The Lord has been testing the Duggar family ever since May of this year when their eldest son, Josh, admitted to molesting two of his sisters ten years ago, resulting in the family’s TLC show being canceled and their Bible-thumping brand being flushed down the toilet. Now, it seems He’s not finished testing them yet.
Once again Josh Duggar has found himself in the center of controversy, this time for keeping an active account on Ashley Madison, a nefarious website which helps facilitate extramarital affairs, Gawker reports.
It all started last month when Ashley Madison’s database was hacked. On Tuesday, the hackers released the names, email addresses and phone numbers for many of the site’s members, including 27-year-old “family man” Josh Duggar.
A credit card belonging to a “Joshua J. Duggar” paid a grand total of $986.76 for not one but two different monthly subscriptions to Ashley Madison, this included a $250 “affair guarantee” fee, which the website promises “increase[s] your chances of having an affair from possibly to definitely or your money back.”
The credit card’s billing address matched the home of Duggar’s grandmother, Mary, who lives in Fayetteville, AR, and the subscriptions were active from February 2013 through May 2015, right around the time when he confessed to fondling his sisters in their sleep. Interestingly, he was paying for the subscriptions while also working as the executive director of the Family Research Council. All the while his wife, Anna, was busy carrying his children.
So far, no one from the Duggar tribe has commented on Josh’s latest moral failing, but his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, have reportedly been busy pitching a new reality show idea in which they counsel young children who have been sexually abused.
That’s right, the parents of an admitted sexual predator, neither of whom have any professional licenses or experience dealing with victims of sexual abuse (aside from telling their own daughters not to tell anyone their older brother touched them inappropriately), want to help others overcome the trauma of being molested.
“The family can’t afford to not have the show,” an anonymous source told Star magazine earlier this week. “It is their main source of income, and with a family of that size, without it they’re in enormous trouble.”