Josh Duggar may not know how to be a spokesman for Christian values, but his reading comprehension skills are A-OK.
Josh Duggar and his wife Anna announcing the birth of their daughter Meredith in July, two months after closing his Ashley Madison account in the wake of his molestation scandal. (via Josh Duggar)
In the wake of revelations about his shockingly boring Ashley Madison accounts (he had two) and his even-more-vanilla OKCupid account, Josh Duggar had the unenviable task of looking at this evidence (we won't even get into his prior molestation scandal) and having to decide whether or not he was a huge, unrepentant hypocrite. This morning, he issued a press release on the subject:
I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.
I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him.
I brought hurt and a reproach to my family, close friends and the fans of our show with my actions that happened when I was 14-15 years old, and now I have re-broken their trust.
The last few years, while publicly stating I was fighting against immorality in our country, I was hiding my own personal failings.
As I am learning the hard way, we have the freedom to choose to our actions, but we do not get to choose our consequences. I deeply regret all hurt I have caused so many by being such a bad example.
I humbly ask for your forgiveness. Please pray for my precious wife Anna and our family during this time.
Well, he's definitely a gigantic hypocrite, although it must be said he is the literal definition of repentant. That's the nice thing about God, I suppose. He takes the long view on things. Sure, Josh Duggar used his fame to become a political operative as executive director of the Family Research Council, advocating against marriage equality and trying to keep loving couples from partaking in the same social contract he repeatedly and unabashedly violated, but God has seen a lot of shit. His wife Anna, on the other hand, has probably never met anyone worse than Josh. So, we'll see how her mercy and redemption plays out in all of this.
He also hits the "blame pornography" note pretty hard, which is a favorite among certain circles. While I'm not saying porn is good for marriages, I am saying looking at porn is by a gigantic margin the least bad thing he's been accused of doing. Stick to the porn, Josh. It may soon be all you have.