Family Research Council Denounces Josh Duggar's 'Deceitful Behavior'
By Meredith B. Kile
The Family Research Council is speaking out against Josh Duggar in the wake of the former reality star’s confession that he suffers from an addiction to pornography and has been "unfaithful" to his wife Anna.
"Last night we learned from online reports about allegations concerning Josh Duggar and then read his confession today," FRC President Tony Perkins said in a statement. "We are grieved by Josh’s conduct and the devastating impact of his pornography addiction and marital unfaithfulness. Our hearts hurt for his family, and all those affected by Josh’s actions."
Duggar resigned from his post as executive director of FRC Action, the non-profit legislative branch of the Family Research Council, in May 2015, when he admitted to molesting five underage girls -- including some of his younger sisters -- as a teenager. This week, Duggar’s name and credit card information was linked to the Ashley Madison website hack, and the former reality star admitted to a pornography addiction and infidelity in a statement on the Duggar family’s website that has since been edited.
"His deceitful behavior harms his family, his friends, his former coworkers, and the cause he has publicly espoused," Perkins’ statement continues. "Those of us who advocate for family values in the public square are held to a higher standard, and Josh’s failures serve as a painful reminder of the destructive effects of not living with integrity. We are praying for the family."