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Friday, May 22, 2015

Amid the buck-passing and self-forgiving, who speaks for the victims?

Jeremy Hooper raises a good point:

What to even say about Josh Duggar?

by Jeremy Hooper
Screen Shot 2015-05-21 At 9.06.44 PmAs someone who has written about Family Research Council Action Executive Director Josh Duggar and the way he has used his TV fame to subjugate the rights of LGBT people (among others), I feel like I have to say something about this sad and disturbing news:
Josh Duggar Admits Molestation; Resigns from Family Research Council[TMZ]
But what to say, really?
I could focus on the jaw-dropping fact that someone who has these skeletons in his closet would take a job where he puts himself in a place of judgement against the rights and welfare of others.
I could focus on my longheld unease with the way they media portrays the Duggars as just some sort of fun, light-hearted kicker story, even as so much other stuff comes out.
I could focus on the Family Research Council's truly inadequate statement on this development, which focuses only on the fact that this came to light rather than that it happened (and how different the standard would be if it were a gay parent rather than Josh).
I could focus on the fact that Josh insists his lesbian aunt "chooses" her "lifestyle" while seeing no need to even acknowledge his own literal "lifestyle choice."
I could focus on whether or not TLC knew about this and gave it a pass, the same waythey've given a pass to all of the Duggars' anti-LGBT activism.
But instead, I'm going to focus on the victims, who very well might have suffering quietly this whole time while the Duggars seize TV fame (and the profits attached). We know there are victims; these are not just allegations. We know justice went unserved;Christian "therapy" and prayer was the only corrective. And we know that no one—not Josh, the Duggar parents, his wife, nor FRC—have seen any need to even mention them or what they went through at Josh's (admitted) hand.
So since they won't think of them, I will.

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