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Josiah Duggar: Bachelor Party Details Leave Fans STUNNED!

It’s not unusual for the Duggar family to go to great lengths to keep the details of an upcoming wedding under wraps.

After all, there are tens of thousands of obsessive fans who would probably love to crash the party, and with 900 or so guests in attendance, it might be quite some time before anyone noticed the interloper in their midst.

But the level of secrecy surrounding Josiah Duggar’s upcoming nuptials hasn’t been seen before — and fans are beginning to wonder what the young couple has to hide.

Josiah got engaged to Lauren Swanson back in March, and the couple was originally scheduled for a June wedding.

As we’ve learned from Josiah’s older siblings, Duggar courtships generally move very fast, 

After all, in the Duggars’ world, time that’s not spent procreating is time that’s been wasted.

The planning process was underway and Josiah and Lauren were reportedly very eager to tie the knot.

Then something very unexpected happened …

Josiah and Lauren postponed their wedding, pushing it all the way back to New Year’s Eve.

Yes, without warning or explanation, the couple decided to delay the wedding by six months.

For context, Duggar couples usually meet, court, and get married in less than six months.

The situation has fans particularly concerned, as unlike his siblings, Josiah has courted before.

The 21-year-old was briefly in a relationship with Marjorie Jackson, but they quietly went their separate ways, making Josiah the first Duggar of his generation to enter a courtship that didn’t end in marriage.

Is this a case of history repeating itself, or did Josiah and Lauren mutually decide to push their wedding date back?

At this point, it seems to be the latter, as pre-wedding festivities that were planned before the postponement are currently underway.

Yes, as In Touch Weekly reports, Josiah’s bachelor party took place last week, and the event was not what fans expected.

For one thing, a Duggar was permitted to have a bachelor party, proving once again that Josiah is the family rebel.

On top of that, the party was a massive affair, complete with some of the Duggar’s famous friends in attendance.

Lawson Bates hung out with Anna Duggar, and fans suspect the rest of the Bates family was there, as well.

Needless to say, this wasn’t your typical bachelor party.

Children were in attendance, and it was a very family-friendly affair — but that should go without saying when you’re talking about the Duggar clan.

Of course, the odd timing and the massive guest list have left fans wondering if this was really a bachelor party … or something else entirely.

After all, who holds a bachelor party seven whole months before the wedding?

Rumors are already circulating that Josiah and Lauren used the occasion to announce to their assembled family and friends that they’ve decided not to get married, but that seems like a stretch.

Josiah may be the family rebel — but there’s only so much Jim Bob will tolerate.

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Josh Duggar: Using Fake Names to Scam Fans Out of Money?!

Back in 2015, news of the Josh Duggar sex scandals shook fans to their core and threatened to bring an end to the Duggar family’s media empire.

Remarkably, three years later, life has pretty much returned to normal for the Duggars — with the notable exception of Josh, of course.

While his parents and siblings made a rather smooth transition back to the spotlight, Josh remains exiled from both fans and his family.

Currently, Josh works on a used car lot owned by his father, and he lives several miles away from the neighborhood in Tontitown, Arkansas that most of them call home.

Of course, the clearest indicator of the rift between the former lobbyist and the rest of his family might be that Josh no longer worships at the Duggar family church.

Josh is reportedly in dire financial straits, as he attempts to raise five children on a car lot attendant’s salary and with little financial help from his wealthy family.

But that’s just one of the reasons that fans are wary of Josh’s latest “fundraising” efforts.

Josh returned to Facebook this week with little fanfare, and he’s apparently on a mission.

Thus far, Josh’s activity on the site has been extremely limited:

As In Touch Weekly points out, he changed his profile picture to a photo of his son Matthew — and he announced that he’ll be raising money for two family friends who were involved in a car accident.

Of course, this is Josh Duggar we’re talking about, so it wasn’t long before fans noticed something deeply suspicious about his philanthropic efforts.

As one Facebook user quickly pointed out, the fundraiser that Josh is encouraging fans to contribute to was apparently started by someone named Janie Williams.

The only problem there is the fact that Janie doesn’t appear to be a real person.

“Both names are listed on the GoFundMe as running the campaign,” the fan wrote on Facebook. 

“When I click on Janie’s name, it led me to Josh’s profile,” she continued.

“I can see Josh using the common [names] Janie/Joe and common last [names] Williams/Smith to try [and] hide. I [don’t see] a Janie Williams listed as a friend on Josh’s page.”

Yes, it appears that Josh has constructed yet another alias for himself.

In the past, he’s been caught using the name Joe Smithson on social media.

And of course, there was the fake Ashley Madison profile that Josh used to try and cheat on his wife.

So what exactly is going on here?

Well, it’s tough to say, but the Duggars have a long history of begging fans for money under suspicious pretenses.

Now, it looks like Josh is attempting to supplement his meager income with a little light fraud.

All in a day’s work for one of the shadiest figures west of the Mississippi.

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Jana Duggar: Is That an ENGAGEMENT RING on Her Finger?!

Fans of her famous family are obsessed with the fact that Jana Duggar is still single.

We suppose that’s not surprising, as women in Jana’s family are taught that procreation is their primary reason for being and are frequently married off in their teens.

Still, Jana is only 28, and she seems to enjoy remaining at home and helping to raise her many younger siblings.

In other words, it would be nice to see Duggar obsessives ease up a bit on Jana — but that’s very clearly never going to happen.

In fact, as she creeps closer to the big 3-0, it seems the scrutiny on Jana’s love life is only growing more intense.

“Plant shopping is some of the best kind of shopping. Just ask Jana.”

But it’s not the fungible flora that Duggar fans are focused on here.

Instead, it’s the almost imperceptible shadow on Jana’s ring finger.

As In Touch Weekly reports, fans have been freaking out over the pic, with many declaring it hard evidence that Jana is engaged.

“I may be losing it, but I swear I see a shadow on her ring finger,” commented one fan on a Duggar-focused Reddit board.

“There is!” another user eagerly confirmed.

Someone even went so far as to zoom in on the image in order to determine if Jana is indeed sporting some a new rock.

First the good news:

It does look as though Jana is rocking some finger bling.

The bad news, however, is that the hand we see in this photo is her right hand.

Whoops.

Yes, if you’ve spent any time in the Western world, then you’re probably aware engagement rings are typically worn on the left hand.

And the Duggars aren’t exactly huge on breaking with tradition.

So much to the chagrin of all the Jana-boosters out there, it seems the eldest Duggar daughter remains single.

As for whether or not Jana is disappointed, we don’t really know!

She generally doesn’t talk about her love life very often.

Unfortunately, her family and fans never shut up about it.

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Anna Duggar: Getting Friendly With Lawson Bates Behind Josh Duggar’s Back!

It’s been three years since the world learned that Josh Duggar molested five young girls while still living under his parents’ roof.

In that time, very little has changed for his siblings and parents, who seemed to have no trouble rebuilding their lucrative media empire.

However, a great deal has changed for Josh, whose life really couldn’t be more different than it was in 2015

Yes, three short years ago, Josh was a Washington lobbyist and reality TV star with dreams of running for office.

These days, his career trajectory couldn’t be more different.

But at home, Josh’s life remains largely unchanged.

Despite his many, many indiscretions, Josh still controls his wife, Anna, to the point that he tells her who she’s allowed to be friends with.

And not surprisingly, it seems that arrangement has led to some very tense situations.

Josh is mostly cut off from the rest of the Duggars these days, and longtime friends of the family reportedly want nothing to do with him.

The situation reached the point where the father of five rarely ventures into his hometown of Tontitown, where he’s known as “Josh the molester,” one source tells us.

But lots of folks who want nothing to do with Josh have maintained close ties to the rest of the family — including the Bates family of Bringing Up Bates fame.

Yes, it’s possible that there’s no family in America who has more in common with the Duggars than the Bates.

They’re also a massive clan of fundamentalists who starred in their own reality show — and they also want nothing to do with Josh.

Which is why fans are so intrigued by the fact that Anna Duggar and Lawson Bates have been interacting on social media.

Anna Duggar-Lawson Bates Split

Lawson recently tweeted the above photo of himself holding Josh and Anna’s youngest son, Mason.

But while he was happy to visit the Duggar clan during his time in Arkansas, Lawson reportedly avoided Josh like the plague.

Interestingly, however, it seems he got along quite well with Josh’s wife and children.

As In Touch Weekly points out, Anna was quick to comment on Lawson’s photo, tweeting:

“Great to have you in town! Mason enjoyed getting to hang out with you :).” 

It may not seem like Anna and Lawson are going to any great lengths to hide their friendship.

But it’s important to bear in mind that Josh’s social media use is closely monitored, and he’s only allowed to use Facebook.

So he might never catch wind of Anna and Lawson’s back-and-forth.

Fans have been pushing for Anna to file for divorce from Josh, so they couldn’t be happier about this development.

Unfortunately, it’s extremely unlikely that Anna will leave Josh for Lawson.

Divorce is strictly forbidden in the Duggars’ community, and Anna clearly has every intention of sticking by her man.

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Duggar Family Courtship Questionnaire: Revealed! Bizarre!

One of the most heavily-scrutinized aspects of life in the Duggar clan is the courtship process by which young people find suitable spouses.

Casual dating, premarital sex, and divorce are all forbidden in the Duggars' world, so there's a lot riding on every courtship.

Despite all that, the process moves fast — very fast.

Often, Duggars get engaged just a few weeks after they begin courting, and they're married a few weeks after that.

So perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise that the family has its mate selection protocol down to a science.

Thanks to the folks over at Free Jinger, as of today, we know more about the process than ever before, and as you might expect, the whole thing is intensely creepy.

Without further ado, here are some of the more bizarre highlights from the list of 423 questions (!!!) that are presented to potential Duggar suitors.

It's believed that both male and female courtship partners are forced to fill out the questionnaire, and of course, the responses are reviewed by Jim Bob himself:

1. Do you ever seek advice from others?

Jinger duggar vuolo and jeremy vuolo
This is the very first question in the very first section, entitled “Life Influences”. If your answer is anything other than “the lord and savior JC,” ya best just keep it moving.

2. Who were your role models and heroes? For what reasons?

Joy anna duggar and austin forsyth on counting on
We’re still under the “Life Influences” heading here. Again, if you’re answer doesn’t start wth “J” and end wth “-esus of Nazareth,” then don’t let the door hit you.

3. You are the result of the influence of which people?

Josiah duggar and lauren swanson image
Is it us, or is this just a weird way of repeating the previous question? The list is 423 questions long, JB, maybe you could trim the fat a little.

4. What personality traits and/or strengths do you see in women/men you know that you would desire for your wife/husband to possess?

Jessa duggar pregnant pic
This one provides a great opportunity to troll Jim Bob with an answer like “the ability to shotgun a 12-pack of Bud Light Limes on a nude beach in San Tropez.”

5. What do you read?

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Obviously, this is 100 percent a trap question. The Bible is the only answer that won’t have you cast out like Satan himself. Feel free to answer “the Harry Potter series” if you want to see steam shoot from a grown man’s ears.

6. Would you be willing to die for Christ? If you’re not dying daily, how can you be so sure you would then?

Duggar sisters counting on
Now we’re in the “Spiritual Life” section, and we think it’s safe to say things will be getting a lot more abstract from here on out. It’s okay to encourage your spouse to engage in a certain activity every day, but it should be something like making homemade mac and cheese … not, ya know, dying.

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Duggar Family: Response to Arkansas Abortion Law Stuns Fans

Earlier today, the Supreme Court cleared the way for the nation’s most restrictive anti-abortion law to go into effect.

The justices declined to hear an appeal against the Arkansas law, which would severely limit the ability of doctors to provide medication-induced abortions to their patients.

The law has been the subject of intense debate on social media, and many are wondering what the state’s most famous abortion opponents have to say.

But surprisingly, thus far, the Duggars have been silent on the matter.

Yes, despite previously comparing abortion to the Holocaust and spearheading fundraising efforts for anti-choice protesters, not one of the Duggars has commented on today’s developments.

The silence, of course, speaks volumes, and both fans and critics alike are wondering when and how the family will finally make a statement.

The Duggars have a long history of political engagement, and they’ve gone on record as saying they won’t be satisfied until abortion is prohibited on a federal level.

So while they likely don’t view today’s ruling as a total victory, they almost certainly see it as a major step in the right direction.

Most surprising of all is the fact that Jill Duggar’s husband, Derick Dillard, has not yet spoken out on the matter.

Dillard’s controversial political views have made him a divisive figure in recent months.

In November of 2017, Dillard was fired from the Duggar’s reality show, Counting On, after making statements that many construed as transphobic on Twitter.

Jill quit the show as a gesture of solidarity, and Derick’s views have lurched even more to the far-right in the time since his business relationship with TLC came to an abrupt end.

It was widely expected that Derick would have much to say about today’s events, but thus far, he’s keeping his views to himself.

In the meantime, others are making their voices heard on the matter.

“Arkansas is now shamefully responsible for being the first state to ban medication abortion,” Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement issued this afternoon.

“This dangerous law also immediately ends access to safe, legal abortion at all but one health center in the state. If that’s not an undue burden, what is?” she added.

“This law cannot and must not stand. We will not stop fighting for every person’s right to access safe, legal abortion.”

Laguens points out that if the law is permitted to take effect, two of the three facilities that perform abortions in Arkansas would likely be forced to close.

On the other side of the political spectrum is Family Council Executive Director Jerry Cox, who issued a statement in support of the law:

“This is very good news for people who care about the safety of women in Arkansas,” Cox said adding:

“This is a pro-life victory not only for the women of Arkansas, but for women across the nation. I’m sure other states will be looking at Arkansas and considering following our example.”

Today’s development comes on the heels of attempts by Arkansas lawmakers to institute a ban on abortions after the 12-week mark of a pregnancy.

That effort was blocked by a federal appeals court.

We’ll continue to be on the lookout for the official Duggar response to today’s appeal rejection.

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Jill Duggar: Will She Leave Derick Dillard Because of His Political Views?

Like all of the women in her family, Jill Duggar was taught from a young age that there’s no higher calling than being a wife and mother.

However, Jill was also taught that her number one duty is to God, and now it seems that the 27-year-old may feel that her two greatest loyalties are in direct conflict with one another.

If you follow the Duggar clan closely, then by now, you’ve likely heard that Jill’s husband, Derick Dillard, was fired from the family’s reality show, Counting On, after launching a transphobic tirade on social media.

Shortly thereafter, Jill quit the show as a gesture of solidarity, but that doesn’t mean she shares all of Derick’s controversial views.

In fact, in recent weeks, Jill has begun distancing herself from Derick’s views in a number of subtle ways.

It all started when a handful of fans called Jill out for hypocrisy on Instagram.

In response to a post about Jill’s prayers for her children, several users commented that she should pray for her husband to be less bigoted and more tolerant.

Seemingly referring to Derick’s controversial comments, Jill replied:

“I have never said those actions were ok.”

Shortly thereafter, Jill took another stand against her husband’s views, this time in more subtle fashion.

Just one day after Derick expressed his enthusiasm for a border wall between the US and Mexico, Jill made it clear that she’s no fan of President Trump’s pet project.

Jill posted several photos of her Latina goddaughter and referred to herself as a “proud madrina” (Spanish for “godmother”) in a post that many interpreted as a sign that she doesn’t share her husband’s views on immigration.

Again, it wasn’t an out-and-out rebuttal of Derick’s views, but it was still a surprising display of independence from a woman who was raised to believe wives should be subservient to their husbands at all times.

And remarkably, Jill’s mini-rebellion didn’t end there.

Jill Duggar Meme

Last week, Jill posted the above meme on her Instagram page.

She captioned the image:

“This has so many applications to our lives! Let your voice be heard.”

On its own, the post seems to have little application to Jill’s marriage, but once again, fans noticed that the timing of the post may speak volumes.

The meme appeared on Jill’s page not long after Derick made comments about TV personality Nate Berkus that many considered homophobic.

Yes, even diehard Duggar fans were disgusted by Derick’s remarks about Berkus and his family.

So was this Jill’s way of saying that she’s standing up to the forces of evil?

If so, it’s a bit ironic that she’s choosing to make her voice heard in such low-key fashion, but fans haven’t given up hope.

Many believe Jill is planning to publicly speak out against Derick’s views.

Some even believe she’ll eventually leave her divisive husband.

That seems unlikely, given the Duggar family’s dim view of divorce, but it’s not hard to see why fans are beginning to believe that Jill is less submissive than her sisters when it comes to her marriage.

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Jill Duggar: Dragged By Fans For Pretending Derick Dillard Has a Job!

Back in November of 2017, Derick Dillard was fired from his in-laws’ reality show, Counting On.

His wife, Jill Duggar, quit the show shortly thereafter as a gesture of solidarity.

For a time, the Dillards were without a source of income, which would be a problem for anyone, but was especially daunting in this case, as the couple is raising two young sons.

Recently, Jill launched a midwife service, but business has reportedly been slow, both due to concerns about her licensure and ongoing issues with her family’s reputation.

Meanwhile, Derick seems to be devoting most of his ample free time to spewing his political opinions on Twitter.

Naturally, fans and critics alike have been quick to encourage him to get a job, but it seems that’s the one issue that Derick has no interest in arguing about with strangers.

In fact, it seems he’ll do whatever it takes to avoid the subject of his lack of employment, so you can imagine our surprise when Jill addressed the issue for him:

This week, Jill posted the above photo, taken at her local polling place — and she raised quite a few eyebrows with the caption.

“We just voted! Teaching ‘em young the privilege of letting your voice be heard…and took both boys with me since Derick was at work. lol,” she captioned the pic.

On top of the usual comments about the Josh Duggar sex scandals and concerns over whether little Samuel is the right size for his car seat, lots of fans wanted to know exactly what sort of “work” Derick was engaged in.

Last we checked, the 29-year-old was unemployed and seemed to have no interest in changing that condition.

And as Jill’s followers were quick to point out, it’s not like D-Dill is the type to keep his accomplishments to himself.

“Does he work at Twitter?” joked one fan.

“‘Work’ and an actual job may be different things at the Dillard house,” quipped another.

“Haha. ‘Derick is at work.’ That cracks me up,” remarked a third.

Another dispensed with the humor and simply stated exactly what we’re all thinking:

“He doesn’t really work or hold a job,” the follower wrote.

“If he did, he would proudly be announcing his job all over the internet.”

That’s both tough but fair — in other words, the exact opposite of a bigoted coward like Derick.

Zing! We’ll be here all week, folks!

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Josiah Duggar & Lauren Swanson Postpone Wedding: What’s Going On Here?!

Duggar weddings are always secretive affairs, and it’s not hard to see why the family keeps certain details concealed from their hordes of rabid fans.

After all, there are often more than 1,000 invited guests in attendance, which means a Duggar reception would be an easy party to crash.

But many fans believe the clandestine planning process sometimes has a more insidious motivation.

If you’re a follower of the family, then by now, you’ve likely heard the news that Josiah Duggar is engaged to Lauren Swanson.

Josiah and Lauren courted for just a few weeks before taking the next step, but that’s not uncommon in the Duggars’ world.

From a young age, Jim Bob and Michelle’s children are taught that they’ve been put on earth for two reasons: to praise God, and to procreate.

So it should come as no surprise that Josiah and Lauren decided to rush past the usual relationship milestones at breakneck speed.

What is surprising, however, is the fact that they’ve now chosen to push their wedding date by six months without providing any warning or reason.

Last week, insiders claimed that Josiah and Lauren would marry on June 30.

Now, several media outlets are claiming that the nuptials have been postponed, and will now take place on New Year’s Eve.

Needless to say, fans were floored by the revelation, as this is the exact opposite of the shady pre-wedding shenanigans that we’ve come to expect from the Duggars.

It’s not uncommon for the family to reschedule a wedding, but usually, the date is shifted in the opposite direction, and for a readily apparent reason.

For example, when Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth changed their wedding date, they moved it up several months.

Depending on whom you ask, this was either a pre-emptive move motivated by the couple’s inability to adhere to the rules of courtship, or Joy was already pregnant with Austin’s baby.

In either instance, there was an obvious incentive behind Jim Bob and Michelle’s executive decision.

The Josiah case, however, is much more mysterious — but that doesn’t mean there’s any shortage of fan theories circulating on social media.

The most common belief is that Josiah simply came down with a chronic case of cold feet, which isn’t entirely out of the question.

After all, Josiah is the first Duggar of his generation to enter a courtship that didn’t result in marriage, so maybe he’s just more choosy than his siblings.

Josiah courted Marjorie Jackson in 2015, and the couple broke it off for reasons that still haven’t been explained.

Combine that with Josiah’s rebellious reputation and it’s not hard to see why fans are convinced he’s chosen to buck tradition and date his future wife like a normal person.

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Kendra Caldwell Scandal: Is Her Sister SECRETLY Dating a Duggar?!

If you follow the Duggar family closely, then you’re likely aware Joseph Duggar married Kendra Caldwell last year in front of about a thousand of the couple’s closest friends.

In most respects, it was the typical Duggar wedding – a chaste, dry affair attended by just about every fundamentalist in a hundred-mile radius.

But in one very scandalous respect, Joseph and Kendra were entered uncharted territory when they said “I do.”

The problem, it seems, is that Joseph is not the first Duggar to catch Kendra’s eye.

No, before she began her relationship with Joe, Kendra was courted by Jedidiah Duggar.

Someone (read: Jim Bob) decided that Kendra was better suited to Jed’s older brother, Joseph.

Apparently, they hit it off, because these days, Kendra is pregnant with Joseph’s baby.

So the situation worked out for everyone … except poor Jed.

Jim Bob was then left with a disgruntled incel son, and naturally, he decided to appease the 19-year-old with a comely maiden.

Of course, the Duggars live in the middle of nowhere and fundamentalist virgins of virtue true can be hard to come by.

Which is why many fans believe that Jim Bob has returned to familiar hunting grounds and set Jed’s sights on Kendra’s younger sister, Lauren Caldwell, who just turned 18 this month.

Lauren has reportedly been in attendance at recent family gatherings, which wouldn’t be that strange on its own.

After all, her sister recently married into the Counting On clan.

But as commentators in the Duggar-focused corners of Reddit have pointed out, it’s a bit strange that Lauren started showing up so soon after her 18th birthday.

In a conversation about which one of the Duggar men will end up with Lauren, the majority of the votes went to Jed:

“Jedidiah. He couldn’t get Kendra so he’d probably go after her younger sister,” one user commented, In Touch Weekly points out.

But there was some dissent among the ranks:

“Not sure who, but she will be a Duggar because her teeth are nice and straight and she has fundie hair! She is in for sure,” another wrote.

A third had a different theory altogether:

“Lately how all the older guys keep getting with barely-legal girls, I’m gonna say JD.”

Since there have been rumors that John David is secretly courting, we suppose that’s a possibility, but the ten-year-age difference likely wouldn’t fly with Duggar fans.

We’ll keep an eye on the situation, but for now, just expect a Jed-Lauren courtship announcement n the very near future.

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