Conservative Christians Miscount Big Time In Their Defense Of Child Molester Josh Duggar

I don’t care how popular the Duggar family and their TLC reality show “19 Kids & Counting” is with Christian conservatives.

I don’t care how many Republican presidential hopefuls Josh Duggar posed with in Iowa, or how important his celebrity was to the Family Research Council, the conservative Christian lobbying group.

When the Duggar family’s oldest son admitted he had molested and fondled five little girls — including some of his own sisters — when he was 14, it was time for conservative Christians to hold Josh and the Duggar family accountable for their actions.

Most didn’t.

Also, I noticed, most of those who want to be the GOP’s president in 2016 bit their tongues and pretended they hadn’t heard the shocking news.

But not Mike Huckabee, the ordained Southern Baptist minister. He really blew it.

Rushing to his Facebook page, he said he and his wife affirmed their support for the Duggar family. He said what Josh did was “inexcusable” but not “unforgivable.”

“Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things,” Huckabee wrote.

Almost 70,000 of Huckabee’s Facebook followers “liked” what he said, but he was completely wrong.

Child molesting is not a “mistake” you make when you’re young. It’s a crime against the innocent that should be prosecuted — and one I believe that should have no statute of limitations. In fact, the statute of limitations is only there to protect the guilty, not protect the innocent.

As we wait for more shoes to drop in this scandal, I have some uncomfortable questions people should be asking.

Let’s start with Josh, who’s now 27, has three kids, and is no longer the executive director of the Family Research Council.

Was he a born a molester? Was he molested as a child?

Were other members of Josh’s huge family molested? Should he be in therapy now? Are his own kids safe?

Child molesting is evil, sad, disgusting stuff. I know. I was molested by a camp counselor when I was eight. Though my father wanted to kick his butt when he found out 34 years later, my molester never paid for his “mistake.” But I did.

Child molesting is often covered up — and most often it’s the family itself that protects the molester.

Did Duggar’s parents put their commercial success ahead of holding Josh accountable? Were they afraid to lose the national platform TLC gave them for their strict brand of Christian family values?

And speaking of TLC, shouldn’t we be asking its executives what they knew about Josh’s “mistake” and when they knew it? Did they care more about ratings and revenues than doing what was right?

Republicans and conservatives should be asking the people who run the Family Research Council the same tough ethical questions.

If it turns out they knew about Josh’s past and were still willing to hire him because of his celebrity, the FRC’s credibility is finished. Everything it believes in and has fought for will be lost.This scandal was a good time to do more than just fire Josh Duggar from the FRC and put the TV show on hold. It was also an opportunity to hold Josh accountable for his actions. But that didn’t happen.

As for Huckabee, I also have some questions.

If you found out tomorrow that Barack Obama had molested his young nieces when he was 14, would you call that “a mistake” and say you were willing to forgive him?

What if teen-age Barack had been caught molesting, was reprimanded, and was then caught molesting again a year later?

Would you still say no purpose would be served by discrediting Barack Obama or his family by “sensationalizing” the story? I bet not.

We all know why Huckabee blew it. He had Iowa on his mind, not God.

He didn’t want to lose the support of the Duggar family or his Christian base, so he decided to call Josh Duggar’s child molesting a “mistake.”

But child molesting is never a mistake. No matter who does it, it’s always a felony. And it’s not something a cable network or a family is ever entitled to cover up.

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Watch: Chicago Mayor Trots Out Tired Liberal Argument, Sheriff SCHOOLS Him In Minutes

Shocking Memorial Day weekend violence hit three big American cities like a ton of bullets — all three crime centers under the political control of far-left politicians. Baltimore, New York City, and Chicago saw a shocking number of shootings and killings at a time when America was honoring her war dead — the Windy City alone recorded a dozen deaths from gunfire, including that of a four-year-old girl.

While none of the reported shootings in Chicago were attributed to police or to law-abiding citizens, the city’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, nonetheless said what White House spokesman Josh Earnest said about the deadly gunfire in Baltimore over the long weekend — more gun control laws are needed to stop the violence.

As writer Brian Carey pointed out in a post on Downtrend, “As every conservative knows, Chicago already has strict gun control laws. As every conservative also knows, those laws don’t seem to be preventing violent crime in that city.”

To respond to Emanuel’s same old song about the need for stricter gun measures to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke went on the air with Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs Wednesday night. The outspoken sheriff took the Chicago mayor to the woodshed for “reach[ing] into his bag of tricks and [pulling] out a gun control talking point.”

You can see what else Sheriff Clarke had to say about the liberal response to violent criminals by clicking on the video above.

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Three Thugs Dragged Cop Into Woods To Kill Him – Then An Unlikely Hero Emerged Out Of Nowhere

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When Long Beach, Miss., Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Frazier set out on patrol recently with his canine partner, Lucas, he had no way of knowing that the four-legged officer would soon be his only hope of surviving the night.

According to reports, Frazier checked on a suspicious vehicle one night last week; and, upon peering inside to find a man apparently sleeping, two other individuals grabbed him. All three subjects helped drag the officer into a wooded area where they promised to kill him.

“They told him they were going to slit his throat,” said Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Don Bass.

Despite being surprised and outnumbered in the attack, Frazier knew that he left his partner in his patrol vehicle. Able to unlock the cruiser’s rear doors remotely, the deputy continued to fight for his life as he trusted Lucas to heed the call of duty.

Sure enough, the vigilant dog ran to the scene, biting at least one of the suspects and scaring the others away. Though all three subjects reportedly escaped in the vehicle Frazier initially stopped to investigate, the officer’s injuries were limited to a substantial gash in his forehead – believed to have been caused by a box cutter – and other non-life threatening injuries.

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He was subsequently released from the hospital as local law enforcement continues its search for the three suspects. While Bass indicated that he isn’t concerned with motive at this point in the investigation, he acknowledged that the suspects are potentially linked to a gang specifically targeting cops.

“We’ve been stressing this for months and months now,” he said. “It’s no different from last year. We get a BOLO from the state alerting us that the Black Gangster Disciples have put out an SOS – or shoot on sight – for police officers.”

Did this K-9 cop earn a promotion? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Predator Attacks Female Walking Home, But She’s A Kickboxer – And It’s Lights Out For Him

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The unidentified victim of a violent attempted rape shared her story with a jury this week. Recalling the August 2014 incident, she explained that she was walking home in Cheltenham, England, when a man suddenly grabbed her, held her down and told her to do exactly as he instructed.

She did not comply.

“I swore at him,” she said. “I think I said something like, ‘Go f—k yourself.’ Then he hit me again in the face. He was grabbing at my clothing.”

As soon as she recognized her attacker’s intent, she relied on her expertise as a kickboxer and training in self-defense techniques to fight back. At first, she attempted a triangle hold designed to restrict air flow, though that move was ultimately unsuccessful.

“I think he figured out what I was trying to do,” she explained, “because he managed to wriggle free and hit me again repeated in the face. I was stunned for a moment.”

The attack continued, she said, as the man attempted to remove her clothing.

“My legs were still free,” she recalled, “so I lifted my left leg up onto his shoulder and around the back of his neck.”

At this point, she began to gain the upper hand. After a few moments – during which the attacker continued to strike at her – she said his body went limp.

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Her quick action, which led to Mark Willis’ arrest and subsequent conviction, earned high praise from the presiding judge. Not only did he publicly acknowledge her bravery, he commissioned a payment of 500 pounds as “a mark of the court’s gratitude.”

h/t: IJReview

Did this woman deserve a reward for taking a sexual predator out of commission? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Watch: How An iPhone Just Saved This Man’s Life Might Make You Want To Own One

A man in England survived a gunshot wound at close range thanks to his iPhone.

Ryan Duggan, 19, was found guilty last week of attempted murder for a shooting that took place in October 2014 in Cheshire County, England.

The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. when the victim, Daniel Kennedy, 25, came home to discover the water had been turned off in his apartment. He noticed a group of people lingering outside and suspected they had something to do with it.

He went to talk to them and an argument ensued. Duggan took off running and Kennedy chased him down a footpath.

Duggan suddenly turned, pulled out a sawed-off shotgun, and fired it into Kennedy’s chest at short range.

Image Credit: Cheshire Police

Ryan Duggan, Image Credit: Cheshire Police

The force of the blast knocked Kennedy off his feet and caused serious injury to his abdomen area. Duggan took off running, while Kennedy was able to get up and make it back towards his apartment. He was taken to an area hospital and treated for his injuries.

The police conducted a detailed investigation of the crime scene and discovered Kennedy’s mangled iPhone.

Detective Gary McIntyre, who led the investigation, said in a press release, “Fortunately, the victim’s mobile phone took the brunt of the shot and, as a result of this, he survived. This is remarkable – had that phone not been in his pocket at that time he would undoubtedly have died.”

The crime scene investigation also netted the shotgun Duggan used and two other mobile phones which were linked to the shooter and led to his arrest last November.

Kennedy, who is the father of two children, has made good progress on the road to recovery from his injuries; and iPhone owners have discovered yet another application for the versatile mobile device.

h/t: Fox News

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