Jim Bob Duggar, the patriarch of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting and one of the biggest and best known families in America, can be a great source of wisdom.
We're not even being sarcastic. Raising 19 kids and keeping them all happy and content, guided by faith and family and staying true to their own values?
It's commendable, and the man has the patience of a saint, not to mention the energy and resourcefulness to fix or come up with solutions to any problem.
We've thought "what would Jim Bob do" more than once after we watch 19 Kids and Counting online. We're happy to give the man credit where due.
Sometimes, though, even a man so sage in some ways of the world can seemingly defy comprehension. Take a recent interview he gave, for example.
As followers of the Quiverfull Christian movement, it's clear that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar do not believe in using contraception. Good for them.
At this year's Value Voters Summit, though, the former Arkansas state representative explained an additional concern he has about birth control use.
Jim revealed that Michelle experienced a miscarriage during a time several decades ago when she was using oral contraception, and he says it's no accident.
“Something we didn’t know is that the pill can allow women to get pregnant, but then it can be aborted,” Duggar said. “That’s what happened with Michelle."
"She went on the pill after [eldest son] Josh and then got pregnant, and then the pill actually caused a miscarriage, and so that was really when we started examining this."
"We started looking at the fine print of the contraception, and it said this could happen, and then we talked to a Christian doctor, and he explained this to us.”
Most people in the medical community would likely argue that contraception does not tend to induce miscarriage. If anything, they conclude the opposite.
In one study, researchers found that birth control can actually help preserve a woman’s eggs while reducing the risk of miscarriage for older women.
Duggar’s comments also imply that miscarriage and abortion are the same thing, essentially making a medical issue into a political issue, and a contentious one.
No word if this Christian doctor studied at the same place as the scientists whose "findings" have Jessa Duggar thinking the Earth is 6,000 years old.
Their religions and personal beliefs are their business, and the freedom they have to make their own decisions as they see fit is a wonderful thing.
Blindly questioning the nature of scientific findings doesn't necessarily make them less true, however, just because one doctor happens to say this.
Nor does calling something science just because it fits your view make it true. But there has to be room for both faith and science here, doesn't there?