Jim Bob Duggar: Joy-Anna Will NOT Be Breaking Any Courtship Rules!

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If you watch Counting On online, you know that the Duggars follow a very specific - and very strict set of rules - when it comes to dating and relationships.

In fact, they don't even use the word "dating."

Duggar women and their suitors engage in "courting," which they describe as "dating with a purpose."

Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth Photo

That purpose, of course, being marriage and the conception of a small army of offspring.

The latest Duggar to embark on this heavily regulated romantic journey is 19-year-old Joy-Anna, who is now courting Austin Forsyth, a longtime family friend.

Unfortunately, if she was hoping to enjoy a modicum of freedom or occasional alone time with her new beau, Joy-Anna picked a bad time to start courting.

You see, her older sister Jinger Duggar recently married Jeremy Vuolo, and the relationship was subject to a great deal of scrutiny early on.

Despite living under the Duggar microscope, the young couple seemed to flout the rules and conventions of courtship at every turn.

Joy-Anna won't be so lucky ...

Joy-Anna, Austin, Jim Bob and Michelle

Patriarch Jim Bob Duggar is making it perfectly clear that Joy-Anna won't be rebelling in a similar fashion, as evidenced by the photo above.

That nervous-looking young man across from Jim Bob is Austin, who celebrated his 23rd birthday last night.

As you can see, Jim Bob and wife Michelle didn't leave anything to chance.

Chaperoning the celebration themselves, instead of outsourcing the job to one of Joy-Anna's older siblings, their presence speaks volumes.

The photo was posted on the Duggars' official Facebook page, along with a caption reading:

Joy Duggar Pic on Insta

“We had a great time going on our double date with you and Joy this weekend!

"We are loving the time we are getting to spend with you as you and Joy court, and we are so excited to see what the Lord has in-store for you and our sweet Joy!”

Obviously, any 23-year-old would love to spend his birthday with his girlfriend's stern parents, right?

Especially discussing "what the Lord has in store" for his future, and other riveting, not-at-all-uncomfortable topics, right?

Somehow, we can't help but think that Austin might have liked to be alone with Joy, and maybe even get in some hand-holding action.

Alas.

Joy-Anna Duggar Birthday Image

Sadly for poor Austin, he came along at a time when the Duggars and their sex drives are under greater scrutiny than ever.

Not only is Jeremy Vuolo a slightly older guy (29), but he's a pastor, a native of a city in the Northeast and a former soccer pro.

In other words, he comes from a different background and is established enough on his own to defy Jim Bob ... within reason.

Austin, from the look of that image above at least ... not so much.

In fact, Jim Bob might be showing more of a reaction to Jinger's courtship controversy than he did to the Josh Duggar sex scandals.

That pretty much tells you all you need to know about the man.

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