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Jill Dillard: Drilled on Instagram Over Child-Proofing, Christian Music Choices

Once again, Jill Duggar's parenting skills as the mother of two continues to hear it from her "fans" over literally every photo.

The Counting On veteran shared a photo of herself installing some baby-proof locks on her kitchen cabinets ... so what's the issue?

Jill Duggar, Nose Pierced

Her two sons, Samuel Dillard and Israel Dillard, are one and three years old. In other words, she's being slammed for child-proofing ...

... later than people think she should have!

"A long over due project!" Jill writes.

"Since Samuel has been walking, he keeps getting into the kitchen cabinets! Finally getting the cabinet locks put on! #writeitdowntocrossitoff."

People who follow her on Instagram routinely criticize Jill Duggar's parenting, and to be fair, some of her decisions are a bit questionable.

Jill, Son

This, though? Fans (we use the term loosely) seem to be reaching a bit if they're ripping on Silly Jilly's supposedly overdue precaution. 

Others took the opportunity to mock Derick Dillard, her oft-maligned and disgraced husband who was fired from Counting On.

Some choice comments in that vein:

"Yes they (well she was, her lazy ass husband does nothing but spew hate) were very busy creating horrid recipes!"

"Good old Derick couldn’t do it because he is as useless as the letter G in Lasagne. I should really get around to that."

Jill Duggar: Third Pregnancy Revealed?

Hey, Derick's going to law school now, people. Everybody just take a deep breath and leave this upstanding citizen alone!

All kidding aside, some supporters of Jill weighed in with more positive feedback. One of them even felt a little inspired:

"We've had the child proofing stuff for 2 months and my husband hasn't done it. So maybe it's time I do it myself!!"

"Thats so cool," another said. "With Jessa it took her and Jinger to do it. Are you both going to see Jinger and her baby?"

The Dillards at Dinner

"Jill looks like a loving, caring woman. I am usually good and judging people just by looking into their eyes," another fan said.

"So to the negative people, find something to do! You are not Jill's friend you're just a fan. You're not an admin on her page!"

"You've such an over inflated sense of the worth of your own opinions. Tell us, has Jill ever posted something you haven't commented on?"

Well, that's just way too logical for the Internet.

Jill Duggar: Hiding a Bump?

In addition to getting dragged for her parenting, Jill also revealed that she was listening to music during her DIY chores.

There were some strong opinions there, too.

"Listening to some praise music on my fave [90.9 KLRC] app," Dillard included in her caption to the photo at the top of this article.

"I was under the impression that music with a beat, which Hillsong undoubtedly has, was not permitted by Jim Bob," one fan commented.

Others blasted her because Hillsong's message doesn't mesh with her fundamentalist lifestyle ... others still just blasted her faith.

At the end of the day, the Duggars are human.

There's plenty to criticize, and we've been there. But to a point we also need to agree to disagree or just let folks live a little.

Is Jill endangering her kids' lives here? Really?

Or is she actually doing something that, by definition, is designed to do the EXACT OPPOSITE and keep the little ones safer?

When we're harping on someone child-proofing her kitchen just because it took her longer than it conceivably could have?

Might be time to rethink your own life. Or at least take a look at some of Jill's mom's far more questionable practices (above).

Seriously, some dubious stuff in here.

Derick Dillard: I’m Going to Law School, Haters!!

Remember how we told you that Derick Dillard thinks that God wants him to go to law school?

At the time, that was based upon some leaked information. But now, it's official. Derick has announced that he's going to become an attorney.

So, we'll ask again: do you want this guy as your lawyer?

Derick Dillard, Attorney at Law?

On Instagram, Jill Dillard wrote "Exciting announcement!"

She linked to the family website, where she shared the news.

"We are excited," they wrote. "To announce our future plans!"

Fans should be excited, too -- because Jill and Derick won't be begging them for more cash to fund their mission work.

"We will be remaining stateside for now," they reveal.

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard at IHOP

They go on to write that they'll be remaining in the U.S. "as Derick is beginning law school at the University of Arkansas."

Though this news broke about a month ago thanks to some cyber sleuths, this is the first that Derick and Jill have announced it.

"We look forward," the message continues. "To seeing how God will continue to direct our family in this new chapter of life!"

Since they're not asking fans to fund his newfound interest in the law, it is widely believed that Derick may be paying the $16,000 per year law school tuition.

A few fans have also suggested that perhaps Derick has found some ultra-conservative groups to fund his education, but that's purely speculation.

Derick Dillard on Social Media

Instagram commenters met this news with ... mixed responses.

"Good luck derek," one wrote. "If u don't anything nice to say, then don't say it."

That sentiment came up a lot -- but also got shot down by people who say that Derick himself does not live by any such creed.

"I highly doubt he would turn away a gay client," one commenter asserted. "Just because someone identifies as Christian, does not mean they are homophobic."

That's absolutely true -- but Derick's own views towards the LGBTQ+ community are infamous.

"You see nothing wrong with Derick's actions and words?!" one commenter asked another. "I bet if Jazz was your family member you would feel differently!!"

Jill M. Duggar and Derick Dillard

Not every comment was political! Some commenters were, well, a little hornier than you'd expect.

"He looks more handsome all dressed up," wrote one thirsty followers. "However that time when his hair was so long he did look good too."

But yes, a lot of the comments were arguments.

One person suggested that the country needed more attorneys in order to defend religious liberties.

"There is a separation of church and state in this country that needs to remain intact," another commenter responded. 

"By your logic," they continued. "Then the need for more Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, etc., lawyers are needed as well. And just so you know, I’m a Christian minister."

Derick Dillard on His Birthday

"Regardless of the motive behind it," wrote another. "What Derrick did was blatant, unprovoked, hateful bullying."

That same commenter continued: "Just because he’s a man of god does not make him better or smarter or put him in a position to tell others how to live their life."

Religious discourse can be very interesting on its own, but it shows the anxieties that Derick and Jill's followers have. 

What sort of attorney would Derick be? Not, one imagines, a civil rights attorney.

Many believe that he's just setting the stage for an attempt at a political career.

Kendra Caldwell Duggar: No Longer a Teen Mom!!

Willing Duggar bride Kendra Caldwell, a.k.a. the wife of Joseph Duggar, celebrated a personal milestone over the weekend.

Turning 20 years old, the mother of one was feted by family and friends in what we can only assume was a wild b-day bash.

Just kidding.

Joseph, Kendra and Garrett Duggar

The couple is extremely private, compared to his siblings - so much so that fans have wondered if Joe and Kendra are hiding something.

Neither of them has an Instagram page, and for the most part, they tend to keep to themselves (besides the whole reality TV thing).

From the moment he bumped out Jedidiah and claimed Kendra has his own, though, Joseph has been smitten with his fair maiden.

"There was something special about this girl," he wrote in a blog post describing their story (omitting that he stole his brother's girl).

Kendra and Joe

"From the time of our very first long and in-depth conversation, I could see that we had a lot of common goals and interests."

In other words, baby-making.

"The more we talked the more we could see that this was the direction the Lord was leading us," the love-struck Joe added.

In other words, baby-making.

No, but for real. He goes on:

"We had truly become each other’s best friends! It’s amazing how similar our families were, but even on a personal level, we were very similar."

Joe, Kendra Duggar Photo

"As time went on, we realized that each of us had been praying for someone with the very qualities that we both saw in each other."

"Without knowing who the one was that the Lord might have for us to marry," he says, they still found each other.

How very touching!

The mother of baby Garrett Duggar also received a very special shout-out on Facebook from her famous Arkansas in-laws.

"Happy Birthday Kendra!!"  Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar wrote. "We are so thankful to have you in our family!"

Joseph Duggar and Kendra Duggar Baby

Michelle and Jim Bob added:

"You are a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, and sister! We pray for God's blessings in this next year and we hope you have a great birthday!!"

We're sure she did. Has anyone ever seen Kendra not smiling ear to ear? Even when she was about to give birth on Counting On?

The couple tied the knot last September, then had a kid almost exactly nine months later, so safe to say Joe is pretty into her.

And likely still is.

The only downside of turning 20?

Kissing her chances of being cast on MTV's Teen Mom franchise goodbye! Just kidding, they wouldn't cast a reality star / celeb anyway.

Oh wait.

John David Duggar: Not Subject to Courtship Rules at All?!

John David Duggar and his fiancee Abbie Burnett are doing things a little bit differently when it comes to their relationship.

So much so, in fact, that some observers have wondered if the Duggar family's famed courtship rules even apply to him.

John David and Abbie

Just one month after announced to the world that they're courting, the couple had another exciting announcement to make:

They're engaged! To be married! Already!

“Wow! We are engaged! This feels even more real than it did before! It was a special moment to share together,” Duggar and Burnett said.

Not that the Duggars are known for dragging their feet when it comes to romantic relationships, but this one took place at light speed.

And raised more than a few questions.

John David Duggar and Abbie Burnett Engagement Pic

“The proposal and the ‘YES’ really solidified that we want to spend the rest of our lives together," John David, 28, added.

"One of the most amazing things about following Christ is being able to trust Him to direct your path and lead your life."

With all due respect to Him, the one calling the shots here seems to be John David - to a degree rarely seen in his family.

THG's sources on the ground at the compound tell us that John isn't a fan of Jim Bob, and he's showing his indepedence.

John David Duggar Sits with Abbie Burnett

An eyewitness claims to have seen the couple on an unchaperoned date, upon which Abbie Burnett was wearing shorts.

Shorts! Two courtship rules shattered in one day!

The Duggar fan Facebook page, Duggar Family News: Life Is Not All Pickles and Hairspray, was the first to break that exclusive.

One of the Picks n' 'Spray admins posted:

"I just heard that John and Abbie were spotted today unchaperoned at the Tontitown Grape Festival... and Abbie was wearing shorts!" 

John David Duggar, Girlfriend Abbie

Alas, there is no photo evidence to back this claim - "I put you who want to play sleuth in charge of finding a photo," the post read.

Still, that particular page is not in the business of lying, and it basically confirms what we already know anyway at this point:

John David just does not care.

Think about it. He's rarely, if ever, seen on TLC's Counting On, the family's reality series which basically pays everyone's bills.

Unlike his siblings who feel comfortable living that Duggar life, he's content doing his own thing, personally and professionally.

Abbie Burnett with John David

It was John David who decided to court Abbie in secret, we're told, out of the spotlight, so that he could live his life as he saw fit. 

Now, reportedly, the rest of the young adult Duggars want time off or to quit TV altogether, inspired by their brother's example. 

A gender dynamic can't be overlooked. John David can clearly get away with things his sisters can't, including his twin Jana.

Whereas Jim Bob effectively denies the Duggar girls' careers and lives at his discretion, his son can (within reason) assert himself.

That's a topic for another time, but as far as John is concerned, it sounds like the family "rules" for dating simply don't apply to him.

A month-long courtship before proposing is bonkers even in Duggar terms. There's no way they didn't court in secret for some time.

Moreover, you can bet there are as many unchaperoned dates as he sees fit, because all his chaperones are filming Counting On.

Think about it.

Counting On Canceled? Duggars’ 2018 Season May Be Their Last

All good things must come to an end, as the old saying goes. In other news, all reality TV shows eventually run their course.

Whether you love, hate or love to hate them, it's been over a decade on TLC for the Duggars, a mightily impressive streak.

One that may be about to a conclusion.

Counting On Cast Photo

As has been the case for the last 3-4 years, TLC is not making any public assurances regarding the future of Counting On.

Ever since 19 Kids & Counting was canceled and rebranded as Counting On, the Duggar family has been on very thin ice.

Just the same, the reality TV empire survived, thanks in large part to a pivot away from the parents to their oldest childen.

That, though, has left Jim Bob Duggar with a problem on multiple fronts, as both his kids and his employers may be done.

Kendra and Joe

Yes, according to multiple reports, the Counting On stars are tired of TV and demanding time off from their handler (Jim Bob).

Soon, if TLC executives don't pull the plug on the show for them, the young adults may put an end to the practice altogether.

Jill, Jessa, Joy-Anna and company are reportedly eager “to carry on with their lives,” and those who are still single agree.

One of the biggest reasons the kids don't want the cameras following their every move is so they can court in peace.

John David Duggar and Abbie Burnett Engagement Pic

Granted, Duggar courtship rules require chaperones at all times anyway, but younger siblings are different than TV crews.

At least one of them figured this out.

“John David kept his relationship quiet and hidden so he could enjoy time without press,” an insider explained last week.

Seen above with fiancee Abby Burnett, John David had been a sparse presence on Counting On for the last few years.

Clearly that was a calculated move.

Lauren and Si

To be clear, cancelation rumors have been swirling for years as Counting On declines in ratings and increases in controversy.

So far, a loyal fan base and an emerging group of younger stars and in-laws has kept the Duggars afloat. But for how long?

The network already had to fire Josh Duggar, and relegate Jim Bob and Michelle to very minor roles, after his sex scandals.

Facing even more pressure from advertisers, the network then also had to dispatch Jill Duggar's husband Derick Dillard.

How many more hits can it take?

Jana Duggar, Laura DeMasie

These days, Counting On mainly focuses on the marriages of Jinger and Jeremy, Joy-Anna and Austin, and Joe and Kendra.

All three young couples are striking out on their own, and have taken up the bulk of the screen time so far this summer.

It also features Josiah and John David, both of whom are are currently in relationships, and Jana Duggar, who is famously single.

(Unless you believe those rumors swirling around the 28-year-old "Cinderella" Duggar and BFF Laura DeMasie, above.)

Counting On Stars

In any case, with Jill out of the picture, there's been another changing of the guard this summer, making for an uncertain future.

Jessa Duggar, who was also courting when 19 Kids first became Counting On, has begun to fade into the background as well.

The million-dollar question remains:

Is there enough interest in the new-new generation (call it Duggar 2.5) to sustain an entire show for another several years?

Perhaps they can continue to strike a precarious balance to keep the network, its advertisers, and themselves happy for now.

After all, they do need to make money ... something they don't exactly have the necessary skills or experience to help with.

We discussed earlier today how Jim Bob has robbed his daughters of careers at the same time he built this TV juggernaut.

How's that for irony?

In any case, you can be sure that the Duggars are aware of this and won't take the decision to pull the plug on the show lightly.

A source tells Radar that for now, the kids "will continue to film the show as long as they can because it is their biggest source of income."

At the same time, though, they "need to time to focus on their families," which may put them in direct conflict with their TLC gig.

That assumes TLC even wants to keep airing it, which is a different story, especially in light of some truly damaging scandals.

One more Derick Dillard comment about Jazz Jennings, or pretty much anything else, could put an end to that very, very fast.

Duggar Girls: Denied Real Careers, Lives Because of Jim Bob!

In the last decade, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's children have undoubtedly made something of a career out of reality TV stardom.

But at what cost? Their entire identities.

Counting On Stars

At this point, if you know anything about the famous family, you know that females are treated like property in their patriarchal lifestyle.

Sorry if it sounds rough to say it that bluntly, but it's accurate. Their father controls everything about their lives until they get married.

At that point, their husbands take over.

Fortunately, at least in certain cases (Jinger Duggar marrying Jeremy Vuolo), their husbands have been a bit less restrictive.

Nevertheless, the Duggar girls have been taught from the get-go that their primary purpose in life is to wed and reproduce.

Counting On Photo

That's it. Marry, make baby, repeat.

You can count out any dreams of having a career, in other words - no matter what natural skills, abilities and aspirations you have.

As Jim Bob and Michelle reach a dozen grandkids, it's hard not to wonder what might have been for the young women they raised.

In a world where he didn't control them, and they could actually pursue education, vocation and inspiration, so much could be possible.

So much. All of this potential ...

Jill Duggar: Certified Midwife?

Jill Duggar, for example, would almost surely have entered the medical profession, with a specialty in maternity and childbirth.

She is (or was) a certified midwife, having received certification from the North American Registry of Midwives back in 2015.

Whether Jill Duggar is really a midwife paid under the table or faked her certification has been debated, but therein lies the point:

If she had the freedom to explore this in earnest, rather than being shackled to that homophobe Derick Dillard, who knows!?

Jill Duggar Delivers Baby

She could've been a nurse, like Abbie Grace Burnett (John David Duggar's fiancee), or a Certified Nurse Midwife, or both!

Of course, that requires years of training, a Bachelor’s Degree, work experience and fellowships, which she's not allowed to pursue.

While not as stifled as her older sister, Jinger Duggar's interest in photography could have turned into a full-fledged career as well.

Remember Jill and Jessa's engagement photos? Josiah’s graduation? Countless other family moments? Yeah. She took all those. 

With her name and her talent, she could go places.

Jinger Duggar and Jessa Duggar

Jessa Duggar, meanwhile, is a natural fit as a stylist and model - because of her striking natural beauty as well as her interest in it.

As diehard fans who followed the family pre-Josh Duggar sex scandals remember, 19 Kids & Counting focused on the Duggars' frugality.

Case in point? Rather than going to the salon, they opted to get their hair done and cut at home, with Jessa doing the honors!

Jessa stays on top of her appearance despite the family's strict rules and restrictions about what's too "tempting" and the like.

Jessa Duggar Swimsuit Photo

Growing up in an environment that limits access to Internet makeup and hair tutorials did little to quell her interest in those topics.

At the same time, she's become the standard-bearer for Michelle Duggar's conservative style - full-length dresses and all.

See where we're going with this? A fashion line for women interested in looking their best in keeping with similar values.

If there's anyone who can rock a maternity top or swimsuit that reveals nothing at all yet still looks hot, it's Mrs. Seewald.

Joy-Anna and Austin PDA on Counting On

Joy-Anna Duggar would make a fine real estate agent or house flipper, given the skills and history on both sides of her family.

Jim Bob has long made money in real estate, while her husband Austin Forsyth has considerable experience flipping homes.

In fact, during his courtship with fair Joy, Austin was told by his father that he couldn't propose until he flipped five houses.

That's just the strangest thing we've ever heard.

But the fact that it's something of a family business, plus Joy's reputation as a quick learner who's not afraid to get her hands dirty?

Jana Duggar Cooks

Joy would be a natural, much like the eldest daughter of them all, Cinderella herself, seems to be at any task you can throw at her.

Oh, Jana. Poor, sweet Jana.

The oldest daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle is 28 and still lives at home, a frequent topic of discussion and dismay among fans.

Many card-carrying members of Duggar Nation believe Jana is trapped and forced to be Michelle's nanny, cook, servant and more.

Jessa has another theory on why Jana is still single: She's so good at everything, guys don't know what to do with themselves!

Jana Duggar Velentine's Day Pic

Seriously, she thinks that guys don't want to date her because they have no skills that she doesn't, and therefore no self worth.

That's possibly even weirder than Austin's pre-engagement house-flipping quota, but there's little doubt that Jana does do it all.

Whether it's baking bread, fixing a shower head, playing the piano, working in the garden, or designing home interiors, she's on it!

So many career choices. So little time to pursue them while being forced to take care of Michelle Duggar's giant home and brood.

In closing: Free Jana!

Duggar Kids Demand Time Off: We’re Sick of Living In Front of a Camera!

Often when the fine denizens of the internet are spewing invective against reality stars in some sort of online forum the phrase "get a real job" is bandied about.

Far be it for us to defend the Kardashians and Snookis of the world -- people who could buy and sell us despite never having set foot in an office in their adult lives -- but life as a reality star can actually be quite demanding.

The Duggar Family: A Photo

And as the Duggar family is now learning the hard way, it's particularly tough on young people.

According to a new report from Radar Online, the Jim Bob and Michelle's offspring have essentially formed a union.

Their sole demand?

No more round-the-clock filming.

Yes, apparently, the Jana, Jill, Jessa, et al. are fed up with living their lives in the presence of a camera crew.

Duggar Family: Counting On Season 4 Photo

They don't want to give up the gig entirely, mind you -- it still beats the hell out of punching the clock at a 9 to 5, after all -- they're just sick of feeling like slaves to Counting On's demanding production schedule.

"The kids just don’t want to be in front of the cameras 24/7,” one insider tells Radar.

“They have a big break in between filming to carry on with their lives."

Apparently, the driving force behind this mini-mutiny is second-eldest son John David Duggar.

Duggar Family Photo: A Classic!

John David is currently courting Abbie Burnett, and it seems he doesn't want his first romantic relationship to be painstakingly documented by a full camera crew.

At first, it seems, he kept his relationship on the down-low, and now that it's out in the open, he insists that he and Abbie be allowed some time away from the cameras.

“John David kept his relationship quiet and hidden so he could enjoy time without press,” says the source.

The other Duggars, apparently inspired by his example, have reportedly also demanded more private time.

Duggars: Counting On Cast Photo

But if you're concerned about the future of Counting On, fear not.

The insider says the Duggar kids are planning to keep working for TLC for the foreseeable future.

“They will keep doing the show for a while,” the source says.

Sounds like they have at least a few more seasons left in them.

But just to be safe, you might want to watch Counting On online while you still can.

Laura DeMasie: Who Is Jana Duggar’s Rumored Girlfriend?

If you're a longtime Counting On viewer, then you're probably familiar with Jana Duggar's longtime friend Laura DeMasie.

Laura and Jana have an unusually close relationship, as DeMasie assists her BFF with homeschooling of the younger Duggars, as well as the many other chores that have been Jana's responsibility for the entirety of her adult life.

Laura DeMasie Photo

Not surprisingly, the situation has led to rumors that Jana and Laura are dating.

We may never know if that's true, as coming out as gay would be enough to get Jana permanently disowned by her parents.

Whatever the case, it seems Laura is definitely one of the most important people in Jana's life.

The 33-year-old not only helps out around the compound, she's also a VIP guest at events that are otherwise Duggar-only.

Jana Duggar and Laura DeMasie

For example, when Jinger Duggar welcomed her first child back in February, only a select few immediate family members were invited.

But despite the fact that Jinger didn't even ask all of her siblings to make the trip to Laredo, there was Laura, standing right by Jana's side as usual.

Laura was also on hand for several other recent events as well, including Jinger's gender reveal party.

Duggars rarely allow outsiders in their midst, so some fans have been confused by the sight of a non-relative at so many private events.

"Like really... who is she? Why is she around? Why is she STILL around!?" one fan recently commented on a Duggar-themed Reddit board.

Laura Demasie Image

"Why did she go to Jinger’s birth?"

Several other fans echoed the sentiment, and while the exact nature of Jana and Laura's relationship might forever remain a mystery, we do have a goods idea of who DeMasie is and where she came from.

Laura is a 33-year-old Arkansas native, who is currently employed in the media department of the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP).

The IBLP is an important part of the Duggars' lives and the source of many of the family's most controversial beliefs.

So it's safe to say that Jana and Laura first crossed paths as a result of their shared involvement with the organization.

Jana Duggar on TLC Photo

As for why Laura is suddenly everywhere -- well, that's more of a mystery.

It's not hard to see why so many fans suspect that she and Jana are more than friends, but thus far, there's no clear indication of any romantic involvement.

Now that Jana's twin, John David Duggar, is courting Abbie Burnett, Jana is officially the only single Duggar over the age of 20.

So it's possible that she and Laura are simply kindred spirits who find comfort in one another's company in a desolate place where they're already considered old maids.

Of course, no matter how platonic their relationship, these two will likely continue to be the subjects of constant rumors and scrutiny.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar to Derick Dillard: Stop Being So Homophobic!

By now, we're all very familiar with the very strict courting rules that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar apply to all their children.

No kissing before marriage. No public displays of affection at all. No revealing outfits. And so on and so forth.

But a new report also indicates that the couple is trying to impose a pretty simple rule on son-in-law Derick Dillard, and it goes something like this:

Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar on Vacation

SHUT THE EFF UP WITH ALL YOUR HOMOPHOBIC TWEETS AND COMMENTS!

According to Radar Online, it's not necessarily that Jim Bob and Michelle disagree with many of Dillard's most controversial opinions...

... it's that he voices these opinions on social media and makes everyone associated with him look terrible as a result.

“Everything that Derick has said has caused the family bad press,” says a Radar insider.

The whole Duggar family, especially the famous matriarch and patriarch, are now “pissed off” about it, this source continued.

Dillard's run of open intolerance started about a year ago when he constantly dragged transgender reality star Jazz Jennings on Twitter.

His comments have included how bring "'transgender is a myth," and that "gender is not fluid; it's ordained by God."

Derick Dillard on Social Media

Despite Jennings never really responding to these offensive remarks and always taking the high road when asked about Dillard, Derick has continued with the attacks.

In response to Jazz undergoing gender confirmation surgery, for example, Dillard blasted this procedure as a form of child abuse.

TLC fired Derick months ago for being a bigoted jerk and relatives such as Jeremy Vuolo have seemingly hurled shade in his direction as well.

Most recently, Dillard offers online praise to a baker who refused to make a gay wedding cake.

The Radar Online insider says that Dillard’s in-laws have attempted to respect the fact that Derick is married to Jill, but they have decided to confront him because “they don’t like what he is doing.”

It's one thing to simply possess the views espoused by Dillard.

It's another to drag his relatives down with him as he publicizes each and every one of them.

Derick Dillard and Jazz Jennings

The source explains to Radar that the Duggars are concerned about “what he says and how he says it.”

And this message has possibly gotten across because Dillard has made his Twitter account private, while tampering down his most controversial of takes of late.

We have no doubt he's still hugely homophobic, but he's seemingly realized that it's been causing him personal and professional distress to shout this fact from the virtual rooftops.

Maybe if he can learn that fact, he can someday learn those in the LGBT community are just regular people and that one's sexual preference has nothing to do with what type of person one is and...

... sorry, nevermind.

There's a better chance of Jim Bob and Michelle encouraging their kids to engage in premarital sex than there is of this happening.

Jill Duggar Rocks Swimwear

Dillard married Jill Duggar on June 21, 2014.

The couple are parents to a three-year old son named Israel and a one-year old son named Samuel.

We hear that he may soon start attending law school in Arkansas, which would be an interesting move for him, huh?

Anyway, the guy is close-minded and ignorant and sucks a lot.

Anyone care to disagree?

Lauren Swanson: Pregnant ALREADY?!

It's been over a month since Lauren Swanson and Josiah Duggar got married.

And that can only mean one thing -- the girl is already knocked up!

Lauren Swanson, Josiah Duggar Pic

Or at least that's what fans think.

These days, the Duggar message boards are loaded with sleuths who claim to have it on good authority that Josiah and Lauren are already expecting.

But as far as we can tell, their "proof" consists of little more than the fact that Lauren is a Duggar now, and thus, must constantly be knocked up.

In less psychotic corners of the internet, fans are still obsessed with the state of Lauren's uterus, but their comments on the matter are inquisitive, rather than declarative:

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson in Austria

“Sooo when’s the baby due???” one fan asked on Facebook.

“The baby is due in eight months,” another responded, offering nothing in the way of evidence.

“Woohoo baby announcement here in about another four to six weeks," remarked a third

To be clear, we're not saying that Lauren is definitively not pregnant.

Lauren Swanson Rocks "Short" Skirt

Hey, with the way Josiah and Lauren broke the courtship rules, she might have been knocked up before they even walked down the aisle!

But we are saying there's nothing in the way of conclusive evidence at the moment, just a lot of persuasive people with very strong hunches.

Last we checked, Josiah and Lauren were on their honeymoon in Austria, a location they chose due to their shared love of a family-friendly flick.

“We chose Austria for our honeymoon because of The Sound of Music,” Lauren told People Magazine.

Josiah and Lauren

“I’ve always wanted to come here, and I’m loving all the scenery and traditional Austrian clothing.

"I am also loving the people and the culture. Travel like this reminds me that people everywhere are really the same, even if the culture and some experiences are different.”

We take back everything we said; Lauren is 100 percent expecting.

It's impossible to take such a sexy trip and not come home pregnant with octuplets.

We looked it up.

Duggar Daughters Croon About Jesus & Jim Bob on Debut Album!

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar became famous for raising a staggeringly large family.

Yet ironically, these days, it seems like half of their children have been shoved away from the spotlight.

The Duggar Family: A Photo

We suppose that's a natural consequence of life in such a massive family.

With the eldest of Jim Bob and Michelle's offspring getting married and popping out babies like there's no tomorrow, it's only natural that some of their younger siblings would get short shrift in terms of screen time.

Fortunately, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn and Josie have their sights set on something bigger than reality TV stardom.

Or at least something that could prove to be equally lucrative.

The Duggar Girls Album Cover

Along with their cousin -- Josh Duggar's daughter Mackynzie --  youngest of the Duggar daughters have released their first album as vocal group The Duggar Girls.

“We are SO excited to announce Happy Heart CD!” the Duggars wrote on their Facebook page.

“The younger girls have worked so hard on this and we love the results! We pray that it would encourage and bless you!”

While it would be incredible if The Duggar Girls turned out to be a rugged hip-hop crew, and the Happy Heart CD were a collection of speaker-rattling trap bangers, it seems the family has sadly chosen a much more traditional route.

The 10-track album consists of nine religious ditties and -- for some reason -- a rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," which you can hear Josie belting out in the clip above.

As The Ashley's Reality Roundup reports, the Duggars have adopted an interesting strategy for marketing the younger members of the clan.

Perhaps fearing that they've oversaturated the market with pious young ladies, Jim Bob and Michelle have assured fans that they need not concern themselves with devoting extra brain space to new Duggar personalities, as the youngest daughters are just 2.0 versions of their older sisters.

“We’ve always said that the four youngest Duggar girls’ personalities are like the four oldest girls on repeat," they wrote on The Duggar Girls' official website.

Josie Duggar School Photo

"Everyone has a twin. Jana/Johannah, Jill/Jennifer, Jinger/Jordyn, and Jessa/Josie."

Of course, this isn't the first collaborative project among Duggar siblings.

Back in 2013, the eldest four sisters released a memoir called Growing Up Duggar.

And now, their youngest sisters -- who have similar names and copycat personalities -- are releasing an album, and if you think that's slightly creepy ... well, you're right, but you're also not in the Duggars' target audience, so they probably don't care. 

Jessa Duggar: I Know Why Jana Is Still Single!

On last night's episode of Counting On, the Duggars attempted to answer a question that's very familiar to fans.

The mystery of why Jana Duggar is still single is a subject of near-constant discussion on social media, and yet it's rarely discussed by the Duggars themselves.

Jana and Jessa

At one point in the episode, a tree had to be moved from one of the Duggars' many properties to one of the Duggars' many other properties.

While the guys are hemming and hawing over how best to accomplish this feat, Jana takes control of the situation.

She hops in an excavator and moves the damn tree like it's ain't no thing.

Jana's take-charge attitude and impressive ability to operate heavy machinery prompts Jessa to heap praise upon her sister.

Jana Duggar: A Pic

"Jana is a 'Jana of all trades,'" Jessa says.

"She can do anything. She can wire an outlet. She can run the big machinery. She can do it all."

Jana accepts the compliment with her signature modesty.

"I enjoy doing a lot of different things, so I guess I could be a 'Jack of all trades' or a 'Jana of all trades,' Jana says.

Jana Duggar in an Interview

"But there's things I'm not good at. Sports is one of them."

Jessa presses forward, speculating that Jessa's talents might be too much for some potential suitors to handle.

"That may be why some of the guys are scared away," Jessa says.

"They just feel like 'This girl can do anything. What can I do? What can I do compared to that?'"

Jessa adds:

Jana Pic

"Just kidding. Don't let that deter you. She says it's okay if a guy's not as smart as her. Just come, and she might give you a chance."

This isn't the first time it's been suggested that Jana is simply too good for the men she encounters living in Tontitown.

Is it possible that the men in her area are simply too insecure to date a woman who's more skilled and knowledgeable in traditionally "manly" areas than they are?

If so, maybe it's time for Jana to seek out greener pastures.

Jana Duggar and Israel Dillard

We're sure Jim Bob would be opposed to the idea at first, but he could probably be talked into it.

For one thing, Jana moving to a big city in search of love would make for a great spin-off.

On top of that, it would distract from the rumors that she's dating Laura DeMasie.

Explain it to JB like that, and we're guessing he would suddenly think it's a wonderful idea.

Joy-Anna Duggar Opens Up About Difficult Child Birth: I Could Have Died!

It's been five months since Joy-Anna Duggar welcomed her first child.

At the time, it was reported that the birth did not go according to plan, and Joy-Anna was rushed to a nearby hospital, despite her intention to deliver the baby at home.

Joy-Anna Duggar, Family

It's not the first time that a Duggar woman was forced to abandon her plans for a home birth, but Joy-Anna's case sparked an unusual amount of interest among fans.

In the corners of the internet that are devoted to all things Duggar, followers speculated that Joy-Anna's delivery went seriously awry.

There were rumors that Jill Duggar had served as midwife, even though she lacks the proper qualifications for the job.

Some even went so far as to claim that Joy nearly lost her life.

On tonight's episode of Counting On, Joy-Anna will open about the complicated delivery and share previously undisclosed information with her many curious fans.

 
Joy-Anna Duggar with Son

The episode finds Joy-Anna and her husband, Austin Forsyth, meeting with their midwife in the weeks before Joy-Anna gave birth.

“I want to have all the options available, but I’m not sure,” says at one point.

“We want a home birth, we’re going to try, but we’re not going to risk mom and baby’s life,” says Austin.

"I’m just having to remind myself not to let the fears and anxiety things take over and just prepare as best as I can and be flexible at the same time,” a very anxious-sounding Joy remarks.

Yes, it seems that Joy-Anna had her doubts about a home birth from the very start.

Joy, Kendra, Gideon, Garrett

Asked by producers for her feelings on the situation, Joy had this to say:

"My thoughts right now? If you ask me, I mean, they change. Sometimes I’m like, ‘I’m ready for this, I can do this!’ And then sometimes I’m like, ‘Why am I doing this?’

"It changes. But right now, I’m excited and I’m ready and I want to have this baby as soon as it’s ready to come out."

She added:

“I really wanted to at least try it, and we’re only about 30 minutes from the hospital, so it’s not too bad in case of an emergency or a change of plans.

Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth on Counting On

"[I’m feeling] somewhat nervous, trying not to be scared, but just prepared.

"I know that it’s going to painful, there’s going to be a lot of emotions, but I know Austin is going to be there to support me.”

The bad news is, the home birthing option proved to not be viable and Joy-Anna had to be rushed to a hospital.

The good news is, once she was there, Joy delivered a happy, healthy baby boy.

These days, Joy is loving new motherhood, and baby Gideon is getting bigger by the day.

Watch Counting On online to get caught up in time for tonight's new episode.

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson: Look at Us On Our Honeymoon!

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson are currently in their honeymoon phase of marriage.

And we mean this literally:

The newlyweds are actively in Vienna, Austria, having the time of their lives after making the romantic committment of their lives.

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson in Austria

Duggar and Swanson shared the snapshot above of themselves on this special vacation, with Josiah adding in an extended comment to Us Weekly:

“We’re so excited to be in Vienna on our honeymoon and spending this time together!

"It’s a beautiful place, with a beautiful wife. What more could a guy ask for than that?

"We are loving every minute of it. It’s still mind-blowing to think that we have the rest of our lives together. God’s goodness is overwhelming!”

Swanson also chimed in with a glowing remark about her husband and their trip.

She even included a note about why the couple selected Austria for their destination.

Lauren Swanson with Josiah Duggar

"We chose Austria for our honeymoon because The Sound of Music," Swanson told the aforementioned tabloid, adding in more detail:

"I’ve always wanted to come here and I’m loving all the scenery and traditional Austrian clothing. I am also loving the people and the culture.

"Travel like this reminds me that people everywhere are really the same, even if the culture and some experiences are different. People everywhere want joy, happiness and good things for their children and so much more.

"This trip makes me love people and desire to deliver God’s love and care to people more than ever before."

Josiah Duggar & Lauren Swanson Image

The Counting On cast member and his life partner exchanged vows on June 30 at John Brown University Cathedral in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

The nuptials came as a surprise to even the most ardent of TLC viewers, considering Josiah and Lauren had not revealed their wedding date ahead of time.

There was even chatter that the ceremony would take place closer to the end of the year, causing some to speculate over why the wedding was moved up.

Specifically, did the pair get married in a pinch because Swanson is pregnant?

Josiah, often considered the most rebellious of Jim Bob and Michelle's children, had previously dated Marjorie Jackson in 2015.

It then took him over two years to find someone else to court.

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson Picture

Eventually, though, he settled on Swanson, who has been known to wear shorts that stop above the knee, which is equivalent to starring in an adult film when it comes to the Duggars.

These crazy kids are clearly meant for each other.

"What a joy it is to be husband and wife! Our wedding day was absolutely perfect!” Duggar and Swanson said about becoming husband and wife.

“What was even more perfect was to see my beautiful bride walking down the aisle.

"We are so thankful the Lord has brought us to this place and we can’t wait to begin our journey as husband and wife."

As for those curious for a look at the couple's wedding and their first kiss?

Wait no further! Just click down below!

Jeremy Vuolo: Throwing Shade at Derick Dillard on Twitter?!

Just last month, Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo welcomed their first child.

In the weeks since, the happy couple has been doting on their daughter and gushing about little Felicity every chance they get.

Jinger, Jeremy and Felicity Vuolo

But that doesn't mean they're not making time for the truly important things, like roasting Derick Dillard's dumb ass on social media.

A little backstory is required in order to fully understand why Jeremy's seemingly innocent tweet from Monday night is being widely interpreted as anti-Dillard shade.

As you probably know, Derick was fired from Counting On after unapologetically sharing his bigoted views with the world on Twitter.

And it's not just his former bosses who have taken issue with D-Dill's big mouth.

Derick Dillard on Social Media

There have been rumors that several members of the extended Duggar clan want nothing to do with Derick.

And reports of a feud between Vuolo and Dillard have been especially common in recent weeks.

"Jinger and I are so grateful to TLC for giving us the opportunity to share our lives with all of you!" Jeremy wrote on Twitter before Monday's Counting On season premiere.

"Tune in this Monday night — July 30th, 9/8C — for the new season of #CountingOn.”

Jinger Duggar Baby Pic

Sounds innocent enough, but it's not hard to see why many Duggar-watchers took the remark as an extremely subtle jab at Derick.

"Some Dillard shade,” wrote one fan.

Another echoed the sentiment with a reluctant shoutout to Jeremy:

"He's good at throwing shade in a fundie acceptable way," the viewer commented.

"I don’t like him, but damn if it ain’t entertaining.”

Jill M. Duggar and Derick Dillard

Dillard has made his distaste for his former home network abundantly clear in the months since he was unceremoniously kicked to the curb.

He was fired for attacking fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings, and he's since accused network execs of espousing values that run counter to everything the Duggars stand for.

In that context, it's a bit easier to see how Jeremy's public praise for the same folks who gave Derick the ax could as smack talk.

Of course, the big question now is -- will Derick respond? 

We sure hope so.

We could really go for a heated Duggar feud.

Jinger Duggar Posts Pic of Sleeping Daughter; Fans Lose Their Minds Due to Cuteness Overload

It's only been two weeks since Jinger Duggar welcomed her first child, but in following with the tradition established by her older siblings, she's been dutifully sharing her joy with millions of fans on social media.

Photos of little Felicity have been all over Jessa's Instagram page, and now, the newest addition to the Duggar clan has officially made her print media debut:

Jinger, Jeremy and Felicity Vuolo

That's Jinger, Jeremy and Felicity posing for People magazine.

Like we said, it's not the first time the Duggar faithful have laid eyes on Jinger's baby girl, but the public reaction is one of pure elation every time.

Of course, no one is more excited than Jinger and Jeremy who have been gushing about Felicity every chance they get.

“We are so thankful to have our sweet girl home with us! She is the biggest blessing and we are elated to be her parents!” the couple wrote in a recent blog post.

“It’s incredible being first-time parents," they added.

Jinger Duggar Baby Pic

"It’s something that you think about and dream about, but when it’s actually here, I think the reality hits you and it’s just the sweetest thing in the whole world.”

In a video introducing Felicity to the world -- another Duggar tradition -- Jinger and Jeremy showered the little girl with more love and affection:

“I think the most exciting thing about having a little girl is seeing this little piece of Jinger and me together,” said Jeremy.

As for the name -- which is remarkably traditional by Duggar standards (this is the family that gave us baby Spurgeon, after all) -- Jinger and Jeremy explained the situation thusly:

Jinger Duggar and Daughter

"Nicole, because that's Jinger's middle name, and a way to honor her," Vuolo explained.

"Felicity really describes supreme joy -- the joy we have in this little one and the joy that we pray she would have throughout life."

Well, nothing can quite live up to Spurgeon, but we suppose it will do

We kid, of course.

Felicity is a beautiful name for a beautiful little girl.

Our sincere congrats go out to Jinger, Jeremy, and the whole Duggar clan.