By Kevin Williams
I know we've discussed the Duggars on the site a fair bit over the years and I usually stay from these current event topics but, figured, what the heck, everyone else is talking about it, why not us?
If you live under a rock and haven't been following what is happening, here is a link from USA Today.
To me, this is a tough issue to sort out because A) I am not sure we have enough info to sort it out and B) The abuse happened when he was 14 or 15.
I do think everyone,regardless of age, should have a shot at redemption if they've committed a misdeed. Although this is especially true for minors. I mean, if Josh Duggar was 23 and committed these abuses that is a more black and white case in my mind. It is sort of like a 14-year-old who commits murder: what do you do with them? Lock `em up or try to rehabilitate them? Does a 14-year-old ever really have the judgment of an adult? No. Although, most 14-year-olds, I'd venture to guess, don't go around doing what Josh Duggar did. Still, this was, in a sense, child on child abuse. It doesn't make it okay at all, but to me it is somehow a little different than an adult committing the abuse. Perhaps as disturbing is the parents seeming to cover-up the crime.
I will confess to watching the Duggars show on the TLC Network. As someone who writes about large Amish families I've often found the Duggar tribe a curiosity. And Aster seems to enjoy watching the large family, so we'll occasionally turn it on in the evenings. It does make you kind of wonder about the environment the Duggars created for their kids for one of them to behave in that way. So maybe I'll be thinking twice about turning the show on from here on out....
My biggest issue with the show lately is that is just so heavily "produced" any more. Weddings and births are milked to death and seem to be streaming salable commodities than special ceremonies. And the cameras ever rarely just stick around the Duggar house anymore to see how a family of 19 lives. Instead, it's always a seemingly "staged" event: the Duggars go make pottery, the Duggars go to Chicago, the Duggars play mini-golf....
What are your Duggar thoughts?