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‘Shiny Happy People’: IBLP Calls Duggar Family Documentary ‘Misleading and Untruthful’

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The Institute in Basic Life Principles is not happy with a new documentary about the Duggar family and their connections to the group’s controversial ministry. In a statement, the Texas-based organization called Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets “misleading and untruthful.” 

IBLP calls Duggar family documentary ‘sensationalized’

Shiny Happy People examines both the Duggars – the family at the center of TLC’s popular reality series 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On – and the IBLP, a ministry founded by now-disgraced leader Bill Gothard. In interviews with Jill Duggar, people raised in IBLP families, and others, the four-episode series exposes a culture of sexual harassment and abuse within the IBLP and a pattern of abuse within some IBLP families. It also unpacks Gothard’s ultra-conservative, patriarchal teachings and the embrace of Christian nationalism by many IBLP followers.