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Kendra Caldwell Scandal: Is Her Sister SECRETLY Dating a Duggar?!

If you follow the Duggar family closely, then you're likely aware Joseph Duggar married Kendra Caldwell last year in front of about a thousand of the couple's closest friends.

In most respects, it was the typical Duggar wedding - a chaste, dry affair attended by just about every fundamentalist in a hundred-mile radius.

Kendra Caldwell, Joe Duggar Wedding Photo

But in one very scandalous respect, Joseph and Kendra were entered uncharted territory when they said "I do."

The problem, it seems, is that Joseph is not the first Duggar to catch Kendra's eye.

No, before she began her relationship with Joe, Kendra was courted by Jedidiah Duggar.

Someone (read: Jim Bob) decided that Kendra was better suited to Jed's older brother, Joseph.

Apparently, they hit it off, because these days, Kendra is pregnant with Joseph's baby.

So the situation worked out for everyone ... except poor Jed.

Jim Bob was then left with a disgruntled incel son, and naturally, he decided to appease the 19-year-old with a comely maiden.

Jedediah Duggar

Of course, the Duggars live in the middle of nowhere and fundamentalist virgins of virtue true can be hard to come by.

Which is why many fans believe that Jim Bob has returned to familiar hunting grounds and set Jed's sights on Kendra's younger sister, Lauren Caldwell, who just turned 18 this month.

Lauren has reportedly been in attendance at recent family gatherings, which wouldn't be that strange on its own.

After all, her sister recently married into the Counting On clan.

But as commentators in the Duggar-focused corners of Reddit have pointed out, it's a bit strange that Lauren started showing up so soon after her 18th birthday.

In a conversation about which one of the Duggar men will end up with Lauren, the majority of the votes went to Jed:

"Jedidiah. He couldn't get Kendra so he'd probably go after her younger sister," one user commented, as In Touch Weekly points out.

Jedidiah and Jeremiah

But there was some dissent among the ranks:

"Not sure who, but she will be a Duggar because her teeth are nice and straight and she has fundie hair! She is in for sure," another wrote.

A third had a different theory altogether:

"Lately how all the older guys keep getting with barely-legal girls, I'm gonna say JD."

Since there have been rumors that John David is secretly courting, we suppose that's a possibility, but the ten-year-age difference likely wouldn't fly with Duggar fans.

We'll keep an eye on the situation, but for now, just expect a Jed-Lauren courtship announcement n the very near future.

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John David Duggar: First in His Family to Quit Reality TV?!

In recent weeks, there's been much talk of the small-scale rebellion taking place within the Duggar family.

Fans seem to be convinced that it all started when Jinger Duggar began wearing pants in direct defiance of her family's famously strict dress code.

John David Duggar: A Photo

According to this increasingly popular narrative, other Duggar kids then followed in Jinger's footsteps.

Among them? The newly-engaged Josiah Duggar, who - according to a source close to the family - is widely expected to be "the next [Duggar] to bust out."

But this version of events overlooks the original Duggar rebel.

The one who's been rejecting elements of his father's lifestyle so quietly and for so long that he his insurgence went mostly unnoticed.

Do you even know who we mean? We're talking, of course, about the Silent Duggar himself, John David Duggar.

Jim Bob, John David and Josh Duggar

Even if you've been watching the family's reality shows from day one, you may not know much about JDD.

And what you do know has probably been filtered through the always-formidable Duggar PR machine:

John David is Michelle and Jim Bob's second-oldest son, the twin brother of fan favorite Jana Duggar.

From a professional standpoint, he's the most active of all the Duggars, working as a pilot, firefighter and sheriff's deputy in his free time.

And it seems it's the duties of that last post that have brought John David into conflict with his domineering dad.

Jana Duggar With John David Duggar Image

As we reported earlier exclusively, he's been at odds with the family patriarch for some time, albeit privately.

Jim Bob's efforts to control the town he lives in by purchasing both large tracts of land and politicians reportedly don't sit well with John David.

He's sworn to uphold law and order, after all.

Add to that the widespread reports that John David is disgusted by Jim Bob's greed, and you have a recipe for a legitimate family feud.

It's not hard to see why so many are convinced the 28-year-old has already begun distancing himself from his family's social media empire.

John David and Jana Duggar Photo

Interestingly, in a recent interview, John David has confirmed that he will appear in the new season of Counting On, which premieres this summer.

But he would not comment on his future on the show beyond that.

Instead, when asked about his future, he mostly focused on faith and family. John David remarked:

“Future plans would be to, I think, one day, you know, the Lord will bring the right one along, and I’ll start a family."

"I'll hopefully be able to invest in their lives and raise up a generation that will be great people for this society."

The comment has fueled speculation that John David is courting, though we cannot indepedently confirm that he is (or isn't).

If true, that may have influenced his decision to be the first in his family to willingly leave the world of TLC behind.

Whatever the case, we wouldn't be surprised in the least if John David is actually the first to "bust out" on his own.

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Duggar Family at War With Gay Cousin Over New Reality Show

The Duggars, as you're likely aware, are a deeply conservative lot.

The core group of 21 who make up the Duggar clan that was first immortalized on 19 Kids and Counting have contended with friends and relatives who don't share their fundamentalist beliefs, and they've typically been quick to "deal with" these associates.

Duggar Family: Counting On Season 4 Photo

Michelle Duggar's lesbian sister, for example, has been cut off from the rest of the family and has never even met most of her nieces and nephews.

They similarly exiled rebellious cousin Amy Duggar, who's dared to commit such affronts as kissing her fiancé before marriage and wearing an actual swimsuit to go swimming, rather than a modesty-preserving barrel with suspenders.

Now, the Duggars are facing yet another enemy in their midst.

And this one is hoping to beat Jim Bob and company at their own game.

As we reported earlier, John Andrew Studdard is an openly gay cousin of Jim Bob and Michelle's children.

Unlike so many of the Duggars' relatives, he seems to have no fear of his wealthy and powerful aunt and uncle.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar: NOT Divorced!

Studdard has spoken out against Derick Dillard's homophobic remarks, and now it appears he's hoping to enter the Duggars' arena with a reality show of his own.

And not surprisingly, the Duggars are very much hoping that doesn't happen.

“The producers were hoping to do a show with his immediate family, but all of his immediate family declined,” a source close to the situation tells Radar Online.

“They think it’s tacky that John Andrew spoke out about Derick’s beliefs and have warned him if he speaks out publicly again he will be cut off financially.”

But those who know Studdard best say that his main goal is not to simply trash his famous relatives:

“He wants to show his life with his friends and the volunteer work he’s passionate about,” the insider said. 

Duggar Family Photo: A Classic!

“He wants to build a platform to spread awareness for causes. He wants to build an empire bigger than his distant cousins.”

Surprisingly, it seems Studdard actually feels compassion for his famous cousins - and he wishes they would follow his lead by showing more empathy toward others:

“He doesn’t think they’re bad people,” the insider says.

“He spoke out against Derick because he wanted him to be considerate of others. His comments were very harsh. He doesn’t know him well enough to say he’s a bad person. He was so kind at his wedding to Jill.”

Studdard may have a hard time landing a deal for a show where he presents a counter-argument to his relatives' worldview, but here's hoping he finds a way to get his message out there.

It would certainly help to shake things up in Tontitown.

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Fans to Jill Duggar: You Can’t Love Trump AND Latinos!

Jill Duggar is in a tough spot.

She's committed to both her dense husband, Derick Dillard, and the ultra-conservative values of her upbringing, but at the same time, she seems well aware that the core tenets of both often come into conflict with her compassionate tendencies and her belief in Christian charity.

Jill Duggar as a Mama

Jill has attempted to live comfortably in both worlds by distancing herself from Derick's comments, while simultaneously standing by her man.

She's implied that she doesn't share all of Derick's views, but she also quit Counting On as a gesture of solidarity after he got fired from the show.

Unfortunately, it seems that Jill has struck a compromise that pleases no one.

Her more left-leaning fans remain unimpressed by her refusal to speak out against Derick more directly, while her conservative followers feel that Jill is undermining the beliefs she was raised with by suggesting she sometimes disagrees with her husband.

It's a conflict that keeps resulting in tense debates in the comments of her Instagram page.

And Jill's latest post has resulted in a full-blown battleground:

Jill Duggar and Her Goddaughter

Jill posted the above photo yesterday, along with a caption reading:

"Congrats to my little Aivah on her kindergarten graduation!"

She added the hashtag "#proudmadrina," and many fans pointed out that "madrina" is Spanish for godmother.

The photo comes on the heels of a series of a post in which Derick praised Donald Trump and joked about his eldest son helping to build "the Wall" along America's southern border.

For obvious reasons, many of Jill's followers were struck by the sharp contrast of the spouse's recent social media activity.

And some went so far as to call Jill out for hypocrisy:

Jill Duggar Delivers Baby

"You’re with Latinos but you want that wall to be built... y'all funny as f--k," wrote one follower.

"Funny how Derick taught Izzy all about the Wall to keep people out, and here you are showcasing your 'brown' friends. Oh the hypocrisy," commented another.

"That whole 'I can't be a bigot, cause my bffs neighbors, cousins nephew is gay and I have no problem with him,' schtick," remarked a third, adding:

"What mixed messages poor Israel must be getting. Racism at home and facades in public."

Of course, Jill also found some support from those who agree with her family's more conservative views:

"Typical liberal hypocrisy, intolerant of others who don't share their beliefs," wrote one follower.

Jill Duggar Walks For Chick-Fil-A

"We 'brown' people have been in their lives for years now, no hypocrisy," commented another.

"Everyone is entitled to their own opinions about everything. That's what makes us all unique."

Obviously, as is always the case with this sort of thing, nothing was resolved, and no one changed their mind.

And yet, the debate rages on.

We'd say Jill should just avoid posting about politics, but we're pretty sure that's what she's trying to do.

Unfortunately for her, it's 2018, and literally everything is political.

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Derick Dillard: Trans People Are Mentally Ill!

Back in November of 2017, Derick Dillard was fired by TLC after he launched an unprovoked attack against fellow network star Jazz Jennings.

Jennings is a transgender teen who also stars in a TLC reality series.

Jill, Derick Dillard Pic

For reasons that remain unclear, Derick went on the offensive against Jazz, criticizing her for starring in "a reality show that promotes an unreality."

Fans were quick to push back against Derick's comment, but rather than apologize, he doubled down, launching a second attack against Jennings.

These days, Derick is sticking to his guns and continuing to express his transphobic views on social media.

He's also still going after his former bosses at TLC, which seems to suggest that this as much about Derick settling a personal grudge as it is about his views on the trans community.

As The Ashley's Reality Roundup points out Derick deleted the ignorant tweet below earlier this week:

Derick Dillard Tweet

"I really hope this is a series showing the devastation that mental illness causes, rather than assuming that these challenges are simply evidences of an improving society. #optimism,” he wrote.

His comments refer to a TLC show entitled Lost In Transition.

A description of the series on the network's website reads:

"Told from the wives’ point of view, the series examines the confusion, anger, disappointment, and uncertainty that each couple goes through."

Apparently, Derick hopes the show will present the transition process as a devastating symptom of mental illness.

He may be in for a long wait if he's hoping for a mainstream TV show that shares his bigoted worldview.

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard at IHOP

This new tirade is just the latest in a long line of attacks against television series that Derick decries for celebrating a sinful way of life.

Last month, Derick attacked Nate Berkus, star of TLC's Nate and Jeremiah By Design, describing Berkus and his husband and daughter as “a travesty of family.” 

“[Their lifestyle] affect(s) this poor child, as well as what perversions are celebrated,” Derick wrote.

“If it were adultery, I doubt a network would be so quick to focus on the reality of it as if it were OK.”

For obvious reasons, Dillard has been rapidly losing support in recent weeks, and even his wife, Jill Duggar, has distanced herself from his remarks.

Yes, it seems that even in the Duggar family, certain views are simply too repugnant to be entertained.

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Jill Duggar Offers Prayers to Shooting Victims, Comes Under Enemy Fire

Jill Duggar is not a politican.

But many social media users think the reality star sounds far too much like one at the moment.

Allow us to explain...

Jill Duggar as a Mama

Last Friday, tragedy struck an American school. Yet again.

A 17-year old named Dimitrios Pagourtzis - armed with a shotgun and .38-caliber handgun - opened fire at Santa Fe High School after pulling the fire alarm and forcing students out of their classrooms.

And into his hailof bullets.

ln total, Pagourtzis allegedly murdered 10 people and wounded 13 others.

He was arrested and charged with capital murder and aggravated assault on a public servant.

This marked the 22nd school shooting of 2018 and it came about two months after over a dozen students were killed in a similar incident in Parkland, Florida.

In response to this heinous event, Duggar posted the following image on Instagram and wrote the following words:

Prayers for those affected by the Santa Fe shooting yesterday. #neveragain.

santafe

Her heart was likely in the right place. No one is really disputing this.

But politicians and many others have beeb offering prayers for years now after murders such as this occur - and, let's be honest, the murders keep happening.

Jill can use the hashtag "#neveragain" all she wants, but the likelihood of this happening again is VERY strong is the only thing people do in response is to pray.

And we aren't the only ones saying this. To wit:

"Prayers mean nothing to dead children," one person wrote as a comment to the above photo, while another added:

"Prayers won't fix this!!! Your government can if they want... have prayers worked in the past?"

Jill Duggar Delivers Baby

Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, have garnered backlash in the past for some of their more conservative comments and critiques.

The latter is an unabashed Donald Trump supporter and has made it clear many times over the past several months that he doesn't support the gay and/or lesbian lifestyle.

For example, he lit into TLC star Nate Berkus for being gay and for having a family this spring, writing:

"It's sad how blatant the liberal agenda is, such that it both highlights and celebrates a lifestyle so degrading to children on public television as if it should be normal."

The natural reply here, of course, would be for someone to wonder how much Derick and Jill can care about these same children when they don't think any changes to national gun laws need to be enacted.

Derick Dillard With Jill Duggar on Instagram

Wrote about Instagram critic of Jill's over the weekend:

"Never again???? Really?? That's your hashtag?? Obviously it WILL HAPPEN AGAIN, and again and again!!!! It's time for your country to address gun control. It's just sickening."

It's maybe worth comparing at this point what Jill is saying here to what Kelly Clarkson said as host of the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night.

"I’m a Texas girl and my home state has had so much heartbreak over this past year," the singer said on stage, adding in emotion and anger:

Once again, y’all, we’re grieving more kids that have died for absolutely no reason at all...

Tonight they wanted me to say that obviously, we want to pray for all the victims and families. They also wanted me to do a moment of silence and I’m so sick of moments of silence. It’s not working, obviously.

Why don’t we stop moments of silence and do a moment of action? Why don’t we do a moment of change? Change what’s happening, because it’s horrible...

We are failing our children, we’re failing our communities. Let’s have a moment of action, let’s have a moment of change.

Watch this stirring speech below and decide:

Do you agree more with Jill's take on this situation or with Clarkson's call for action?

Jinger Duggar: Leaving Counting On to Star In Her Own Show?!

Big things are happening in Jinger Duggar's life these days.

In fact, some believe that all the exciting new developments in Jinger's world should take center-stage in the Duggar family's first spin-off series.

Jeremy and Jinger Vuolo

Okay, technically, Counting On is a spinoff of 19 Kids and Counting, but really, it functioned more as a replacement series after the original was irreparably sullied by the Josh Duggar sex scandals of 2015.

Anyway, if fans have their way, Jinger might soon become the first Duggar to serve as solo star of her own series.

In recent weeks, Duggar obsessives have been calling for a Jinger spinoff (or Jin-off, as we like to call it) on her Instagram page and in Duggar-focused subreddits.

The reasons why they think this is such a good idea are myriad:

For starters, the 24-year-old's life is wildly eventful these days.

Jinger is pregnant with her first child, and along with her husband, Jeremy Vuolo, she's carving out a life that's very much at odds with her ultra-conservative upbringing.

Jinger Duggar at 7 Months

Shortly after her wedding, Jinger became the first Duggar woman of her generation to permanently move away from Arkansas.

She and Jeremy have been residents of Laredo, Texas for nearly two years now, and it looks like they're gearing up for yet another move.

Last week, rumors that Jinger is moving to Los Angeles began to make their way around social media.

And unlike so many reports about the Duggar clan, this one is based on credible evidence.

Jeremy was recently accepted to study at a divinity school in LA, and apparently, he would be permitted to carry on his ministry there while he gets his degree.

In other words, a spinoff might soon be the only path forward for Jinger's career that makes sense from a logistical perspective.

Jinger Duggar at 31 Weeks

Continuing to find ways to incorporate Jinger's storylines into her siblings' lives will become that much more difficult after she heads for the coast.

The smartest move for TLC might be to simply offer Jinger her own series.

The move would make sense not only because of the geographical issues but also because it's fitting that the woman known as "the rebel Duggar" should have her own show.

Jinger was the first Duggar woman of her generation to wear pants and the first to leave Arkansas.

Now, she might be the first to land her own series.

Just another accomplishment from the undisputed fan favorite.

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Josiah Duggar Gushes About Lauren Swanson On Her 21st Birthday!

It's been two months since Josiah Duggar got engaged to Lauren Swanson, and while there's been no public talk of wedding specifics, Josiah and Lauren would like the world to know that they're still very much in love.

Lauren turned 21 over the weekend, and Josiah made it clear that he's more in love with her than ever in a heartfelt Instagram post.

Josiah and Lauren

“There are not enough words to express what you mean to me and how much I love you!” Josiah wrote alongside the photo above.

“You are the best gift God has given to me. Happy Birthday, Lauren!” he added.

“I will love and cherish you all the days of your life.  -Your man, Si.”

Needless to say, fans loved Josiah's kind words.

Josiah and Lauren are currently keeping a tight lid on their wedding plans, but fans expect them to tie the knot sooner rather than later.

After all, these two have been moving very quickly since day one of their relationship.

Josiah Duggar, Lauren Swanson Pic

Just six weeks after the world learned that Josiah and Lauren were courting, the young couple revealed that they had gotten engaged.

The Duggars were just as effusive in their praise for Swanson when they announced the engagement on Facebook:

“We are so excited to announce that Josiah and Lauren are officially engaged!” they wrote.

"We have known Lauren and her family for a very long time and have seen how she has grown in her knowledge and understanding of the Lord," the statement continued.

"She is a wonderful, caring, compassionate young lady, full of zeal for Christ. We are very thankful for her."

Lauren Swanson Keeps It Modest

The Duggars went on to state that Josiah and Lauren are eager to tie the knot:

'We are looking forward to another Duggar wedding soon!”

Josiah's in an unprecedented position, as he's the first Duggar of his generation to engage in multiple courtships.

The vast majority of romantic relationships result in marriage in the Duggars' community, so Josiah no doubt found it difficult to find someone to confide in after his breakup.

Fans were stunned when the 21-year-old abruptly ended his courtship with Marjorie Jackson back in 2015.

The couple never made a formal announcement.

Josiah Duggar & Lauren Swanson Image

Instead, Duggar watchers arrived at the conclusion that they had broken up based on the fact that Josiah removed every photo of Marjorie from his Instagram page.

It was an unexpected move, but those who know Josiah best say he'll likely continue to toss out his family's traditions in favor of doing things his own way.

Like his sister Jinger, Josiah is a bit of a rebel, and a source close to the family tells us that he'll likely "be the next one to bust out."

Sources close to the family say there are concerns that Josiah will reject his family's belief system once he's married and out of the house.

We guess that's just one more reason to look forward to the next Duggar wedding!

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Josiah Duggar Gushes About Lauren Swanson On Her 21st Birthday!

It's been two months since Josiah Duggar got engaged to Lauren Swanson, and while there's been no public talk of wedding specifics, Josiah and Lauren would like the world to know that they're still very much in love.

Lauren turned 21 over the weekend, and Josiah made it clear that he's more in love with her than ever in a heartfelt Instagram post.

Josiah and Lauren

“There are not enough words to express what you mean to me and how much I love you!” Josiah wrote alongside the photo above.

“You are the best gift God has given to me. Happy Birthday, Lauren!” he added.

“I will love and cherish you all the days of your life.  -Your man, Si.”

Needless to say, fans loved Josiah's kind words.

Josiah and Lauren are currently keeping a tight lid on their wedding plans, but fans expect them to tie the knot sooner rather than later.

After all, these two have been moving very quickly since day one of their relationship.

Josiah Duggar, Lauren Swanson Pic

Just six weeks after the world learned that Josiah and Lauren were courting, the young couple revealed that they had gotten engaged.

The Duggars were just as effusive in their praise for Swanson when they announced the engagement on Facebook:

“We are so excited to announce that Josiah and Lauren are officially engaged!” they wrote.

"We have known Lauren and her family for a very long time and have seen how she has grown in her knowledge and understanding of the Lord," the statement continued.

"She is a wonderful, caring, compassionate young lady, full of zeal for Christ. We are very thankful for her."

Lauren Swanson Keeps It Modest

The Duggars went on to state that Josiah and Lauren are eager to tie the knot:

'We are looking forward to another Duggar wedding soon!”

Josiah's in an unprecedented position, as he's the first Duggar of his generation to engage in multiple courtships.

The vast majority of romantic relationships result in marriage in the Duggars' community, so Josiah no doubt found it difficult to find someone to confide in after his breakup.

Fans were stunned when the 21-year-old abruptly ended his courtship with Marjorie Jackson back in 2015.

The couple never made a formal announcement.

Josiah Duggar & Lauren Swanson Image

Instead, Duggar watchers arrived at the conclusion that they had broken up based on the fact that Josiah removed every photo of Marjorie from his Instagram page.

It was an unexpected move, but those who know Josiah best say he'll likely continue to toss out his family's traditions in favor of doing things his own way.

Like his sister Jinger, Josiah is a bit of a rebel, and a source close to the family tells us that he'll likely "be the next one to bust out."

Sources close to the family say there are concerns that Josiah will reject his family's belief system once he's married and out of the house.

We guess that's just one more reason to look forward to the next Duggar wedding!

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Derick Dillard: Degrading Jill Duggar in Birthday Tribute?!

These days, it seems that no matter what Derick Dillard does, he stirs up controversy.

We don't mean to say that Derick is treated unfairly by fans.

Derick Dillard with Jill

Quite the opposite, in fact.

Der does his damnedest to stir the pot every chance he gets, and the majority of his social media followers let him off the hook simply because of the family he married into.

Of course, there's a vocal minority who seem to take pleasure in calling Derick out every time he does something foolish like use his kid to make a political point.

And that's how we wind up with daily D-Dill mini-scandals.

Today's is pretty minor, but still serves as an excellent example of Derick's ability to piss his followers off in increasingly subtle ways:

Thursday marked Jill Duggar's 27th birthday.

Derick Dillard With Jill Duggar on Instagram

Derick marked the occasion by posting the photo above alongside the following caption:

"Happy birthday to my wifey @jillmdillard! God has blessed me beyond measure to give me you as a wife and as a mother to our boys," he wrote.

"I fall more in love with you every day! Love you baby!"

Seems innocent enough, right?

In fact, it's hard to imagine how Derick's birthday tribute could have possibly provoked outrage.

But if you've been following his recent string of controversies closely, you'll know that some fans really don't like it when Derick calls Jill "wifey."

Jill M. Duggar and Derick Dillard

And as In Touch Weekly points out, some of these folks have been quick to express their displeasure on Derick's Instagram page.

"Wifey is a derogatory term to some. May want to look that up," wrote one such follower.

"Never say the word 'wifey' like that ever again," commented another.

Needless to say, Derick has not addressed these concerns or removed the post because that's just not how he rolls.

And in this case, he's probably right to stand his ground.

Even if he knew damn well what he was doing when he busted out the "w" word.

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Michelle Duggar Soaks Up Praise on Mother’s Day … But Does She Deserve It?

Americans from coast to coast celebrated Mother's Day this past Sunday, and naturally, the members of the Duggar clan pulled out all the stops to honor their matriarch.

After all, with the adoption of Tyler Duggar, Michelle is now a mother of 20, so if anyone deserves a day to relax and be pampered, it's her.

Michelle Ruark

Now, if you're a member of the Duggars' army of devoted fans, then you probably see absolutely no problem with that statement.

But if you count yourself among the equally sizable ranks of Duggar detractors, then you may have just thrown up in your mouth a little.

Obviously, there are lots of folks who take issue with Michelle's approach to parenting, but the continuum of criticism is vast:

Some feel she's harmlessly inept, a brainwashed victim of the fundamentalist patriarchy.

Others believe Michelle is something much, much worse - an abuser, an enabler, and a willing participant in a community that sanctions rape and other forms of sexual abuse.

Of course, as we're reminded every year at this time, Michelle's husband and many children think she's just the bee's knees:

That's Jim Bob's annual creepy Mother's Day video, and as usual, he and several of his kids acted less like seasoned reality stars, and more like members of a forgotten tribe who are vaguely frightened that the camera is sucking out their souls.

Now, depending on which of the aforementioned camps you fall into, you're either thinking that Michelle must be one hell of a mom to have earned such devotion from her kids, or you're marveling at how well she's trained her children to convey counterfeit emotions.

If you're in the former category, you might be wondering how anyone could think such awful things about such an ostensibly sweet woman.

We don't have time to get into all of the complaints against Michelle, but here's a brief rundown of why her toughest critics think she deserves punishment, not praise:

For starters, there's the matter of the Josh Duggar sex scandals.

Michelle Duggar: Pregnant Throwback

Now, Michelle obviously had no direct involvement in the molestation of her four eldest daughters, but there are those who believe that when she was presented with an opportunity to put and to the abuse, she did nothing.

Whatever the case, Michelle definitely helped Josh avoid prosecution, which many believe makes her an active participant in some truly horrendous crimes.

And that's not the only time that Michelle has condones abuse.

The 51-year-old is a proponent of "blanket training" which is a technique in which children as young as 6 months old are seated on a blanket and told to stay put.

If they move, they are struck with a ruler or some other blunt instrument.

Jim Bob, Michelle on Facebook

The Duggars are supporters of controversial child behavior "experts" Michael and Debi Pearl, who originated the technique.

The Pearls co-authored a book called How to Train a Child, which the Duggars reportedly consider their personal child-rearing bible.

Within a year of its release, the book was found in multiple homes of children who died at their parents' hands.

As we said, the list goes on and on with Michelle, with some even going so far as to accuse her of abusing her daughters by forcing them to dress in floor-length skirts in all weather and no matter what sort of activity they're engaged in.

We'll leave up to you to decide if Michelle should be condemned or emulated.

But clearly there's no denying that she's a more complex figure than most of her fans would like to think.

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Jinger Duggar STUNS Family With Plans to Move to LA!

Jinger Duggar has long had a reputation as being the most rebellious member of her famous family.

Even before Jinger began wearing pants in direct violation of her parents' strict dress code, it was clear that she wouldn't be spending her adult years adhering to the lifestyle and belief system that's been foisted upon her siblings.

Jinger Duggar at 7 Months

Shortly after marrying Jeremy Vuolo, Jinger became the first of her sisters to leave Arkansas, relocating with her new husband to Laredo, Texas.

Now, it looks like Jinger and Jeremy are on the move yet again, and this time, they're bound for a land where Jesus might be your savior, but he's also your barista.

According to Jeremy's Instagram page, he and his pregnant wife will soon be residents of the City of Angels.

Vuolo posted a photo of an acceptance letter from the divinity program at the Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles, where he apparently applied to study.

Jeremy did not say whether or not he plans to attend the program, but he certainly seemed excited about the opportunity.

Cradling Jinger

“I am so grateful to the Lord, as well as to Pastor John MacArthur and @revaustintduncan, for giving me the incredible opportunity to begin theological and pastoral studies at @mastersseminary," he captioned the photo.

Longtime fans of the Duggar clan might recall that this is not the first time Jinger has flirted with the idea of building a life in one of America's great bastions of coastal liberalism.

When Jinger vaguely referenced plans to move to New York City back in 2015, her family went into damage control mode, swiftly assuring conservative Duggar fans that she had no real intention of moving to Manhattan.

“Jinger didn’t mean she wanted to move to New York City,” Michelle Duggar told Radar at the time.

“She meant that she wants to live closer to a city. We’re talking right near a city, but not New York City. Jinger meant she wanted to live 15 minutes from Walmart. New York City is way above what we would ever consider a city where she should move.”

Jinger and Jeremy: Baby!

Relax, Michelle.

She said she wants to move to New York, not vote for Bernie Sanders.

Of course these days, Jinger joining the population of a large, left-leaning city is small potatoes in terms of Duggar scandals.

Hell, the family might even support Jinger and Jeremy's move to LA.

After all, Jinger's siblings all earn the majority of their income in the entertainment field.

They might consider it an asset to finally have boots on the ground in Hollywood.

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Derick Dillard: I’m Not Unemployed! I’m a Full-Time Trump Supporter!

Back in November of 2017, Derick Dillard was fired by TLC after directing a transphobic tirade at fellow network star Jazz Jennings.

It's the sort of thing people get fired for, so Derick took his lumps like a man, confessed to wrongdoing, and moved on.

Jill M. Duggar and Derick Dillard

Just kidding, he threw a tantrum and convinced Jill Duggar to quit the show along with him.

So now the Dillard household is without a source of income.

But fear not, because Derick is one of those people who are convinced that politicians who hate poor people are totally gonna make an exception for them.

You know the type - they haven't worked in 6 months, but instead of seeking employment, they spend their days washing the egg yolks off their hand-painted Trump sign because being white is more important than having a pot to piss in.

Anyway, while most of the family kept mum during the 2016 election, Dillard's love of Trump has been the stuff of many an outspoken social media post.

Israel Dillard and the Wall

Derick posted the above photo to his Instagram page earlier this week, and his caption has some fans up in arms.

“Israel helping Trump build ‘The Wall LOL," Derick wrote.

“I’m shocked that someone who preaches love is so racist. This comment reflects poorly on you and your family. I hope the rest of the Duggar family doesn’t support and agree with this comment," wrote one follower.

“I would love to know why a ‘missionary’ who ‘loves Jesus’ would be promoting pure hatred," commented another.

"Pretty sure Jesus wouldn’t be building walls, he was out washing the feet of those less fortunate and loving one another. How sad you promote Christianity but won’t follow it.”

Jill, Derick Dillard Pic

Yes, the Duggars' fan base is overwhelmingly conservative, but Derick may have failed to recognize that many of them are smart enough to understand that Trump is no conservative.

Blowing $1 billion on a functionally useless monument to racism, for example, doesn't constitute sound financial planning.

Anyway, Derick's not apologizing or deleting the offending post from his page.

That's just not how D-Dill rolls.

In fact, he'll probably double-down and use his son for more political "jokes."

Expect a Bill Maher-caliber gag about how just because one of his two sons is named Israel, that doesn't mean Derick supports a two-state solution.

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Josh Duggar Talks Molestation Scandal: I Gave In To Temptation!

This month marks three years since the world learned that Josh Duggar molested five young girls - four of whom were his sisters - while still living with his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle.

Had these revelations come to light in 2018 instead of 2015, they would almost certainly would have brought about the end of the Duggars' media empire.

Josh Duggar, Anna Duggar, and Kids in 2017

As it is, however, the Duggars have been able to rebuild, and while they may never regain the popularity they enjoyed in their heyday, they've somehow managed to remain on television in spite of the shocking allegations against Josh and his parents.

Jim Bob and Michelle helped Josh avoid prosecution, and they certainly weren't the only ones who were aware of his crimes for several years before they became public knowledge.

There were his victims, of course, and there were also several residents of Tontitown, Arkansas, including several city officials who are now being sued by Josh for releasing his police records to In Touch Weekly.

One judge has already ruled that the town was fully within its rights to comply with ITW's Freedom of Information Act request.

The fact that journalists who requested the information didn't meet with any pushback jibes with what we've been told about the Duggars' reputation in Tontitown, where - one insider informs us - Josh will "always be known as 'Josh the molester.'"

Josh Duggar on His Birthday

Josh, of course, has yet to issue a public statement on the allegations against him.

After the molestation charges went public, Josh was caught trying to cheat on his wife with a fraudulent online dating profile.

He was sent to rehab for sex addiction in Illinois, and upon his return to Arkansas, he was essentially made to live in exile.

These days, Josh works on a used car lot owned by his parents, but he no longer resides in Tontitown, and he reportedly has little contact with his family.

But there's still a considerable amount of interest in Josh's crimes, primarily from those who are intent on seeing that the father of five gets held to task for his egregious misdeeds.

Joshua Duggar Pic

Josh will never be prosecuted for the charges against him due to the statute of limitations, but the effort to ensure he's never permitted to forget about the suffering he inflicted on others remains constant.

In that spirit, ITW has published a forgotten excerpt from the Duggars' 2014 family memoir, Growing Up Duggar.

"As I became a young man I was constantly tempted to have lots of wrong thoughts and often battled to keep my heart right," Josh wrote in the book.

Needless to say, he was unable to resist those temptations.

Astonishingly, his lack of self-awareness gets even worse from there:

"One of the greatest things that helped me in my struggles was my parents’ commitment to accountability," Josh writes.

Josh Duggar Cries

"They were faithful to talk with each one of us children — if we were willing to share honestly and openly with them — to maintain a clear conscience.

"I learned quickly that great freedom can be achieved by accountability but that deep accountability requires humility and openness," he added.

"I often had failures in my early teenage years but found that I had a clear conscience only when I was willing to confess my thoughts and temptations quickly to God and to my parents"

Yes, Josh wrote without irony about resisting temptation and the importance of accountability in his household.

He admits to giving in to temptation but says he was able to clear his conscience after confessing to his parents, which ... well, frankly that confirms our worst fears about the things children are taught inside the Duggar household.

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Joy-Anna Duggar Rocks Short Skirt, Shocks Fans

These days, much attention is paid to the "rebel Duggars" - those offspring of Jim Bob and Michelle who have rejected some of the more asinine rules that characterized their ultra-strict upbringings.

But there's a contingent of the family's loyal basis that's far more interested in the stories of Duggars like Joy-Anna, who have eagerly adhered to just about every single aspect of the fundamentalist belief system with which they were raised.

Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth on Counting On

These fans saw their faith tested with reports that Joy-Anna got pregnant before getting married to Austin Forsyth, but most have stood by her side and dismissed the allegations of premarital sex as unfounded rumors.

While her sisters have taken to wearing pants, sporting nose rings, and even flaunting temporary henna tattoos, Joy-Anna Duggar has mostly stuck to the conservative customs and traditions that have helped to make her family famous.

She married young, started a family right away, and for the most part, she adheres to the rules of the famous Duggar dress code.

Of course, while Joy might be a wife, mother, and Duggar first, she's still a 20-year-old young woman.

Which means fans shouldn't be shocked if she occasionally gives in to the temptation to show a little calf.

Joy-Anna Duggar Short Skirt

The above photo of Joy, along with her husband, Austin Forsyth, and son, Gideon, appeared on Instagram over the weekend.

"Happy Mother’s Day to my lovely bride! She never has ceased to amaze me with her character and love for our Savior!" reads a caption posted alongside the pic.

Joy and Austin share a joint Instagram account, so we're gonna go out on a limb and assume he wrote that one.

Of course, it's not the loving husband's kind words that have captured fans attention but rather, Joy's attire.

If you're a longtime fan of the family, then you're no doubt aware that Duggar women generally favor floor-length skirts made of heavy fabrics like denim.

Joy-Anna, Austin and Gideon

The fact that Joy is sporting a just-below-the-knee hemline in a lighter fabric is being taken by many as an indication that she's slowly parting ways with her family's infamous dress code.

Of course, it's worth noting that Joy is still adhering to the Duggar guidelines for "modest dress" here.

Jim Bob's daughters are instructed to wear long skirts, but the preference for floor-length is the result of an abundance of caution.

Joy is still sticking to the rules here, but many fans think this pic signals the start of a slow move toward greater independence.

Comments on the photo have been mostly complimentary, which might be enough to nudge tomboy Joy toward taking a greater interest in fashion - even if that means disregarding some of her family's famous guidelines.

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Jessa Duggar Comes Clean: I Broke One of My Family’s Major Rules

It's no secret that the Duggars adhere to a very strict code of conduct.

In fact, next to the sheer size of Jim Bob and Michelle's brood, following rules is what they're most famous for.

Jessa Duggar on TLC

Duggar women are especially constrained, as every aspect of their day-to-day life - from clothing to interpersonal relationships - is strictly governed by regulations that are determined and enforced first by their parents, and then by their husbands.

Some of the Duggar girls have married men who are less strict than their father, which is why, for example, Jinger Duggar is allowed to wear pants.

But there are certain rules that are consistent throughout the faith-based community to which the Duggars belong.

And now it looks as though Jessa Duggar may have inadvertently violated one of those rules.

Jessa Duggar, Crazy-Eyes

For reasons that won't surprise anyone who's familiar with their belief system, the Duggars are staunchly opposed to the consumption of alcohol.

Getting liquored up isn't conducive to remaining perfectly chaste and modest at all times, and thus, booze is strictly off-limits to all Duggars, women in particular.

So you can imagine the shock among fans this week when Jessa Duggar revealed that she has, in fact, sampled the devil's brew.

In an interview with Jessa that resurfaced and was published by In Touch Weekly, the 25-year-old revealed that she has imbibed on more than one occasion.

Jessa Photo

Though she was careful to note that she never allowed alcohol to pass through her lips intentionally.

"Not on purpose," Jessa replied when asked if she's ever had a drink.

"We're really heavily in politics, and sometimes, it's one of those fancy, ritzy events and they serve you what you think is punch, and it's not," she added.

"You're like, 'Oops, yeah, that wasn't punch.' That was champagne or something."

Jessa didn't say what her next move was in those situations, but we assume she guzzled the rest of the glass, then headed straight to the bar, where she bellows for more.

Seewald Family

We kid, of course. 

Obviously, Jessa is no fan of the hooch, and we're sure she's in no hurry to break with the rest of her family on the issue of spiritous beverages.

Besides, Jessa is mom-shamed enough these days.

Imagine if word got out in the fundamentalist community that she enjoys a glass of wine from time to time!

There's a good chance she would literally be crucified.

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