Bill Gothard: Duggar Family's Disgraced Minister Was Funded by Hobby Lobby

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In case you somehow haven't heard, arts and crafts retail chain Hobby Lobby was at the heart of a controversial Supreme Court decision earlier this week. 

Millions are outraged that the Oklahoma-based business has been permitted to cite a religious exemption from the national healthcare requirement that they provide coverage for contraceptives.

Now it seems the company may have been involved in even more scandalous practices motivated by its executives' religious principles:

Bill Gothard is a minister and home schooling advocate whose adherents include Sarah Palin and the Duggar family, stars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting. 

Gothard was recently ousted as head of his own church following allegations that he harassed and molested several of his female employees.

Today it's been revealed that Gothard and the controversial fundamentalist organization he founded were funded in large part by Hobby Lobby.

Gothard and the Institute in Basic Life Principles that he ran for several decades reportedly received hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and real estate from Hobby Lobby CEO David Green and his family.

The Institute in Basic Life Principles was a source of controversy even before Gothard's sex scandal, as Gothard and his fellow ministers espoused far-right fundamentalist ideas that proved too radical for many evangelicals. 

The deeply religious Duggars have been called TV's most powerful family, and one of Gothard's victims has publicly urged them to break from the disgraced minister's institute.

The Duggars have yet to publicly respond to that plea.

A Duggar Family Pic
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are still working on that 20th kid.

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And this is a man they allow around their children..... Shame on you El creepy and Saint Michelle! Your true colours will eventually show!

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"Disgraced Minister" ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
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HELLYWOOD HAS BEEN DISGRACED--IS PRESENTLY BEING PERPETUALLY DISGRACE--AND-OR WILL BE PERPETUALLY DISGRACED IN THE FLAMES OF HELL-FIRE FOR ALL ETERNITY ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Dr. Gothard Is Living A "SINLESS" Life Period ! ! !: Compared To The RANK, FILTHY & SKANKY SINFUL LIVES ALL THE HELLYWOOD STARS ARE LIVING TODAY ! ! !
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Truthfully, Honestly, Sincerely Yours And Faithfully Recorded & Submitted,
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Tony Cisneros
2011 (& Possible 2015) Candidate For City Treasurer,
City Of Chicago,
State Of Illinois,
United States Of America.
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P.S.--AND YOU CAN TAKE THAT TO THE ***BANK*** WITH OR WITHOUT ***INTEREST*** ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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So what does this guy have to do with the Duggars? They used his computer-based home school study courses, and that is all.

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@ Y. U. B. Ridikulus

Stop lying. The Journey to the Heart Program plugged in the book Growing Up Duggar is run by Gothard. David Waller from the show 19 Kids and Counting works for Gothard. He is Josh Duggars brother in law. The campground the family visits in Big Sandy Texas is owned by Gothard. The ALERT program the Duggar boys attend run by Gothard. Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar are paid speakers for Gothard's Embassy Institute. The character qualities list the family uses is part of Gothard's Institute of Basic Life Principles programs. Gothard is in both Erin Bates wedding photos and Josh Duggars wedding photos. Both weddings aired on 19 Kids and Counting. Stop spreading lies that all the family did is use his curriculum because that is 100 percent not true.

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the Duggars are not America's most powerful family, however, they are one of America's family raising their children with discipline, respect for elders, and they are not taking welfare, food stamps, free health care, free dental care, they pay for it all on their own. the Duggars were known before their television show because Jim Bob Duggar was state representative, and also involved in real estate,which is where their money came from originally. I think people are jealous because they live a debt free life, no credit cards, etc. They have 19 children, that is their business. You are not raising their children, you are free to not watch their show on television. You don't have to listen to them, or watch them. A minister that they were once supposedly involved with is now in trouble for sexual harassment. So what, they are not involved with it, and maybe you yourself may have a friend or acquaintance that could be doing the same thing, and you just have not found out about it yet. Stop trashing people and stop being so judgemental. Don't like the Duggars, don't watch them. I think that they have done a great job home schooling their children, traveling with them, and teaching them to respect their elders. I worked for an attorney once that had 13 children, and no one treated him with disrespect. It is their right to have as many children as they want as long as it is not a burden on the government and those children go out on their own to be productive members of society. Seems to be the Duggars are doing something right.

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Here we go, SCOTUS issues a ruling that the Lunatic Left doesn't like, so they go into full attack mode. Liberal 101. This weeks target: Hobby Lobby. You guys lost this one, suck it up Buttercups and show us some of that "tolerance" you are always bragging about!

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DO NOT GIVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS to this jerk, Tyler Johnson, and this website. If you do, they will flood you will porn emails!

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Frances i have to agree with the minister he is not right if i were the duggar family i would get far away from him..as for them using the kids and the kids not haveing eduacation thatis not true they are home schooled and jill and her sister jessa are mid wives i think myslef they are a wonderful family who yes have many children but they all seem to be great kids even yes if they clean and help take care of the other little ones that is not unual it happens everyday that the older children help with the younger espeically if both parents work..I see nothing wrong with them doing chores and helping with the little ones at all its part of life and they are all great young ladies and gentlemen..

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@ ginny

Plus, I believe Jill and Jessa are also trained as emergency workers for the local fire department.

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@ Y. U. B. Ridikulus

High school kids can do the same training. Millionaire Jim Bob has 8 kids over the age of 18 and none are in college or have college degrees. Two of the girls are lay midwives which have been banned in several states. Lay midwives apprentice at home births. They are not certified midwives with four years of college and specialized training in a hospital setting.

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Wait a minute, the article title says that Gothard was funded by the owners of Hobby Lobby. In the article it says Gothard MAY have ben funded by the owners of Hobby Lobby, Then it says Greens did fund Gothard, but without any source for the info. Then it says Gothard was REPORTEDLY funded by the Greens. And then the article focused on the Duggars, who were not mentioned in the title. Do y'all not see what awful 'journalism' this is? The author should be ashamed, or if not that, at least embarrassed.

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@ katie5280

I agree. The only connection this guy had with the Duggars at all is that they used his computer-based in home schooling classes for their children's education.
Hollywood Gossip makes it sound like he was living with them or something which is HORRIBLE trash journalism.

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@ Y. U. B. Ridikulus

Enough with the lies. Here we go again. The Journey to the Heart Program plugged in the book Growing Up Duggar is run by Gothard. David Waller from the show 19 Kids and Counting works for Gothard. He is Josh Duggars brother in law. The campground the family visits in Big Sandy Texas is owned by Gothard. The ALERT program the Duggar boys attend run by Gothard. Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar are paid speakers for Gothard's Embassy Institute. The character qualities list the family uses is part of Gothard's Institute of Basic Life Principles programs. Gothard is in both Erin Bates wedding photos and Josh Duggars wedding photos. Both weddings aired on 19 Kids and Counting. Stop spreading lies that all the family did is use his curriculum because that is 100 percent not true.

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@ katie5280

Hobby Lobby is owned by five people. All from the Green family. It is not a publicly traded company. It is a personal asset of those five individuals. The source that revealed the finances of the Green family is the court papers filed with the Supreme Court regarding the family's assets. Since Hobby Lobby is a private asset owned by the Green family it is basically the same thing to say Hobby Lobby funded them and the Green family funded them. Same pot of money.

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@ Independent Thinker

My point was actually how journalism and gossip rags mislead people on purpose. The writer flip flops and attracts readers with a definite title, then in the article switches to 'may' then 'did' then 'reportedly' and went on to a topic not mentioned in the title. There should have been references, too. I was remarking about the journalist. It would be helpful if people would be a little more clear which group they are talking about. Sometimes the topic slips from duggar to green or gothard in one paragraph or even sentence and it's hard to keep up on who they are talking about.

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The most scandalous thing about this article, is its author, Tyler Johnson--no doubt a hater of all but himself, a malicious gossip like most who have posted a comment. He probably makes love to himself in the mirror.

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@ AH

Right, but then Hollywood Gossip is so quick to expose other trash peddlers like the the OK and Star magazines for the garbage they print with no proof whatsoever - and here, they do the same thing, naming the Duggars like they're co-conspirators of this guy when all the Duggars did was use his computer-based in-home schooling lessons for their children.
Disgusting journalism!!!

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@ AH

Ahhh, someone finally gets it!

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It is obviously more critical to have proper vision and dental coverage than an abortion pill. Yet, those 2 wildly available insurance policies are extra.....

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The Duggar Family Quotes

When you've missed [sex] for seven days, you look forward to it even more! - Michelle Duggar

Be available. Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls. - Michelle Duggar

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