After the revelation they harbored a child molester in their midst, the Duggar family was thrust into the spotlight. They’ve dominated headlines ever since, and even made an appearance on Fox News with Megyn Kelly to “explain” themselves.
Now, a new police report indicates that the Duggars refused to cooperate with a representative from the Department of Human Services who came to check up on their children, suggesting that things might be worse than originally thought.
A quiverfull of hypocrisy
Independence from the government is one of the key tenets of the group the Duggars align with, called the Quiverfull Movement. They advocate homeschooling and homesteading in rural areas, away from cities and away from the government.
Despite this, many of these families wind up on the government dole anyway, making their wish to “live independent” of the government just one more example of the rank hypocrisy inherent in their belief system. The Duggars, while not outright aligning themselves with the movement, have been sympathetic to it and acted as a public face for it, so a certain level of anti-government sentiment from them is to be expected.
This, of course, is magnified by their presence within the Christian homeschool community.
So when “In Touch Weekly” reported Wednesday that the family refused to cooperate with the Arkansas Department of Human Services last month, it should come as a surprise to exactly nobody.
“They’re not being cooperative”
On the morning of May 27, at 11-o’-clock, a representative for the Arkansas DHS in Washington County put in a call to the police for back up. The representative, left unidentified by “In Touch,” noted in the 911 call that he was “unable to see a minor” at the Duggar home:
We have an investigation and I guess they’re not being cooperative. We have to see the child to make sure the child is all right. So we just need police assistance.
The call was made less than a week after the story concerning the 2006 police report broke. As the agency’s records aren’t accessible by the public, it’s not entirely clear why the agent went out to check.
As “In Touch” notes, this isn’t the first time DHS paid the Duggars a visit, however. The Duggars were the subject of a police investigation in 2006 following Josh’s actions in 2002 and 2003. Then, the DHS launched an investigation in 2007. This latest one is just the most recent in a long list of investigations against the family.
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