Josh Duggar Resigns Position at Family Research Council Amid Sexual Molestation Scandal

The Duggar family is the center of a huge controversy this week, which has culminated in Josh Duggar resigning his position as a lobbyist for the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, May 21. His resignation comes after a 2006 police report surfaced, indicating that he had molested four of his younger sisters and one other unnamed minor in 2002 and 2003.


Josh was 14 years old at the time, and according to the family, had confessed his transgressions and made amends, including spending three months at a "training camp."

According to the documents obtained by In Touch, Michelle Duggar clarified that it wasn't exactly a training center, but someone they knew in Little Rock who was remodeling a building. When the detective asked her if the guy was a mentor, she replied, "Kind of."

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By the time the family and unidentified victim were brought in for questioning, four years had passed, and formal charges were never filed. The 19 Kids and Counting stars probably thought the ordeal was long behind them, but thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, the records were able to be made public.

Josh's wife, Anna, along with his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, all made statements Thursday showing their support of Josh, but social media feeds have been buzzing, calling for TLC to cancel the long-running show about the large, conservative and Christian family.

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TLC has yet to make a statement about the Duggars or the future of their show, but Josh has taken proactive steps in at least one area of his life -- his job. He resigned from the FRC on Thursday, where he has been working to promote family values and anti-LGBT legislation for several years.

FRC president Tony Perkins issued his own statement in response to Josh's resignation. He said, "Today Josh Duggar made the decision to resign his position as a result of previously unknown information becoming public concerning events that occurred during his teenage years."

"Josh believes that the situation will make it difficult for him to be effective in his current work," he continued. "We believe this is the best decision for Josh and his family at this time. We will be praying for everyone involved."

What a mess. No one can really know but Josh if he's truly repented and changed his heart since he admitted to the molestation as a teenager, but at least he did something right quitting his job promoting family values. It's hard to come down on "sexual deviants" when you have a past as a child molester -- no matter how much you've been forgiven.

Do you think Josh did the right thing quitting his job?


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