The eruption of the scandal surrounding Joshua Duggar has revealed some rather strange — but predictable — bedfellows. While most of the country is celebrating TLC’s decision to take the Duggars off the air, the right-wing is circling the wagons to defend him.
Matt Walsh, a prominent Christian columnist and blogger who writes for Glenn Beck, joined former governor and current Republican presidential nominee Mike Huckabee in defending the Duggar family from accusations of hypocrisy while accusing liberals of being the hypocrites.
According to Walsh, who writes for The Blaze as well as his own blog, the actions done by Josh Duggar are “terrible,” but the only reason the Duggar family is seeing a backlash is because they’re Christians.
Duggar family values
Perhaps no previous situation earned the Duggars more heat than their robocalls against a law in Fayetteville that would protect citizens against discrimination due to gender identity, socioeconomic background, marital status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
During the lead up to the voting, Michelle Duggar recorded robocalls that warned Fayetteville residents that transgender people were child predators, and that the law would protect that predatory behavior.
She claimed that the bill would “allow [predatory] men — yes I said men — to use womens’ and girls’ restrooms, locker rooms, showers, sleeping areas and other areas that are designated for females only.”
She added that gender identity is the “preference of an adult” and should never be placed over “the safety and innocence of a child” — you can listen to the call here:[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/163832877″]
Voters defeated the law. Michelle made these recordings in 2014, 11 years after her son was accused of molesting underage girls, which allegedly include his own sisters.
More projection than a movie theater
This, however, is lost on Matt Walsh.
Writing for his own blog, Walsh asserts that, “terrible” as Josh’s actions were, the left was going after the Duggars because they are “a prominent Christian family who regularly speak out on contentious social issues like gay marriage.” They’re “despised for their beliefs,” “outspoken nature,” and “parents’ decision to have 19 kids,” according to Walsh.
He adds, “progressive trolls have been anxiously waiting for a chance to burn them down and dance on their ashes, and now they’ve finally been given the opportunity.”
The criticism of the Duggars, according to Walsh, is the result of a “basic misunderstanding of Christianity“:
None of us — not the Duggars, not anyone — claim that a faith in Jesus bestows perfect holiness on the faithful. It is because of our sinful nature that we need Him. When we sin, we do not disprove that thesis; we underscore it. A Christian failing to live up to his faith does not make him a hypocrite. It makes him cowardly, perhaps. It makes him selfish. It makes him flawed. It makes him sinful. It makes him any number of things, but not necessarily a hypocrite.
Missing in Walsh’s piece is mention of Michelle Duggar’s robocalls and the strict dating rules for the Duggar girls; rules that bear an uncanny resemblance to what Orwell called “Goodsex” and “Sexcrime” in his famous book, Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Walsh then presents his case that “progressives” are the true hypocrites, stating:
I simply don’t believe most progressives actually care that Josh Duggar touched his sisters when he was 14. I don’t believe they are upset about it, or that it offends them, or that they are morally troubled by it. I don’t believe them. I just don’t. I think they’re the real hypocrites.
To prove this, Walsh linked the hypocrisy to actress and “liberal hero” Lena Dunham, who admitted to touching her sister’s genitalia in her biography, and Bill Clinton, ”who was credibly accused of rape multiple times.”
“Progressive culture is filled to the brim with rapists, molesters, and deviants, but they never seem worried about any of it until some well known Christian crosses the line,” he concluded.
Clinton is not a progressive — he’s a centrist — and Dunham didn’t pretend to embody, nor was she treated as embodying, “progressive” morality in the same way that the Duggars presented themselves as the embodiment of Christian morality.
This, more than anything, is the hypocrisy of the right-wing: they’re good moral citizens, except all the times they’re not. And don’t you dare call them on it.
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