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Inside the Duggars’ Deep Ties with a Once-Powerful, Now-Scorned Ministryposted on September 15, 2015
Sarah Posner for Talking Points Memo investigates the Duggar family’s longtime connection to Bill Gothard, founder of the evangelical homeschooling ministry Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP). The Duggars recently lost their hit TLC show 19 Kids and Counting after news broke that their oldest son molested five girls during his teens. Of Gothard, who stepped down from IBLP in 2014, Posner writes, “His ministry is on a downward trajectory, with families growing disaffected with his rigid demands, isolating ideology, exploitative labor practices, and a pattern of sexual harassment of young women, according to former followers.