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Josh Duggar's Christian Dad: Incest Is Death Penalty Crime

| by Michael Allen

Josh Duggar apologized last week for acting "inexcusably" and hurting his family and close friends during his teen years in response to reports that he was accused of sexually abusing up to five underage girls in 2002-2003.

Some of the alleged victims were his underage sisters, according to a Springdale, Arkansas, police report from 2006 that was unearthed by In Touch Weekly.

Gawker now reports that Josh's Christian dad, Jim Bob Duggar, said that incest and rape were "capital crimes" (death penalty) when he ran in a GOP primary in 2002 against Republican Sen. Tim Hutchinson of Arkansas.

According to a cache copy of Jim Bob's campaign website on Archive.org, he stated his position on abortion:

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If a woman is raped, the rapist should be executed instead of the innocent unborn baby. Adoption is an option. Many couples would love to adopt and are waiting for a baby. Abortion has been and always will be the destruction of an innocent child. Rape and incest represent heinous crimes and as such should be treated as capital crimes. The developing infant committed no crime and should be allowed to live. In the unlikely event that the life of both mother and baby would both be lost (for example, a tubal pregnancy) all should be done to save the life of the mother.

A video (below) from the Duggar's TLC reality TV show in 2009 recently surfaced, and features Josh joking about incest, noted In Touch Weekly.

Josh mentions that his sister Jana and brother John-David served as chaperones for his date with Anna (whom he later married).

“We thought, ‘Why not have a double date?’ We are from Arkansas!” says Josh.

In more Duggar news, The Hollywood Reporter notes that Payless ShoeSource, Choice Hotels, General Mills and Walgreens have all withdrawn their advertising from the family's reality TV show, which recently had its episodes pulled off the air by TLC.

Sources: Gawker, Archive.org, In Touch Weekly 1, In Touch Weekly 2, The Hollywood Reporter
Image Credit: Jim Bob Duggar