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.

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Duggar Family Quotes

And so be available, and not just available, but be joyfully available for him. Smile and be willing to say, 'Yes, sweetie I am here for you,' NO MATTER WHAT, even though you may be exhausted and big and pregnant and you may not feel like he feels. 'I'm still here for you and I'm going to meet that need because I know it's a need for you.' - Michelle

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