I was recently told that it is unfair of us to group the lovely Duggar Family with the likes of the Pearls and the Quiverfull Movement. I always try to be fair so I have done some research.
On this page you will find Proof that the Duggars Promote the Pearls’ Teachings. You can use CTRL F to find “nogreaterjoy” or you can scroll down past the highlighted yellow box, into the white area to find the link to the Pearls’ website, No Greater Joy, and the Duggars’ endorsement. On that same page they also link to the businesses of the Pearls’ adult children, The Bulk Herb Store, Cane Creek Coffee and a book by Shoshanna Easling.
While it’s true that in their 2012 book, “A Love that Multiplies ” the Dugars deny being a part of the Quiverfull Movement, they embrace the same ideals and appear to be friendly with those in the movement, especially with Gothard and ATI. Here is a list of blogs and articles which back this up.
So, while they appear to be “guilty by association,” I can see why many want to give them the benefit of the doubt. That is all fine and good, but I cannot help but be very leery of anyone who promotes No Greater Joy as, “some of the finest in family-friendly, value-based books, audios, videos, and articles on parenting, husband and wife relationships, ministry and more!” but maybe that’s just me.
Edited to add: It has just come to my attention that the person who handles the Duggar Book promotions, Mel Cohen, is the same person who handles the book promotions for the Pearls. This explains a lot and leaves it up in the air as to whether or not the Duggars actually promote the Pearls teachings. I still believe that they should be held accountable for what is published under their name. They must be aware by now that their name is being linked to the Pearls because of this promotion and can have it changed at any time, but they have not. If anyone feels that they are not aware of this situation, please contact them and make them aware.
I have also heard that they practice gentle parenting. If I am not mistaken, as members of ATI, they are required to use corporal punishment. Also, here is an old article which states that they believe that the Bible requires spanking.
Now, in an article from 2010, someone came right out and asked her if she ever spanked her children and look at her response. As you can clearly see, she said no. Wait… No, not exactly… Well, she sure didn’t say yes… The truth is, she use over 700 words to say that they focus on the positive while evading the question entirely.
Edited to add March 13, 2015: I noticed that some of the pages to which I was linking in this post have been removed from the Dugger’s website so I am now linking to them on the Internet Archive (Way Back Machine) to prove that they used to exist.
Edited May 23, 2016 to add a new link: Duggar Endorsed Ministry: Depravity Spreading From One Christian Homeschool Family To The Next.