As falls from grace go, Josh Duggar’s has been spectacular.
That’s really quite something.
Duggar – the eldest of 19 siblings (whose names all start with J) that starred alongside their devout Baptist parents in the reality television juggernaut 19 Kids and Counting – was this week among the 37 million cheaters outed in the Ashley Madison hack.
After Gawker reported Duggar had multiple accounts on the website for extra marital affairs (on which he was searching for a “steamy affair” with a classy person with natural breasts who was into oral sex, experimenting with sex toys and sharing fantasies), he confessed to being unfaithful to his wife.
His statement reads:
“I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have been unfaithful to my wife.Advertisement
I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him.
I have brought hurt and a reproach to my family, close friends and the fans of our show with my actions.
The last few years, while publicly stating I was fighting against immorality in our country I was hiding my own personal failures.
As I am learning the hard way, we have the freedom to choose our actions, but we do not get to choose our consequences. I deeply regret all the hurt I have caused so many by being such a bad example.
I humbly ask for your forgiveness. Please pray for my precious wife Anna and our family during this time.”
Judging by the repeated amendments to his public statement, the father of four also can’t quite work out whether he is a secret porn addict or if Satan built a fortress in his heart that no one knew about it.
After apologising in May for sexually molesting five young girls – including four of his sisters – as a teenager, one would expect he’d have his public confessions down pat by now.
At that time, his wife Anna stood by him. She released a statement saying she knew of his trip “down a wrong path” when she married him.
And, if People is to be believed, it looks like she will weather this storm with him too.
I suppose compared to child molesting, cheating is no biggie.
It’s reported Anna, also 27, will shoulder some of the blame. After all, if she follows in the footsteps of her mother-in-law, she would deny her husband sex when she had her period, for 80 days after having a baby girl, and for 40 days after birthing a son. Clearly, she had it coming…
But what’s more disturbing than Duggar’s inability to put the feelings of his family members above his own sexual gratification is that he seems to be more concerned about how his “sin” has affected Jesus than the flesh-and-blood woman who just gave birth to his fourth child a month ago.
He requests the forgiveness of the millions of strangers he will never meet, but he doesn’t beg for the pity of the woman he pledged his loyalty to and then spent years betraying, deceiving and publicly humiliating.
Nor does he apologise to those in faithful, committed same-sex relationships – the relationships he spent the past few years devoted to devaluing, claiming they destroyed the sanctity of marriage – while living a dirty, secret life that went against every ethical belief he espoused.
Because of the values he publicly stood for, he is a fraud. A sexual deviant. A philanderer. And the biggest hypocrite of them all.
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