Duggar Critics See Fringe Cult

Enquirer notes link with group that wants to overthrow government

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 3, 2010 10:56 AM CST

(Newser) – If the National Enquirer is to be believed, the Duggars don’t have 19 children simply because they love kids: No, it’s because they belong to a cult that plans to take over the US government. Jim Bob and Michelle, stars of TLC’s 19 Kids & Counting, are acknowledged Christians—but critics say they go further, belonging to a fringe sect called QuiverFull.

QuiverFull, as one author on the subject puts it, encourages couples to “breed and indoctrinate enough children” until they can “take over both houses of Congress, 'reclaim' sinful cities like San Francisco and launch massive boycotts against companies that do not support conservative Christian beliefs.” Though the Duggars deny any affiliation, their books and DVDs are sold on the QuiverFull website. A 2009 Newsweek article also alleged the cult connection.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar hold their daughter Josie Brooklyn Duggar, born Dec. 11, at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, Ark.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar hold their daughter Josie Brooklyn Duggar, born Dec. 11, at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, Ark.   (AP Photo/TLC, Scott Enlow)
In this Aug. 2, 2007 file photo, Michelle Duggar, left, is surrounded by her children and husband Jim Bob, second from left, after the birth of her 17th child in Rogers, Ark.
In this Aug. 2, 2007 file photo, Michelle Duggar, left, is surrounded by her children and husband Jim Bob, second from left, after the birth of her 17th child in Rogers, Ark.   (AP Photo/ Beth Hall, File)
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