Saturday, October 18, 2008

Josh and Anna Duggar Arkansas Wedding Reception

FEB OF 09 UPDATE: I have finally got the wedding reception pictures back up. VIEW THEM HERE.

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Jan 19th 2009

I am about to let the renewal lapse for the site that is hosting these images. After the 28th I expect the links that I have in this article to be lost. I will look for another place to host them and post a new article with the new links when I can.
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OK, I have posted well over 1,000 articles and audio/video files on serious issues concerning both state and national government, science, and religion, both here and at the Christian Constitutional Society site. I poured my heart, soul and mind into them in an effort to find and expound on important matters of both temporal and eternal truth. But that is not what America wants. What America wants, judging by the web traffic, is Duggarmania.

Not one of the 1,300 articles I have posted on this blog over the years have gotten the traffic of the little three paragraph nod to my young friend Josh Duggar. I simply congratulated him on his engagement.

I am no society reporter, but I will do my best since that is what you seem to want. First I will post pictures of their Arkansas reception, and then on the jump I will comment about it.....

Jim Bob Duggar taking pictures of guests as they enter the event.

Jim Bob Duggar and son (can you guess which?) greet guests as they arrive.

The stage is set as the classical musicians strum away. I believe that is Jessa Duggar at left.

The scene at one of the punch bowls. Nothing too strong I am sure. At left is "the Grandaddy of them all"- J.L. Duggar.

Some people just like to see the cake at these things.

A young man looks toward two of the Duggar daughters (in purple). Children and wholesome young ladies abounded.

Josh Duggar gives a thumbs up to the idea of being married to Anna as she looks on with approval.

Anna favors the camera with a smile.

Michelle Duggar welcomes a friend.

Jessa Duggar flashes a winning smile.

Crowd shot, with two Duggar Daughters.

They had a computer monitor (Apple of course) with a slide show running pictures from their wedding. Here are six shots of the monitor with different wedding photos as a guest watches. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six.

Josh Duggar addresses the crowd with Anna at his side.

Jim Bob and Michelle talk it over.

Anna and Josh cut the cake, with the knife shinning with a brilliant light. Jim Bob and Michelle watch with pride (no, not THE BAD KIND) back right.

I will give my report and observations on the event at a later date, for now I am off to hear some live music and eat Mexican food.

59 Comments:

Blogger Melissa said...

Thank you for posting the photographs! They look so happy. All the girls look absolutely gorgeous, and the guys look handsome.
What a lovely wedding and reception.
I hope they have a very happy life together.

12:48 AM, October 19, 2008  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

All right, here is what I saw at the reception....

The room at the huge 1st Baptist Church in Springdale had a nice ambiance. I think I found where the Greek pillars from the Democratic convention wound up. Just kidding on that one, but they did have Greek pillars, and if I could describe the atmosphere in two words it would be "traditional" and "civilized".

The Query family provided the musical entertainment, playing on classical instruments.

Of course there were a lot of children and young people in the room. In spite of that the atmosphere was very calm.

When I say "traditional" I don't mean it strictly in the mainstream American way. They have their own traditions which are slightly different than what you may be used to. I will cite examples in a bit.

When I say the atmosphere was "civilized" I mean it in about every way. The proceedings were civilized in a way that the radical secularists who sneer at the Duggars can never attain.

After mingling, Josh and Anna took the stage. Josh has a good stage presence, especially for one so young. After a brief talk, they showed a video of their wedding on the big screen.

Now the wedding video was very curious to me. It was a strange mixture of light-heartedness and somber duty. For example, during the ceremony the best man pretended that he did not have the ring. The groomsmen all said they did not have it, and the best man bolted down the isle of the church and out the back door. Seconds later, he re-appeared with the ring. That had to be staged, and would seem to take away from the solemnity of the occasion.

Then Jim Bob took the microphone from the minister and said "you may kiss the bride". That's right, the groom's father is the one who pronounced that line, not the minister.

Jim Bob also looked at him and said that the first command of the bible was to "be fruitful and multiply". Oh man. You are 20 years old and Jim Bob Duggar is your dad and he tells you as part of your wedding ceremony to "be fruitful and multiply"! No pressure, right?

The call to "let God decide how many children you have" was repeated twice during the ceremony. I take that to mean no birth control just as the Catholic church teaches, or maybe even beyond it.

Anna Duggar is all for this. When my pregnant wife and I met her she commented that they hoped to join us soon in being with child. Anna looks good in the pictures, but she looks better in person. I don't think the still shots can capture the animation in her face.

I can see why Josh says that he reminds her of his own mom. Besides liking the idea of having babies, they both have very expressive faces and the same sort of "inner light" for lack of a better term.

After the video, they cut the cake and did the toasts. About that time, we headed for the door. We hope for the best for this young family.

8:25 AM, October 19, 2008  
Blogger Ford said...

I also have as many cuts and bruises on my legs as God intends for me to have, because I don't wear pants.

I don't safety my weapons either, because they will only kill those God intends to kill.

:)

Kidding aside, I'm sure my niece is far cooler than your daughter will be.

2:06 PM, October 20, 2008  
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4:42 PM, October 22, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the pictures are too damn big.

4:01 PM, October 24, 2008  
Anonymous Love is the Theme, Love is Supreme said...

When I say the atmosphere was "civilized" I mean it in about every way. The proceedings were civilized in a way that the radical secularists who sneer at the Duggars can never attain.
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Mr. Moore, a truly civilized person would not intersperse wedding photos with name-calling and invective, regardless of his or her views.

2:11 PM, October 25, 2008  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

What are you talking about?

3:42 PM, October 25, 2008  
Anonymous Love is the Theme, Love is Supreme said...

Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

What are you talking about?

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Your question seems disingenuous. Do you not realize that you equated "radical secularists" with boorishness, with a lack of civility? I may not toe your political line, but I was not raised in a barn, and I would never, ever use a wedding as a springboard for partisan and uncharitable vituperative. Do you know the old hymn "Love is the Theme"? It is, Mr. Moore, it is, and we need to practice the lovingkindness it calls us to.

You have eyes that seem to read not, and a heart that seems unwelcoming. Please wake up! Our country doesn't need your divisiveness, and especially not during these troubled times.

8:02 PM, October 25, 2008  
Anonymous Love is the Theme, Love is Supreme said...

I should add that I do not sneer at the Duggars. I may be a liberal, but I recognize goodness in people who don't think exactly the way I do.

Oh, and I'm a liberal with an Arkansas mother. I learned early to treat people right, whether they are left or right on the political spectrum.

8:09 PM, October 25, 2008  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

I don't think you have a handle on your own handle. Love isn't all that gooey "let's tolerate everything" stuff. True love is willing to confront evil, not accept it out of fear of appearing "mean".

It is my love for the Duggars and the truths that they represent (not that I agree with their whole program) which compels me to defend them against the viscous attacks of those radical secularists who hate them without cause.

Real love is stronger stuff that whatever it is that you are peddling. When a mother fights off a wolf from attacking her child, its love in action. She may not look too civilized in the process of doing that, but its still a major part of what we have to do to get civilization.

I'll go on expressing my love by fighting off the wolves who are acting to bring down Western civilization while you go on weeping about how unloving I seem as I am fighting them off.

In the meantime, my mild comment which was meant more in praise of the ceremony than an attack at anyone, is nothing at all compared to the vicious statements over at places like Arktimes.com whenever the Duggars have a baby, have a wedding, etc. You have far more work to do over there than here pitching your weepy, non-muscular psuedo-love. Go over to those "enlightened liberals" and get snippy with them for saying 100 times as much against the Duggars as I do those who hate them.

Go over there and let the murderers have it, and then the robbers and then the liars. After you have addressed those more serious offenses, THEN come here and throw stones at me for my one off-hand blow at the wolves.

7:14 AM, October 26, 2008  
Anonymous Love is the Theme, Love is Supreme said...

"Viscous love"? Now, that's gooey!

"You have far more work to do over there than here pitching your weepy, non-muscular psuedo-love."

I live out an authentic love everyday in acts of kindness and compassion. You might try doing the same. Your mewling rhetoric won't get you far on this earth, and it certainly won't add any stars to your drooping crown.

12:38 PM, October 26, 2008  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Your comments have as much invective in them as mine, despite your hypocritical posturing otherwise.

The main difference between us is the target of our missives, not their tenor.

5:11 PM, October 26, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't have more children if you can't devote the time needed to them. As we've seen in prior episodes, it isn't too long before the long awaited miracle is quickly passed off to a sibling to be raised. By the way, who is feeding, loving, and caring for babies 12-15 right now? They probably got about 6 months each of care from their parents before being passed off. sad.

7:36 PM, October 26, 2008  
Blogger Lorraine Woodward said...

Josh and Amy posted a link to their wedding registry on their wedding website.

One of the items on their Bed Bath & Beyond registry was one of those picture frames that has three slots, reading "Mommy + Daddy = me".

So yeah, they're getting ready for baby #1 already, it would seem.

8:27 PM, October 26, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And this makes you angry, does it Lorraine?

9:25 PM, October 26, 2008  
Anonymous Sooey Generis said...

I was quite happy--even gay--and arrayed in sunshine and lollipops until I read your comments about the "other side."

Go to the Hawgs, if you will, sir.

9:32 PM, October 26, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh lordy, another branch in the right wing-nut fundie tree. These poor children have been raised in abusive homes and are social illiterates. And now they're married and will start producing their own spawn who will be abused and raised as social illiterates and the cycle continues.

I guess these folks haven't read the scientific study that says the more older brothers a boy has the higher the chance he will be gay. The younger Duggar boys don't stand a chance.

12:09 AM, October 27, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, they should have aborted them all while they had the chance.

6:22 PM, October 27, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's aweful, dont say things like that... just from watching this show, I think this family is wonderful. Their children are all respectful, have morals, and will all grow up and be good people. And personally I'd love nothing more then to be out of debt and own a home like they do.

Congrats to Josh & Anna!! & to the person who posted the pictures, Thank you!

7:58 PM, October 27, 2008  
Blogger FIONA said...

I am a huge Duggar fan. Having been born and raised in NW Ark, GO HOGS!, the D home is in view of my cousin's home.

My father, devout BAC, knows Jim Bob and speaks highly of him, although he does have a bit of a problem with all the children as it pertains to Michelle's health.

These are good people and unfortunatly your photos were hijacked by a blog that makes fun of the Duggars-Duggars Without Pity..

5:59 PM, October 28, 2008  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Some times the best way to make your point to rational people is to just let the other side spew their bile. They will be known by their fruits, including the fruit of their lips.

12:08 PM, October 29, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

True, the haters have exposed themselves here. But I took the previous comment to mean that there is a yet a different blog that used your pictures to belittle the Duggars.

3:57 PM, October 29, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I came to see the wedding photos, which were lovely, thank you. However the comments, especially the moderator's are unbelievable. Just because someone may not agree with your beliefs that doesn't make them evil or to be feared. I don't believe in any of the religious stuff the Duggar's do, but I love watching their program and commend them on having such a beautiful family. The right wing fundamentalists seem to draw more than their fair share of narrow minded, mean spirited, judgmental idiots. Your god would not approve, I'm quite sure.

10:26 AM, November 12, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing the photos!

It looks like it was a wonderful reception for a beautiful young couple.

5:55 PM, November 12, 2008  
Blogger Susan Murphy said...

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12:57 PM, November 17, 2008  
Anonymous Sarah Spencer said...

20 years old is to young to marry. They only got married to have sex.

7:53 PM, December 16, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"They only got married to have sex."

Wait... you mean there are other reasons to get married?!? I thought it was just sex, sex, sex, to make babies, babies, babies. That's Anna's job now, right?

5:51 AM, December 19, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what? They love each other and they know they are meant for each other. Would you rather they fornicate? How would that look for this Christian family. People are going to talk about them whether or not they fornicate or do the right thing and marry before having sex. What do you want them to do?

4:37 PM, December 19, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's amazing to me!!! WHAT? A couple that got married and THEN had sex??What are they crazy? I mean, why not try out the waters with a couple of partners to see what works best for you first? To see if you are "compatible"? So what if you may contract some sort of "condition"? So what if you will bring all the hurt and emotional baggage into your marriage? After all, if it doesn't work, you can always divorce and give it a whirl with someone else. So what if you will end up with an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy? After all, the blob of undeveloped goo in your womb can just be disposed of right?
UGH! This poor family is damned if they do and damned if they don't. OH how they would be RAKED over the coals if they DID sleep together before marriage and had an unplanned pregnancy. Oh wait, all we need to do is research the name Palin and you'll get a clear picture of THAT kind of "media" attention.
They are living in the USA and have the FREEDOM to live as they choose as LONG as they are not violating laws established by our nation. I would LOVE to see the evidence of abuse that one had accused them of?
BTW, I used to be one of those that criticized this family...AND I am a stay at home, home schooling mother of 4! GASP! After watching the show and reading snippets here and there, I feel terrible for thinking these negative things about this family. It is THEIR choice! They are not "pumping" out babies and relying on welfare and food stamps to support their family, are they? Are they taking out loan after loan and living in debt just to support their family? Not that i can see---yet we hand everything the government can offer to the sex obsessed, knocked up, drug addict teenager?
There is something wrong with this country and I am glad that there is hope that some conservative thinking families could be "mass producing" intelligent, coherent, God-loving citizens that could give hope to the US---as opposed to the socialist way we seem to be headed.
UGH! I am off to go hug my kids and praise God for a family that is such a testimony of His faithfulness to those that simply choose to do the best they can with the resources they have.
Posting anonymously because I KNOW this will lead to more rude comments and well, I just don't have the time to debate with ignorant people.

8:07 PM, December 22, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When did having as many children as God intended, and raising them in a secure and loving home, become a crime? This used to be the norm, not long ago, in fact! If you don't want to have children, or at least not that many, that's fine...your choice, but don't condemn this wonderful family for raising their children, all of them, in a stable and responsible household!

8:43 PM, December 22, 2008  
Anonymous sgw555 said...

The Duggar home is not a 'stable and responsible' household. It's a household where 90% of their actions are about sex - the clothes they wear, the relentless talk about 'modesty', the fact that the girls wear their hair the way 'Daddy likes it' (in a supposedly Christian household, aren't looks - especially what Daddy finds 'attractive' irrelevant?), and the whole commitment to the Quiverfull movement (having as many babies as possible in order to fill up the country with Christians).

What's more, raising children to believe that evolution isn't true (because the Bible is the literal truth) is tantamount to child abuse - and that's definitely not 'responsible'. Science may not be perfect, but at least it doesn't attach a moral hierarchy to sedimentary rock formations, and whatever you think about carbon dating, the facts simply DO NOT SUPPORT the co-existence of humans and dinosaurs, or that the earth is 6000 years old! (See the episode in which the Duggars go to the creationism museum.)

It is heartbreaking to see 9-year-olds rejecting basic science in favour of an error-ridden King James edition of a book which was mistranslated from the Latin, which in turn was mistranslated from the Greek, which itself was mistranslated from (if history is to be believed) Aramaic! Even if you find 'science' unreliable, and even if you think the Bible is more than just a mythical tale, basic study of the history of the Bible reveals that any English edition is riddled with inconsistencies, errors, and downright fictionalization!

(sigh)

I know that it's tempting to think that a family of people who don't swear, don't drink, and who talk about the Bible all the time is somehow more 'moral' than the rest of us, but it's not. There's an agenda here - again, see the Quiverfull movement for evidence - and it's definitely not a New Testament sort of peace and love thing. At all.

4:46 PM, December 31, 2008  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

sgw555,

You make a lot of claims that are baloney. I know the Duggars and have been in that home a few times. It IS a stable and responsible home, especially in a culture where divorce is common and co-habitation is increasing. Their home is FAR more stable and responsible than the USA average. I speak from experience and you don't.

Of course they teach their daughters about modesty. It is a measure of your strong delusion that in our sex-drenched and obsessed culture you accuse the DUGGARS of being the one who emphasizes it too much.

And is it unhealthy for daughters to want to please their fathers? If you marry a women who loves her father the odds are better she will have a healthy relationship with you. Marry a girl who hates her father and you are likely to have trouble.

As far as your faith in evolution goes, I mean the macro-kind not simply variation of type, it is mis-placed. Evolution is not the most reasonable explanation for the diversity of life that has existed on Earth. I can successfully defend that statement against anyone on this planet in a fair debate.

Please find someone qualified to debate me on this topic. I will defend the statement and they will defend the inverse. We can have an hour on my internet radio show and I will put a beating on their claims. Its not bragging if you can do it- the evolutionists have no case, it's all just as faith-based as what the Duggars believe and an honest look at the evidence will show that.

I don't agree with all of anyone's interpretations of scripture, but scripture itself is still a reliable guide. You over-state the difficulties of translation issues. If it says "unicorn" in the KJV when it really meant a profile look at an oxen does that really change your doctrine, especially if we know that there is a strong possibility that this is the case?

6:37 AM, January 06, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Moore,

Since when is there any proof that a girl with an uneasy relationship with her father will bring 'trouble' to a relationship?

If you are going to cite 'facts' at least provide some evidence.

7:48 PM, January 16, 2009  
Blogger Jill said...

Dear Mr. Moore,

Who exactly are the evil wolves you are fighting against, and what exactly makes them evil?

12:10 PM, January 17, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the pictures, they are all gorgeous. I do not understand how people can just sit there and beat up on the Duggars. This is a family who takes the time to teach their children about modesty and the love of our power Savior and Father. In terms of evolution, I have to say, I have studied it and tried to look at it from a scientific point of view and frankly, nothing linds up with it. Yes, it (Christianity) can be proven. Grand Canyon..people say it took millions of years. It has been proven that with a force of enough water pressure for a amount of time, a canyon can be formed. Ever heard of flash floods? I could go on and on.
I am so glad that someone is not afraid and not shy in sharing their faith like the Duggars. I am still a high schooler and their faith is an encouragement to me. It is so neat to me that someone is not afraid to come out and tell about their purity. I respect hem so much for remainig pure and not kissing until their marrige. I don't know honestly whether I would be able to do that. i am remaining pure though. There is a reason I wear a ring on my ring finger. I requested it from my parents.
Sorry to jump back, but to me, it seems to takes more faith to belive the earth just happened and the entire earth came to be, in such presision for the existance of man (EG: Earth being the presise distance from the sun needed for life) than to belive the earth was created by a loving God who knew exactly what he was doing. I don't know. Please stop beating up on them.

"In the beginnning God created the heavens and the Earth."
"Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

12:17 PM, January 19, 2009  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

to 7:48 on Jan 17th

I did not say she WILL be trouble to the relationship, I said she will be LIKELY to. No one is a slave to the odds, they can be beaten.

In light of the fact that I am speaking of the odds and not making absolutist statements, will you give me a pass on googling the research that is out there which backs my claim?

7:43 PM, January 20, 2009  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Jill,

The wolves are those who deny the truth. And it is the denial of truth which makes them evil. It is loving the evil that they cling to more than the truth.

For example, the truth is that Man is created in the image of God, that human life, though with sin, is sacred because of this. Therefore, to take an innocent human life is wrong. Some people want sex without commitment so badly that they are willing to kill their own offspring via abortion in order to live out the lie that sex without commitment is just as valid a "choice" as traditional marriage.

Time does not permit a listing of every example of loving a lie and denying a truth leads to evil.

7:46 PM, January 20, 2009  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Jan 29th 12:17

Thank you for your kind words. I am an old-earth creationist myself, but other than that your words apply to me as well- though I am growing older.

7:47 PM, January 20, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watch and respect the Duggar family. There is a lot of love and respect in that family. After watching the wedding I just can't believe that they are living in the 21st century. I am a believer in God but when I heard the words that Josh now has authority and control over Anna I could not believe it. Marriage is hard work and needs to be a partnership, not a submissive role on Anna's part.

7:30 PM, January 25, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's great they are married. Despite going through a "courtship" vs. dating. Although I think since both are still young they should have experienced dating. I'm 21, married and have a baby. But my husband and I also dated others, prior to OMG dating each other. We even lived together before marriage. Do I think they have a better chance than us? NO! There are things life throws at you that can change, everything. I look forward to the rest of my life with my husband. Things can always change. And I do think they try to instill some good values in their kids just like everyone else. In my opinion and it's just my opinion, I don't think you should be having babies if you just prefer to pass them off to teenage and pre-teen girls who deserve to experience childhood. That is causing them to grow up fast and into the role of housemaker. And as far as "pleasing" their father. I love my dad greatly, but guess what he accepts me for me. I don't need to do things to please him. As long as I'm living my life the best I know how to with what my parents taught me that's all that matters. I do think that no one is superior, just because they have all these religious beliefs doesn't make them any better than people who don't follow any. Everyone, is screwed up. Until we just start learning to accept the fact that imperfection is true perfection, this world will continue the way it is.

1:34 PM, January 26, 2009  
Blogger roddma said...

The first I ever heard of be fruitful and multiply at a wedding.I hope he sells lots of cars in these troubled times. At 20 yrs old he has his own business ghees.Marriage is about more than children. Getting married just to reproduce is narrow minded. If more couples waited for marriage, there would be less babies growing up without fathers. No way I would have been married at 20.

11:40 PM, January 26, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I JUST WANTED TO SAY I ABSOLUTELY AGREE WITH THE DUGGARS WAY OF LIFE! MY HUSBAND AND I BOTH REMAINED PURE TO OUR WEDDING DAY AND NIGHT. KISSING FOR THE 1ST TIME AT OUR WEDDING WAS AN INCREDIBLE FEELING AND I WOULD DO IT AGAIN IF I HAD THE CHOICE NEVER REGRETTED ONCE! WE ALSO DRESS LIKE THE DUGGARS AND HAPPY TO SAY THAT I HAVE NEVER OWNED A PAIR OF PANTS NOT EVEN PAJAMAS BOTTOMS! WE ARE LIVING OUR LIFE LIKE WE BELIEVE OUR KING JAMES BIBLE WOULD HAVE US DO AND THE WAY THE SCRIPTURE TEACHES US. AS FOR CHILDREN WE ALSO BELIEVE CHILDREN ARE A GIFT FROM GOD, WE CURRENTLY HAVE NO CHILDREN FOR THE FACT GOD HAS NOT ALLOWED US TO HAVE A CHILD BUT ARE STILL TRUSTING THAT GOD WILL ONE DAY GIVE US THE DESIRE OF OUR HEARTS DEPITE WHAT THE DOC SAY! BUT BEFORE PEOPLE GO ON BEING CRITICAL OF THIS FAMILY THEY ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES THAT LIVE THIS WAY AND I GUESS IT GOES BACK TO THE SAYING " TO EACH HIS OWN". THIS IS AN INCREDCIBLE WAY OF LIFE AND IT IS NOT HURTING ANYONE!!!

7:57 AM, January 27, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although I certainly never grew up in as traditional of a household as the Duggars, I was homeschooled and knew many people who shared beliefs and a way of life that is much like the Duggars. While I only had one other sibling, I can spend hours expounding on the benefits of homeschooling. :)
I certainly do not agree with every facet of the Duggars stringent lifestyle, but I do not fault them for doing their best to live and raise their children as they feel their faith and belief in God tells them to. As law abiding and completely self-sufficient members of society, I believe they are a testament to what it means to live and benefit from the freedom America affords to everyone.
It astounds me to see some of the downright hateful commentary from some on this blog who frankly have little to no understanding of the thinking behind the Duggars and instead choose to criticize them harshly for actually living according to the standards they espouse. If they (Duggars) don't believe that birth control is right, then let them live accordingly. I have not seen any evidence that any of their children is unloved and unwanted. Believing that the earth was created by God in seven days is no crime against humanity either, and more power to the Duggars for choosing to teach their children, even if it defies conventional scientific wisdom (and for those of you who so quickly dismiss the creation theory as religious myth, I would encourage you to check out Ben Stein's documentary "Expelled").
In the end, I really fail to understand and am honestly disgusted at how so many who spend their time yelling about "tolerance" and "diversity" can turn around and berate the Duggars just because they happen to disagree with their way of life. I suggest you take a long look at your own lives to make sure that you're living up to your own standards before you scrutinize those of someone else.

10:37 AM, January 27, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! I just want to commend you (Mr. Mark the Moderator) for your careful yet powerful responses to the posts on here. I am glad that there is someone out there with the guts to defend what they believe.

11:50 AM, January 27, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally I think it's nice to see a family who actually value EACH OTHER and not all the things they can buy.
Also, after watching the show, it's obvious that people who claim they eat unhealthy, are abusing their kids, and give them too many chores, have not payed attention. The kids run around and play just like all kids. They grow their own food and try to make anything they can, and buy used. I think they are doing more to recycle and reuse than most other families in this country.
The wedding was beautiful, and it's nice to see that so many people came together to help them.

I just have one question that is odd? The cake on the show was different than the cake shown here? The one on the show had the yellow flowers. Did they have two receptions?

5:23 PM, January 27, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband and I have five children and are expecting twins in 3 months. Our children are homeschooled. We are Christians and while I think the skirts down the ankles is a bit much I do not think there is anything wrong with it. If the Duggar girls were wearing skirts that showed their underwear what would everyone say, oh there just being teenagers. Modesty these days is wearing a micro-mini with leggings, and I'm talking about in the church unfortunately. It's amazing to me that the main ones who scream tolerance and diversity are the most judgmental and mean spirited. I'm close to a former employer who is a doctor from Pakistan and is Muslim. While religiously we do not agree I respect her as much as she respects me and we still have lunch together and discuss our families. All of these children with their parents appear to truly love and respect each other. I notice how JB & M are holding hands, kissing, giggling. That does not seem like abuse. So I guess people want them to be like Jon&Kate. Their kids treat each other the way the parents treat other. I watched the show one time and was appalled at how Kate spoke to her husband in public on camera. I was embarassed for him and it made her look unbecoming. Is that what we think is "normal" and how marriage really is? I think not. I would never treat my husband like that, nor would he treat me like that. We have a mutual love and respect for each other. He knows that he is the head of this family but he does not walk all over me and treat me like a door mat. That is not what submission is. My husband does not make decisions without me, nor do I make decisions without him. Sometimes he will make a decision I don't agree with and then will thank him later and sometimes he has deferred a decision to me that he did not agree with but then thanked me later. I am not his doormat I am his wife and the mother of his children. I'm not his maid or cook, I'm his partner in every sense of the word. The scripture also says to submit one to another. We look to please each other and demonstrate a relationship of love, compassion, and mutual respect to our children. I believe this is what the Duggars do with their family. Congratulations Josh and Anna. God Bless your Union.

10:48 AM, January 29, 2009  
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9:48 PM, March 02, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hilarious. You said something along the lines of 'a civility no secularist could attain'. Thanks for that gem. The girls in this family are lacking in classical education. Any proper young lady that is of any value needs at least some education and travel in Europe. These are hicks, queens and kings, princes and princesses of Hickville, and no more. And registering your house as a church in order to avoid taxes? Classy. Dream on about this people being civil.

6:47 PM, March 30, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think a lot of people come on here to bash these people because they are "conservatives". They say so at the beginning of their show everytime it comes on in the intro.

They (liberals or people like them) have to bash someone don't they? First it was Bush, then it was Sarah Palin and now it is the Duggars!

These are good, honest, hardworking people. Leave them to live their lives. Do I agree with everything they do and believe in? No, but they have the right to choose to live the way they want, just like anyone else does, even the people that live off the government dole--the people that the "liberals" staunchly defend.

11:37 AM, April 08, 2009  
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2:38 PM, April 12, 2009  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

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