Josh Duggar Slammed For Sharing A Favorite Bible Verse Amid Rumors He’s Planning A ‘Redemption Tour’ [Video]
The Duggar family is trying desperately to reintroduce fallen reality star Josh Duggar to their viewers, but they’re failing miserably. A now-deleted post on the official Duggar family Facebook page, the 19 Kids & Counting family shared Josh Duggar’s favorite bible verse and were promptly slammed by followers who believe Josh shouldn’t be on social media at all.
On their page, Jim Bob and Michelle revealed that Josh Duggar’s favorite inspirational bible verse is “[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.” The Duggar family then asked their followers about their “favorite verse.”
While the post had good intentions and was meant to engage with their followers, it seems many 19 Kids & Counting fans are just not ready to welcome Josh back to the fold following last year’s revelations that he molested several girls when he was a teenager.
In response to the bible verse, several readers slammed the family, with one user asking, “Is that what he told his wife and all the girls he molested? ‘Be strong, God is with you, while I break other tenants of our faith.'”
Another fan noted that their favorite verse 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,” in reference to Josh Duggar’s past admission that he was cheating on his wife and indulged in a pornography addiction while working for a conservative Christian lobbying group.
— Rebecka Schumann (@RebeckaSchumann) June 3, 2016
According to insiders, the Duggar family is planning a “redemption tour” featuring Josh as a way to capitalize on the scandals from the past year. It’s possible that the Duggar family is trying to gain support by sharing Josh’s life with their followers, although naturally, the reality stars haven’t confirmed the gossip.
Josh Duggar has been spotted around the country at graduation ceremonies and parties along with the rest of his family, giving some support to the rumors about an apology tour. While many of their followers scoff at the idea of a redemption tour and believe Josh should just vanish into the mists, other fans do actually want to hear from Duggar, urging him to “[m]an up” and “[u]se social media like the rest of your family.”
“Don’t hide behind your PR firm posting your fave bible verse,” one user wrote.
Following the severe backlash that garnered 130 comments, the Duggar family removed the Facebook post.
Josh Duggar's wife
bans him from using a smartphone
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— Equity Equality Diversity & Inclusion (@abutler04) June 1, 2016
Since leaving rehab, Josh Duggar has been spotted several times but has not issued a formal statement, aside from a joint blog post with his wife, Anna, that thanked their fans for their prayers and continued support. In the May 27 post on the official Duggar Family Blog, the couple admitted they’re seeing a marriage counselor “to take important steps toward healing.”
In that statement, Josh and Anna Duggar, who have four children together, revealed that there was a long road ahead to healing their marriage, but they’re prepared to follow their faith and see it through. While her fans urged Anna Duggar to leave her husband, the Jill & Jessa: Counting On alum confessed she’s bound by her faith to see her marriage through.
The Duggar family is reportedly still waiting to hear from TLC about whether their show Jill & Jessa: Counting On has been renewed for a third season. While the show had high ratings, it was a PR and advertising nightmare. Meanwhile, the Duggar family has urged fans to show their support for the reality show over social media.
What do you think? Is Josh Duggar a hypocrite? Should he go on a “redemption tour?” Leave a comment below!
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