And maybe the subtitle here is “A Whole Lot of Questions.”
My wife is an occasional viewer of the Duggar clan on tv. I know that over the years, the number of kids has upticked from 17 to 18 to 19, and now they’re counting grandkids. A side note: I never figured out why, if the clan heads wanted more kids, they didn’t adopt. Maybe now I know.
A few quick thoughts on Josh Duggar. Not that I’m an apologist for underage sexual activity or a Mike Huckabee clone, but what purpose does it serve for a young man with a wife and four kids to lose a job on account of horrifically bad judgment (or sex addiction) as a teenager?
- Did his employer pressure him to resign because he’s suddenly a public relations liability? If so, they should just fire him. And be moral and honest about it. And let him collect on unemployment insurance.
- Did young Mr Duggar resign out of some sense of personal guilt and shame? And if so, is the public outing of this scandal a danger to his own recovery? So what if public appearances with other celebrities is out? There’s nothing wrong with a desk job if its honest work.
- I read in news outlets about his dad calling the cops on him and getting him into therapy or something. Was the same mercy was shown to those he victimized? I wonder what they think about all this coming down.
When I was talking to my wife about this, she wondered what he was going to do about a job. Who would hire him? Good question. She thinks a book is in the air. Maybe that’s the only possibility left. But is that just another nod to the celebrity-driven culture we live in?
I suppose the Duggars are nice enough people. They have parlayed their Christian values into a celebrity life. And really, what are the alternatives? The Kardashians? No thanks.