Friday, March 11, 2016

Josh Duggar - Done with "rehab"

Josh Duggar
Josh Duggar is home in Arkansas after spending about six month at Reformers Unanimous, a “Christian” facility in Illinois. Faith healing psychological problems is probably less effective than faith healing cancer. The reality is that Duggar fled from public attention because it was bad for the family's brand. Josh Duggar's “sin” was hypocrisy, particularly when it came to LGBT people who he demonized.

Duggar fondled young children when he was a teen including some of his sisters. That kind of deviancy probably doesn't just go away. Moreover, Duggar's name appeared when Ashley Madison's database was hacked. In addition, Duggar allegedly assaulted a porn actress. Duggar said that he was addicted to pornography and had cheated on his wife. The intended inference was that Duggar's “addiction” caused him to be unfaithful.

The addiction and the excuse are both brand management bullshit. If Duggar has a real excuse it might be the awful parenting that he received.

Family Research Council

In June, 2013 Duggar was named executive director of FRC Action, FRC's political action arm, a 501(c)4. Duggar resigned (was terminated) in May, 2015. FRC's fiscal year runs October 1 to September 30. With respect to the form 990 filed with the IRS:
  • The 2012 tax return is for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2013
  • The 2013 tax return is for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2014
In fiscal year 2012, Duggar was with FRC for about three months. In fiscal year 2013, Duggar was employed by FRC Action for the entire year. Duggar does not appear on the list of executives in either return. The IRS requires the list to include officers, directors, key employees and highest compensated employees. Duggar was none of these which means that his position as “executive director” was more fluff than substance. By the way, the 2013 return was filed a month before Duggar exited.

It will be interesting to see what Duggar does now. Before FRC he was selling used cars. Would you buy a used car from Josh Duggar?

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