The Ashley Madison security breach has left a long, messy trail of tears. It’s possible that two suicides are down to the Ashley Madison hack, reported Reuters on August 24. And Josh Duggar admits to hookups on the site. Never heard of Ashley Madison? It’s a website that not only promotes marital cheating, but enables cheaters to find each other and have affairs. Avid Life Media Inc, Ashley Madison’s parent company, is offering a C$500,000 ($379,132) reward to catch the hackers.
But its not the hackers who have caused the hurt. It’s those of have been unfaithful. And it’s Ashley Madison for facilitating the infidelity. Security was breached in some 37 million Ashley Madison accounts. The leaked emails spurred extortion attempts and at least two unconfirmed suicides. The email list included U.S. government officials, UK civil servants, and employees at European and North American corporations.
Police are concerned about Internet security and data protection. But users have more pressing worries: wives, family, children, sexual identity disclosure, social and church standing, even employment. Police have voiced fears over the social impact of the hack. They predicts blackmail, lawsuits, frauds, hate crimes and destroyed lives. But all that’s on the adulterers, not the people who made the adultery public.
Consider Josh Duggar. First, his family loses their reality TV show “19 Kids and Counting” over his incestuous sex scandal. Now Duggar admits to cybercheating on Ashley Madison . Duggar says the devil made him cybercheat on his wife (who just gave birth to his fourth child). He already lost his job at the fundamentalist Christian organization whose only agenda was to keep gay marriage illegal. He’s not going to find himself very marketable.
Duggar explains that he let “Satan build up a fortress” in his heart which led him to cheat. Duggar has preached loudly against unBiblical behavior, but in his devil’s den of iniquity, he lusted, coveted and fornicated–all anathema to the gospel he preached. So he might find himself persona non gratis among other Christians.
Before the Ashley Madison hack, some fans felt that losing “19 Kids and Counting” was a bit hard on the family, given it was just Josh that sinned. Others say he was only a boy when he fondled his sisters. They would like the Duggar family to continue preaching their message. Other fans (not just critics) are asking whether the Duggars are binding others to burdens they themselves won’t carry. Some feel it’s just another case of “do as I say, not as I do.”
Duggar calls himself “the biggest hypocrite ever.” From his mouth to God’s ear. He wants prayers for his wife. She’s going to need it with an unemployed, unfaithful social pariah of a husband. That’s the legacy of Ashley Madison and of infidelity.