Jim Bob Duggar (The Friddle Show) (The Friddle Show)

Candidate Jim Bob Duggar in 2002: Those who commit incest should be executed

This was the same period in which his son Josh has confessed to having molested his younger sisters


Scott Eric Kaufman
May 26, 2015 10:43PM (UTC)

After last week's tide of revelations about the lengths the Duggar family went to in order to hide Josh Duggar's molestation of young girls -- including his younger sisters -- it seemed unlikely that the situation could get any worse for the stars of "19 Kids and Counting."

But today, Defamer published an archived version of Jim Bob Duggar's campaign website, which revealed exactly what Josh's father thought of his behavior.

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Jim Bob Duggar challenged incumbent Senator Tim Hutchison for the Arkansas seat in 2003 and lost -- during the very period in which Josh was molesting his sisters -- that caught the attention of Defamer's Allie Jones:

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In his "positional statement" on abortion, candidate Jim Bob Duggar opined that a woman should not have the right to abort the product of a rape or incest, because "[t]he developing infant committed no crime and should be allowed to live."

As for the rapist or person who committed incest, however, he is breathtakingly clear: "Rape and incest represent heinous crimes and as such should be treated as capital crimes," meaning that in Jim Bob Duggar's Arkansas, his son would have faced the death penalty.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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