Josh Duggar’s former employer, the Family Research Council (FRC), is none too pleased with the “19 Kids and Counting” star. On Friday, one day after Josh admitted to utilizing Ashley Madison, a site that helps men and women pursue extramarital affairs, FRC President Tony Perkins released a statement slamming Josh for being “unfaithful” to his wife of six years, Anna, and having a pornography addiction.
Read the FRC’s full statement, as reported by Us Weekly, below:
Last night we learned from online reports about allegations concerning Josh Duggar and then read his confession today. We are grieved by Josh’s conduct and the devastating impact of his pornography addiction and marital unfaithfulness. Our hearts hurt for his family, and all those affected by Josh’s actions. His deceitful behavior harms his family, his friends, his former coworkers, and the cause he has publicly espoused. Those of us who advocate for family values in the public square are held to a higher standard, and Josh’s failures serve as a painful reminder of the destructive effects of not living with integrity. We are praying for the family.
Josh left FRC, a company that promotes infusing Christian lifestyle into public policy, in May. He resigned from his position as the executive director of FRC Action shortly after it was revealed he had molested five underage girls, two of whom were his sisters, as a teenager.
”In good faith I cannot allow Family Research Council to be impacted by mistakes I made as a teenager,” Josh said in his statement as his reason for stepping down. “I will continue to pray for the advancements of the causes we believe in and I hope that in the days ahead you will pray for me and Anna as we seek God to discover the next chapter of our lives in His service."
Prior to the FRC’s statement release, Josh and his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, shared their own comments on the recent scandal on Thursday. Josh apologized for his behavior, calling himself “the biggest hypocrite ever" for leading a "double life" and asked fans to pray for his family.
“The last few years, while publicly stating I was fighting against immorality in our country, I was hiding my own personal failings,” he said. “As I am learning the hard way, we have the freedom to choose our actions, but we do not get to choose our consequences. I deeply regret all the hurt I have caused so many by being such a bad example."
Jim Bob and Michelle, who are rumored to be “baffled” and “stunned” by their eldest son’s actions, said the recent reports left them heartbroken. “When we learned of this late last night, our hearts were broken,” the couple wrote. “As we continue to place our trust in God, we ask for your prayers for Josh, Anna, our grandchildren and our entire family."
Josh’s current job, if any, is unknown. He and his family no longer star on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting.” Almost immediately after Josh's first scandal, the network yanked the show from its airwaves. Six weeks later, TLC confirmed it were canceling the show.