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The Duggars are controversial about so much more than just that they have a whole lot of kids. They have many controversial beliefs about women, children, faith, homeschooling, and society. Oh, and pants.

Though the Duggars are famous, they’re not the only members of their congregation. They’re not the only believers in the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Well one member of the Duggar family is finally speaking out against the IBLP. And she’s not mincing words.

Amy Duggar, the Duggar cousin who’s taken steps to escape the almost feudal culture in which she was raised, tweeted:

“I have to be honest, and true to myself by tweeting this.”

That’s a good mindset for tweeting.

“I do not support Bill Gothard and the Institute of Biblical [sic] Life Principles in any way, shape, or form.”

That’s a powerful statement.

“I find his ‘teachings’ extremely questionable.”

Amy is not the only one. Not by a long shot.

Bill Gothard is the founder of the Institute in Basic Life Principles. For years, the now-disgraced minister instructed the Duggars in matters of faith.

Remember how Josh Duggar got his totally legit “counseling” from Bill Gothard after, infamously, Josh molested a number of young girls, including several of his own sisters?

Well, Bill Gothard stepped down from his position at the IBLP in 2014 after multiple accusations of sexual harassment.

Oh, and molestation.

It sounds like he’s not the best guy to let around your kids, but also not the best guy to try to talk to Josh about Josh’s own terrible crimes. 

Amy Duggar then goes on to clarify what she believes.

“I am a Christian.”

That shouldn’t be a shocker to anyone.

“I believe in God’s good Grace and freedom to be ourselves!”

That’s a huge part of what many Christians consider to believe the message of the gospel and the teachings of the New Testament.

“God gave us emotions, personalities, and He wants us to live our best life.”

Finally, she adds: “Legalism is the opposite of what my Bible teaches.”

Legalism, by the way, is when Christian fundamentalists place the Old Testament teachings referred to as the Law of Moses in a higher position than gospel teachings, requiring adherents to follow strict guidelines in how they live their lives.

And, specifically, legalism is the term applied to beliefs that place obedience to strict laws regarding lifestyle as seemingly more important than the usual accept-Jesus-as-your-savior method of attaining salvation described in the New Testament.

So, if her focus is on the New Testament (which, though I’m not going to tell anyone how to practice their faith, makes sense coming from a Christian), then yeah, legalism is the opposite of everything her beliefs stand for.

It ties into that Jeremy Vuolo quote about how he doesn’t believe that God saves people’s souls in order to make them wear skirts.

InTouch Weekly interviewed a former IBLP member, Rebecca Ishum, who describes exactly what it’s like within that fringe organization.

“I was conditioned to believe anything that anyone in authority told me without question.”

Scary, but standard for fringe organizations often characterized as cults.

“Because of that, I internalized all of the teachings and brought them back home with me. So, for example, there are a lot of physical requirements with IBLP.”

Most religious folks would say that that spiritual requirements are the priority, but it’s not so for IBLP.

“The physical requirements weren’t enforced to that degree at home (I wore shorts as a kid), but by the time I got home from my time in the training center, I was wearing skirts all of the time because I had been told that I was immodest otherwise, and I didn’t want to cause myself to be raped.”


“There is a lot of victim- and women-blaming in that cult.”

We’re glad that Amy Duggar got out and is living her best life, especially after her rough childhood. We just wish that we could say the same for literally every other Duggar daughter trapped in this dangerous cult, most of the sons, and every other member of the IBLP.


Duggar Family Church: Outraged By Pants-Wearing Duggar Daughters!

Jinger Duggar wears pants. Jill Duggar wears pants. Rumor has it that Jessa Duggar wears pants.

These revelations were shocking to plenty of Duggar fans. 

It turns out that, to members of the fundamentalist church that the Duggars attend, these pants-wearing shenanigans are an outrage.

A lot of people’s parents make controlling decisions about how their children dress. (I still give my mom grief for making me overdress unnecessarily as a kid)

The Duggars take those family dress codes to new extremes. 

The Duggar girls, who are considered their father’s property until they’re married off to their husbands (who then, in Jim Bob’s eyes, effectively become their owners), are required to dress modestly. And that means not wearing pants. It also means always wearing sleeves on their shirts. It means no tight clothing.

And while gender plays an absurdly important role in the Duggar worldview, until recent years, the Duggar boys weren’t allowed to wear shorts.

Those restrictions would be unpleasant just about anywhere. In Arkansas, in the hot and humid southeast, that kind of dress code is tantamount to torture.

In recent years, the Duggar boys have apparently been allowed to wear shorts, baring their scandalous shin-flesh to the world (shins sounds like sins … coincidence?).

But, short of various sex and abuse scandals, has rocked the proverbial Duggar boat like the Duggar daughters who 

Duggar fans were shocked to see Jinger Duggar wearing pants, a display that they saw as a giant middle finger to Jim Bob Duggar and the way that she was raised.

Of course, it’s her husband Jeremy Vuolo who gave her permission to set aside skirts for pants. He’s famously said that he doesn’t believe that Jesus saves people to force them to wear skirts. That’s probably theologically sound.

Months later, Jill Duggar wore pants out in public for the first time, clearly with the permission of her husband. Furthermore, Jill Duggar shocked some fans with her facial piercing … something that no one really expected to see on a Duggar.

We may not know Jim Bob Duggar’s private thoughts (and, if we did, would we ever again be able to get a good night’s sleep?), but it’s assumed that he reluctantly accepts his adult daughters wearing the devil’s leggings because it’s the will of their husbands.

Others in their community, however, are apparently even less tolerant.

Inquisitr reports that the notoriously conservative fundamentalist church that the Duggars attend is less thrilled.

Apparently, an anonymous commenter who claims to be a member of the Duggar church says that the pants-wearing Duggar girls are allowing young women to come into contact with them to be “defrauded.” We can only assume that this means “deceived into thinking pants, which are for devil-sluts, are okay.”

This commenter also claims that the Duggar girls who wear pants force men who see them to lust after them. That’s not how lust works, but it’s basically the thinking behind a lot of school dress codes.

Finally, the commenter believes that pants-wearing is everything that God is against.

This comes on the heels of Jill Duggar wearing pants while addressing students about “leading Christ-centered relationships.”

(Please hold your threesome jokes)

We have to wonder if this, in particular, is what got the Duggars’ fellow church attendees gossiping about 

This isn’t the only incidence of other staunch conservatives within the Duggar social sphere who disagree about major issues.

Jeremy Vuolo may be pro-pants, but he believes that the Duggars don’t use their platform to be sufficiently anti-gay. Clearly, Derick Dillard believes in using his “fame” to bash a transgender teenage girl, and his in-laws did not publicly back him up.

And, like the rest of the planet, several stars of Duck Dynasty were horrified by what they learned about Josh Duggar and thought that it would be totally appropriate and non-heretical for Anna Duggar to leave him.

In the eyes of some of these anonymous and judgmental churchgoers, the Duggar girls may be inviting some sort of divine retribution upon themselves and their loved ones.

Again, we’re talking about married die-hard conservatives wearing pants with the permission of their husbands, but in the world of religious fundamentalism, they’re basically harlots.

And speaking of people who might be branded as harlots by these folks, many fans believe that Joy-Anna Duggar’s pregnancy was pre-marital.

If it comes out that Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth definitely broke their courtship rules, some of these gossip-mongers might believe that the Duggar family as a whole invited this “sin” (again, premarital sex is fine) by showing off the sinful curves of their (gasp!) legs.


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Duggar Family Church: Abuse, Mind Control Exposed By Ex-Member

A man has taken to Reddit to share some of the horrors of life in the Duggar family’s church, exposing what goes on behind the scenes.

The Institute in Basic Life Principles and their ATI teachings, both founded by the Rev. Bill Gothard, have always been extremely controversial.

This new account should increase that several-fold.

Celebrity news magazine In Touch Weekly, which many fans forget was the publication that outed Josh Duggar in 2015, has this exclusive.

“I was part of a fundamentalist Christian cult known as ATI/IBLP,” the former church member said on Reddit, as revealed by In Touch.

Despite the horrific accounts of Gothard abusing more than 50 women sexually, the source says this is barely “scratching the surface.”

The church member says he was abused sexually, and “since the cult taught a strict familial hierarchy,” he could do very little about it.

“My father,” he disturbingly writes, “would twist Bible verses to justify rape, death threats, and more,” and he was powerless to stop this.

“Because ATI is a homeschool cult, it was really handy to cover up the abuse from any prying eyes. My home was a prison for 11 years.”

When he was 11, his father died of a heart attack.

This, he said, gave way to a different horror: “Fast forward two years. I’m 13, with a mother [fixated] on me being a ‘troubled child.'”

This was “because 1. I dared resist my father’s advances and argue against the abuse I was suffering, gaining me the reputation of ‘rebellious.'”

“2. I’m severely depressed because I’m a freaking rape victim and depression is considered sin, and 3. I asked too many questions.”

He says he was later placed in a “secretive program called the ‘Log Cabin’ program” for treatment, the likes of which he doesn’t grasp.

“All I know is I’m about to move to Oklahoma for a while to be fixed by ‘nice counselors’ because I’m a dirty sinner,” he laments.

This “treatment” center served as a “residential childcare facility,” meaning that a parent signs over his or her rights to care for the child.

The result?

“For the next two years, I am tortured, brainwashed, starved, sleep-deprived, threatened with a shotgun, punished, humiliated,” he writes.

He was “interrogated, and terrorized. I lose 40 pounds in the first month or two. They take me off my medications (believing it is wrong to take them).”

“I exhibit severe symptoms of withdrawal and they go ignored. I am worked grueling hours, sent on aimless hikes and marches.”

“Scrubbing floors on my hands and knees until my knuckles are cracked and bleeding from the bleach, punished with hard labor.”

Just sick.

From the moment they became TLC stars, the massive size of Duggars’ brood and facets of their belief system were called into question.

For the record, no one is suggesting Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar were involved with or support the kinds of activities described above.

You would have to be deeply disturbed and cruel to treat anyone that way, and Jim Bob, Michelle and kids are kind, well-meaning people.

That said, the enormity of the family and the particulars of its church members’ worldview are not necessarily unrelated, either. 

The Duggars belong to a controversial, non-denominational organization that encourages its followers to do some questionable things.

As long as there are bizarre and often dangerous tales of the Quiverfull movement such as these, don’t expect the criticism to abate.