Josh Duggar’s siblings speak out about his beliefs
He has yet to be convicted but faces 20 years in prison.
“We grieve for the victims of this horrific child abuse. We also grieve for Josh’s family, his wife and precious children,” their statement began.
They wrote: “We are deeply saddened that this has taken on the name of Christ. Josh claims to be a Christian.” “When a self-proclaimed follower of Jesus is exposed as a hypocrite, the reaction of many will be to challenge the integrity of Jesus himself.”
Jinger, Josh and their siblings are the stars of the TLC series “19 Kids and Counting,” which focuses on their large family, led by parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. The series explores the family’s devout lifestyle, including denial of birth control and strict pre-marital “flirting” rules.
The Violos also wrote that they were “grateful that God is the god of justice who cares for the innocent and helpless.”
“And, out of all the people in this world, he especially loves children, who are the most vulnerable,” the statement continued. “This reality makes the existence of sex trafficking and child abuse one of the most terrible evils imaginable. It’s a crime God hates.”
Sister Joy-Anna and husband Austin Forsyth also released a statement about their Instagram story.
“We agree with the verdict of the justice system and we thank the men and women who have worked tirelessly to protect children and help prevent child sexual abuse material.” . “Our hearts are broken for all the victims of CSAM.”
“Today has been a difficult day for our family. Our hearts go out to the victims of child abuse or any form of exploitation,” it read. “We thank the hard work of law enforcement, including investigators, forensic analysts, prosecutors and everyone else involved in saving children and hold those responsible for their abuses.”
The sisters all expressed support for Anna, the wife of Josh Duggar, with whom he has seven children.
He has never been charged in connection with those allegations.