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      Sure, it’s time we all back off from this tragic family. They know God has forgiven them, so why should they need our forgiveness and why do we think we have the right? NOT! This isn’t about religion or faith. This is about someone who is quite clearly a sexual addict with a history of child molestation. We know he molested his sisters, but who else has he molested? VERY few molesters stop at just one or two children. They continue molesting because they lack the ability to stop themselves. You cannot prey sexual addiction or pedophilia away, no matter what the Duggers may believe. You also cannot prey away sexual addiction any more than you prey away drug addiction. Without serious and qualified intervention with a mental health specialist experienced with sexual addiction, Josh will continue to engage in molestation and/or sexual perversion.  To those who attribute all of this to the Duggers strong religious beliefs: you are mistaken. I appreciate the anger about how they preach one thing and live another (this disturbs me) but there is so much more here than that hypocrisy. Their religious beliefs didn’t turn Josh into a sexual pervert. Now, I suppose we could argue that their faith practices contributed to his perversion, but it’s a strong possibility.

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      It’s fun to jump all over Josh and his family, but there’s something much bigger going on here and we should pay attention to that. We become what we learn from childhood to be. Our parents are our first models and then come teachers and other adults. As time passes, we develop our own set of values, generally based on what we learn from watching the adults in our lives. We may learn by positive example or sometimes, by negative. Knowing Josh molested his sisters when he was in his early teens and the only intervention that occurred was “discussion” with church leaders, I wonder what he was taught during this “discussion.” Perhaps that the “Devil” was responsible for his behavior and prayer would expel this “Devil?” Do you know how many people believe this type trash? There are already people defending Josh on other sites by saying he is a victim of the “Devil” or the radical left. Must be comforting to believe you have no choice in your behaviors and that someone else controls what you do. Yeah, okay. This is a deeply troubled and troubling family. I’m suspicious of what else happens within the Duggar clan. What examples did Josh have as an adolescent? What was he taught, not just in words, but in deeds by his parents? Being that the family home-schools and thus prevents “evil influences” from outside, which family member set the standard for Josh? Will Josh be held responsible for his misdeeds or will the family and their supporters just make more excuses?

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      Racism exists. It is destroying our nation and contributing to the downfall of humanity. AND there is no such thing as “reverse racism.” When you think in terms of differences and inequality you are a racist and, guess what? We are all racists! Do you say “well I never notice the color of someone’s skin?” What, are you blind? Of-course you notice the color of someone’s skin. That isn’t the problem. The problem comes when you refuse to recognize ways in which you think about people as a whole and instead focus on their difference. Those who insist on separating people into categories of race (or any other difference) are contributing to the general lack of trust and respect for others. Articles such as this one do NOTHING to increase respectful dialog or communication between people. Instead, they merely add another brick to the wall of distrust and hate that keeps us apart. It is past time for ALL people to stand up against hate and bigotry in whatever form it takes. We have a choice: we can spend our energy building one another up and seeking understanding or we can spend our energy tearing one another down and spreading hate and misunderstanding. The choice is ours.

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      Please visit the link the company has posted here. Read their “defense” of their work and see what you then think. After you read their post, scan through the list of executives on the left of the article. Note the majority of execs are men. I’m sorry, but expecting men to be experts on the sexual exploitation of women is akin to asking the fox to guard the hen house. As long as the chief policy makers remain male and as long as women are treated as inferior to men the culture of rape will remain.

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      I travel a lot for my work. This means eating out much more than I would like. Over just the last year I’ve had the following happen to me in restaurants: a server dropped his cell phone into my bowl of soup — at the table. NO TIP - not because of the phone, or at least not just the phone. The guy was terrible in every way. Another server (not mine) tripped and spilled a tray of drinks all over me. The manager had a fit and several other guests began demeaning the server. I smiled at her, told her it wasn’t the end of the world and accepted the towels she brought me. I slipped her a $10 and wished her a better day. Hey - I’ve had stupid moments myself! I also know the accident was more the fault of the jerk at another table who pushed his chair into her path. Two servers (again, not mine) got into a real fist fight int the middle of the floor. My server was horrified, apologized and showed obvious concern. I tipped him well because the incident had nothing to do with his duties. Moral: putting yourself into someone else’s shoes is always a good thing. If it happened to you, what would you want the other person to do?

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      I wish this family - the one with the autistic child - lived in my community. Thanks to a lot of community education and awareness, the folks around us have learned that every child is valuable regardless of ability. We host an animal facilitated therapy program on our small farm. The program serves at risk youth and youth with disabilities of all type. When the program began over twenty years ago, there was some community resistance. Today, we have enormous community support. We have many kids placing along the autism spectrum. Our Many of our neighbors support the program in different ways, from volunteering with the kids to helping babysitting or driving these kids to and from their appointments.  I despise people like the writer of this letter! At the same time, anger doesn’t help. Many years ago, one of our immediate neighbors complained to the local police about one of the kids who used to make very loud odd noises. She also wrote us a nasty letter (although not as nasty as this one). We invited her to an event where she met both the kids and their parents. Over time, the neighbor learned and today is one of our best fundraisers. Of course, not all ignorance can be so easily addressed. The person who wrote this hate filled letter may be beyond help.

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