A few weeks ago, Anna Duggar welcomed her seventh child while her shameful husband, Josh, is still at home.
He waited this week to share the news with his fans and followers.
For most of this year, Anna has been arguing behind the scenes with her in-laws about Josh’s arrest and (immediate) trial.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar may not be on good terms with Anna, but they had something to say about their 22nd grandchild.
Josh Duggar’s parents made a brief statement Us Weekly This week.
“We’re always happy to welcome another grandchild,” Jim Bob and Michelle said on Tuesday, Nov. 16.
The Duggar couple added, “They are every beautiful treasure from the Lord.”
It sounds like the equivalent of a fundamentalist grandparent writing to “good summer!” in the yearbook.
After the announcement of the twenty-two grandchildren, you run out of creative comments you can give when a new one is born.
And when you’re at odds with a newborn’s mother and the father may be weeks away from getting a prison sentence, what else to say?
Madyson Lily Duggar was born on October 23rd.
Anna waited more than three weeks to announce the birth of her seventh child.
Josh and Anna are already parents for 12-year-old Mackenzie, 10-year-old Michael, 8-year-old Marcus, 6-year-old Meredith, 4-year-old Mason, and 23-month-old Maryella.
Madyson was born on October 23 at 2.39 and weighed 7 pounds and 9 ounces.
The most recent addition to the extended Duggar offspring was 20 inches long at birth.
Anna shared news and details on her Instagram Store.
It is an understatement to say that things have been tense between Anna and her husband’s family for the past seven months.
Josh was arrested this spring on charges of receiving and possessing photographs and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of very young girls.
Authorities said he downloaded these files with peer-to-peer software, which he accessed through a work computer.
However, Anna believes Josh is innocent.
She has been seen standing by her side and visiting her in her home, and she has seemed to remain a dedicated wife despite the situation.
And according to various reports, Anna’s beliefs go beyond the (honestly absurd) notion that Josh is a good person and that this is all some kind of misunderstanding.
Some reports say Anna accuses Jim Bob of arresting Josh.
Either he thinks he doesn’t support his son enough or that he should have done more to protect Josh – that’s hard to say for sure.
While many have noticed that the cult environment in which Josh was raised was the perfect hunting ground for a budding sexual predator, it is clearly not Anna’s trouble.
According to some reports, Anna believes Josh is being persecuted or even framed.
While about 70 percent of the U.S. population is Christian in some form, some – like the Duggars – claim they are “persecuted” for their beliefs.
For fundamentalist cults who consider themselves the only “real” Christians and spiritual enemies of the rest of the world, this faith is even more important.
Annan has sometimes been blamed for this on President Joe Biden, who was not yet in office when Homeland Security raided Josh’s workplace.
It probably seems unlikely that the president would have any idea who Josh is. Her closest bond to reality TV is that her nephew married an ex-housewife.
But if you look at what conspiracy theorists want to say, the arrest of Josh is only the first step in the “communist coup” that a long-time centrist is going to do.
When Josh was first exposed in 2015, first as a sexual predator who harassed little girls, and then as a porn addicted scammer, his family stayed with him.
His own victims were forced to speak in his defense.
Some of his siblings even formulated the revelation as a spiritual attack – literally on the family of the devil.
With this cult brainwashing, it’s easy to see why it’s easier for Anna to believe that Josh is innocent and to see anyone who disagrees as their enemy.
The alternative would mean he has had seven children with a corrupt sexual predator that is a danger to children – which the world knows Josh is anyway.
Besides, in a marginal community that doesn’t believe in divorce, it’s not clear what Anna will do if Josh spends the next two decades behind bars where she belongs.