Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar broke their silence this week about son Josh’s confessed sexual molestation of his sisters — and women of “The View” were having none of it.
Talk show co-host Whoopi Goldberg was the most full-throated in her rebuke of the “19 Kids And Counting” parents on Thursday, the morning after the Duggars had taken to Fox News’ “The Kelly File” to defend their son, who molested five girls when he was a teen, and their own handling of the situation.
“You brought God up, so it makes it OK to say this,” Goldberg said of the Duggar patriarch pleading for forgiveness for his oldest son. “You’re not forgiving of people. You’re not forgiving of people who feel differently than you.”
“Don’t bring up God … and talk about God forgiving people when you don’t have forgiveness in their own hearts,” Goldberg added.
The Duggars have a history of supporting anti-LGBT causes. Last fall, Michelle Duggar recorded a robocall to voters in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in which she protested a local anti-discrimination ordinance. As part of her argument, she linked transgender individuals to child predators.
“The View” co-host Nicole Wallace echoed Goldberg, saying the Duggar mother had acted hypocritically.
“When you say God will forgive my son who molested my daughters, if that’s your world view, if that’s how you got through it, OK,” Wallace said. “But you can’t say God can’t forgive a transgender person.”
“If God can forgive [Josh], then I hope other people can realize that God can forgive them,” Jim Bob Duggar had told “The Kelly File” host Megyn Kelly.
Duggar also argued that his son, now 27, was not a pedophile because he was also underage at the time of the molestations.
“It was a child preying on a child,” Duggar said of his son’s actions.
“There was so much grief in our hearts. I think, as parents, we felt, ‘We’re failures,'” Michelle Duggar said during the Kelly interview. “We’ve tried to raise our kids to do what’s right, to know what’s right, and yet one of our children made some really bad choices. And I think, as a parent, just — we were devastated.”
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