Columnist Kathleen Parker is correct in writing that the Republican party will not be successful if it is too closely tied to a specific religion ["The Duggars and presidential politics," Opinion, June 4].

She could explore many reasons why this is so, but instead she spends most of her column excoriating the Duggar family. She says Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar had too many children and deplores that one of their sons acted in a sexually inappropriate manner toward five girls.

Then she uses the McCarthy-esque tactic of guilt by association by claiming the Duggars are "embraced" by the evangelical Quiverfull movement, even though the family denies being associated with it.

It's quite obvious Parker has an ax to grind that has little to do with religion and the Republican party. It seems to me that the immoral part of this is that an otherwise wholesome family should be chewed up by Parker and a media that saturates our society with violence and sex to make money.

David Pedersen IV, Nesconset

I feel compelled to point out an obvious oversight here. When a child molests a child, as Josh Duggar did when he was 13 and 14 years old, there are usually two victims. How come no one is questioning whether Josh was molested?

Children are not born pedophiles, but pedophiles can certainly breed victims. A perfect setting is a Quiverfull family where the husband is the authority and his wife is merely a breeder. Just look at Michelle Duggar's eyes as she turns toward Jim Bob. The woman seems hypnotized.

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Also, the children are isolated from society, homeschooled and brainwashed to believe their father is the ultimate authority. The state trooper and friend Jim Bob consulted was later jailed on child pornography charges! How come the Duggars didn't go to a licensed professional? By the time the first police report was generated, the statute of limitations had run out.

It's easy to understand why the children would now want to protect their father, since their show produces high income for the family. But the parents need to be investigated.

Patricia Smucker, Lido Beach

Editor's note: The writer is a licensed clincal social worker.