In the mind of a religious fundamentalist like Mike Huckabee, sins are forgivable if you too are a religious fundamentalist. So when good Christians cover up molestation within their own family, then lecture everyone else on sexual immorality, it’s A-OK with Mike.
In fact, it isn’t just OK, it is actually someone else’s fault – namely liberals who point out the stunning hypocrisy. In an astonishingly dishonest interview on Fox News, 2016 Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told Megyn Kelly that the Duggar girls molested by the brother, Josh Duggar were “exploited in this by the media for their own purposes.”
“It was not about the victims,” said Huckabee. It was about trying to go after the Duggars. They have been known as a family that is a Christian family, and if a liberal has anything like this kind of situation, it’s no big deal.”
Huckabee was of course referencing Lena Dunham Lena Dunham of HBO’s ‘Girls,’ who revealed that as a 7 years old, she inappropriately touched her 1-year-old sister. Regardless of the fact that the circumstances were completely different, Huckabee’s analogy reveals more about his own motivations than a cry for justice.
The media has rightfully gone after the Duggar family because despite what people like Mike Huckabee claim, they did not do the right thing when confronted with the fact that their teenage boy was sexually assaulting his own sisters (and other girls too). As our own Chez Pazienza wrote:
According to the 2006 felony investigation report, Jim Bob claims he first learned about what Josh was doing when one of the little girls involved came to him and said that she’d been molested several times. That was in March of 2002. By July of 2002, Josh had apparently confessed to Jim Bob, but everything seems to have been kept within the family. Josh was “disciplined,” the report reads. Jim Bob told investigators that about nine months later, however, there was “another incident” involving several minors. Rather than go to the police immediately, Jim Bob spoke with the family’s church elders and they decided to discipline the teen by way of a “program (that) consisted of hard physical work and counseling.” That program, however, turned out to be nothing more than a home remodeling business run by a friend. There was no counseling at all involved.
Jim Bob finally brought Josh to the authorities when the latter returned from his “Christian program,” in July of 2003, and even then he was taken only to a personal friend of Jim Bob’s, an Arkansas State Trooper named Jim Hutchens. Hutchens did nothing more than give Josh a “very stern talk” and wouldn’t pursue a case beyond that. Interestingly, Hutchens is now serving a 56-year prison sentence on child pornography charges.
The lesson is clear: if you are a good Christian and your teenage boy, who has been raised as a good Christian, sexually assaults his sisters, you should only alert other good Christians who know how to handle the situation from decades of reading the bible. If you really want to cover all your bases, you can then alert another good Christian police officer who you know won’t take any legal action against your son. Then, after all of this has conveniently gone away, you can get back to bashing gays and smearing transgender people as pedophiles.
Because of course, that’s what good Christians do.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.