I wrote a very long post about the Duggars weeks ago but never published.
It was restrained anger with love. (Yeah, it was mostly anger.) And I used a refrain of "Praying the Gay Away" with "Praying the Molestation Away." It was very clever if I do say so myself.
As an LGBT supporter AND Christian, I don't agree with the Duggars' politics, religion and let's not touch the hypocrisy of Michelle Duggar's robocall and any of Josh's words... condemning anybody.
After I had written my blog, I read a very loving and sensitive blog and the author's point was really, really good, but on a comment in response, I went off in a restrained fashion letting loose on how this news pushed every one of my core buttons. The author's loving way to address the situation had stopped me in my tracks though and I did not hit publish on my blog.
The Duggar situation hit way too close to home for me.
Between the fundamentalism, and anti-LGBT, that's enough to start. The facts that the kids have no room to be who they really are, because the family appears to have all the makings of a cult...allegedly. Those parents produce children and they are expected to believe exactly as Jim Bob and Michelle.
So you can see where the veiled rant went.
But the most important point here is that me judging them, has my energy focused on the negative. And I was judging. I found I had to walk away and not read any more Twitter, watch any more CNN, nor finish the second Megan Kelly interview because it stirred me up and I became obsessive. This was not positive nor a forward move nor loving.
And the bottom line is I want to put more love out in the world, not judgement, not hate.
I had to let it go.
Though I was very, very interested in the behavioral phenomenon of people, (politicians, preachers) who come out and preach against something fervently, and yet they actually have the thing that they are preaching against going on within themselves (or their family!) This is the phenomenon I wanted to know about and hear about. I think it's called projection.
So here is my new blog about The Duggars.
Jim Bob and Michelle are doing the best job they can. They love their children. They love God, I love God and yet we have different rules. I'm glad I'm not one of their children. I really, really hope Josh Duggar has not relapsed and molested anyone else. Molestation is really, really hard to address behaviorally and for the impulse to diminish. More than likely, Josh was most likely molested himself. And I'm glad that my family is not on television.
There, that wasn't so bad was it? It still wasn't as loving as the other blog but it's more than what I wrote the first time.