We haven’t seem much of Josh Duggar at all for over a year now.
And really, that’s the way it should be.
Josh pretty much defined hypocrisy when it came out that, despite all the time he’s spent preaching about the importance of family, cheated on his wife.
He spent several months at a rehabilitation center where we imagine he tried to learn not to be such a creepy, awful person, but there are some things you just can’t fix.
But still, his family seems to think it’s really important to try.
Even though so many people — basically all of the people — have made it clear that they aren’t interested in seeing or hearing about Josh, Jim Bob and Michelle still went ahead and included him in their Thanksgiving festivities anyway.
See him up there on the far right, sitting on the floor while his poor wife, Anna, plays with a kid?
That’s not what anybody wants to see.
One person commented on the photo with “Awesome pictures except putting a scumbag like Josh in there ruins it. I would never forgive my husband if he did what Josh did.”
“Not happy about Josh in the pix at ALL,” another wrote.
“Michelle and Jim Bob would be wise to keep Josh out of pictures if they want to keep their platform (or ‘ministry,’ as they like to call it),” another advised.
One commenter took the sarcastic route with “I miss Josh Duggar. Such an upstanding man. A man of honor. A man of integrity. A true role model … Why won’t the new show have him on?”
And another just got real, writing “Well at least they put him on the floor.”
But it looks like the family isn’t bothered by the criticism, because Michelle took the time to write a long-winded message about how wonderful her whole family is, and about how forgiveness is pretty cool:
Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday. It’s a beautiful day spent with family, food we love and most of all it is a poignant reminder of the many blessings our lives enjoy, for which we should be thankful.
This year for Thanksgiving, we spent a few days together with our family in a cabin in the beautiful Ozark mountains.
We’ve laughed together, cooked together, sang together, told fun family stories, played with kids and bounced babies. It’s been a wonderful family time.
As I look around the room, I am so deeply touched by God’s love, His forgiveness, His kindness, His provision, His mercies and His tenderness toward each of us.
God’s willingness to redeem us through Christ, in spit of all our failures and imperfections, is so humbling and fills my heart with tremendous gratitude.
Today, I am thankful for family, sweet friends and most of all God’s love. I pray your day is full of family, fun and games, delicious food, long enjoyed traditions and a heart and home filled with God’s love.
Well, on Thanksgiving day, we were thankful that the Duggars had kept a muzzle on Josh, and that they’d actually managed to be aware enough to just pretend like he doesn’t exist on their show and on social media.
Thanks for ruining that, y’all.