After Josh Duggar’s resignation from the conservative Family Research Council (FRC) on Thursday and admission that he did indeed molest underage girls — including his sisters — while he was a teenager, critics were not just calling for the cancellation of his family’s reality show; they were highlighting the apparent hypocrisy between his actions and his family’s repeated attempts to paint same-sex marriage and homosexuality itself as moral failings.
Talk show host Montel Williams was perhaps the most high-profile person lambasting Duggar on Twitter going into Thursday evening.
Sorry, Josh Duggar is a bigot, slimebag. Whole family is, and FRC is a scam. Yup, Gay people are the danger to kids? NOPE, JOSH DUGGAR IS
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) May 21, 2015
The tag “Josh Duggar hypocrite” was full of similar posts blasting the FRC’s now-former policy director. But a look at the Duggars’ recent history illustrates that homophobic statements were indeed part of the family business. Here are a few examples:
When Evelyn Ruark, the older sister of the Duggar matriarch, Michelle, appeared on the family’s show on The Learning Channel, the program made no mention of her sexuality, or that she already had a partner. Ruark had also expressed misgivings about her relatives’ involvement in the “Quiverfull” parenting movement, which calls on members to eschew all manner of birth control.
“We have often thought that QuiverFull is a cult,” Ruark told the National Enquirer in 2010. “It appears to be brainwashing to me.”
While Michelle Duggar has been quoted as saying that Ruark “is an amazing person,” she was not as kind to other LGBT residents in Fayetteville, launching a series of robocalls last year calling for the overturning of Ordinance 119, which allowed trans residents to use restrooms, locker rooms and other facilities according to their gender identity.