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Mike Huckabee Voices Support for Josh Duggar in Wake of Scandal

By    |   Friday, 22 May 2015 03:06 PM

Former Arkansas Republican governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has voiced strong support for Josh Duggar of the TLC TV show "19 Kids and Counting" in the wake of a scandal, as the politically active member of the well-known Christian family was revealed to have been charged with multiple counts of sexual molestation, even involving some of his own sisters.

Huckabee posted on his Facebook page Friday a strong statement of support for Duggar, who resigned his position as head of the lobbying arm of the Family Research Council (FRC) and said, "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably, for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends," CNN reported.

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"Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, 'inexcusable,' but that doesn’t mean 'unforgivable,'" Huckabee wrote.

"He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities. No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story."

In Touch Magazine broke the story of Duggar's molestations, running a copy of a 2006 police report of the "forcible fondling" incidents.

Duggar's family sent him away in 2002 to work with a family friend, and the matter was kept quiet after his father, Jim Bob Duggar, took him to the state police for a "very stern talk," but when an accusatory email was sent to the "Oprah Winfrey Show" when the Duggars were to appear, the show shared it with police and the investigation began, In Touch reported.

Duggar, 27, today lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Anna Renee, and they are expecting their fourth child, CNN reports.

The scandal has proven politically embarrassing to a host of Republican politicians who posed for photos with Duggar in his FRC position. He posted a photo of himself and Wisconsin GOP governor and likely presidential candidate Scott Walker on Duggar's Twitter page.

Other political luminaries who have posed with Duggar include RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Huckabee.

Huckabee wrote, "Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things. The reason that the law protects disclosure of many actions on the part of a minor is that the society has traditionally understood something that today’s bloodthirsty media does not understand, that being a minor means that one's judgment is not mature.

"No one needs to defend Josh’s actions as a teenager, but the fact that he confessed his sins to those he harmed, sought help and has gone forward to live a responsible and circumspect life as an adult is testament to his family’s authenticity and humility.

"Janet [Huckabee's wife] and I love Jim Bob and Michelle and their entire family. They are no more perfect a family than any family, but their Christian witness is not marred in our eyes because following Christ is not a declaration of our perfection, but of His perfection. It is precisely because we are all sinners that we need His grace and His forgiveness.

"Let others run from them. We will run to them with our support."

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