In His Own Words: Josh Duggar's Controversial Opinions on Sex and Marriage
Josh Duggar confessed to cheating on his wife, Anna, and revealed that he has “an addiction” to Internet pornography in the wake of reports that he had registered for Ashley Madison, a website that facilitates extramarital affairs.
In a statement, Josh admitted, “I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.”
During his term as president of the Family Research Council (he resigned in May), Josh often spoke about fighting back against the “immorality” of the country and espoused family values. In the wake of his scandal, we’re looking back on everything that Josh has said about sex throughout the years.
2008: A Bad Joke
Making light of incest during an episode of 19 Kids and Counting (then known as 17 Kids and Counting), Josh told cameras that he and Anna “chose Jana and John David [as chaperones] – we thought why not, have a double date. We are from Arkansas!”
2013: Josh and Anna’s "Love Story"
“As a young man, I was taught to wait for God’s best in my life partner,” he wrote on the couple’s website. “But as time went along and I grew older it was harder to keep my heart only for the one that God had for my life partner.”
“As I became a teenage young man I was constantly tempted to have lots of wrong thoughts, and often battled to keep my heart right. One of the greatest things that helped me in my struggles was my parent s commitment to accountability. They were faithful to talk with each one of their children – if we were willing to share honestly & openly with them – to maintain a clear conscience. I learned quickly that great freedom can be achieved by accountability, and great accountability requires humility & openness. I often had failures in my early teenage years, but found I had a clear conscience only when I was willing to confess my thoughts and temptations quickly to God & my parents. (1 John 1:9)”
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2015: Speaking Out Against Gay Marriage
He told CNS News: “I believe strongly, being the oldest of 19 kids and counting that, you know, marriage is central to the family and every single child deserves a mother and father.”
2015: On the Importance of Traditional Family Values
“And I’m sure grateful for my parents and I’m grateful for my wife and we have our fourth child on the way due in July,” he told CNS News, “and I think it’s just such a blessing when you see family and you see that you can honor each other.”
2015: Confessing to Molesting His Younger Siblings
“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” he told PEOPLE exclusively in May via a statement. “I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”
2015: Confessing to Infidelity and Pornography Addiction
“I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife. I brought hurt and a reproach to my family, close friends and the fans of our show with my actions that happened when I was 14-15 years old, and now I have re-broken their trust. The last few years, while publicly stating I was fighting against immorality in our country, I was hiding my own personal failings.”
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