Josh Duggar Gets a New Supporter
His sister's father-in-law is latest to defend him
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2015 7:57 AM CDT
Josh Duggar, executive director of FRC Action, speaks in favor the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.   (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

(Newser) – Add one more name to the list of people standing firmly in Josh Duggar's corner. Michael Seewald, father-in-law of Josh's sister, Jessa, has posted a long blog entry explaining why "the Seewald family stands with the Duggar family in solidarity," Page Six reports. "Josh, hang in there," he writes. "Let this trial in your life build humility and grace. Don’t be angry at the world for their hatred of you. ... I’m rooting for you." Though Seewald acknowledges Josh's actions were sinful, he notes that now "there is blood in the water and the sharks are in a feeding frenzy"—the sharks being those who oppose the Duggars and all they stand for. The family, Seewald explains, did all they were required to do when the incident occurred, and there's no reason now to "[dredge] up past sins that have been painfully grieved over once already by all involved."

It was up to the authorities whether to take action against Josh, and they did not, Seewald writes. As for the reasons behind Josh's actions, Seewald eschews the idea that his parents' "repressed" his sexuality or "sheltered" him: "Fan the flames of youthful lust and you end up with what we have: unprecedented numbers of unwed mothers, millions of abortions, rampant STDs, and the unraveling of the fabric of our whole society. Josh didn’t sin because he was repressed, he sinned because like all of us he is a sinner," but he then "found forgiveness and cleansing from Jesus Christ." But Seewald notes that his sympathy is also with the victims, and urges any other victims of sexual abuse not to keep silent no matter who is doing the abusing: "No matter how much you love the abuser you must tell someone." Josh's other high-profile supporters include:

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