Now that gross admitted child molester Josh Duggar has been outed as a gross hypocrite who molested his own sisters, we thought it might be useful to bring you a quick recap of some of the Duggar family's noteworthy warnings about the Evils Of Homosexuality, which is a threat to YOUR FAMILY.

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Back in December, Josh Duggar led the Family Research Council's effort to repeal a nondiscrimination ordinance in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and after the law was defeated, he explained to FRC leader Tony Perkins why not discriminating against LGBT people puts children in great danger, especially since the law might even allow a man dressed as a lady to use the wrong toilet:

Duggar: We have to make sure that we're standing up for the right to privacy, and protecting the well-being of women and children.

Perkins: Well, Amen. You know, I must confess that I just can't separate myself from my role as a husband and a father in this situation, and the idea that a male could self-identify as a woman and could indiscriminately and without restriction go into the women's bathrooms, where my wife and my two daughters could be, is absolutely, utterly, and forever unacceptable.

Josh's mom Michelle, who had some direct knowledge of how damaging a heterosexual boy could be, recorded a robocall that was used in the Fayetteville campaign, with dire warnings about how banning LGBT discrimination in housing, commerce, and employment would put “the safety of Northwest Arkansas women and children” at risk, and would probably encourage "child predators":

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The text reads a lot differently when you know that she was saying all this about the hypothetical threat of scary trans people, when her own son had actually molested his sisters:

Hello, this is Michelle Duggar. I’m calling to inform you of some shocking news that would affect the safety of Northwest Arkansas women and children. The Fayetteville City Council is voting on an ordinance this Tuesday night that would allow men -- yes I said men -- to use womens and girls restrooms, locker rooms, showers, sleeping areas and other areas that are designated for females only. I don’t believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls.

I doubt that Fayetteville parents would stand for a law that would endanger their daughters or allow them to be traumatized by a man joining them in their private space. We should never place the preference of an adult over the safety and innocence of a child.

Parents, who do you want undressing next to your daughter at the public swimming pool’s private changing area?

And parents, would you want to let your teenaged son get grabby with your daughters while they sleep, and then, instead of getting the kid into therapy, just send him away to stay with another family for a while? Please add your own cynical punchline about the "safety and innocence of a child" here.

And of course, beyond the direct "gays = pedos" bullshit, there's the Duggars' overall opposition to marriage equality, because for kids to grow up right, they need to be in a family with one mommy and one daddy. It would also be awfully nice if none of the kids are secretly diddling their siblings, too, but the main concern is that the parents be straight. Just a few weeks ago, Josh Duggar shared his thoughts on the sanctity of non-sodomite marriage at the March for Marriage, where he explained that only one other country, Brazil, allows same-sex marriage, which had to be news to the other 17 countries that allow it (and hey, Ireland's voting on it today):

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He also explained that if the Supreme Court decides in favor of marriage equality, then freedom was pretty much over:

I think that right now in America there is an agenda to silence people of faith, those who hold dissenting opinion. That’s not what America was founded on. America was founded on respect. Tolerance. And really not discriminating against people based on their religious convictions.

And that's why he respectfully insists that Christians need to be free to discriminate against gay people -- because of respect and tolerance. We guess the Duggars do know a think or two about tolerance -- after all, they tolerated their son's unspeakable behavior, and didn't even think it was something he needed to see a mental counselor for. Happily, a change of scenery and some prayer made him all better, so he could go forth and keep the world safe for straight families.

[RightWingWatch / Salon / RightWingWatch again]

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Yesterday afternoon, 45-year-old Gary Martin of Aurora, Illinois was let go from his job at the Henry Pratt Company, a factory that manufactures water valves. In response, he took out a pistol with a laser scope and began shooting at random. He killed five people and injured six others who were just trying to make it through the day at the water valve factory, and then the police killed him.

His mother said he was "stressed out." He "seemed fine" according to the clerk at the Circle K where he bought his cigars that morning. His neighbor thought he was a nice guy. Some people were surprised, others were not.

This kind of thing used to be shocking, but it's a story we're used to now. It gets repeated at least once a month. It's just what happens now, and we can't do anything about it because we can't do anything about gun control. This is, the Right has decided, just the price we all have to pay so they can stockpile guns for funsies, and take sexy pictures of guns shoved in their pants. This is the blood that waters their special tree of liberty.

It's fucking exhausting. And stupid. We shouldn't have to live this way. No one should have to live this way. But we do. Why? Because some day some yahoos might want to overthrow the government, which is (of course) a completely legal thing to do, and their "right" to do that must be protected. So it's literally just never, ever going to stop.

Gary Martin, like most other mass shooters, also had a history of violence against women. In 1994, in Mississippi, he was convicted for stabbing one. He should not have been able to get a gun after that. I would like to know how and why he was able to get that pistol with the laser scope that he killed five people with yesterday afternoon. Maybe someone gave it to him. Maybe he bought it somehow. Maybe someone forgot to do a background check. Maybe he bought it from someone who didn't have to do a background check.

I am so goddamned tired of writing this article. I am out of things to say.


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That's right, Wonkers, while we're all up here in America dealing with the terribleness, your Editrix and her fambly are in MEXICO AT THE BEACH, where they will probably stay for a little while longer or maybe they're never coming back SHRUGGIE EMOTICON. But that's OK, they deserve some time to be AT THE BEACH in MEXICO, oh no, don't get NATIONAL EMERGY CARAVANNED!

Yeah, so it's time to count down your top ten stories of the week, like we do on Saturday mornings. Shall we? WE SHALL.

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