Duggar stepped forward to admit that Josh sexually molested them when they were children. According to Extra, Jessa told The Kelly File host Megyn Kelly that her older brother went out of his way to hide his behavior from his victims and his parents.
“He was very subtle, he knew in his mind, ‘My actions are wrong and I have bad intentions,’ but he was very sly. The girls didn’t catch on. It was like if he catches a girl sleeping, a quick feel, or like if you aren’t really aware.”
While the Duggar family is acting all surprised by Josh’s admission to looking at internet pornography, this might not be the first time Josh’s love of dirty photos and videos has caused a family crisis. As the Inquisitr previously reported, there are rumors that Josh got caught using “company computers” to look at internet pornography while working on the 2004 campaign of an Arkansas politician. Josh was allegedly betrothed to this unnamed politician’s daughter, but the betrothal was broken off after Josh’s “sin in the camp” was discovered. The politician also blamed his election loss on Josh’s “sin.” Perhaps this incident is what inspired the Duggars to really crack down on their kids’ internet usage.
Even though the Duggar family has dealt with Josh’s issues before, Jim Bob and Michelle reportedly feel like their son is “a completely different person from who they thought he was” in the wake of his latest scandal. However, they’re not writing off Josh Duggar as a lost cause.
“They’re still trying to reconcile all that they know is good about Josh, whom they will always love and adore, with what they’ve learned now.”
Do you think Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s attempts to severely restrict their family’s access to the internet and TV ended up backfiring?
[Image via Duggar Family Facebook]