I Was Raised in a Cult. Like the Duggar Family, We Had Dark Secrets

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Many are stunned after watching Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets, a docuseries about the famously growing Duggar family, on Amazon Prime. How could this have happened? The Duggars looked like such good people!

But for those of us who grew up in similarly repressive environments, none of this was shocking. We lived it every day. What we viewed in the docuseries was just another day in our patriarchal prisons.

The Institute in Basic Life Principles, or IBLP, the acronym it went by, was an approximately 2 million-person Christian Baptist organization run by fundamentalist Bill Gothard, who founded it in 1961.

But Gothard stepped down in 2014 after sexual harassment allegations from former female churchgoers.

By then, the Duggars had become the IBLP’s most celebrated congregants, and many didn’t realize at the time that they used their show as a pulpit to preach their ultra-conservative family values.

How ironic that a family who banned television watching in their home allowed TV crews into their sacred space to film. But money talks, especially when you have a dozen-and-a-half kids to care for.

Content retrieved from: https://www.newsweek.com/raised-cult-duggar-family-dark-secrets-1824594.

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