Josh Duggar’s molestation scandal is hardly the only bombshell controversy the 19 Kids And Counting family has been publicly involved in over the years. Click through to read even more secrets and scandals the reality TV Christian clan don’t want you to remember.
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According to police documents released by In Touch, Josh molested five young girls when he was 14 and 15-years-old. Jill and Jessa Duggar both came forward as victims in an interview on The Kelly File.
Also included in the police report was witness claims that Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar use violence against their children. Josh admitted to police that he was “spanked” by his parents, who "do this to all the kids.” He added: “They have a rod.”
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Jim Bob said birth control causes miscarriages during a 2014 appearance at the Value Voters Summit. “Something we didn’t know is that the pill can actually allow women to get pregnant, but then it can be aborted,” he said. “That’s what happened with Michelle … she went on the pill after Josh and then got pregnant, and then the pill actually caused a miscarriage.”
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Michelle revealed on The Kelly File that boys are not allowed to play hide ’n’ seek with girls, boys cannot babysit girls and girls cannot sit on their older brothers’ laps—or the laps of anyone of the opposite sex aside from their father.
Before they were married, Jim Bob said his relationship with Michelle got steamy, which is why they instated rules for their children while “courting” to remain "pure." “When Michelle and I were dating, we took things farther than we should have,” he admitted.
There’s been some fakery one the show, too. When Josh married Anna Duggar in 2008, reports claim producers had to amp up their awkward first kiss at the altar in a sound room post-production to make it feel more exciting.
As for Jessa and her husband Ben Seewald, rumors swirled that they shared a steamy hookup session at their wedding reception while they kissed in private on their big day.
In fact, that scene may have also been edited by TLC. A Christian blogger present at the wedding said she heard Jim Bob demand to edit the footage so it would look like he and Michelle knew his daughter wanted her first kiss to Ben to be private.
Michelle Duggar gave marriage advice on The Today Show, which many criticized for encouraging marital rape. “In your marriage there will be times you’re going to be very exhausted,” she said. “Your hubby comes home after a hard day’s work, you get the baby to bed, and he is going to be looking forward to that time with you. … Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls.”
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Jill said she also believes getting married quickly will lead to a happier life together. “You may not wanna push the wedding date out too far,” Jill told Page Six, “as those natural God-given desires with too much time between engagement and marriage can make it harder to remain pure.”
While rules forbid the Duggar kids from engaging in any sexual activity or cohabitation before marriage, Ben Seewald actually lived in the 19 Kids home before he and Jessa wed in November 2014.
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But when it comes to gay marriage, the Duggar family says no. In 2014, Michelle recorded a robocall to play in Fayetteville, Arkansas against an anti-discrimination bill that would protect transgender rights. Duggar argued that the ordinance affected "the safety of Northwest Arkansas women and children" because it would "allow men - yes, I said men - to use women's and girls' restrooms, locker rooms, showers, sleeping areas, and other areas that are designated for females only. I don't believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls," she said. In response, thousands of LGBTQ supporters signed a petition asking TLC to take the show off the air.
The 19 Kids And Counting family also went on a spree deleting photos of gay couples from their Facebook in 2014 and then posted this quote: "Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. Second is that to love someone means that you must agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”
As supports of gun rights, the Duggar family has not been quiet about their Second Amendment rights. They defended a photo of 16-year-old Jedidiah holding a rifle and once left a gun out in the open in front of 5-year-old Josie during a family trip!
Their conservative Christian beliefs and homeschooling has led the family to believe the world is nnot 4.54 billion years old, as science estimates. “I think the world is definitely, as The Bible says, 6,000 years old,” Jill once said.
While they have traveled the world for missionary work, Michelle and Jim Bob are not fans of letting their children spread their wings. Jinger stirred up controversy when she said she wanted to move to a big city. Michelle quickly shut that down because the family would never let her leave home for somewhere like NYC. "New York City is way above what we would ever consider a city where she should move!"
In a 2014 post on her Instagram page, Jessa compared the Holocaust to abortion. After a visit to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., she wrote: “The sanctity of human life varies not in sickness or health, poverty or wealth, elderly or pre-born, little or lots of melanin making you darker or lighter skinned or any other factor.”
In her baby registry for Israel David Dillard, who was born in 2015, Jill and Derick Dillard added Fanta, Gatorade and Dr. Pepper. "Derick said we should put Dr. Pepper on there, because if you have late nights, you have to have caffeine," Jill said.
While Duggar kids must wait until they are married to reproduce, not all of their extended family follows this rule. Susanna Keller, described as the “wild” sister of Anna, had a child out of wedlock in 2013.