Jim Bob Duggar’s ‘cult-like’ family exposed in new docuseries

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Amazon will premiere a new miniseries which will shine a light on Jim Bob Duggar’s ‘cult-like’ approach to his huge Baptist family.

Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets will be released in June on Prime Video after TLC initially promised the revealing documentary back in December.

After appearing on screens for seven years in 17, 18 and 19 Kids and Counting, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar will once again have their unconventional family life exposed.

The docu-series will be produced by the same team behind LuLaRich, which explored a multi-level marketing scheme.

Their latest project promises to shine a light on the Duggar’s association with the Christian organisation, the Institute in Basic Life Principles, which some have deemed a cult.

The Duggars’ 29-year-old daughter Jinger even agreed the IBLP was “cult-like” in a recent interview back in January.

Speaking to PEOPLE, she revealed: “Fear was a huge part of my childhood.

“I thought I had to wear only skirts and dresses to please God. Music with drums, places I went, or the wrong friendships could all bring harm.

“[Bill’s] teachings, in a nutshell, are based on fear and superstition and leave you in a place where you feel like, ‘I don’t know what God expects of me’.”

Jinger left the organisation in 2017 after complaining of “crippling anxiety” due to her “damaging” childhood.

Now, Jinger’s story and more will be the focus of the new Amazon doc which will expose more about the Duggar’s IBLP-inspired homelife than ever before.

The Christian movement was established by disgraced minister Bill Gothard in 1961 and teaches women to be subservient and cover their bodies.

Members are also encouraged to focus on having children, which led the Duggars to avoid birth control claiming God would determine how many children they would have.

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“The teaching I grew up under was harmful, it was damaging, and there are lasting effects,” Jinger said.

“I know other people are struggling and people who are still stuck.”

Jinger revealed more in a tell-all book titled Becoming Free Indeed which she wrote after she “began to question the unhealthy ideology of her youth”.

The new series will now lift the lid on her parents, who continue to speak at IBLP seminars and practice its teachings.

It is also expected to delve into the troubled history of the organisation, which culminated in founder Gothard walking away from his leadership position in 2014 when more than 30 women accused him of sexual harassment.

Gothard maintained his innocence and responded to the claim in The Washington Post: “Oh no. Never never.

“Never in my life have I touched a girl sexually. I’m shocked to even hear that.”

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