Jessa Duggar’s Father-In-Law To Josh Duggar: “Hang In There”

Josh Duggar not only has his parents, his wife, fans of “19 Kids and Counting” and presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee in his corner following the revelation that he molested five underage girls when he was a teenager — his sister Jessa’s father-in-law is also defending Josh against the “bloodletting” at the hands of the media. In a 2,000 word blog post titled “Grace Greater Than Our Sin,” Michael Seewald urged Josh to “hang in there,” and blathered on about how he diddled those girls yearssssss agooooo, and Jesus forgave him, and can we really BLAME his parents for keeping it out of the media.

I don’t think anyone is suggesting that the Duggars should have turned this into a Very Special Episode of “19 Kids and Counting,” for the record; I think people, myself included, are appalled that seemingly ZIP, ZERO, NADA was actually done to punish/rehabilitate/counsel Josh Duggar to ensure that he would never molest anyone again, as sending him to spend a long weekend with a guy who turned out to be a sex offender himself DOES NOT count. As for Jesus giving his forgiveness, well, given what we’ve seen go on within the Catholic Church, I don’t really think the Son of God has shown particularly great judgment when it comes to figuring out who’s molesting children and who isn’t. And then of course, there’s the justified anger at the Duggars’ hypocrisy in condemning gay and trans people as potential pedophiles, when one of their own was basically given a pass for molesting his sisters. I could go on.

One sadly refreshing thing about Seewald’s post is that he actually took the time to acknowledge the suffering of the girls victimized by Josh Duggar, five girls who have been all but ignored in his other supporters’ statements. Seewald wrote:

“Sadly, this type of thing is all too common. Victims of sexual abuse of any kind often suffer greatly for many years as a result of these sins. We should not downplay the seriousness of these offenses particularly, nor gloss over the pain and confusion they often bring, sometimes for a lifetime.”

Except it’s very likely, based on what we now know, that this is just what the Duggars did: they sent Josh Duggar to get a stern talking to by a guy who later was arrested on child porn charges and then they allowed him to continue living in the same house as his victims. Jim Bob and Michelle continued to have MORE CHILDREN that they did not have the time and energy to care for, relying on their older children, LIKE JOSH, for help in raising them. By having more children, they therefore had less time to devote to their other kids, including the victims, who needed them more than ever. If that’s not downplaying the seriousness of Josh’s offenses and glossing over their daughters’ pain and confusion, I don’t know what is. [People]