- The Washington Times - Friday, May 22, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee took to Facebook on Friday to express his support for former Family Research Council executive Josh Duggar after it was reported that he molested several underage girls as a teenager.

“Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, ‘inexcusable,’ but that doesn’t mean ‘unforgivable,’ ” the former Arkansas governor wrote. “He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities.”

Mr. Duggar, who appears on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” apologized Thursday and resigned from his position as executive director of FRC Action, the Family Research Council’s lobbying arm, after reports surfaced that he molested five underage girls, including his own sisters, when he was 14 years old.

The molestations allegedly occurred in 2002 and 2003 and were not reported to police until 2006, after the statute of limitations had passed. No charges were filed.

“No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story,” Mr Huckabee wrote Friday. “Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things. The reason that the law protects disclosure of many actions on the part of a minor is that the society has traditionally understood something that today’s bloodthirsty media does not understand — that being a minor means that one’s judgment is not mature.

“No one needs to defend Josh’s actions as a teenager, but the fact that he confessed his sins to those he harmed, sought help, and has gone forward to live a responsible and circumspect life as an adult is testament to his family’s authenticity and humility,” he continued. “Those who have enjoyed revealing this long ago sins in order to discredit the Duggar family have actually revealed their own insensitive bloodthirst, for there was no consideration of the fact that the victims wanted this to be left in the past and ultimately a judge had the information on file destroyed — not to protect Josh, but the innocent victims. “

Mr. Huckabee went on to say it is “precisely because we are all sinners that we need His grace and His forgiveness.”

“We have been blessed to receive God’s love and we would do no less than to extend our love and support for our friends,” he concluded. “In fact, it is such times as this, when real friends show up and stand up. Today, Janet and I want to show up and stand up for our friends. Let others run from them. We will run to them with our support.”

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