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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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