Before we discuss the latest news involving anti-gay bigot Josh Duggar, let me start out with saying that I do not condone breaching personal, private data under most circumstances. As someone who has had multiple attempts made to try to steal my information and harass my family, I cannot approve of the Ashley Madison hack which exposed the private data of millions of people.
For those of you who don’t already know what Ashley Madison is about, it is set up to allow married people to find other individuals that they can cheat on their spouses with. There is certainly nothing honorable or good about Ashley Madison and the people who they’ve made a ton of money from, nor the hackers who have released the personal details of the site’s subscribers.
However, the most interesting revelation to come out of the whole incident is the fact that Josh Duggar was one of the people who paid money to Ashley Madison in search of an affair – all while he worked for the Family Research Council and was fighting against marriage equality.
Someone using a credit card belonging to a Joshua J. Duggar, with a billing address that matches the home in Fayetteville, Arkansas owned by his grandmother Mary—a home that was consistently shown on their now-cancelled TV show, and in which Anna Duggar gave birth to her first child—paid a total of $986.76 for two different monthly Ashley Madison subscriptions from February of 2013 until May of 2015. (Source)
This is just another example of conservative activists and politicians who preach against marriage equality and claim it destroys the “sanctity of marriage,” even as they violate their own marriage vows. Earlier this month it was revealed that two married anti-gay marriage lawmakers in Michigan who introduced a number of bills to block marriage licenses, all while they were cheating on their spouses with each other.
Remember how Republicans tried to impeach Bill Clinton for having an affair with Monica Lewinksy nearly 20 years ago? Newt Gingrich, who was one of the leading GOP members of Congress calling for impeachment was cheating on his wife at the time, who he started a relationship with while still married to his first wife that he left after she was diagnosed with cancer.
I think it is a safe bet that at this point, all but the most hardcore members of the religious right are probably more than willing to throw Josh Duggar under the bus in the light of this recent revelation – although many of them defended him after it was revealed he molested young girls as a teenager. At the time his supporters were claiming that it was a liberal lie or that he had made a mistake that Jesus had forgiven, even though unknown to them, he was actively seeking an affair outside of his marriage funded by his salary which was paid for by their donations to the Family Research Council.
Anti-gay conservatives will likely further distance themselves from Josh Duggar after this revelation, but don’t let them. It is very probable that other lawmakers and pundits will be revealed in the Ashley Madison data dump and while we shouldn’t revel in the exposure of their hypocrisy, it’s very important to remind them that nobody is doing more to harm the “sanctity of marriage” than the very people who are opposed to gay rights in the first place.
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