'19 Kids and Counting' Patriarch Jim Bob Duggar Has 'Authority' Over Michelle Duggar and Kids

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19 Kids and Counting was cancelled, but that hasn't kept its stars--the Duggar family and many of its members--out of the media spotlight. Josh Duggar, the reason for TLC's cancellation of the popular reality TV show, recently admitted to his involvement in a new scandal. He had two Ashley Madison accounts, is addicted to pornography, and cheated on his wife Anna Duggar.

In a new report, revelations about 19 Kids and Counting patriarch Jim Bob Duggar will no doubt leave some wondering what really goes on behind the Duggar family doors.

"Jim Bob's favorite word is 'no,'" one Duggar family source says. "He's like a dictator. He once saw a guy kissing a girl before marriage and confronted him about it. And the guy said, 'Jim Bob, show me that verse in the Bible that says we can't kiss. Get out your Bible.' And Jim Bob was like, 'Uhhhh ...' because no one ever confronts Jim Bob. No one."

This concerns those closest to the Duggar family, and the biggest concern right now is for Anna Duggar. Reports have surfaced saying Anna Duggar won't leave Josh--even after he admitted to cheating on her.

"The scary thing is, I don't know who is talking to Anna, outside of the people in Duggarville," the source says.

When Josh Duggar made his latest confession, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar issued a statement, saying they were disappointed, but praying about these latest developments.

Some people have long believed that because the 19 Kids and Counting family lives in the south, that they belong to the Southern Baptist Church. That isn't true. The Duggar family's belief align with fundamental Christianity, but adhere to a Christian ideology called conservative patriarchy. This means the father/husband rules the household. It also means sexuality and sex aren't discussed--ever.

"They don't talk about sex. They don't talk about sexuality," the Duggar family source says.

The Duggar children--including newly married daughters Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar Seewald--are almost completely cut off from the secular world. The family source says Jim Bob Duggar once removed batteries from his children's toys that made music, "because he didn't want [his kids] to dance or move their bodies that way."

In the 2014 book, Growing Up Duggar, four of the Duggar daughters--including Jessa Duggar and Jill Duggar--explained that the family has a code word to help the boys and men deal with lustful thoughts if an attractive woman is in their midst.

That word is "Nike."

"That's a signal to the boys, and even to Dad, that they should nonchalantly drop their eyes and look down at their shoes as we walk past her," they wrote in the book.

"They say it, and all the boys look straight down to the floor every time. It's like an automatic military thing. Things like that blow my mind," the family source says.

Based on the things shared by this 19 Kids and Counting source, it certainly sounds like poor Anna Duggar doesn't stand a chance. She will pray and remain secluded with her cheating husband who abused his sisters--Jill and Jessa Duggar admit they are his victims, and many expect that Jinger Duggar and Jana Duggar are the other siblings he victimized. Josh Duggar also molested one non-relative underage girl. Anna Duggar has no chance of escaping this insanity.

Did you have any idea that Jim Bob Duggar ran the 19 Kids and Counting family in this manner? This kind of control surely contributed to the way Josh Duggar is and could manifest itself in other negative ways in more of the Duggar family members, too.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.