This is an important read, I think. I agree with the sentiment that the public support rather than shame people who publicly admit attraction to children.
But then Josh Duggar’s admission isn’t close to an unprovoked admission. And, I think people’s sincere and respectable anger at him is tied to the apparent contrast of child molestation to his leadership at the Family Research Council.
The moment of his admission to abusing children is when he’s already facing multiple public accusations. In that position, he had a choice to deny, to remain silent (Cosby approach), or admit guilt. In admitting guilt, he says he’s seeking counselling, and asks for forgiveness.
Admitting your guilt after you’re caught? That’s the honourable choice, sure, but really, isn’t it far less-so than coming forward prior to the mounting public accusations.
What I dislike most in this affair is that it’s redundant. He’s participating in a celebrated Christian tradition for influential conservative celebrities and politicians. These are men who devote their time to campaigning for strict socially conservative regulations on other people. Then when caught, they request forgiveness. Later, they come roaring back on the same campaign trail.