There could nobody less qualified to give parenting advice than disgraced reality star Jim Bob Duggar. His Christian extremist beliefs keep him from doing any of the actual work involved in being a parent. When you’re a parental figurehead all you have to offer is your position as “role model,” and Duggar has failed ever-so miserably in that regard.
Duggar stopped having any credibility as a parent when the scandal concerning his son Josh became public. He hid the dangerous actions of a potential predator, “cured” him by sending him off to pray and build things on a farm and provided the security his girls needed by locking them in their room at night so he couldn’t keep doing it.
Plus, it wasn’t really that bad. He mostly only touched them over the clothes. While they were sleeping. Mostly.
Even after it came out that his youngest victim was 5 as he neared adulthood, Jim Bob defended his son who had “repented” and been forgiven by the family and the Lord. That, of course, didn’t work out too well when we all learned that Josh’s sexual needs were being fulfilled by women from Ashley Madison and a porn star who is now suing him for assault.
Is it fair to judge Jim Bob Duggar by the actions of his oldest alone? Absolutely. Had he not defended him and destroyed his own reputation with that travesty of an interview with Megyn Kelly there may have been hope, but for him to continue to give advice as a parent just because he has super sperm that won’t be denied is ridiculous.
In a post on the Duggar Family Blog, Jim Bob gave some advice to fathers that, as a father, made me want to regurgitate my lunch back on its plate. After a gaggle of quotes from the bible and some great stuff about how you should discuss matters of faith…all the time, Duggar offered this, which made me literally scream “Shut the f*ck up!” at my monitor:
Start protecting your family by removing books, magazines, television, or internet that have worldly or sensual content. Replace them with good things like wholesome music, biographies of great Christians, good old-fashioned family fun and games.
Are you serious, Jim Bob? Is that how you kept the depravity away from your son, who is once again praying and working and getting no actual help for his sex addiction? Here’s a dose of reality, Jimmy: If you shield your children from reality they will find it on their own. If you choose to be all biblical about it, God gave us free will. The byproduct of free will is inherent curiosity. As you teach your children that there is no evil in the world if they only choose reading and entertainment materials approved by the church of crazy.
Let’s not forget that his children are home-schooled. Tell us, Jim Bob, will they be deprived of the sick reality of Mein Kampf or the humanity of The Bridge Over San Luis Rey because they aren’t Jesus approved reading? Are they allowed to read Ghandi’s biography or was he too radical for you?
It should be illegal for this guy to be a father at all.
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