Josh Duggar admits to molesting five girls, four of whom were reportedly his sisters. He was 14 years old at the time. Many people are saying that he was too young to be held to an adult standard of molestation, and that the incidents were handled appropriately at the time. They say that demonizing Josh Duggar and his family now is overkill and that TLC should not take away the family's reality TV show.
There is even a Twitter campaign that runs with the hashtag #IStandWithTheDuggars.
What is more, some say that there is a political double standard at play here. Actress Lena Dunham has openly admitted to experimenting sexually with her little sister, who was a toddler at the time.
Lena Dunham has appeared in commercials for Democrat candidates. Some of the same folks who want Josh Duggar left alone are claiming that Lena Dunham was given "a pass" by the Left, while Josh Duggar is being tarred and feathered, with his whole family in tow.
— David Crochunis (@David_Crochunis) May 23, 2015
Others are calling bulls**t on that argument.
Montel Williams came out firing against Josh Duggar. Some accused him of a double standard regarding Lena Dunham. He responded with this logic.
"was Lena preaching hate toward a class of people? What she did is wrong - not a hypocrite tho"
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) May 23, 2015
Otbers made an even straighter path to the heart of the argument when they pointed out that Lena Dunham was only seven years old herself at the time!
— 1BrokeGuy (@josephrouhana24) May 23, 2015
— Chris (@_theAntiChris) May 23, 2015
Josh Duggar has been obliged to resign his position at the Family Research Council over the scandal, and that organization has deleted all trace of him from their website, except for a statement that he is now gone.
— PUDCAST245 (@pudcast245) May 24, 2015