In a new twist into the horrifying story of the Josh Duggar incest molestation scandal, it has come to light that the patriarch of the Duggar’s bizarre extremist Christian cult once ran for Senate on the platform that rapists and those who commit incest should be executed for their crimes against God.
His campaign page is still somewhere on the internet, and upon it was this little gem:
Q. What is your abortion position, and specifically, where do you stand on rape, incest, and threat to the mother’s health?
A. If a woman is raped, the rapist should be executed instead of the innocent unborn baby. Adoption is an option. Many couples would love to adopt and are waiting for a baby. Abortion has been and always will be the destruction of an innocent child. Rape and incest represent heinous crimes and as such should be treated as capital crimes.
The hypocrisy of the Duggar clan and the entire extremist “family values” conservative movement has been put on full display following the revelations that Josh Duggar, a spokesman for the Family Research Council, abused multiple girls as a teenager, including his own sisters. The police report was buried, the girls forced into quiet, and the crimes went unpunished. Now, a wave of hysterical backlash from the right has somehow emerged to defend the Duggars and their pro-life, scriptural literalist religious extremism. It’s this kind of hypocrisy that traumatizes lives and lets criminals free to commit their heinous acts again.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.