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The Riverfest open line; Duggar commentary; marriage equality comes to Ireland

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HAPPY DAY IN IRELAND: The faces remind me of Eureka Springs a year ago, before the Arkansas Supreme Court started mucking things up. Erin go equal. - TWITTER/THE TELEGRAPH
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  • HAPPY DAY IN IRELAND: The faces remind me of Eureka Springs a year ago, before the Arkansas Supreme Court started mucking things up. Erin go equal.

Well, so far the weather holds for Riverfest.

The web is full of Duggar stuff naturally. Not many lining up with Huckabee on the mistakes-were-made-Duggars-are-the-victims side.

Here's a piece in Washington Post on the Duggars' "cult of purity."

There is some pity for Josh Duggar, including from Slate:

The leaders of the Duggar clan are undoubtedly hypocrites of the highest order. Josh’s heinous crime merits our utmost moral condemnation, and his victims deserve sympathy and compassion. But it would be shortsighted to treat Josh with nothing more than mocking, scornful ire. Josh may be a monster—but as 19 Kids and Counting demonstrates, his path to depravity was lighted by the twisted beliefs of his parents.

Although TLC goes to great lengths to mask this fact, the Duggar family is a cult. They forbid their children from exploring outside ideas and expression, carefully monitoring every word and image they are exposed to. They forbid them from wearing shorts. They homeschool them in order to indoctrinate them with backward beliefs. They refuse to let their adult daughters kiss or hold hands before marriage and demand to read every text between their daughters and their suitors. They adhere to a fringe Christian movement called the “Christian patriarchy,” which commands total female submission to men and limited education for women. The Duggars do everything they can to control their children’s minds, then brainwash them with misogynistic dogma.

Josh Duggar grew up in this sexist milieu. He was told that women exist to serve men—to show them “submission,” “obedience,” and “reverence.” He was barred from seeking out any differing views about men and women. His mind was warped from childhood. Is it any surprise that, by the time he reached adolescence, he believed girls’ bodies were his to touch however he pleased? 

Good points. I was surprised today to see a report that TLC's future decision on keeping the reality show alive was on the difficulty of going forward without Josh Duggar. To which I say, huh? Far more problematic are the hateful, warped parents who covered up crimes. They're OK and Josh is not?

The Ireland referendum on gay marriage passed with 62 percent of a big vote. Time for the U.S. to get on the freedom train, too. The Duggars say that's a terrible thing, but, well …… 

click to enlarge CHILDREN AT PLAY: In Riverfront Park today as Riverfest rolls on. - BRIAN CHILSON
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  • CHILDREN AT PLAY: In Riverfront Park today as Riverfest rolls on.

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