While the world waits for the Duggar family’s anticipated sit-down with Fox News on Wednesday, we have another family member's insight into the recent scandal that rocked the “19 Kids and Counting” fan base to hold our attention.
TLC reality star Josh Duggar, 27, released a statement on May 21 admitting to molesting five underage girls in 2002 and 2003 when he was teenager. He called the act inexcusable and immediately resigned from the Family Research Council. While Josh’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, have also released a statement, a majority of the Duggar family has remained radio silent since the scandal. But not everyone is keeping quiet.
“19 Kids and Counting” star Dan Dillard appears to have spoken out about the situation. The Ashley’s Reality Roundup reports that Dan, who is Josh’s sister Jill (Duggar) Dillard’s brother-in-law, recently wrote about forgiveness on Facebook, a post the site claims was “obviously aimed at Jill’s brother.”
“Many people are quick to pass judgement on others without even so much as glancing at their own lives,” Dan wrote on May 24. “That’s the thing about people in the world… they often don’t recognize that Christians are not perfect, but simply forgiven. Plain and simple.”
While a majority of the Duggars have been unusually quiet on social media in recent weeks, Dan is not the only “19 Kids and Counting” star to speak out about the scandal. Josh’s cousin, Amy Duggar, appeared to respond to the controversy on Twitter on May 27, posting several messages about her faith. “A love so bold to see a revolution somehow… my God’s not dead. He’s surely alive!!!” she wrote.
The father-in-law of Josh’s sister Jessa (Duggar) Seewald, Michael Seewald, spoke out directly in defense of Josh on his blog. “There is blood in the water and the sharks are in a feeding frenzy. Finally, the Duggar family’s opponents have found what they have been eagerly waiting for: shocking revelation of scandal by Jim Bob and Michelle’s firstborn son, Josh,” he wrote in a post titled “Grace Greater Than Our Sin” on May 24.
While Michael said Josh's unnamed victims should not be overlooked, he did emphasize that Josh's action should be forgiven. "It is always our duty to live a godly life, and even when we fail, God’s moral standards found in the Bible don’t change. It is by our inability to live up to them that we understand our need of a Savior. Are the Duggars perfect in their interpretation of God’s moral standards? No. But neither is anyone else."
In reaction to the molestation scandal, TLC pulled “19 Kids and Counting” from its airwaves, and Hulu yanked the long-running reality series from its streaming site last month. Several of the reality show’s advertisers have since separated themselves from the program. There are rumors TLC is planning to create a “19 Kids and Counting” spinoff starring Jessa and Jill. The network has yet to comment.