I'm not sure why some conservatives are defending Josh Duggar or the actions of his father, Jim Bob, but we need to make a couple points known here. First and foremost, on the principle of forgiveness. Just because it is possible to repent and seek forgiveness from God, does not absolve anyone of the consequences of their actions. I can't speak for God, but check out Luke 17:2. "It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones." I get the distinct impression from this that God does not tolerate child abuse or molestation, especially when Christ says it would be *better* that the offender be drowned in this instance. Josh needs to face the legal consequences of his actions, if there are any (not sure about the statute of limitations). If the allegations are true and Jim Bob Duggar concealed or covered up the crimes, then he too needs to have his day in court. We need to remember the presumption of innocence in this country, that we presume one to be innocent until they are convicted in a court of law by a jury of their peers. With that in mind, I do think there needs to be a thorough investigation to make sure that the facts that have just recently come to light are the only relevant facts in the case. I'm a little worried that there is much more that has not been revealed and may never be, if there was indeed a cover-up. You have to keep in mind that the Duggars aren't exactly mainstream Christians. Without sounding offensive here, they seem to be, well, a little different in many senses. I'm not saying they're some weird cult or anything, but this isn't your typical Christian family with generally accepted Christian beliefs. They are a bit out there. We need to make sure that Jim Bob wasn't also involved in any kind of child molestation, abuse (sexual or otherwise), inappropriate contact of any kind, and the like. We need to make sure that other members of the family have not engaged in similar conduct as well. We need to make sure that the victims are identified and are able to access all of the resources they may need in order to heal from the abuses, such as counseling and therapy. I've heard rumors that Arkansas law enforcement may have assisted in the alleged cover-up, so it may require federal law enforcement investigation, if local or state agents are not investigating this appropriately or are somehow concealing the subterfuge. Wasn't it the local police officer who gave Josh a "talking to," covered up the offenses, and later was busted for child pornography? There seems to be a much bigger and more sinister series of events here, and all of the truth must come to light. With all that said, I urge everyone not to bash the Christians because of the actions of Josh Duggar or Jim Bob Duggar. This criminality does not represent the faith whatsoever, and is truly an abomination more hideous than most any other crime you can think of. Governor Mike Huckabee also needs to take a step back and let the investigators do their job instead of rushing in with silly comments, as he only makes himself and the other members of the Christian faith appear in a very poor light. This entire situation has nothing to do with religion or politics, it has to do with crime and punishment, right and wrong.