Evangelist Claims Josh Duggar Wasn't Christian At Time Of Molestation Allegations

| by Michael Allen
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Former Republican governor of Arkansas and current presidential candidate Mike Huckabee expressed his support for reality TV star Josh Duggar and the Duggar family last week.

Last week, a 2006 police report surfaced via In Touch Weekly that claimed Josh had allegedly sexually abused up to five underage females from 2002 to 2003.

Christian evangelist Ray Comfort offered his support of Josh on May 24 via Twitter, "Standing by my friend Josh Duggar, as a brother in Christ. This was in his BC days. Such were some of us."

"BC" means "Before Christ," notes the Friendly Atheist blog.

Comfort offered no proof of his claim of Josh's lack of Christian conversion at the time of the alleged sexual abuse.

Eric Hovind, a Christian creationist, also defended Duggar on his blog:

"He took responsibility, his family took responsibility, he sought forgiveness, and reported it to the authorities. TLC knew about this back in 2006 and did not take the family off the show. Authorities that investigated the incident felt that it was handled in a way that no further charges were necessary."

According to the In Touch Weekly report, the only "authority" that the alleged incidents were reported to was an Arkansas state trooper in 2003 who didn't press charges, but gave Josh a "stern" talk.

When Springdale, Arkansas, police were notified in 2006 about the 2002-2003 allegations, Jim Bob Duggar, Josh's father, reportedly refused to allow the police to interview Josh. The police didn't believe that "no further charges were necessary" in 2006, but rather the state's statute of limitations, three years, had expired, noted In Touch Weekly.

It's not clear when TLC actually learned of the 2006 police report, but Gawker says there were online rumors in 2007. The Duggar's family reality TV show, "19 Kids and Counting," began on TLC in 2008, but was pulled from TLC's schedule last week, reported TMZ.

Hovind added:

"If evolution is true, then there is no absolute right and wrong. If evolution is true Josh should not have admitted his faults over a decade ago because what one evolved bag of molecules does to another bag of molecules just doesn’t really matter. If evolution is true there is no ultimate Judge on the bench who will hold every man, woman, and child responsible for their actions. And if evolution is true you will not give an account for every idle word you speak."

There is no theory of evolution that claims laws should not exist or that crimes should go unpunished.

Sources: Twitter, Friendly Atheist,, In Touch Weekly, Gawker, TMZ
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