You know, we’ve spent so much time talking about newly exposed sex monsters over the past several weeks. It might be easy for some to forget that there are some sex monsters that we’ve known about for years.
So … how is Josh Duggar doing these days?
Since you ask, apparently, he’s “cured.”
The news that former 19 Kids & Counting star and conservative lobbyist Josh Duggar molested five young girls, including four of his own sisters, was horrifying.
We’ve heard a lot of disturbing allegations against the Duggars over the years, from “blanket training” perpetrated by Michelle to Jim Bob’s possessive view of women and their controversial views on homosexuality.
But that Josh’s molestation was actively covered up by his parents until a whistleblower came forward was shocking, even for that crowd.
They say that the first step to recovering is that you have to admit that you have a problem; Josh doesn’t seem to have met that standard.
He’s apparently not sorry and blaming the devil for his actions (great), but see, molestation isn’t what got him sent away to “therapy.”
We say “therapy” in quotes because, though there are some great, professional religious counseling services in the world …
Josh Duggar was sent to a shady faith-based retreat with views compatible with that of the Duggars. Call us skeptical.
Instead, Josh’s porn viewing (gasp!) and attempts to cheat on Anna Duggar online were the cause for alarm within the Duggar family.
In real life, outside of the fringe views of the Duggars, we know that viewing pornography is normal and only rarely creates a problem.
For the Duggars, it’s corruption by society or by “the culture” (a catch-all term that they use to refer to, you know, normal people who aren’t part of their fertility cult).
To Jim Bob, this behavior was perhaps every bit as bad as the adultery itself – which we can all agree was indefensible.
Anna Duggar was unfortunate enough to marry a man who molested little girls. The last thing that she deserves is to be cheated on, right?
The Duggars weren’t shocked by the molestation news, because they were the ones who (shockingly) covered it up in the first place.
But the porn and the cheating?
So, naturally, they sent him back to “therapy.” Well, Radar Online is reporting that this is over, as Josh Duggar is no longer in therapy.
Someone with the unenviable position of being a Duggar family insider says of Jim Bob and Michelle’s first-born: “He’s doing great.”
“He’s really folding into the lifestyle that comes with a new baby. He seems to have made some serious changes in his life.”
Now, if you’re thinking that you remember something about Josh having left therapy already, you’re thinking of his faith-based rehab facility.
Josh left rehab in the spring of 2016 after about six months. At the time when Josh departed from rehab, the Duggars put out a statement:
“Since the [program] ended, we have been working with a professional marriage and family counselor to take important steps toward healing.”
In other words, they put Josh in their version of “therapy.”
“It isn’t easy and some days are very difficult,” the statement continued, and “it is a long road to rebuild trust and a truly healthy relationship.”
Honestly, even though Anna Duggar doesn’t deserve to be cheated on, we can’t imagine the levels of brainwashing she was subjected to.
Whatever style of reinforced conditioning made Anna believe that she needed to stay with Josh, we can’t even begin to fathom.
Even some of the Duck Dynasty stars were saying that she should feel free to divorce him, which says quite a lot.
“We are very thankful for God’s forgiveness, grace and help, as it is our strength and guide to rebuilding our lives,” they said.
“As the future unfolds, we are taking one day at a time and we are grateful for your continued prayers for both of us and our sweet children.”
We’re not going to tell anyone what to believe, but we’d say that adultery can be forgiven. Molestation, however, is a different matter.
And you know, there are tasteful messages, and then there’s ending a post about Josh Duggar with “sweet children.” Yikes.
We in real life know that a leopard doesn’t change their spots. So … how long until the next Josh Duggar scandal, do we think?
Hopefully never, and we’d have to imagine that Josh will try his best to keep laying low for a while before he tries anything new.
He’ll want the family to be confident in him and to trust him again. If he’s finished with therapy, then he’s well on his way to that.
The best case scenario? Even if therapy was useless, he realizes he could’ve lost everything, and will stay on the straight and narrow.
The worst case scenario, however, is that getting caught these previous times will tell him how to not get caught next time.
What a creep.