As usual, Tucker Carlson plays the persecuted Christian card when discussing whether TLC should keep the Duggars' TV show on the air.
"Has the Duggar family been held to higher standards because they ARE Christians, and because their family life has been televised all these years, should the show be pulled off the air?"
Father Jonathan Morris made an appearance to plead the case for keeping the show on the air.
"First of all we should think of the victims, the five young girls who were victimized here, then look at what did they do? What was the response from the family? From what we understand, they reported it, they also got professional licensed counseling. They seemed to respond to it pretty well.
We don't know all the details. But that's the first thing. Should Josh be on the show? I don't think so, it would be very inappropriate. Is this family now a bad example because they had one child of nineteen that did something wrong, something very, very, very wrong. I don't think we can say that this family is sort of a bad example. Think about what's on television right now. How about the Kardashians? How about the real wives of Hollywood or New Jersey?..."
The show began in 2008, called 17 Kids and Counting, then 18 and finally 19. All was well, until the ugly truth came out in the form of a bombshell on May 19, 2015.
In Touch Weekly reports the Duggars' 27-year-old son Josh had been named in a prior sexual abuse investigation. It reveals that Josh while 14 or 15 years old forcibly touched at least five girls in 2002 and 2003. The report makes clear the victims include Josh's younger sisters. The Duggars consulted church elders. They sent Josh to a kind of rehab program and reported him to a state trooper who was an acquaintance of the family."
Fox News and Father Morris are very aware that there were severe issues with the person the Duggars chose to counsel their son. The state trooper friend, Joseph Hutchens, 69,
became caught up in his own heinous sex scandal in 2005, soon after he reportedly met with Jim Bob and Josh, when he was arrested on child porn charges. The disgraced officer was convicted in 2007, and served time in prison.
Yet, Father Morris claims the family tried their best to rehabilitate their son, when in fact they only exacerbated matters with their bad choices.
There's no doubt the family kept this under wraps as long as they could.
However, no formal investigation was launched until police received an anonymous tip in 2006. By that time, the statute of limitations had run, and no charges were filed.
Father Morris believes that one bad apple shouldn't spoil the whole bunch and the family deserves a second chance. This conclusion is only reached by perverting the actions and cover-up of the parents and any officials who were in the know. This assumption is based on the lie that these 'persecuted Christians' acted with the utmost ethics and morality.
By comparing the decadence and shallowness of other reality TV shows, the Fox "News" crowd is trying to minimize the crime and subsequent cover-up that ensued. No matter how inane these other shows may be, they are not portraying their subjects as perfect beings. Regardless of what Jim Bob claims, 19 Kids and Counting was based on the virtues of a family who lives within the parameters of a patriarchal cult that they feel is an homage to God Almighty.
It's true, the Duggars believe that they are morally superior. When Fox "News" contrasts the acts of molestation with Caitlyn Jenner's revelation that she's really transgender, it's obviously a false equivalency designed to perpetrate more both siderism garbage.