Anna Duggar has earned the pity of plenty of people, but it looks like she's not getting much sympathy from her in-laws and their church. In fact, the Duggar family's preacher recently hinted that it's Anna's fault Josh cheated on her by using the Ashley Madison website and other means to orchestrate an affair.
According to People, the Duggar family's pastor, Ronnie Floyd, tackled the topic of infidelity during his Sunday sermon at the Cross Church in Arkansas. He mentioned the Ashley Madison hack, and he offered some victim-blaming advice on what spouses can do to ensure that their significant others don't stray. Because he brought up the Ashley Madison scandal, many might feel like his words were meant to shame Anna Duggar.
Floyd told husbands and wives that they open themselves up "to the attack of the enemy" if they don't have enough sexual contact with their spouses.
"And that enemy is going to take your spouse away from you," he warned. "Both men and woman have their sexual needs met by someone, somewhere, somehow."
Those who have been following the Duggar family closely know that the massive clan is part of a patriarchal Christian movement that burdens women with the impossible task of preventing men from having "sinful" sexual desires. The Duggars encourage women to dress modestly so that men won't sexually desire them, and they discourage women from having any kind of sexual contact with men before they get married. However, women are encouraged to always say yes to sex once they tie the knot. Michelle Duggar touched on the topic of meeting Jim Bob's sexual needs by comparing having sex to making sandwiches.
"In your marriage there will be times you're going to be very exhausted. Your hubby comes home after a hard day's work, you get the baby to bed, and he is going to be looking forward to that time with you," Michelle said, according to Today. "Be available. Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls."
Because Josh looked elsewhere for sex, it's possible that a few members of his family partially blame Anna Duggar for not taking care of his "physical need of love." Unfortunately, the Duggars don't seem to have any advice for women who get stuck with men who simply want to have sex with women who aren't their wives -- this very well might be the case with Josh.
Jill Duggar and her husband, Derick Dillard, let the world know that they stand by their pastor's views on infidelity by sharing links to his sermon on their Instagram pages, and as the Inquisitr previously reported, Jessa Duggar hinted that she's on Team Josh by sharing a Bible verse about how confession leads to forgiveness. The Duggars are seemingly circling the wagons around Josh and doing little to let Anna know that she's not to blame for her husband's bad behavior.
Anna Duggar has had a rough few weeks. She watched her family lose their lucrative reality show after her husband, Josh Duggar, admitted to sexually molesting his younger sisters, and this bad news cast a shadow over what should have been a happy time: the birth of her fourth child. It probably wasn't lost on Anna that her daughter, Meredith Grace Duggar, was the first child she gave birth to without the 19 Kids and Counting cameras documenting the event. According to Us Weekly, TLC announced that it was canceling the Duggar family's reality series three days before Josh and Anna announced baby Meredith's birth.
Even though Anna Duggar's decision to join the Duggar family is turning her life into a nightmare, her brother, Daniel Keller, says that she's refusing to leave Josh. It probably doesn't help that Anna's own parents are also pressuring her to stay with Josh because they believe that a divorce would tarnish their family's reputation.
What do you think Josh would have to do to make Anna Duggar finally decide to kick him to the curb?
[Image credit: Josh Duggar/Instagram]