Josh Duggar: Featured in New Year's Collage as Family Doubles Down on Pariah!

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The Duggars' New Year's post has fans up in arms.

But it's not the inclusion of Anna Duggar or her new baby, Mason, that has followers talking - well, arguing - in the comments.

Josh Duggar With Anna and Kids

The controversy lies at the feet of Josh Duggar, who's featured in their 2017 collage as if he were just some normal guy.

And not, you know, a disgraced pervert.

The New Year might not be astronomically significant. One could, in theory, pick any random day and decide that it's the "New Year."

Various cultures and faiths have their own calendars with their own beginnings. But there are still many superstitions about the New Year.

A lot of people set goals for themselves (it's as good a time as any, right?) as they look to turn over a new leaf and start a new chapter.

Ideally, you're supposed to not begin a new year by repeating your past mistakes. Apparently, the Duggars didn't get the memo.

Duggar Family New Years Collage

They rang in 2018 with this spread of photos.

Notice who's featured pretty prominently?

The Duggar family captioned the picture collage, summing up the year that was and celebrating memorable milestones galore:

"2017 - 3 new grandbabies, 2 beautiful weddings, 1 new son-in-law, 1 new daughter-in-law, birthdays, anniversaries, and a whole lot of love!"

They briefly celebrate their blessings through a religious lens, and express optimism for the future: "The Lord has been good to us in 2017!"

"We can’t wait to see what 2018 holds!!"

Josh Duggar, Anna Duggar, and Kids in 2017

But, in case you missed it - they did not address it at all - the photo from the lower right-hand corner of that collage appears above.

Say what you will (seriously) about Josh Duggar, but ... uh ... at least you can see both of his hands in this photo.

That's something. Small victories.

So, Josh and poor, long-suffering Anna are showing off their kids, including the couple's fifth child, newborn Mason Garrett. 

But displaying Josh so prominently was bound to be controversial. The guy's a cheater -- and that's the least of his wrongdoings.

The guy molested his little sisters.

Joshua Duggar Pic

Though most fans are unwilling to "move past" that kind of history, some fans like seeing Josh Duggar and say that they support him.

Some fans were delighted to see Josh brought out of hiding, even in photo form. One fan wrote pretty much exactly that:

"Awww I miss Josh and Anna. God bless them."

"Happy New Year for the Duggar Family’s."

Others, however, weren't so eager to pretend that Josh is just a "normal" member of the Duggar family in any way, shape or form.

"Josh belongs in prison, not on that couch, especially with children around," one commenter announced, rather dramatically.

Josh Duggar Cries

Even those who don't feel that Josh belongs in prison for offenses committed when he was a minor believe that he has serious issues.

Ones that could only be resolved with actual, non-bogus therapy:

"He obviously has a sexual problem and acts out even as an adult," said one fan in a statement that's a lot harder to dispute.

The comments about Josh just keep coming.

"Josh was old enough to know better and he cheated on his pregnant wife and put her through hell," said another vocal critic.

That same fan continued: "It’s [Anna's] choice to stay with him [but] I worry about her and the kids' safety and happiness."

Duggar Christmas Photo 2017

A lot of people worry about Josh's children, of whom there are five.

A lot worry about all of the Duggar children, for a lot of reasons.

This 2017 collage comes on the heels of the Duggar Family prominently putting Josh Duggar on display in their Christmas photo.

While they hid Joy-Anna's baby bump in the same image.

Apparently, in their world, a pregnancy that allegedly began before a wedding is apparently more shameful than a sexual predator.

Gotta keep up appearances, right?

The Duggars were blasted for that, too.

Fans lit them up on social media, just as they did when the family featured Josh during their social media posts on Thanksgiving.

As one fan wrote at the time: "Hope Josh kept his hands to himself at Thanksgiving and that no girls fell into a tryptophan nap."

"He loves those sleeping girls!"

Yikes. It looks like the Duggars' New Year's resolution is that they will be doubling, even tripling down on Josh in 2018.

Time will tell if this redemption story pays off or if it will go down as just one of many terrible decisions that they've made.

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