Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar were scheduled to give a speech during the Alberta Home Education Association (AHEA) conference in Alberta, Canada, on April 8-9, 2016, but the organization dropped the Duggars from the program (video below).
"Although early feedback from our members this summer was supportive of having the Duggars come here, recent feedback from our own members points out that their appearance here would not be in the best interest of home educators," AHEA president Paul van den Bosch wrote in a Nov. 1 press release, according to CBC News.
The Duggar family's reality TV show, "19 Kids and Counting," was canceled by TLC in May after their eldest son, Josh Duggar, admitted to molesting some of his sisters as a teen.
Jim Bob and Michelle were criticized for not notifying the police department, playing down the molestation incidents and not getting Josh professional help (instead of help from a family friend). Jim Bob told Fox News that parents were not "mandatory reporters" per the law when it came to child molesting (video below).
A second scandal broke afterward, alleging that Josh cheated on his wife, Anna, while she was pregnant.
The AHEA originally defended the Duggars, BuzzFeed reports.
"The controversy surrounding actions taken by Josh Duggar is really ‘old news,’" a statement on the AHEA website read, according to BuzzFeed. "The events happened more than a decade ago and were dealt with legally and morally at that time.”
CBC News notes that Van den Bosch addressed this statement in the Nov. 1 press release: "As we have learned, child abuse can happen in any home and is never 'old news.'"
"Our members so pointed out that, as the Duggars would have been giving only two talks (of the more than 40 talks available), their presence would have been only a small part of the convention and the Duggars' philosophy is not representative of AHEA as a whole."