Source: teapartypolitics.net


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N.B.: the following emphasizes that the actions had been committed by a teen.  It might be observed that had the police and prosecutors been involved, the culprit might have gone to jail.

You might have heard the news.

Josh Duggar of the TV show “19 Kids and Counting” has just admitted when he was a teenager he touched young girls in appropriately.

Some of the girls were actually his younger sisters.

The admission has made it so TLC has pulled the show from the air, and now controversy swirls around the entire family.

But now one potential Presidential Candidate is sounding off on the ordeal.

Western Journalism writes:

As Western Journalism reported this week, a member of the Duggar family – famous for starring in the TLC series 19 Kids and Counting – was forced to step down from his position at the Family Research Council and offer an apology amid allegations that he sexually assaulted four of his sisters.

In a subsequent statement, the Duggars asserted that the ordeal, which happened when Josh Duggar was just 14, has brought them closer to God. Nevertheless, the family looked up to by so many loyal viewers has sustained a major publicity blow that some say should spell the end of its popular reality series.

At least one ally remains firmly in the family’s corner, though. Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who received an endorsement from the Duggar family recently, reacted to the news with a statement expressing his continued support for the family.

Acknowledging that Josh Duggar’s “actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, ‘inexcusable,’” Huckabee explained that this does not mean he cannot be forgiven and redeemed.

“No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story,” Huckabee wrote. “Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things.”

Without justifying the act itself, the former Arkansas governor lamented the fact that many media outlets are defining a 27-year-old married father for what he did as an immature boy. Not only does such coverage reopen old wounds for Josh and his family, Huckabee explained; it does the same for his victims.

“No one needs to defend Josh’s actions as a teenager,” Huckabee continued, “but the fact that he confessed his sins to those he harmed, sought help, and has gone forward to live a responsible and circumspect life as an adult is testament to his family’s authenticity and humility.”

It might be easy for former supporters to retreat from the family now mired in controversy; however, Huckabee said he and his wife refuse to distance themselves from their friends.

“Let others run from them,” he wrote. “We will run to them with our support.”



5 Fraudulent Election Claims by Religious Right Leaders Exposed

Like other conservatives, many religious-right activists predicted [3] a big victory for Romney and Republicans in the U.S. Senate, based on five myths they hold about the electorate:

Source: Alternet

By:Brian Tashman

“The religious right took a drubbing at the polls yesterday as voters rejected not only Mitt Romney but also some of the most extreme Republican candidates, even those in races that should have been easy Republican victories. Like other conservatives, many religious-right activists predicted [3] a big victory for Romney and Republicans in the U.S. Senate, based on five myths they hold about the electorate:

Myth #1: Americans want a ‘True Conservative’

The Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody called [4] the results a “nightmare for the GOP” and a “colossal disaster.” Of course, right-wing activists will be quick to declare that Mitt Romney, like John McCain, wasn’t conservative enough [5] for voters, and that the self-described “severely conservative” Romney couldn’t effectively articulate or sell conservative principles. Their solution is that the next nominee must be a pure right-wing ideologue who emphasizes social issues, like Mike Huckabee or Rick Santorum. Of course, if voters were seeking to support ultraconservative politicians, then Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock wouldn’t have lost their Senate races in the red states of Missouri and Indiana, Tea Party hero Allen West wouldn’t have lost re-election and Michele Bachmann wouldn’t have merely eked out a tiny win in her heavily Republican district.

Myth #2: Blacks will Defect from Obama over Gay Rights

Black conservative activists such as Harry Jackson, E.W. Jackson, William Owens, Patrick Wooden and Star Parker continue to tell the largely white religious right leadership that African Americans are defecting en masse [6] from the purportedly demonic [7], Baal worshiping [8], anti-Christian [9] and anti-God [10] Democratic Party and will turn against Obama over the issue of marriage equality [11]. Pat Robertson even said that Democratic support for marriage equality is a “death wish [12]” and Mike Huckabee said the move “may end up sinking the ship [13].” According to exit polls [14], however, Obama won African Americans 93-6 percent. African Americans also turned out in strong numbers and didn’t stay home, with the same high turnout rate (13 percent of all voters) as 2008 [15]. In addition, marriage equality had victories in the four states it was on the ballot.

Myth #3: Hispanics are ‘Natural Allies’ of the Religious Right

Conservatives claimed that Hispanic voters, especially those who identify as evangelical and Pentecostal, are ripe for supporting Republicans. Samuel Rodriguez [16] of the conservative National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and [17] others [18] continue to argue that Hispanics are strongly opposed to abortion rights (not true [19]) and gay rights (also not true [20]), and therefore “natural allies” of the religious right. Romney actually fared worse (27 percent) than McCain (31 percent) among Hispanics.

Myth #4: Catholics Abandoning Obama for ‘Declaring War’ on the Church

Heavy [21] politicking [22] from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and growing [23] outreach [24] to Catholics by traditionally evangelical religious right groups didn’t stop Obama from once again carrying the Catholic vote. Republicans consistently claimed that Obama declaredwar on religion [25]” and specifically “attacking the Catholic Church [26],” and hoped Paul Ryan’s use of Catholicism to justify his draconian budget plan would bring Catholics into the GOP fold. Obama led 50-48 percent in exit polls, down slightly from his 54 percent total in 2008.

Myth #5: Evangelical Wave Waiting in the Wings

New groups such as the Faith and Freedom Coalition [27] and United in Purpose/Champion the Vote [28] boasted of grand plans to turn out a wave of evangelical Christians upset about health care reform and marriage equality. But according to exits, Protestant (not all of whom identify as evangelical) turnout remained about the same this year (53 percent) as the last president election (54 percent). Christianity Today notes [29] that in swing states, self-described evangelical turnout was approximately identical or merely slightly larger as it was in 2008, and Romney’s support among evangelicals compared to McCain’s decreased in states like Ohio and Nevada.”

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