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The Duggars Believe God Wants Them Back On The Teevee

Funny how that works...
The Duggars Believe God Wants Them Back On The Teevee

One of the things I find so fascinating about professional God-botherers is that God's will always so closely aligns with their own interests. So when God (or maybe an outraged public) comes along and says, "Enough of that!", it never even occurs to them that maybe that same God wants their crazy off the air.

When news broke that the Duggars' hit TLC show 19 Kids and Counting had been officially canceled, no one was more disappointed than the family, a source who has worked closely with them tells PEOPLE in this week's issue.

The cancellation came two months after a 2006 police report surfaced revealing that Josh Duggar had been accused at age 14 of molesting five underage girls – including two of his sisters, Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald. (He apologized and said he had "acted inexcusably" after the report became public.)

The source says the evangelical Christian family, who often discussed their religious faith on their TLC show, is "heartbroken that they've now lost that platform."

"The Duggars want to return to TV because they truly believe it was part of God's plan for them to spread the word about their faith," the source says.

"I think Jim Bob and Michelle honestly did expect people to just move on from this," the source adds. "Their thinking is, they put this behind them ages ago, so why wouldn't the rest of the world?"

Maybe God thinks you set a bad example.

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