Josh Duggar, a reality TV star on TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting and the oldest child of the Duggar clan, admitted that he sexually molested several young girls as a teenager. Duggar only owned up to his conduct after records of a police investigation were obtained by In Touch Magazine. He was never prosecuted because, by the time he was reported to the authorities, the statute of limitations had expired.
Prior to his admission on Thursday night, Duggar spent years crisscrossing the country as a spokesman for “traditional values.” Duggar took a job as executive director of the Family Research Council’s political arm in 2013. In that role, which he resigned on Thursday, Duggar argued that marriage equality and abortion rights — among other things — were destroying the values that he and his family embodied.
Here are nine of Duggar’s most sanctimonious moments:
1. When Josh Duggar argued that an LGBT nondiscrimination measure in Arkansas jeopardized the safety of children:
Enacting additional laws that are trying to protect one group of people over another is not really the solution and in fact it has the inverse effect on others…We have to make sure we’re standing up to protect the rights of privacy and protecting the well-being of women and children in our cities.
[Right Wing Watch, 12/14]
2. When Josh Duggar argued that marriage equality was destroying the American family:
What’s really at stake here is the American family. Marriage is essential to the American family and every single child deserves a mother and a father.
[Huffington Post, 4/29/15]
3. When Josh Duggar appeared at a charity event and talked about how doing evil things to children is the worst:
In the absence of doing good, Duggar said, “evil comes in to fill the void,” adding, evil done to children is “one of its worst forms.” CCHO is a place they can go and “break that chain (of evil).”
[Daily Record, 4/19/15]
4. When Josh Duggar attacked Islam for treating women poorly:
— Josh Duggar (@joshduggar) March 24, 2012
5. When Josh Duggar went to Arkansas and said their courts had to reject marriage equality to “defend the American family”:
We have to stand up to defend the American family and that’s what’s at stake here. The people of every state should remain free to uphold the marriage as the union of a man and a woman if they so choose.
[Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 4/29/15]
6. When Josh Duggar praised Chick-fil-A for defending “traditional values”:
7. When Josh Duggar went on the Today Show and talked about how “children are a gift” that require you to look “beyond youself”:
You know, really children are a gift from the Lord and when you look at them that way and you look at them really as more of an investment and really, you know, looking beyond yourself, I think that’s what’s so important.
[Today Show, 6/14/13]
8. When Josh Duggar said that he and his family were the “epitome of conservative values”:
Josh Duggar, the oldest of 19 children, made the rounds Friday at a central Missouri rally for Santorum after previously doing the same in Iowa, Oklahoma, Georgia and many places in between. “Our family is like the epitome of conservative values,” Duggar said. “People connect to us in that way.”
9. When Josh Duggar talked about the importance of rejecting marriage equality and honoring your family:
I’m sure grateful for my parents and I’m grateful for my wife and we have our fourth child on the way due in July, and I think it’s just such a blessing when you see family and you see that you can honor each other
In Touch reported that after his father, Jim Bob Duggar, found about about his son’s sexual assaults, he failed to report the incidents to the police for more than a year.