Duggar Family: Caught Lying About Debt-Free Life?

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In the weeks following the Josh Duggar molestation scandal, the family that won the hearts of millions on 19 Kids and Counting has been reeling.

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Whatever you thought of their conservative religious and political views prior to the scandal, they were at least seen as people of integrity.

Now they've been caught in a number of lies that, for many fans, continue to raise doubts about the Duggars' squeaky-clean image.

The latest accusation from Radar Online is hardly as devastating as the revelation that Jim Duggar helped hide Josh's crimes from police.

However, it still serves as an indication that the Duggars have been misleading their adoring public for the better part of a decade.

The site says the Duggars are several thousand dollars in debt, having been "slapped with at least five liens and lawsuits stemming from unpaid bills."

Since 2007, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have been sued by several business partners for falling behind on payments.

Radar estimates that at its peak, their debt totaled about $14,000.

Again, this may not seem like a big deal to the casual observer, but it doesn't help the Duggars' efforts to restore their image.

On the flip side, Michelle and Jim Bob have stated on several occasions that they've been totally debt free since before they had their first child. 

"We don’t have any debt, so it makes it easier to live,” Jim Bob said in a 2008 interview that, like everything else, is now under heavy scrutiny.

It's not just the Duggars fiscal responsibility that's now in question; it's their honesty and commitment to the ideals they preach.

A debt-free life is an essential part of the controversial, fundamentalist Quiverfull movement to which the Duggars belong.

Their former pastor and mentor, Bill Gothard, speaks of the importance of never being a borrower in his various pamphlets and materials.

Basically, the news that a family of 21 sometimes becomes overwhelmed by debt is neither hard to believe nor something to begrudge.

Ironically, it's not unlike the Duggars saying they're praying for the nation's "wicked ways" in the wake of the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling.

Not particularly surprising, but in the wake of what we've learned about the Arkansas brood, it's astonishingly hypocritical.

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