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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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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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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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Jill Duggar: I Can’t Wait to Punish My Kids Like My Mom Punished Me!

Over the weekend, Americans celebrated mothers of all kinds - the good, the bad, and the deeply problematic.

So perhaps it should come as no surprise that one of reality TV's most controversial moms had her social media followers in an uproar thanks to a divisive remark she posted online.

Fans of her famous family love to criticize Jill Duggar's parenting, and to be fair, she gives them a lot of ammo.

And yesterday was no exception, as Jill attracted negative attention with some bizarre observations about her own upbringing and the ways in which it's influenced her relationship with her two sons ...

1. Jill's Brood

Jill duggar hiding a bump
Jill has two sons by husband Derick Dillard. In recent months, the Dillards have emerged as controversial figures, even by the lofty standards of the Duggar clan.

2. Mom Drama

Jill duggar walks for chick fil a
Jill is frequently criticized for her parenting decisions, such as when she opted to walk two miles with her sons in order to eat at Chik-Fil-A.

3. Not Backing Down

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But in true Duggar fashion, Jill and Derick have refused to shy away from controversy, and in fact, they seem to be embracing all of the negative attention.

4. More Time Than Ever

Der and jill dillard
These days, the Dillards are both unemployed, as Derick has been fired from Counting On, and Jill quit the show in a gesture of solidarity. As a result, the couple has no source of income, but more time than ever to devote to their kids.

5. Controversal Methods

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And of course, Jill is sticking with the same controversial approaches to parenting that made her parents such contentious figures.

6. Like Mother, Like Daughter

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And it seems that when she's faced with a parenting quandary, Jill takes her cues from the woman who raised her.
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Jim Bob Duggar Outrages Neighbors With Efforts to Take Over Town

If you follow the Duggar family closely, then you're probably aware that despite his frequent claims that he's a humble man of God who seeks nothing more than to live a life of service, Jim Bob Duggar has quite a few worldly ambitions.

In fact, the 52-year-old's incessant efforts toward obtaining greater wealth and power have reportedly alienated many his neighbors, friends, and even members of his famously close-knit family.

Jim Bob Duggar: Father of the Groom

Those who know him best have complained about Jim Bob's "high-class hoarding."

His second eldest son, John David Duggar, has reportedly taken issue with Jim Bob's greed and reckless spending.

Fans have complained that the Duggar patriarch's unchecked ambition seems to fly in the face of the religious views that the reality star and aspiring real estate mogul claims to hold so dear.

And now, some of Jim Bob's neighbors in the small community of Tontitown, Arkansas are hoping to take action that will bring a halt to one of his most ambitious projects to date.

According to KSFM News in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Jim Bob has applied to rezone 23 acres of land as the first step in transforming the property into an "upscale RV park."

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Kitchen Hug

Neighbors have expressed concerns, with some declaring outright that they oppose the project and are fed up with Jim Bob's constant side-stepping of local laws and ordinances.

Last week, a planning commission reportedly approved the rezoning, thus changing the land's designation from Residential-Agriculture to Urban Thoroughfare, which makes it eligible for commercial development.

"I think that's more important than swallowing it up with development that could be on the other side of the street for instance," says local resident Renwick Hudson.

"Rezoning [the land]..." he added. "It's tricky. We have to be really careful."

Others, such as Fayetteville Planning Director Andrew Garner, believe that the development would be a net positive for the community:

Jim Bob and Michelle Today

"The addition that [the owners] are proposing, only to rezone the front part and kind of keep the back of it preserved, I think is in line with a lot of the city's policies for tree preservation and environmental preservation," Garner said.

Even if efforts to have Jim Bob's provisional license revoked are not successful, the development still must be approved by planning officials. 

"If they decide to build the RV park, they actually have to turn in construction plans and large-scale development plans," Garner said.

"We have to look at all the development details, but the actual zoning decision has to be made to allow the RV park."

And it seems the Duggars will continue to face opposition from the likes of Renwick Hudson:

"At this location, from my perspective, not ideal," Hudson said. "It butts right up against some of the areas that are already vulnerable to future development."

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Michelle Duggar: PROOF She’s Abusing Her Children?!

If you keep up with the comings and goings of the Duggar family, then you know that a hot topic of discussion when it comes to these people is their parenting styles.

And that's because it's all very, very scandalous.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Kitchen Hug

For years now, people have speculated on the way Jim Bob and Michelle raise their children, and that's for a lot of reasons.

They just have so many of them, for one -- how does one even begin to parent 19 children?

On top of that, it's always interesting to look into the Duggars' church and their specific religious beliefs, because it turns out that others with those same beliefs use some pretty concerning methods to care for their kids.

One of those methods, just for an example, is blanket training: you put a baby on a blanket, and if he rolls or crawls off of it, then you scold him (or hit him, in some instances) until he learns to stay put.

Do the Duggars do this? Maybe, maybe not.

Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle, Yellowed Out

We've never seen them do it on any of their shows, but many other people who share their belief system do it, so, you know, there's a decent chance.

But besides all that, there's been actual evidence that all is not quite right in this family -- Josh's molestation scandal and the way it was dealt with, the way Jana seems to be more of a mother to the younger kids than Michelle is.

And now, thanks to a live video Derick Dillard put on Instagram, there may be even more evidence of abuse.

In the video, Derick is just filming around Jim Bob and Michelle's house, and he happens to catch Michelle talking to Jennifer, her 10-year-old daughter.

She's visibly scolding her, and Jennifer is turned away, flinching.

Michelle fussing at kid

When Michelle notices that Derick is filming, she's surprised, but then goes into her usual sickly sweet public persona.

It may not sound like a lot, but after watching the clip, numerous Reddit users are convinced that this is proof the Duggars are abusive to their children.

One person said that the clip contained "a lot of red flags," including "Jenny's body language, Michelle's sociopathic switch to sweetness and the finger wagging which is clearly being used as a threat."

"Omg did you see Jennifer flinch?" another asked before answering that it looked like "she was actually flinching becauseshe thought Michelle was going to hit her."

One user confirmed that "Jennifer was absolutely flinching," and "she did it as soon as Michelle made a swift motion with her hands. It looked like she was going to smack Jennifer in that moment."

Michelle = sociopath?

Sadly, multiple people commented to say that Michelle's scolding and Jennifer's reaction remindd them of their own abusive childhoods.

Of course none of this is definitive proof that she's hitting her children -- none of us could know that, obviously -- but it's troubling that so many people think this is evidence that something sinister is going on in the Duggar home.

Or something more sinister than the stuff we already know about anyway.

But regardless of everything else, someone else pointed out that "nothing about that interaction looked to be a healthy way to reprimand a child."

And that sounds accurate.

Do you think this is proof that Michelle is abusive?

Who Is the Most Beloved Duggar? Fans Think They’ve Figured It Out!

We all like to think our parents don't have a favorite child, but get a few drinks in any mom or dad, and you can probably coax them into admitting that they hold one of their offspring in slightly higher esteem than the rest.

Unfortunately, no one in the Duggar clan drinks, so fans had to resort to more labor-intensive methods in order to determine which of Jim Bob and Michelle's 19 children reigns supreme.

The Duggar Family: A Photo

According to an informal scoring system devised by fans and based on the family's social media posts, a clear favorite has emerged in recent months.

And the outcome of the contest might surprise those who follow the Duggars closely.

It seems Jinger is unofficially the most favored Duggar among Duggars, this according to the number of times she appears on the family's Instagram and Facebook pages.

Jinger is not only the number one subject on her the official Duggar Facebook account, she also enjoys the distinction of having the most photos on her siblings' Instagrams.

Jinger Duggar in Sweatpants

That may come as something of a surprise to those who are familiar with the reputation as "the rebel Duggar" that Jinger has gained over the course of the past year.

Jinger was the first woman to wear pants in her family, the first female of her generation to move away from Arkansas, and the first to wait more than a year after her wedding to get pregnant.

Of course, living in Laredo, Texas - 750 miles away from the rest of her family in Tontitown, Arkansas - might ironically give Jinger an unfair advantage.

On top of that, Jinger fancies herself a photographer, which means she's the most likely to pose for a selfie with her siblings, who then post the pics on their social media pages.

Jinger Duggar Is Pregnant!

But maybe there's more to it than that.

Maybe Jinger's rebellious spirit really has made her the most beloved among her siblings.

Maybe the other Duggars are always competing for her attention or just long to bask in the presence of the first woman to finally say no to Jim Bob.

After all, that would go a long way to explaining why Jill and Jessa started wearing pants shortly after their younger sister blazed that trail.

Whatever the case, you can bet there will be a mad dash down to Laredo once Jinger welcomes her first child.

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Josiah Duggar: Already Rebelling Against Jim Bob’s Rules! (Exclusive)

Before they leave the nest (which occurs only after they've married), Duggar children are forced to abide by a very strict code of conduct.

And we use the word "children" very loosely here, as 28-year-old twins Jana and John David Duggar are still bound by Jim Bob and Michelle's stringent regulations.

The Duggar Family: A Photo

Longtime fans of the show know that the rules of the house run the gamut from the famous Duggar dress code to strict courtship guidelines that prohibit virtually all forms of romantic physical contact before marriage.

Once Michelle and Jim Bob's offspring meet The One, however, the parameters change immediately.

The men become heads of household and govern as they see fit, whereas the women are now subservient to their husbands, rather than their father.

(Needless to say, the Duggars won't be racking up awards for their progressive views on relations between the sexes anytime soon.)

Not surprisingly, some of the more rebellious Duggars have been quick to take advantage of the freedom afforded them by marriage.

Jinger Duggar Is Wearing Pants Again

Jinger Duggar started wearing pants after receiving permission from her husband, Jeremy Vuolo.

Apparently inspired by their sister's courageous act of sartorial defiance, Jill and Jessa Duggar followed suit and purchased some Levi's of their own.

Yeah, they're not exactly smashing the patriarch, but it's a baby-step toward greater independence.

Sources close to the family say Jim Bob is less than thrilled with this gradual loss of control over his daughters, but he's even more concerned with the forthcoming threat to his authority.

Yes, it seems the next Duggar to marry is also planning to cast off the shackles of Jim Bob's oppression, and in doing so, he might set a precedent that could signal a major shift in the balance of power within the family.

Josiah Duggar & Lauren Swanson Image

Last month, Josiah got engaged to Lauren Swanson following a very brief courtship.

Wedding plans are currently underway, and it seems those who know him best are already bracing themselves in expectation of Josiah asserting his independence in a way that will bring him into direct conflict with Jim Bob.

A former Duggar employer spoke with The Hollywood Gossip exclusively and informed us that Josiah is set to be his family's biggest rule-breaker yet:

"Josiah is gonna be the next one to bust out. He's a little bit crazy," the source tells us.

"He's a 90-mile-an-hour guy. He drives 90 miles an hour, he moves 90 miles an hour, he thinks 90 miles an hour."

Lauren Swanson with Josiah Duggar

The insider recalls a recent incident in which Josiah neglected his father's orders and nearly caused a tragedy as a result:

"He almost killed a couple people one day with a car," our informant says.

"This is a car they bought from one of the sales over there. It had a banged in front end, he got in at just - 90 miles an hour off the back of a roll-off truck right into another car."

The disaster apparently came as no surprise to those who are familiar with 21-year-old's reckless ways.

Of course, Josiah has been throwing caution to the wind and disregarding his family's cherished customs for years now.

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson Photo

When he announced his relationship with Lauren, Josiah became the first of his generation to engage in multiple courtships.

Yes, as longtime fans of his family will remember, Josiah courted Marjorie Jackson back in 2015.

The relationship ended abruptly and without any sort of public explanation.

Asked about the reaction to the unexpected breakup within the Duggars' community, our source says one leading theory quickly emerged:

"Folks used to think he was gay," the insider tells, adding, "I don't guess he is."

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Josie Duggar: Fans Show Concern For 8-Year-Old’s Education

Josie Duggar is the youngest of her parents' 19 children, and some fans are worried that her needs are being overlooked.

Their concerns were prompted by a photo that's been making its way across social media this week.

Josie Duggar School Photo

"Look who finished the whole grade! #teacherlife #bestlife," the pic was captioned.

The source of the photo is unknown, but as In Touch Weekly reports, it's believed to have originated on the Instagram page of Laurie DeMasie, a longtime friend of Jana Duggar.

The image has been shared numerous times on Reddit's Duggar-focused message boards.

Unfortunately, the reason for its popularity among Duggar fans has little to do with pride in Josie's accomplishments, and much to do with concerns that she's not progressing at the same rate as her peers.

Many commenters on Reddit feel the page of schoolwork that Josie's displaying may be evidence of a developmental disability.

"Oh no, looking at this photo and the page in that book feels awkward because I teach kids Josie's age," one user remarked.

Josie Duggar Image

"I feel it's reasonable to think that she might have special education needs. If so, the Duggars won't know how to change the education curriculum to suit Josie's needs."

The Duggars homeschool their children, and some feel that that practice, combined with the size of the family and Jim Bob and Michelle's distrust of modern medical testing could lead to some of their children "slipping through the cracks."

"I worry that JB and Michelle probably are ignorant of education difficulties like Dyslexia (very common, very easily helped if managed properly), and instead having one of their strange IBLP beliefs about 'curing' needs like that," the commenter continued.

One fan suggested that additional cause for concern might be found in Jim Bob and Michelle's 2011 memoir:

Jana Duggar and Josie Duggar, Throwback Photo

"I think they mentioned in the book JB had Dyslexia," writes the Reddit user.

Another commenter expressed her belief that even if Josie is suffering from a learning disorder, her parents are primarily to blame for her lack of progress:

"Yeah, it is possible that she has some kind of learning disability or cognitive delay to at least partially explain this," another user added.

"That said though, my friend teaches Grade 2, so her oldest students might be Josie's age, and from what she has told me even her most delayed student (who has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) is doing work that is harder than this."

Josie Duggar Today

She added that the same controversial homeschool curriculum that "worked" for the older Duggar children may prove insufficient to Josie's needs:

"It might be a combination of Josie having extra difficulties, and neither the Duggars nor any of their tutors knowing how to teach special ed, but we don't know for sure, and every child is different." 

It's unlikely that the Duggars will ever comment on this matter themselves.

But clearly, fans are hoping Josie's parents will do everything in their power to find whatever help she needs.

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

Duggar Family Blasted by Fans for Promoting Deadly Parenting Practices

Brace yourselves, folks. This is an upsetting story. Even in the context of the Duggar family.

Jim Bob and Michelle are promoting an ideology even more controversial than their own strict religious beliefs.

And fans are putting the Duggar family on blast.

Jim Bob Duggar: Father of the Groom

The Duggars have been plugging an upcoming Marriage Retreat on social media.

"There is still time to register for this amazing marriage retreat! You will not regret it!"

The retreat is to take place as the Forsyth family's Fort Rock. The problem is that this even will host Michael Pearl and Debi Pearl, authors of the deeply controversial book, To Train Up Your Child.

The book promotes forcing children to eat their least favorite foods until they "like" them, but also depriving your children of food as punishment.

Most significantly, the book encourages parents to hit their children with various objects, including plastic lengths of pipe. This abusive "training" is supposed to begin in infancy.

The methods described are a recipe for breaking a child and doing psychological damage that will last for a person's entire life.

Except for those victims who die before they even reach adulthood.

As you can imagine, fans were horrified that the Duggars would condone such egregious child-abuse.

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

Fans on Facebook who are aware of the Pearls and the infamous "methods" that they promote felt crushed and heartbroken when they saw the announcement.

"This makes me so sad," one wrote. "The Pearls literally promote hitting babies, actual babies."

That is true. Among other things, the Pearls recommend the cruel "blanket training" that the Duggars practiced with some of their babies.

"They are child abusers. Why you would promote their evil and cruel practices is mind-boggling."

Another disappointed Duggar fan commented, writing:

"Ahh yes, Fort Rock. Host and supporters of blatant child abusers."

Michelle "Crazy Eyes" Duggar

It's difficult to argue with these commenters, even if you wanted to.

The "training" that the Pearls espouse to their followers involves using violence and fear to force children into submission.

And yes, it does begin when children are still babies.

The older that the child becomes, the harsher the physical punishments they recommend. Their pernicious book even suggests that parents might wear an object on their person as a constant reminder of the implied threat.

In recent years, police have linked three separate deaths of children to the Pearls, their book, and their ideology.

In each case, the abusive parents were convicted.

And that, of course, barely scratches the surface on the lifelong psychological damage that years of child abuse can inflict.

Jim Bob, Michelle on Facebook

This isn't the only time that the Duggars have been linked to abuse, and we don't just mean hitting their own children or covering things up after Josh molested his sisters.

Member of the Duggar family's church have shared shocking tales of abuse.

One survivor from the Duggar family church recently revealed that her father molested her as a child, and that the sexual abuse only stopped when he died.

That should have been the end of her suffering, but it was only part of her story.

Naturally, she suffered PTSD symptoms such as depression. Worse, in the eyes of her church and of her religiously devoted mother, she questioned her family's beliefs.

She says that the church sent her to a "camp" where she was threatened, terrorized, and tortured for months in an effort to force her to fall into line with the church's beliefs.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Kitchen Hug

Unfortunately, it isn't a surprise that the Duggars are promoting extreme ideology. Even though the Pearls recommend violence against children, that's not a foreign concept to the Duggars.

Michelle has used a ruler to punish her very young children. Both producers and at least one of the Duggar children have mentioned that Jim Bob and Michelle keep a rod with which to hit their children.

There are heartbreaking, evil stories behind so many people's broken childhoods.

The saddest thing of all of this might be that some people who come from these horrible backgrounds go on to repeat this cycle of violence with their own children.

Counting On Recap: Joseph Duggar Marries Kendra Caldwell!

Last night on an emotional Counting On Season 6 Episode 5, Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell geared up to marry each other.

Spoiler alert: They got the job done.

Even if you don't watch Counting On online, you're likely aware that Joe and Kendra wed last fall, and are now expecting a baby.

Things move quickly in this family.

Monday's season finale marked a fun behind-the-scenes look at how it all unfolded, though, and there were even a few surprises.

"I am feeling really excited and kind of looking forward to seeing how everything’s going to play out in the rehearsal,” Kendra said.

At the rehearsal dinner, plenty of crying took place; Kendra’s little sister made the 19-year-old bride-to-be tear up hard during her speech.

Joseph and Kendra Duggar Picture

Unmentioned during this episode was the little-known-fact that Joseph bumped out Jedidiah, who had his eye on Ms. Caldwell first.

Check out the link, it's good. Just saying. Anyway ...

Joe’s sister, Joy-Anna Duggar, then took the mic for her speech, saying, “First of all, I want to say, Joe, I’m so thankful for you."

“You really did change my life. Just through my teen years, I was having a hard time taking my parents faith as my own."

"You really befriended me as an older brother.”

Joy-Anna admitting the Duggars' religion is too strict? Talk about burying the lead, TLC! Joy then told Kendra she loves her, too. Aww.

Joe, Kendra Duggar

"The night before my wedding, I was excited,” Joe later said. “I was hoping I could just go to sleep. That makes the night go much faster.”

Hashtag facts.

The day of the wedding, Caldwell said she felt “amazing” but was “nervous” for her first kiss. Those urges were getting so strong.

“I didn’t have the urge to kiss him for a long time, but once the wedding got closer, I kept thinking, ‘I can’t wait to kiss you,’” Kendra said.

Joe said the feeling was mutual: "I love everything about Kendra,” he gushed. “I don’t know if there’s anything I don’t love." Aww.

Kendra Caldwell Wedding Dress

Kendra's minister dad, Paul, was moved by the wedding day as well. “We raise our kids for this moment but it’s still surreal,” he said.

“It happens sooner than you think.”

Of course, the most emotional moment was when the bride walked down the aisle. Joe cried, even though he said he doesn't.

“I lost it. I’m not a crier,” Joe said.

“No one sees me cry ever."

Kendra added, “As I was making my way down the aisle, I realized he was bawling. I was totally shocked. It was such a sweet moment."

"It started making me emotional.”

Kendra Caldwell, Joe Duggar Wedding Photo

Then it was time for the kiss.

Not just any kiss. The first kiss of their LIVES, the one that signifies the end of side hugs and courtship rules and everything else.

And it was worth it.

“When I kissed Kendra, it was everything I ever hoped for and more,” Joe explained. “It was the most amazing thing ever,” she added.

Win-win then.

Of course, this is just the beginning.

When Counting On returns with new episodes this summer, we'll see their honeymoon - and her pregnancy journey will begin as well!

Duggars Only Have Sex to Make Babies: Report

If you know anything at all about the Duggars, then you're probably aware that the family has some ... interesting views on sex and procreation.

You might think a couple that sired an astonishing 19 chlidren would be 100 percent pro-intercourse.

Duggar Family: Counting On Season 4 Photo

But that's actually quite far from the case.

Prior to marriage, Jim Bob and Michelle's kids are required to follow the strict Duggar courtship rules.

That means dating is allowed only in the presence of a chaperone; hand-holding is limited to a period of 15 seconds or less, and "front-hugging" is forbidden, as it may clothed genitals into perilously close proximity.

("Side-hugs" - in which the participants basically just put their arms around each other's shoulders and give a quick squeeze - is still allowed.)

Needless to say, kissing and actual sex are very much forbidden.

The Duggar Family: A Photo

But once the rings are on the fingers and the vows have been exchanged, it's a very different story.

From that point forward, the Duggar offspring and their spouses are encouraged to rub their bits together until they chafe.

Of course, even within the confines of a loving marriage, there are rules.

The Duggars do not believe in birth control, which means you can look at how many kids each of them has made and get a rough idea of how many times they've had sex in their lives.

We kid, of course, but the super-strict guidelines placed on the Duggars genitals do raise a lot of questions.

Duggar Family Photo: A Classic!

And it seems the query that's foremost on the minds of many viewers this week is: do the Duggars ever have sex just for fun?

"So do these guys never enjoy sex for the joy of it?" one fan asked in a Reddit forum devoted to the family.

"Or is it simply to have kids. Or get to know each other and get into their groove without babies straight away? I mean I LOVED spending three years married without a baby straight away, we traveled had fun before baby came along," the user continued.

"Do the girls ever want to do something else besides have babies? Like get out of their small town see the world meet new people but on their own without the controlling parents or husbands? Just curious is all."

"I don't think these kids are allowed to have wants outside of what they have been brainwashed to want," another user replied.

Duggars: Counting On Cast Photo

"I know they seem to like this life. I guess when you don't know anything else you just accept it," a third remarked.

"But even the Amish give their kids the choice. It's nice to live in a bubble but I often wonder if any of the girls long for adventure and independence at least for a little while."

Interestingly, all of this speculation comes on the heels of the revelation that Joy-Anna Duggar considered her parents to be too strict during her upbringing.

So it seems that not all Duggar children simply accept their lot blindly.

Of course, it still appears doubtful that any of them will ever make their displeasure known publicly.

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

Duggars Only Have Sex to Make Babies: Report

If you know anything at all about the Duggars, then you're probably aware that the family has some ... interesting views on sex and procreation.

You might think a couple that sired an astonishing 19 chlidren would be 100 percent pro-intercourse.

Duggar Family: Counting On Season 4 Photo

But that's actually quite far from the case.

Prior to marriage, Jim Bob and Michelle's kids are required to follow the strict Duggar courtship rules.

That means dating is allowed only in the presence of a chaperone; hand-holding is limited to a period of 15 seconds or less, and "front-hugging" is forbidden, as it may clothed genitals into perilously close proximity.

("Side-hugs" - in which the participants basically just put their arms around each other's shoulders and give a quick squeeze - is still allowed.)

Needless to say, kissing and actual sex are very much forbidden.

The Duggar Family: A Photo

But once the rings are on the fingers and the vows have been exchanged, it's a very different story.

From that point forward, the Duggar offspring and their spouses are encouraged to rub their bits together until they chafe.

Of course, even within the confines of a loving marriage, there are rules.

The Duggars do not believe in birth control, which means you can look at how many kids each of them has made and get a rough idea of how many times they've had sex in their lives.

We kid, of course, but the super-strict guidelines placed on the Duggars genitals do raise a lot of questions.

Duggar Family Photo: A Classic!

And it seems the query that's foremost on the minds of many viewers this week is: do the Duggars ever have sex just for fun?

"So do these guys never enjoy sex for the joy of it?" one fan asked in a Reddit forum devoted to the family.

"Or is it simply to have kids. Or get to know each other and get into their groove without babies straight away? I mean I LOVED spending three years married without a baby straight away, we traveled had fun before baby came along," the user continued.

"Do the girls ever want to do something else besides have babies? Like get out of their small town see the world meet new people but on their own without the controlling parents or husbands? Just curious is all."

"I don't think these kids are allowed to have wants outside of what they have been brainwashed to want," another user replied.

Duggars: Counting On Cast Photo

"I know they seem to like this life. I guess when you don't know anything else you just accept it," a third remarked.

"But even the Amish give their kids the choice. It's nice to live in a bubble but I often wonder if any of the girls long for adventure and independence at least for a little while."

Interestingly, all of this speculation comes on the heels of the revelation that Joy-Anna Duggar considered her parents to be too strict during her upbringing.

So it seems that not all Duggar children simply accept their lot blindly.

Of course, it still appears doubtful that any of them will ever make their displeasure known publicly.

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

Duggar Family Shame: Church Members Share Shocking Tales of Abuse

Anyone who's regularly watched the family's reality shows knows that the Duggars are a deeply religious lot.

But even the most diehard Duggar fans may not know the details of the belief system that Jim Bob and Michelle have imparted to their children.

Duggar Family Photo: A Classic!

The Duggars are Independent Baptists, but they're also members of the Institute in Basic Life Principles and the Advanced Training Institute, both founded by controversial pastor and former personal guru of the Duggars, Bill Gothard.

Back in 2015, the Josh Duggar sex scandal shined some light on the institute's teachings and more scandalous practices.

Not only did the organization assist Josh and his parents in evading prosecution, it also justified his misconduct with homeschooling curriculum that places the blame for sexual assault squarely on the victim.

Prior to Gothard resigning in disgrace after being accused of sexual misconduct by more than 50 former employees, he presided over the organization for decades, and - according to many former members - was directly or indirectly involved in countless acts of systemized sexual assault.

Bill Gothard

Recent revelations about the Duggars and the rise of the #MeToo movement have emboldened several alleged victims to come forward with shocking accounts of the abuse they suffered under Gothard's watchful eye.

As reported by In Touch Weekly, an anonymous Reddit used was recently at the center of one of the sites "ask me anything" or AMA sessions.

And what she had to say about her time as a member of the IBLP-ATI is likely to shock even the most strident Duggar defenders.

"I was part of a fundamentalist Christian cult known as ATI/IBLP," the user began.

"Recent scandals have hit the news about the cult leader Bill Gothard when over 50 women came forward with allegations that he sexually harassed them. But that’s only scratching the surface."

Duggar Family: Counting On Season 4 Photo

"Let me tell you my scariest experience — and just keep in mind, I’m far from the only one,” she continued.

“First off, throughout my childhood, my father and sisters abused me sexually. Since the cult taught a strict familial hierarchy, with the father being top dog, then mother, then children in order of birth, as the youngest I was bottom of the totem pole.

"My father would twist Bible verses to justify rape, death threats, and more. Because ATI is a homeschool cult, it was really handy to cover up the abuse from any prying eyes.

"My home was a prison for 11 years until he died of a massive heart attack. And that’s not even the scariest experience.”

The user went on to explain how the abuse worsened as a result of her mother's continued involvement with the IBLP.

Josh Duggar Family Photo

"Fast forward two years. I’m 13, with a mother who’s frantically fixated on me being a ‘troubled child’ because 1. I dared resist my father’s advances and argue against the abuse I was suffering, gaining me the reputation of ‘rebellious,’ 2. I’m severely depressed because I’m a freaking rape victim and depression is considered sin, and 3. I asked too many questions as to WHY we believed the things we believed —you don’t ask questions, needless to say."

She then describes being shipped off to Oklahoma without warning and enrolled in the IBLP's "Log Cabin" program, which is designed to "retrain" resistant adolescents.

"All I know is I’m about to move to Oklahoma for a while to be fixed by ‘nice counselors’ because I’m a dirty sinner," she writes.

“For the next two years, I am tortured, brainwashed, starved, sleep-deprived, threatened with a shotgun, punished, humiliated, interrogated, and terrorized.

"I lose 40 pounds in the first month or two. They take me off my medications (believing it is wrong to take them) cold turkey; I exhibit severe symptoms of withdrawal and they go ignored.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Kitchen Hug

"I am worked grueling hours, sent on aimless hikes and marches, scrubbing floors on my hands and knees until my knuckles are cracked and bleeding from the bleach, punished with hard labor until I’m near fainting," she adds.

"They had fun coming up with new and strange ‘punishments.’”

Through it all, the victim says, she was so brainwashed she didn't fully realize that those who imprisoned her were engaging in the most egregious forms of abuse.

It wasn't until years later that she began to become aware that something was deeply wrong with the religion she had been raised in.

"There really wasn't one concrete 'oh s--t' moment," she explains.

Jim Bob and Michelle Today

"But the first time I remember thinking 'this is BS' was how often people would be 'sentenced' to hell for the most trivial reasons. Everything from an impure thought to cursing to sleeping in late."

Amazingly, despite the high-profile nature of their lives and the zeal with which they discuss their beliefs, the Duggars have managed to avoid commenting on their continued involvement with the IBLP-ATI.

That may prove increasingly difficult as time goes on.

Or the family's legion of devoted fans may prove willing to continue turning a blind eye to the rampant abuse within the organization.

Watch Counting On online for a closer look at reality TV's most controversial family.

Duggar Family: Under Fire For Condoning Child Abuse

When Joy-Anna Duggar married Austin Forsyth back in May, very little was known about Austin's family.

Duggar obsessives did some digging - as they're wont to do - and for the most part, what they found was not surprising.

Joy-Anna, Austin, Jim Bob and Michelle

As is the case with most Duggar in-laws, Austin comes from a family that's very similar to the one he married into.

Like Jim Bob and Michelle, Austin's parents are deeply religious and extremely conservative.

And the similarities don't end there.

Both families subscribe to some esoteric and highly controversial beliefs, including the conviction that it's their God-given duty to have as many children as possible - and to raise those children in an extremely strict fashion.

Over the years, the Duggars have been chastised for their support of parenting techniques that have been derided as violent and barbaric.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Kitchen Hug

Many of their more controversial practices come from a scandalous parenting guide by authors Michael and Debi Pearl, entitled To Train Up a Child.

In addition to their support for "blanket training" and other forms of harsh corporal punishment adopted by the Duggars, the Pearls advocate other techniques that many regard as abusive, including using forced "fasting" as a means of punishment:

“A little fasting is good training,” the book reads.

“If you get a child who is particularly finicky and only eats a limited diet, then feed him mainly what he doesn’t like until he likes it.”

Within a year of the book's publication, copies of To Train Up a Child were found in the homes of three different who died from child abuse.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar: NOT Divorced!

Needless to say, unlike the time Jessa Duggar put a tortilla on her son's head, this is a serious matter, and outrage from Duggar fans is fully warranted.

Perhaps that's why the Duggars distanced themselves from the Pearl's teachings - until recently.

As Counting On viewers are aware, the Forsyths own a campground in rural Arkansas that caters to families and religious groups.

Next month, the camp will host the annual Big Sandy Family Conference, a massive gathering of fundamentalist Christian families.

“Whether making new friendships with other families or rekindling relationships from previous years, the conference is an annual highlight for many,” reads an advertisement on the Forsyth's website.

Jim Bob and Michelle Today

It all sounds innocent enough, but as many fans have noticed, the conference will feature appearances by Jim Bob and Michelle - as well as the Pearls.

“The Duggars humbly share their joys and trials, desiring to minister to other families who desire God’s best, even when their lives take unexpected turns,” reads a brief write-up about the Duggars on the campground's website.

Jim Bob and Michelle’s message is still the same: trust in the Lord.”

The portion about the Pearls is even shorter and identifies them as the authors of several bestselling books.

While it seems that the Forsyths are trying to downplay both the Pearls' controversial teachings and the couple's connection to the Duggars, fans were quick to cry foul.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar Photograph

“I don’t believe in abusing children so I would never go to hear the Pearls,” one fan commented on the Duggars' Facebook post about the event.

Several others echoed the sentiment, and those who were unaware that Michelle condoned such abusive techniques as blanket training were quick to express shock.

Needless to say, the Duggars will probably soon regret re-associating with the Pearls.

Unfortunately, it's probably too late to pull out of the Forsyths big event.

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

Duggar Girls to Fans: If You Have Premarital Sex, You Will DIE!

The Duggar kids have all been homeschooled, and now we're getting a sense of what health class was like on the compound.

Not surprisingly, it seems Jim Bob and Michelle weren't above using scare tactics when it came to dissuading their children from engaging in premarital sex.

Duggar Girls

The Duggar courtship rules are notorious for strictly prohibiting virtually all forms of physical contact before marriage.

The threat of eternal damnation is the primary deterrent that causes unmarried Duggar couples to stick to hand-holding and side-hugs.

But it seems that in order to make doubly sure that they're able to resist temptation, the family also frightens hormonal young people with more earthly dangers.

In Touch Weekly has unearthed an excerpt from the 2014 memoir Growing Up Duggar, in which Jana, Jill, Jessa and Jinger talk fearfully of the sexually transmitted diseases that await those who are unable to hold off until marriage:

A Sisterly Interrogation

"God has created physical intimacy to be a wonderful wedding gift for pleasure and bonding and to procreate children, but if it is done prematurely or with multiple partners, the very thing that was created to bring joy can bring sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, herpes, and human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause infertility, cervical cancer, and a life sentence of pain and suffering," the girls write.

"HPV is just one of many sexually transmitted viruses, but it has recently become a notorious killer of women. According to the National Cancer Institute, 'Virtually all cervical cancers are caused by HPV infections,'" the excerpt continued.

"The American Cancer Society estimates that 4,030 women will die from cervical cancer this year. STDs like HPV also carry a high risk of being passed on to loved ones, including the woman’s husband or her children," the Duggars added, just in case your genitals were not yet sufficiently terrified.

Duggar Sisters: Counting On

Of course, it's possible to have safe premarital sex, but don't tell that to the Duggar gals, who seem to have pretty much made up their minds that it results in instant death.

The emphasis on HPV is particularly strange, as while the disease is fairly common, in most cases, it doesn't result in any symptoms:

"In most cases, HPV goes away on its own and does not cause any health problems," the CDC states.

Really, the need to convince young fans of the physical dangers of premarital sex is strange, as anyone reading a Duggar bio is probably pretty all-in on all that "after-life" and "vengeful God" business.

4 Duggar Sisters

Just assuring them they'll burn in hell is probably sufficient when it comes to scaring them into keeping their knees together.

But hey, maybe the Duggars believe that frightening people away from premarital sex is a lot like premarital sex itself - you can never be too safe.

Anyway, we suppose the method has proven effective.

While there may have been some "shotgun wedding" rumors about Joy-Anna, it seems the Duggar women have thus far all abstained from sex before marriage.

The Duggar men, on the other hand ... well, that's a different story.

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