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Purity Has Its Price: We've Seen The Symptoms Of The "Duggar Syndrome" But What Were Its Causes?

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Let's call it the Duggar Syndrome: a combination of fame and repression that leads to hypocrisy and scandal in an all-too-Christian family. We've seen it before in various falls from grace (e.g. Ted Haggard), but the icon of Christian family values - the Duggars, have raised the bar, so to speak.

"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."

The Fall From Public Grace

The famous (now infamous) family, where girls must wear concealing skirts, boys must act the proper young gentleman, and absolutely no one gives or receives a kiss before marriage is suffering. Why? Was it because Josh, who was believed to have seen the light and repented of his "sinful" teenage acts was revealed to have had three hook-up site accounts and cheated on his wife Anna? Yes, they are suffering from these scandals, but haven't members of the family (namely the children) been suffering a long time - suffering from the kind of repression that Josh tried to unleash himself from?

The family's fall from PUBLIC grace (through today's MSM and social media) has focused mostly on the symptoms of the syndrome, but not the causes.

The Symptoms

The cycle of this particular syndrome seems to be:

Repression, Public Exposure, Keeping Up Appearances (and Standards), Rebellion, Scandal, Repentance.

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Rinse and repeat - at least for Josh Duggar. Cover-ups, secrecy, lies, hypocrisy, guilt - all are symptomatic of the syndrome. We saw how the Duggar family covered up Josh's first forays into "immorality". Josh himself admitted to leading a "double life" thereafter. Re-bottled repression resulted in an explosion of porn and deception.

Following the cancellation of The 19 Kids and Counting TV show, the Duggar family has other Christians in quite the uproar ever since it was revealed that Josh Duggar cheated on his wife, Anna Duggar, using the Ashley Madison cheating service. But some claims it is possible Josh was using the service to meet up with a porn star going by the name of Danica Dillon.


Josh Duggar turned the life of a Hollywood DJ upside down by apparently jacking his pic for his OKCupid profile.
Matthew McCarthy tells us he was shocked see his pic on the dating site, and way more shocked to know Duggar was posing as him to score chicks. ...
Matthew says he's already lost a DJ gig because the club felt he was part of the sex scandal. He feels this is somehow defamation of character, and he's considering his legal options.

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According to Gawker, what Duggar was looking for in his profiles:

"Conventional Sex," Experimenting with Sex Toys," One-Night Stands," "Open to Experimentation," "Gentleness," "Good With Your Hands," Sensual Massage," "Extended Foreplay/Teasing," "Bubble Bath for 2," "Likes to Give Oral Sex," "Likes to Receive Oral Sex," "Someone I Can Teach," "Someone Who Can Teach Me," "Kissing," "Cuddling & Hugging," "Sharing Fantasies," "Sex Talk."

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Rev. Dan Vojir is has been writing/blogging on religion and politics for the better part of ten years. A former radio talk show host (Strictly Books €" Talk America Radio Network) and book publisher, Dan has connected with some of the most (more...)

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