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Jill Duggar: Is She Rebelling Against Jim Bob’s Belief System?!

The offspring of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have been showing some rebellious tendencies as of late.

Of course, we mean "rebellious" by the standards of the ultra-conservative Duggar clan.

Such acts as wearing pants instead of long skirts might not seem very defiant, but Jim Bob has an extremely low tolerance for insubordination.

Which may be why fans are freaking out about Jill seemingly rejecting his sacred belief system ... 

1. The Face of Rebellion?

Jill duggar as a mama
Jill might not seem like the type to publicly reject the belief system that her parents hold so dear.

2. The Traditionalist

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She was the first Duggar woman of her generation to get married and start a family, and it initially looked as though she would carry on her parents' ideals unquestioningly.

3. Change Is Afoot

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Over the past few months, however, Jill has demonstrated a willingness to rebel against that strict belief system.

4. Whose Footsteps?

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At first, it was widely theorized that Jill was inspired by the example of her sister Jinger, who became the first to defy the well-known Duggar dress code.

5. The Derick Factor

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Now, however, it looks more like Jill is taking her cues from her husband, Derick Dillard, whose beliefs often conflict with Jim Bob's.

6. The Pants Dance

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It's because of Derick that Jill is permitted to wear pants. And that's not the only way life has changed in the Dillard household in recent months.
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Duggar Clan to Amy: Congrats! We’re Letting You Back In the Family!

If you're a diehard Duggar fan, you may have noticed the absence of "rebellious" cousin Amy in recent months.

That's no accident, as sources say Amy was essentially kicked out of the family back in June.

Amy Duggar on WEtv

Her famous cousins were banned from visiting her, and certain family members, like Jinger Duggar, even went so far as to unfollow Amy on Instagram.

“Amy is not allowed to talk about the Duggars anymore,� one insider told Radar online at the time.

“Amy went through her Instagram and had to delete all the pictures she had with her cousins."

Amy King Picture

Explanations as to why Amy was exiled vary, but most are in agreement that the ultra-conservative Jim Bob simply didn't approve of Amy's slightly more liberal lifestyle.

But it seems that at some point in the past three weeks, Amy was somehow able to get back in Jim Bob's good graces.

First, Jinger re-followed her cousin on Instagram, and now, the Duggars have chosen to acknowledge Amy's birthday on Facebook.

Amy Duggar Birthday Pic

Yes, the above photo was posted on the Duggars' official Facebook page earlier this week, and while it may seem like a minor development, it's actually a subtle way of sharing some very big news.

Until recently, Amy was, by her own admission, "out of the family."

She was persona non grata at all Duggar gatherings, and as Jim Bob and company aren't exactly big on forgiveness, it was widely assumed that it would stay that way.

Amy Duggar on Marriage Boot Camp

But now, not only Amy been forgiven, it also looks as though she's being embraced by her family.

The youngest Duggar daughters recently formed a singing group -- called, of course, The Duggar Girls -- and it seems Amy has been recruited to assist with their dreams of stardom.

So maybe Michelle reluctantly asked for Amy's assistance since she's the only person the Duggars know who actually lives in the 21st century?

Amy Duggar Instagram Image

We suppose that's possible -- but Michelle doesn't do anything without Jim Bob's approval.

So even though he's not in this pic, you can bet JB signed off on the decision.

And if there's ever a man who's not keen on changing his mind, it's Jim Bob -- so you can bet Amy worked very hard to get back on his good side.

Duggar Fans Demand Answers as Child Abuse Claims Continue

Over the course of their many years in the spotlight, the Duggar family has frequently been criticized for the unorthodox fashion in which they choose to raise their children. 

Some of this criticism is unfounded, such as when Jessa Duggar was chastised for living too close to a freeway, and thus -- her detractors claimed -- putting her children in harm's way.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Kitchen Hug

But sadly, there's legitimate reason for fans to be concerned about the Duggars' child-rearing practices.

Fears that Jim Bob and Michelle's famously strict approach to parenting often crosses the line into abuse have been prevalent for years.

These days, those fears are compounded by concerns that the couple's grown children are carrying on their legacy of neglect and violence.

Duggar watchers have been especially vocal about those concerns in recent weeks due to a number of troubling signs.

The video above was taken by many as an indicator that the fear of "sparing the rod" has been passed down to a new generation of Duggars.

In the clip, Jill Duggar adopts a very stern tone when addressing her fussy toddler.

On its own, the video may not seem terribly objectionable, but the footage has led many fans to the same question:

If that's the type of interaction she posts on social media, how does Jill treat her kids when the cameras aren't rolling?

Austin Forsyth, Joy-Anna Duggar, Michelle Duggar, and Jim Bob Duggar

The speculation has been particularly intense following the revelation that the Duggars are still associating themselves with Debi and Michael Pearl.

If you're a longtime follower of the Counting On clan, then you're probably aware that the Pearls are child-rearing "experts" who espouse some very controversial views.

For one thing, the Pearls are outspoken advocates of some extreme forms of corporal punishment.

The authors encourage their readers to engage in such barbaric activities as "blanket training," in which children as young as six months old are struck with blunt objects if they move from a blanket on which they were told to remain seated.

The Pearls

According to the New York Times, copies of the Pearls' best-known book were found in the homes of two different children who died after being abused by their parents.

While the Duggars have never admitted to striking their children, they also have not shied away from publicly supporting the Pearls.

In fact, the controversial couple was recently invited to speak at an event hosted by the parents of Joy-Anna Duggar's husband, Austin Forsyth.

These are just the latest in a long line of Duggar parenting controversies, and based on reactions on social media, concern among fans seems to be growing at an exponential rate.

Duggars Offer Back-to-School Advice (Despite the Fact They’ve Never Sent Their Kids to School)

The days are getting shorter, the never-used golf clubs and camping equipment are gathering dust, and the nagging sense that you're wasting the best years of your life withering away under the harsh glare of fluorescent lights in a cubicle that seems to get smaller by the day is growing more profound.

This can only mean one thing -- autumn is upon us.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Kitchen Hug

All over the country, kids are back in the classroom, but for the Duggar family, there aren't too many changes around the compound this time of year.

That's because the Duggar kids are homeschooled.

Yes, not one of Jim Bob and Michelle's 19 kids has ever set foot inside an actual classroom.

And yet, for some reason, the family still feels it's their duty to offer back-to-school advice to their devoted fanbase.

Michelle Ruark

"I know many moms and dads are in 'back-to-school' mode and have a thousand things to think about and many stressors in your life," Michelle wrote on the Duggars official Facebook page this week.

"Recently, I was reading in God’s word," Michelle continued.

"'Be anxious for nothing.' It was such a beautiful reminder that God has everything in control. He is working things out on our behalf. We have to place our trust in Him and He will direct our steps."

Decent advice, but it's easy for someone to tell you to just chill out when they're not the ones who have to buy their kid a separate three-ring binder for every freakin' class.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Kitchen Hug

As In Touch Weekly points out, many commenters took issue with the Duggars' advice for stressed-out parents.

"Oh, the overt irony of that post," wrote one Facebook user.

Others echoed the sentiment, and it's not hard to see why they're so resentful of advice issued by someone who simply cannot relate to their plight.

Obviously, homeschooling 19 kids is no easy task -- but the Duggars have had plenty of help.

Cinderella Duggar

If you're a longtime fan of the family, you probably already know that the Duggars employ a buddy system, meaning that each child is assigned a younger sibling to look after -- and educate.

Now that so many Duggars have left the nest, most of the tutoring duties fall not to Michelle, but to Jana.

Yes, with the help of her friend Laura DeMasie, Jana Duggar has been homeschooling her siblings for years.

Some have gone so far as to suggest that the reason Jana is still single is that she's so busy with helping to raise her siblings that she's had no time to find a partner.

We don't know if that's true, but we do know that Michelle is not the ideal person to be dispensing back-to-school advice.

The Duggars: Abusing Their Children With Controversial "Pearl" Method?

Whether you're a fan of Counting On or you simply watch the Duggars from a safe distance out of morbid curiosity, you're probably aware that the family's child-rearing methods have been a frequent source of controversy.

Practices such as "blanket training" and other forms of systematic abuse have led to calls for boycotts and even demands for a full CPS investigation.

But the Duggars have refused to shy away or even issue a public apology.

And now, according to a new report from In Touch Weekly, it looks as though Jim Bob and Michelle's grown children might be practicing the same techniques that were used to quite literally whip them into shape in their own youth.

And fans are terrified that the continued practice of these methods will eventually result in tragedy ...

1. The Originators

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Jim Bob and Michelle have strict views on child-rearing and family hierarchies that were formed in part by their involvement with Bill Gothard's Institute for Basic Life Principles.

2. The Fallen Idol

Bill gothard
Gothard is a disgraced former minister who was drummed out his own organization after being accused of abuse and sexual assault by dozens of employees.

3. The Stubborn Ones

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Despite the scandal, Jim Bob and Michelle have remained true to Gothard's teachings, including two beliefs that have attracted a considerable amount of criticism in recent years.

4. Full Quivers

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Gothard is the originator of the Quiverfull Movement, which holds that women are put on this planet for the sole purpose of birthing as many children as possible.

5. A Dangerous Proposition

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According to Gothard's teachings, women are to continue having children well into middle-age, regardless of threats to their health or their babies'.

6. Pearls Before Swine

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It was also Gothard who directed Jim Bob and Michelle to the controversial teachings of self-proclaimed child-rearing experts Debi and Michael Pearl.
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Jill Duggar & Derick Dillard: Packing on the PDA as an Eff You to Jim Bob?

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard have been married for over four years.

Together, they've been welcomed two kids and been fired from one lucrative reality TV gig.

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard Kiss Photo

But it seems that throughout all the ups and downs, Jill and Der have kept their passion for one another burning white-hot.

Or at least, that's what they want us to think when we look at their awkward, tight-lipped kiss selfies.

Jill posted the above pic on Instagram this week.

"You’re my fave! Can’t imagine my life without you! #sogratefultoGod #soinlove#besthubbyever #bestpapaever," she captioned the photo.

Jill and Derick Dillard with Family

If a friend of yours posted this on social media, you'd assume they'd recently entered marriage counseling, and this was their way of attempting to convince the world that everything's kosher.

But this is how the Duggars have always expressed affection -- awkwardly and unconvincingly.

So as much as we'd like to believe Jill is on the verge of filing for divorce from Derick, it doesn't appear that that's the case.

But that's not to say it's all smiles and sunshine in the Dillards world these days.

Derick Dillard with Jill

Reports of Derick clashing with Jim Bob Duggar have been especially rampant in recent weeks.

Part of the problem, it seems, is that Derick has decided to start law school.

Now, you might think Der's father-in-law would be happy to see him finally formulating a plan for his future.

But those close to the family believe Jim Bob would like to see Derick devote himself to a vocation with a more immediate return.

Derick Dillard With Jill Duggar on Instagram

Derick will be 30 in a few months, and he has two young sons to support.

As you may recall, Dillard was fired from Counting On after launching a number of bigoted tirades on social media, which means his family is currently without any source of income.

So it's not hard to see why Jim Bob might like to see his son get into the family business of flipping houses or pursue some other venture that will translate to a weekly paycheck, rather than a mountain of student loan debt.

It's for that reason that some fans believe the timing of Jill and Derick's PDA selfie is no accident.

Jill M. Duggar and Derick Dillard

The photo comes just days after Jill confirmed on her blog that Derick will be going back to school in hopes of earning his JD:

"We will be remaining stateside for now as Derick is beginning law school at the University of Arkansas," Jill wrote.

"We look forward to seeing how God will continue to direct our family in this new chapter!"

We're sure Jim Bob is also very much looking forward to seeing exactly what direction Derick is headed in.

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 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.

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?

Jim Bob Duggar: Ladies, Here’s How to Keep Your Husband Happy

For most people, Jim Bob Duggar is up there with O.J. Simpson on the list of people who are least qualified to dole out relationship advice.

But some folks look at old JBD as a romantic role model.

After all, if your goal is to sire a small army and then make a bunch of weirdly strict rules governing how they're allowed to use their own genitals, the Duggar patriarch is your man.

Jim Bob and Michelle celebrated another wedding anniversary this week, and they decided to flip the script by giving a gift to fans in the form of preachy marital advice.

So put on your tapered jeans or your floor-length skirt and allow Jim Bob to school you in the ways of romance:

1. Laying Down the Law

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Jim Bob began his latest sermon by listing the seven things that every man needs from his wife. Somehow, "crimped fright-wig hair" didn't make the list.

2. A man needs a wife who is loyal and supportive

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We guess this one is self-explanatory. Unfortunately, Jim Bob never taught his sons the importance of being loyal and supportive, right, Josh Duggar?

3. A man needs a wife who honors his leadership

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As for this one ... well, it's anyone's guess what the hell this means. All we know is that it sounds super cult-y, and the Duggars love them a good cult mentality.

4. A man needs a wife who develops inward and outward beauty.

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We suppose this one was inevitable. Ladies, Jim Bob wants you to stay hot for your man. And remember, there's no plastic surgery for inner beauty.

5. A man needs a wife who will make appeals, not demands.

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As in, she appeals to you to stop issuing so many freakin' demands. Like there aren't enough rules for the Duggars to follow already.

6. A man needs a wife who understands his need for time alone with God

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"God" is a versatile term here. It can mean the monotheistic deity of the Abrahamic religions, or the stack of Playboys you keep in the shed.
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Duggar Kids: Getting Married to Escape Jim Bob?

With few exceptions, Duggar children usually marry young and start having children almost immediately after getting hitched.

The main reason for this is that Jim Bob and Michelle's offspring are taught from a young age that they were put on this planet to do two things, and the things only -- worship and make babies.

Jessa, Ben ... and Jim Bob

But lately, fans have noticed something strange about the two main Duggar pastimes.

It seems the more the adult Duggar children have been devoting more of their attention to the latter, and less to the former.

Obviously, we have no idea how much time on these people are spending on their knees in the bedroom.

(We're talking about praying! Get your mind out of the gutter!)

But thanks to the Duggars' tendency to over-share on social media, we have a pretty good idea of how much time they spend in church.

Jim Bob and Johannah

And as hard as it is to envision a Duggar skipping Sunday services, it seems that's exactly what they've been doing lately.

First, it was reported that John David Duggar has been skipping church ever since he began courting Abbie Burnett.

Now, it seems other coupled-up Duggars are following in John David's footsteps.

“They’re always missing from church when they’ve started dating,” a source close to the family tells Radar Online.

Now, it's possible that the Duggars who are in relationships have simply decided to attend services at their partners' church.

Jim Bob Duggar Eye Roll

But even if that's the case, Jim Bob would likely view the decision as a betrayal.

He's previously stated that he believes worshipping is the most important thing a family can do together.

And the Duggars are famous for their elaborate Sunday ritual.

They usually arrive at church early so that they be there to greet the other parishioners.

Afterward, the whole community gathers at the Duggar compound for a “pot-faith” luncheon.

“Because Jim Bob doesn’t believe in luck,” says the source.

Jim Bob and Joy-Anna Duggar

Yeesh. That alone would be reason enough for his kids to skip out on the whole thing.

But as lame as they probably find their father's extreme piety, the Duggar kids would likely be hesitant to stop attending services with Jim Bob -- unless they hoped to send him a message.

Reports of Duggar kids rebelling against Jim Bob's overbearing ways have been everywhere lately, and it seems they may have decided as a group to take action in hopes of making it clear just how strongly they feel.

It's a risky gambit.

And it could lead to the unraveling of the Duggar clan as we know it.

Watch Counting On online for more on reality TV's most controversial family.

Jana Duggar: Secretly Dating "Best Friend" Laura DeMasie?

The news that John David Duggar is courting Abbie Burnett has revived interest in Counting On fans' very favorite question:

Namely, why is it that Jana Duggar is still single?

Jana Duggar: A Pic

Jana is only 28, but in the Duggars' world, that's dangerously close to old maid territory.

Jana and her sisters were taught from a young age that procreation is second only to praisin' the lawd on the list of a woman's reasons for being.

While her siblings took that lesson to heart, with most of them marrying young and getting pregnant on their honeymoons, Jana has chosen a different path.

From what we've seen, that path mostly involves helping to care for her younger siblings, and lots and lots of gardening.

But if a new fan theory is to be believed, Jana's existence isn't quite as lonely as we've been led to believe.

Laura DeMasie Photo

If you're a longtime Duggar aficionado, then you might recognize Jana's longtime friend Laura Demasie.

Jana and Laura have been so close for so long that Demasie has even helped Jana with the homeschooling of her younger siblings.

So perhaps it should come as no surprise that many Duggar fans now suspect that Jana and Laura are more than just friends.

The subject is a common topic of discussion on Duggar-focused message boards on Reddit.

Many point to Jim Bob Duggar's cryptic 2017 comment that Jana “preferred the company of women" as evidence.

Jana Duggar and Laura DeMasie

It certainly sounds suggestive, but we're pretty sure Jim Bob didn't mean to imply that Jana might be gay.

We say that not because she's definitely not gay, but because we highly doubt Jim Bob would ever publicly acknowledge that fact if she were.

It's no secret that several Duggar children have rebelled against Jim Bob's authoritarian rule in recent years.

But women wearing pants instead of floor-length skirts is one thing -- coming out as homosexual would be quite another.

Hard it is to believe in 2018, there are still families that consider being gay to be a disownable offense.

Jana Duggar is Awesome

And the Duggars are one of them.

Sadly, if Jana and Laura were actually in a relationship, they would likely be forced to keep it a secret for the rest of their days.

Even if the rumors about Jana were true and she wanted to come out she would likely realize that doing so would lead Jim Bob to force all of his other children to cut ties with her.

And for someone as family-oriented as Jana, that would be tantamount to a death sentence.

As if any of us needed another reason to dislike Jim Bob.

Watch Counting On online for more on reality TV's most controversial family.

Duggar Brainwashing Scandal: Are Rebellious Kids Being "Reprogrammed"?!

One rarely sees a critique of the Duggar family that doesn't include the word "cult."

And it's easy to see why all but the family's most diehard fans are able to recognize that their particular brand of fundamentalist Southern Baptism bears many of the hallmark distinctions of a dangerous band of zealots.

The Duggar Family: A Photo

For example, the Duggars are wary of outsiders.

Dissent and rebellion are not tolerated within their ranks and are swiftly dealt with, often with harsh punishments.

Women are subservient to men and are forced to adhere to strict regulations regarding their clothing and conduct.

They participate in ritualistic animal sacrifices in order to appease their fertility god, Ra'aa'al.

Okay, we may have made that last one up, but you get the point.

The Institute for Basic Life Principles -- the organization that's provided the basis for the Duggars' controversial belief system -- is pretty unabashed in its cultishness, and the Duggars proudly live their lives according to the teachings of its disgraced founder Bill Gothard.

Michelle, Jim Bob, Baby

So make of that what you will.

Anyone who's escaped a cult will tell you that discipline is the glue that holds such groups together, and anyone who's ever been a teenager knows that perpetually cheerful dispositions and voluntary celibacy are two things that do not come naturally to the pubescent set.

And yet we don't hear much about how the Duggars discipline their older children.

We know about such controversial practices as "blanket training" for younger children, but surely even a practice as severe as striking toddlers with blunt objects wouldn't be enough to foster a lifetime of blind obedience.

In fact, one would think that in many cases it would cause children to lash out in their teen years.

So why don't we ever hear about Jim Bob and Michelle grounding their children or forcing them to go to bed without devouring a steam tray full of deep-fried Crisco first?

Duggar Family: Counting On Season 4 Photo

Well, according to a new report from Life & Style, it's because rebellious Duggar teens aren't published -- they're quietly sent away to be "re-programmed."

Josiah Duggar is the most recent victim of this practice, but he's far from the first.

Josiah is said to be the most rebellious Duggar boy, and Jim Bob reportedly attempted to suppress this streak by sending him away for an extra long stint at a secretive IBLP facility known as the ALERT Academy.

Joe and Jeremiah also did time in the clandestine boot camp-like program, but they weren't there for nearly as long as Josiah, who was gone from the Duggar compound for much of 2013 and 2014.

When he returned, Jim Bob must have been satisfied with the results, as Josiah was promptly tossed into a courtship with Marjorie Jackson.

Josiah Duggar Interview Pic

Unfortunately, it must have been too much too soon, as Josiah and Marjorie broke up after just a few weeks of dating -- a move that's almost unheard of in Duggar courtships.

After that, Josiah once again "kept a low profile" for several months.

But it's not just Duggar boys who are shipped off to receive the Clockwork Orange treatment when they show signs of independent thought.

Girls serve their time in the equally controversial Journey of the Heart program.

Jana Duggar was sent there in her youth, and she returned as exactly the sort of docile super-servant her parents needed.

"Jana used to be very outgoing," John-David once remarked of the change in her personality.

"Whenever she was younger, she was very rowdy." 

Jana and Jessa Hash It Out

A rowdy young woman? 

Well, we can't have that, now can we?

Of course, the most frequently brainwashed Duggar is Josh, who was shipped off to ALERT after he was caught molesting five young girls.

As an adult, the treatment was repeated at a faith-based in-patient facility for sex addicts that's been described as a prison-like workcamp.

In Josh's case, such treatment is actually deserved.

Unfortunately, the cerebral scrub-down wasn't enough to keep from acting like Arkansas' answer to Harvey Weinstein.

Watch Counting On online for more on reality TV's most controversial family.

Jim Bob Duggar Accused of Manipulating Daughters’ Love Lives

Even the most ardent defender of Jim Bob Duggar (if such a thing exists) would likely concede that the best word to describe the reality star's involvement in his daughters' love lives is "creepy."

Don't get us wrong, JB exercises far too much control over his son's lives, as well (except, of course, in Josh's case, but that's a conversation for another time).

Jessa, Ben ... and Jim Bob

When it comes to the girls in the family, however, it's no exaggeration to say "you can't date a Duggar daughter without dating her dad."

That's the frighteningly accurate fashion in which columnist Mary Grace Garis describes the situation in a piece published by In Touch Weekly today.

Whether you're a fan of the family's reality show or you tune in each week with a pair of Clockwork Orange eye clamps affixed firmly to your lids out of morbid curiosity, you're no doubt familiar with the Duggar's courtship rules.

The parts of the process that get the most attention have to do with the lengths to which Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar will go in order to ensure their children don't engage in anything that remotely resembling premarital sex.

Unmarried Duggar couples are not allowed kiss, hold hands for more than a few seconds, "front hug," (lest their clothed genitals should come in close proximity), or even be alone together.

Jim Bob, Michelle, Jessa and Ben Seewald

Frightening stuff, to be sure, but the way Jim Bob puts these young people through the emotional wringer is arguably just as damaging.

The Duggars have boasted in the past about how potential suitors have to get through dad before they're permitted to spend any time with his daughters.

"The girls have always said they would send any guy who was interested in them to Dad," Michelle has said in the past.

"That’s a good thing – that is such good protection for them."

And this isn't just a case of JB sitting the guy down and asking about his intentions.

No, Jim Bob makes men who are interested in one his daughters fill out 50-page questionnaire before he'll consider the possibility of a courtship. 

Austin Forsyth, Joy-Anna Duggar, Michelle Duggar, and Jim Bob Duggar

The first guy to endure this treatment was Derick Dillard -- but he turned out to be an all-time douche, so he really didn't receive much sympathy from Counting On viewers.

Disturbingly, Jim Bob's behavior has only gotten worse over the years, as evidenced by his contentious relationship with Jeremy Vuolo, husband of Jinger Duggar.

Fans were baffled at the time, as Jeremy seemed to be the least problematic of all the men who had married Jim Bob's daughters up to that point.

But it all began to make sense when Jinger rebelled against her father by leaving her home state or Arkansas and -- gasp!  -- wearing pants!

Jim Bob must have figured out early on that Jeremy believed in such far-left ideas as allowing women free will.

And in the end, the situation served as a reminder that suppressing the rights of women is the main driver behind so many of Jim Bob's actions.

Watch Counting On online for more on reality TV's most controversial family.

Michelle Duggar Defends Treating Children Like Servants: They Love It!

If you're a fan of her family's reality show, then you're probably aware that Michelle Duggar is a mother of 20.

(She and husband Jim Bob adopted their nephew, Tyler Duggar last year.)

It's true that no one in their right mind would dispute the fact that Michelle is mother to a genuinely insane number of children -- but there's some disagreement regarding just how much how much mothering she's actually done.

Duggar, Michelle

Yes, depending on how closely you pay attention to the Duggars' social media accounts and Michelle's comments on child-rearing, you might fall into one of two schools of thought regarding her skills as a mother:

There are those who feel she's the uber-mom, named not for her weekend ride-sharing gig, but for her astonishing ability to attend to the needs of double-digit offspring without letting the least of her children feel left out.

And then there are those who believe that Michelle is essentially running a child-rearing sweatshop or pyramid scheme, essentially passing off the demands of the household to her oldest kids, who then burden the younger kids with those duties once they've been properly trained.

And what does Michelle have to say about these controversial practices?

Well, as the folks at In Touch Weekly point out, she just can't imagine why anyone would have a problem with her division of labor.

Michelle Ruark

"The little ones love to help," Michelle once stated.

"They have such a servant's heart." 

Yes, there's nothing kids love quite as much as being servants.

Fortunately for Michelle, it seems all 20 of her children have the exact same disposition and none of them would prefer to be outside playing with their friends or otherwise being children.

The Duggars are taught from a young age that chores are second only to procreating on the list of acceptable activities to be engaged in when Jesus comes back.

As such, when they take on a new responsibility because the previous laborer left the nest or simply became too decrepit, a sacred torch has been passed.

Jordyn Duggar Does Laundry

That's 9-year-old Jordyn Duggar doing her first load of laundry.

The family made a congratulatory video to mark the occasion of her completed training.

Jordyn inherited the duty from Joy-Anna Duggar, who in turn inherited it from her grandmother.

"This is my jurisdiction, Grandma washes it all and I do put it away and...do the shoes," Joy-Anna once remarked in one of the Duggars' YouTube videos.

To ensure that all of the tasks around the Duggar compound are properly completed, the family has designed a strictly-enforced system of rewards and punishments.

An important part of this system is the chore pack, explained in the video below by top enforcer Jana Duggar:

Yes, when they're finished with their chore pack, the Duggar kids report not to their parents, but to their older siblings.

It's a system that brings to mind the prison practice of allowing more seasoned inmates to run the cafeteria instead of the guards.

It also might help to explain why Duggar children are so quick to start families of their own and fly the coop.

Perhaps Joy-Anna Duggar married Austin Forsyth at 19 because she fell madly in love ... but even if that's the case, the possibility of escaping laundry duty may have also factored into her decision.

And why would Jana Duggar remain single and resign herself to such brutal conditions?

Well, there's something to be said for being at the top of the hierarchy -- as well as for the power of Stockholm Syndrome.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV's most controversial family.

Jim Bob Duggar: Using Money to Control His Family?

We all know that Jim Bob Duggar likes to maintain control of his massive family. Religion, isolation, and allegedly abuse are parts of that.

Another part may be his wealth. Fans believe that he has a strategy to keep his married children from straying too far.

Are fans right? Is he bribing his adult children to stay close to home in Arkansas?

Jim Bob Duggar: Father of the Groom

As we all know, Jim Bob's grand design for humanity involves women not working except as obedient wives, dutiful mothers, and reality stars.

In this economy, after a couple of decades of wage stagnation, supporting a massive family of children on only one income can be positively brutal.

But fans think that they know how married Duggar children remain afloat despite the expenses of life.

It's more than just asking daddy -- sorry, their father and former owner -- for a handout.

They suspect that he uses the money to control them. Specifically, to control where they live.

Let's look at a few examples. We'll start, of course, with the worst of the batch.

Josh Duggar, Anna Duggar, and Kids in 2017

By the worst, we of course mean Josh Duggar, whose recent return to social media did not go over well.

When Josh Duggar married Anna, Jim Bob rewarded that ill-fated (and yet still enduring) union.

Josh and Anna moved into a house in Fayetville that had belonged to Grandma Mary.

That house was only 15 minutes by car from the Duggar compound. But Johs and Anna didn't stay there forever.

Josh got a job with the Family Research Council, which the Southern Poverty Law Center designates as a hate group, To do that job, he moved to Maryland.

When news broke that Josh had molested 5 little girls, including his own sisters, that his family had covered it up, and that he had cheated on his wife, he lost his job.

Josh and his family now live in Siloam Springs, which is about 20 minutes away from Jim Bob.

Derick Dillard With Jill Duggar on Instagram

Now, we know that there isn't the clearest connection between Jim Bob and their move back home.

Maybe Josh wanted to be around the only people who wanted anything to do with him -- which happens to include a few of his former victims.

But Jill was the next to get married. She tied the knot with notorious homophobe Derick Dillard in 2014.

After they were married, Jim Bob allowed them to reside in his 4,000 square foot, 4-bedroom $1.5 million "mini-mansion" property.

Many fans believed that this "gift" may have been intended as a leash to keep the couple close to home.

It is unclear if they had to pay rent or not, though Derick has implied that they did. Now that they have returned from their misadventurous mission trip in South America, they are living closer to where Derick went to school.

Jessa, Ben and Family

Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald have lived in the Fayetville home that was once inhabited by Josh and Anna.

In fact, Jim bob surprised Jessa and Ben by renovating the property while they were on their honeymoon.

They must have been happy with it, because they have lived there for the past three-and-a-half years.

Ultimately, they ended up paying Grandma Mary just one dollar for the home.

(So that's how Millennials can save up to buy a house -- just have rich relatives who give one away!)

Joy-Anna Duggar Due Date Photo

Not everyone seems to live on Jim Bob's dime, however.

Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth lived in an RV, if you can imagine ... but only while a property that Austin already owned was rennovated.

When Gideon was born, they went ahead and moved in, even though the house remained a fixer-upper.

In the mean time, 28-year-old John David, 28-year-old Jana, and 18-year-old Jason are already homeowners ... but Jim Bob does not permit them to live away from "home" until they are married.

Not everyone is a denizen of Arkansas, however.

Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo have put down roots in Texas.

Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Throwback

So ... are fans right?

We would never accuse Jim Bob of being a nice person or a good parent, but it sounds like he provides his married children with homes when they need them.

He might use any financial support as a means of control, but he uses all kinds of methods to control his family.

Nothing about the real estate uses strikes us as particularly devious or unusual for a family with the means that the Duggars possess.

But ... we never know what conversations take place behind the scenes. Fans may still be right.

The Duggars don't talk about money that much, but they definitely care about it.