Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 8:00 PM, It's Official (Episode 2)

Jeremy has his first meal with the family, and Jinger taps Jill and Derick for courtship advice. Meanwhile, Ben and Jessa talk about his plan for youth outreach; and the older Duggar siblings take wilderness survival training.

60 minutes

1.055 M viewers and a .32 rating.

47 comments:

Andrea said...

Gosh interest seems to have really evaporated. I mean, we (die hard Duggar non-fans) can't even muster comments in advance about how awful and predictable this episode will be. Yawn . . . We can only hope that Duggar's are going the day of Kate Plus 8. Interested to know what the number of viewers are.

Heart in Florida said...

I find it ridiculous to subject Jeremy and Jinger to advice from "the experienced, all grown up now" Jessa and Ben. Jeremy doesn't need ANY courtship advice from a child like Ben.

Rudy Tecat said...

The Duggars take wilderness survival training? In flip-flops, of course.

Michelle said...

It will be interesting to find out how Jeremy deals with their stupid courtship rules. Come on; He is 28 years old and has had real life experiences (even more than Derrick). Look at the profile pic on Pickles fb page. I also read he had a brush with the law once when he was drunk and mouthed off to a cop. Derrick may have dated and kissed a girl, but I'm pretty sure Jeremy has gone past kissing.

So with those life experiences, I don't see how he will agree to being chaperoned by one of Jinger's younger siblings. He might put up with Jana or JD tagging along. I hope he will be a way for freedom for Jinger, but chances are he will become one with the Duggar Borg. No man Jeremy's age that is worth anything would put up with JB.

As a matter of a fact... said...

Rudy...and in bare feet(Joy) of course!

Captain Crunch said...

Ok, I just glimpsed a tattoo, lots of writing on Jeremy's inside bicep.... no doubt it's some sort of biblical verse..but still... I am secretly wishing for a devilishly, different, kind of rebellious courtship between these two... certainly he seems a guy that has more of a mind of his own then doofus Ben and doofus Derek..

Estelle. said...

I think Jeremy will put up with anything to become famous. He was a 3rd rate soccer player and now.....suddenly he is on the cover of magazines and featured on the reality TLC Duggar show. If he has any brains, he will move this on to Jeremy/Jill TV Church and end up a multimillionaire. He can put up with a few a bit of Duggar foolishness to obtain his goal and he gets himself a pretty little virgin bride in the bargain.

Berty K. said...

So many flash backs to old seasons. Even TLC is struggling to find content in them.
Jessa really stood out as mini Jim Boob in this episode. Thinking of Jingers waistline and hoping for that free dinner at a steak house courtesy of Jeremy. *rolls eyes*

Heart in Florida said...

I like the way Jinger spinned Jeremy's change of career from soccer to preaching as if he had a choice in the matter. His team folded, I believe , and he wasn't picked up by any other team, so he was out of a job and out of luck at that time. He THEN turned to preaching...but HOW, Jinger? This guy had absolutely NO TRAINING or EDUCATION to be a real pastor. What does he know? Really nothing. So, this is the "man of your dreams"? An all grown up man, who has committed just about every sin that your family considers a sin, fraternized, had other girlfriends, drank, was rowdy, was arrested, and really lived? In your family's view, Jeremy is the "cup of spit" that your parents forbade you to be even in that meant just being in the social company of a male, and holding his hand for a moment? I find it hard to believe this guy is the guy of your dreams...your sisters may be 14 years old, emotionally, but your're maybe, a 15 year old at best yourself. I do wish you the best, because this is it for you.. I don't think you wanted to live on a border city to Mexico like Laredo, Texas. You preferred a larger, northern city from what I can tell.

Aunt Bea said...

Derick doesn't seem to care about the safety and security of his family. He said that he was happy with his life in Central America. I don't think this is what Jill bargained for in her dreams of living a missionary's lifestyle at all. She had visions of sugar cookies in her head about that. She is living a harsh reality that her husband is a vagabond and doesn't even care to have a permanent address. I hope she enjoys living in someone else's kitchen. Her family has not done her any favors in encouraging her to marry someone she didn't know. The same is with Jinger. She doesn't have any real idea who Jeremy is either. Why is this show still on TV?

Aunt Bea said...

What struck me as being funny was what I perceived the Duggar offspring's silent reaction to something Jeremy said at that EYEtalian dinner...he stated that he loved anything HIS MOTHER cooked...I'm sure those Duggar kids were stunned...you mean THE MOTHER COOKS? Why? Jeremy's has a sister, shouldn't she do all the cooking.

Also, did I hear Jinger correctly? She said that Jeremy was from Downtown, Pennsylvania. Does she know that Pennsylvanis is a STATE, not a CITY? Such great home schooling.

Don't want to see ANY OF Jim Bob or Michelle. What a lazy mother she is...doesn't teach her children any table manners. What is wrong with Josie? That kid should be in first grade and she still eats with her hands and is carried most of the time? Why would lasagna be something she eats with her hands? When she was knicknamed "Grossie Josie", that person was right. Yuck, what a mess that child is. She needs a REAL MOTHER. MIchelle couldn't care less about the habits of any of her children. This is Mother of The Year?

Elspeth said...

Jinger said Jeremy was from Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

Meme said...

I was losing my mind watching this episode. I had not seen the show in years, boycotted it for a long time. Well, I tuned in somewhere at the beginning, Jeremy was asking Boob Daddy for his PERMISSION to court. Boob tried to go into the "harrumph, this is a big step" speech but I guess TLC cut it a little short since JB and his wife are so not liked by so many folks right now. Anyway, there's the flowers - what the $&?! is up with giving the to-be-courted a dish of flowers? Is courtship s'posed to be sad, like a funeral? Then the family sat down to the usual homey frozen lasagna prepared by Jana. (I can't WAIT for Jana to leave! I SO want Michelle to have to relearn how to turn on that oven). And of course we have the brothers chiming in about how their gonna whoop butt if Jeremy doesn't measure up to Duggar standards. HURL! I don't think Jeremy's too worried about Boob's vicious offspring.
Of course, Wise Jessa and Wiseman Ben are asked for courtship advice - you know, they've been married for a whole YEAR or two now, what's the secret? Jessa, your cold, fake laugh reminds me of the playground bullies at my elementary school. And baby, NO ONE missed your jealousy (Jinger's gotta watch the figure so she can fit into that weddin' dress) because YOU weren't the center of attention for five seconds. What a way to treat the little sister who worshiped you.
BTW, Derick, your headband was.....yeh.
I realize that this is not saying much but Jinger, you did the best, so far. Jeremy seems to be his own man (Lord, I hope this isn't my wishful thinking) unlike Derick or Ben. I'm hoping that he will follow your family's courtship rules long enough to marry you, then introduce you to a whole new world out there. You two can then determine your OWN rules.

LilBit0318 said...

All the talk of Jeremy being more worldly and being the one who'll actually come in and "free" a Duggar girl makes me think back to Jill and Derick. We all pretty much said the same thing about him ("College educated, seen the world, has a job...He'll do Jill some good."), and look how that turned out! The minute they said "I do," he dumbed down to Duggar standards, the job went out the window, and he turned into a faux preacher going for the vagabond look. I hope I'm wrong, but I don't expect much better out of Jeremy personally. It just doesn't seem like any guy who's really worth his salt would allow himself to get caught up in the craziness that is that family.

Aimee said...

This episode kind of changed my mind about Derick. I think he is uncomfortable in many of the talking-head segments and is often cut off by Jill which makes him look so awkward but I don't think he has "dumbed-down" as many have said. I also think he really knew what he was getting into with missions in another country. Jill had spent a couple of weeks on PR trips to Central America but Derick LIVED YEARS in a foreign country as a missionary. He knew what was coming and she did not - she was simply following her best friend, her love on a romantic adventure. I think she has gotten much more than she bargined for as their location has many struggles. I also think Derick is not under Jim Bob's complete rule or they would have come home sooner. Jill clearly is over living there, she even said that Jim Bob and Michelle bought them AC so she could be more comfortable and secure. Despite her commentary on her fears Derick seemed completely content to be running around this dangerous country. It will be interesting to see how long they stay here in the States. Also - with the stress of living abroad and still nursing Isreal, I don't think a baby will follow too quickly.

Auggie said...

Seeing those girls wearing flip flops just about everywhere or going bare feet makes me think of the old chauvinistic saying; a woman should be pregnant, bare foot, and in the kitchen. Aside from the kitchen part, other than Jana, seems the Duggar family has taken this to heart. Flip flops on a survival outing - Really???

I think anyone who enters into a 'courtship' with any Duggar must love the lime light because they know how it's going to play out; every aspect photographed, filmed, and the grubbing Duggars pandering for anything they can get for free. We know the Duggars have done mission trips to CA. We also know they've visited Jill & Derrick frequently. Seems this mission trip where Jeremy & Jinger got to know each other's heart was doing mission work with Jill & Derrick because they both talked about watching Jing & Jer together. Sounds more like a Duggar family visit than a mission trip.

Sherpa said...

Derick LIVED YEARS in a foreign country as a missionary

Uh. no. He lived in Nepal for a couple of years, and there are some real questions about what he actually did there. He was on a student study visa, but claimed on LinkedIn that he organized and led teams into mountain villages. This would not have been permitted by his visa. He was not in any way an OFFICIAL missionary. At least he's consistent! LOL...

I think he fled the country after news of Josh's big scandal broke to avoid being associated with it, and having to answer questions from his WalMart co-workers. Now I think he likes being a "big fish in a little pond" in CA, far away from JB and Josh. Plus you can live hella cheap...

Tori said...

I got curious about Laredo, TX, and I did a bit of investigating. It doesn't sound like the type of city that Jinger has always wanted to live in.

Wikipedia says "Laredo ... is the county seat of Webb County, Texas, United States, located on the north bank of the Rio Grande in South Texas, across from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. According to the 2010 census, the city population was 236,191, making it the tenth-most populous city in the state of Texas and third-most populated on the Mexican border, after San Diego, California, and El Paso, Texas. ... Because Laredo is 95.6 percent Hispanic and Latino, it is one of the least ethnically diverse cities in the United States. When economic diversity, household diversity and social class diversity, are considered, Laredo is rated the 19th least diverse city overall out of the 313 largest cities in the nation."

Trip Advisor has a list of Things To Do in Laredo - the first is a shooting range, and the second is the only mall in the area. How thrilling.

I looked up some of the real estate listings on Zillow, and a lot of the homes have concrete block fences and also tall wooden privacy fences. Something is up with that.

Speaking for myself, I wouldn't want to live in an area that borders Mexico.

Mrs. Jensen said...

What a joke, Jinger asking for courting advice. With the crazy strict rules that have been drummed into their heads about "courtin", no advice is needed. The world knows the rules by now.. bodies not permitted to touch, (just hand holding after engagement ring) and that side hug that sometimes even looks like a partial front hug, always a chaperone to make sure no total front hugs, kisses or any other sinful acts occur. What would happen if there was a kiss in front of a sibling chaperone. Would a man like Jeremy be reported to Jimbob by the child? Then what?? Lots of prayers for forgiveness?? Creepy Jimbob has no right to such invasive control over adults. This Jeremy guy has to have major plans to cash in on marrying a Duggar to put up with this insanity.

Annamarie said...

I wonder what caused Jeremy, who is from Pennsylvania, to move to Laredo, Texas which sounds like a dangerous town with all the drug trafficking reportedly coming in from Mexico and illegals doing anything to jump the boarder. With nearly 97% of the population hispanic, what a lonely, foreign speaking place for Jinger to live, almost like the Central American location Jill seemed so lost in. Is Jeremy like Derrick, wanting to save Catholics, as that is the religion of most Mexicans? Future is not looking that great for Jinger once the wedding is over and she is stuck alone behind a big wooden fence in a Mexican border town.

Heart in Florida said...

I have to admit that I agree with "Annamarie" and "Mrs. Jensen" regarding Laredo, Texas and how attractive it would be for Jinger to live there...NOT. I'm glad someone said it like it is. I also wonder why Jeremy, a guy from Pennsylvania would be down there. Perhaps he was the only one who would go.

Aleta Myers said...

I'd like to know what is so wonderful about Jeremy. He is in his late 20's with no job. He hasn't been in soccer for years as he was not picked up by another team. He has been arrested for disorderly conduct toward an officer of the law so that indicates some sort of anger management problem. One could say, this man is a looser, latching onto an innocent Duggar girl for fame & fortune. I doubt he was in any sort of ministry until he probably contacted Jimbob to offer himself to one of his daughters. This church, with a residential address, was possibly created to make like he's a man of the Lord and give a new story line to TLC. How would young Ben, sitting around all day, ever be his friend? Lies and more lies?? Is this the best Jimbob could do for Jinger......an unemployed man with a questionable background?

Myra said...

Plus, Aleta Myers......he has a tatoo which is blurred in photos!!
wonder what that tat says!!!

too bad,so sad said...

Myra-
I love irony, maybe Jeremy's tattoo is religious. I had a friend who claimed he was going to have Leviticus 19:28, the scripture banning cutting the skin and tattoos, tattooed on his bicep. I like to think that is what Jeremy did. LOL! BTW-blurred, so much for how realistically they are portraying everyone.
Honestly, I wish Jim Bob would chose the guy on the youtube to court one of the daughters. The guy who claimed he won the 3 legged race by himself. Let's face it that show seems to need someone with a wild sense of humor. All the preachy holier than thou is just boring and off putting. They would have more than one more season if they added a comedian to point out the craziness.
The Liberal Redneck, Trae Crowder, would be a great addition to the show. Maybe he could be the next door neighbor. TLC could shoot a Duggars' segment and then film his reaction to what they say and do. TV gold!

Aunt Bea said...

I don't understand something here...unless Jeremy's fundamental parents have removed themselves from the rest of their "big, hugging Italian relatives", how is Jinger going to cope with being fully frontal hugged and kissed in to this family? Does anyone have any accurate information as to how he grew up? Are his parents Gothard believers too? Where to they fit in with how the Duggars live and believe? These are some "fundamental questions" that I think the viewers would like an explanation about. From what I have seen, many of Jeremy's relatives in the northeast are regular, traditional Italian-Americans and live as such with those customs, cooking and affection displaying.

It's so warm and reassuring to see the Duggar parents uncomfortably and coldly side-hug their own grown children, isn't it? They have a problem with displays of affection. This could bring a problem with Jinger and Jeremy, IMO. I also believe that Jeremy will have some "demands" of Jinger to keep an "Italian house". How one has been raised, surfaces sooner or later. These guys like it the way "mommy and grandma" did it. Interesting to see how their different cultures will play out in their every day lives. What is Jinger going to do when Jeremy asks for traditional Italian gravy on Sunday which includes PORK sausage and meatballs made with ground beef AND PORK? Sorry, turkey ones, just don't taste the same. I'm 100% Italian from the northeast and I can see these things coming in to play.

Captain Crunch said...

Im Italian, what is an 'Italian house'? Ive never heard that expression.

Heart in Florida said...

Joe goes on camera saying how the family has a blanket set of courting rules that they must follow..ie, what's ok and what's not, like side hugs are ok; but no kissing. This is immediately followed by Jinger saying it's not a cookie cutter thing for al of them. Here's a contradiction. Which is it, Duggars, all follow the pre determined rules, or each to his/her own? It is so awkward to watch two grown adults, well, age wise anyway, not do what is compete natural in an sincere expression of love, like kiss. Jeremy was so close to kissing Jinger's forehead, what's so sinful about that? Emotional troubles ahead for Jeremy and Jinger, I fear.

Jeanette said...

I have two boys and I hug them whenever I see them. Never has it crossed my mind that me hugging them -I don't even want to say it. I think some of this must be leftover from Josh molesting his sisters, making them phobic about hugging their kids. How sad. And warped.

Aunt Bea said...

Captain Crunch, the best way I can describe an Italian house, is the warm, welcoming feeling the lady of the house gives off to her family and guests..it's decorated in a more formal style, the aromas coming from the kitchen; not just gravy cooking in the pot,it's rice balls frying on the stove. The house is well kept, properly furnished; proper sheets and bedding, etc. I don't mean to imply that other ancestries don't keep a neat house; it's just a feeling you get from the home. I have always felt that from my Italian family and friends. When I visit the fanmily in Brooklyn and New York, it's just all around. Italians are very warm, affectionate people and don't think anything of hugging and kissing you when you visit. Jinger just isn't warm or affectionate because of her messed up parents and upbringing. I hope I didn't offend anyone not of this ancestry who keep neat homes. It's just a particular style of living. Jinger couldn't have grown up farther from these things. Captain Crunch, I'm glad you're a paisano! I'm full Italian, first generation in the U.S.

mickey said...

I understand what you are saying. A very different atmosphere from the Duggar mess.

Meme said...

Aunt Bea, it's so interesting to me how you describe the Italian home since most Southerners would describe theirs in the exact same way. Good smells coming from the kitchen, clean rooms and fresh bedding on the beds. My relatives greeted each other with a kiss on the lips and a warm embrace, still do. Southern hospitality is just something one must experience to understand and appreciate. That said, it is so difficult to see where JimBob and Michelle failed. Then again, maybe not. The crazy cult they're mixed up with says no hugging, so they don't hug. I don't think that Michelle is a hugger anyway. She's always kept herself at arm's length with her own children.

Aunt Bea said...

Yes, Meme, southern hospitality is also warm and inviting as I have experienced that too. It's just that Jinger's home life has been void of any warmth, organization, love, affection and inviting aromas from their kitchen.

How will she handle being hugged and kissed when greeted by Jeremy's relatives? Will she see it as being defrauded?

Those awkward, cold side hugs from her parents and to one another is painful to watch and quite telling to me.

Thank you for taking my description in the manner in which it was intended....NOT to take away from other hospitalities.

My name's Jeff Whipple said...

I had always noticed Jessa seemed to keep putting clothes on little Spud that were on the tight side. Now she said a two times on the second episode lets shake him into his clothes like a pillow case. I was right! Tight clothes on a chunky little boy like him has to be uncomfortable. Why would she do that when she admits his clothes are tight? Doesn't she care about his comfort? Or is she cheap? I don't get it.

cali-girl said...

I think that the Duggars and the Vuolos may have more in common, religious views wise (and home schooling wise), than you might have thought at first:

Looking up Jeremy online, I found this:

From JV’s "testimony", entitled Slave of Sin Turned Slave of God

"The test of my own faith began during the last year of high school. I had been home schooled most of my life, but began attending public school in my junior and senior year. It was during my senior year that a lot of sin began to be exposed in my heart. I began to drink and to attend parties on the weekends with different people. This continued into college, and the sin became worse and worse. Thankfully, God spared me from much during those years, but I also gave into much. I was part of the college party scene and was living foolishly. I began sliding deeper and deeper into the pits of lust and selfishness and pride.

My sin was catching up with me, and I knew it. I remember sitting with my head in my hands and crying out to God, “God, I cannot live like this any more.” I had come to the end of myself. My sin had become such a burden to me, and I wanted out of it. It was then that I cried out to God and repented of the ways I had forsaken his ways and rebelled against his commands. Looking at Jesus with faith in what He had done, I forsook my sin and ran to the cross for forgiveness.

Though Christ had forgiven me and made me a new creation in Him, there were many trials and temptations still to come. Over the next several years I continued to battle against the lust of my flesh, except now I began to see great victory in my life. The sins which had once enslaved me and shackled me, I now began to have victory over. I was not perfect. And listen to me — Christianity does not mean you become a perfect person. It means that the bondage to sin in your life is broken, and though we may stumble and wrestle against sin, there is victory."

Also, here is a video of his preacher father, Charles Vuolo speaking on the day of JV’s ordination.

http://illbehonest.com/a-churchs-responsibility-to-their-pastors-chuck-vuolo

It’s interesting that he says ‘only God can make a pastor' and that some men, including women “sadly and wrongly" (that applies to the women) try to rush into pastorhood.

Interesting, too, that evidently Jinger does not have a social media account, so Jeremy does all the posting for both of them.

Hmm.... I see some familiar themes in all of this.

Ruby said...

My Name's Jeff Whipple---Jessa is a very shallow and vain young woman. She dresses her son in the most ridiculous outfits that look completely dorky like stiff pants that are too tight, bow ties, and button down woven cotton shirts. She is not thinking of his comfort at all, just how many comments she will get on her social media accounts. That poor kid.

Heart in Florida said...

A baby needs to be dressed in clothing THAT FITS and isn't restrictive like stretchy "onesizes" that allow the child movement and not chafing. Ben knows a bit more than she does about dressing a baby; his short video of his clothing choice was the correct one for Spurge. How do these kidult married Duggar daughters make it through the day, I don't know!

gen said...

Jeremy saying that they desire to get to know each other on a deep level. I have no doubt that you can get to know each other very well while saving sex for marriage, but that CANNOT happen when you have a chaperonne ALL THE FREAKIN' TIME! How can you talk about some of the more private things that you should actually talk about before getting married when you have a 10 year old listening over your shoulder. Ridiculous.

Derrick's face is royally messed up.

roddma said...

I'm careful not to point fingers at Michelle. The kids have a mother and father to teach them manners and educate them about life in general. It isnt just Michelle's job. Some dads cook and gasp-take care of other household chores, too.

Aunt Bea said...

Since their family adheres to strict gender roles, it would be Michelle's sole responsibility to teach her children some table manners, etc. She has failed miserably if you ask me.

liza J said...

Michelle has only done one thing in that family..being "available". From what we have witnessed on TLC, she does not clean, cook, talk to her children (except by appointment only), have any hobbies or interests other then spouting out bible verses to answer any questions put to her. No she does not teach manners as she probably does not even know what side of the plate a fork is to be placed.......but....they eat with plastic & paper plates even though that super kitchen must have some commercial dishwashers......so do the etiquette rules apply to disposable products??

Getting Worse said...

I just wanted to mention that Jeremy's Testimony was first given on April 30th, 2016. How long has he been involved with the Duggar clan??

too bad,so sad said...

Jeremy's sermons are on youtube. I watched one of them and found he was a very good speaker and moderates his sermon to seem personal and his audience seems able to relate to him. He speaks with them and not at them. He has a great voice and is easy to listen to. He seemed very likable and just a nice guy.
On the other hand, the sermon I watched was on how children should obey their parents even if the parents are non believers. Oh my! He gives and asks for examples of what non believing parents might encourage children to do. I know you are expecting it to be: become scientifically literate, promote equality among everyone, have equal rights for gays and LBTG, encourage separation of church and state, encourage rational thinking and secular morality. Oh no!!! None of that! The examples are non believing parents would encourage stealing from a local store and encouraging their children to break the speed limit when they are driving.
I CAN'T EVEN! I am a non believer and have a lot of friends who are also. Never have any of us done either of those two things. In that I follow the laws so strictly my coworkers and friends poke humor at it. I am not saying that non believers are all moral and law abiding, I am refuting the idea that we are wanton thieves and unlawful.
He also tells of his mother being harassed by her parents when she wanted to marry a Christian and not a nonChristian, and by nonChristian he meant a Catholic! He also bashes the Pope.
After saying children must obey their parents even if they don't believe he goes on to tell them how to Godbother their parents, and gives examples of when they can just not obey. Contradictory much?
So, all in all I think Jeremy might be a good fit for the Duggars except he seems to be very confident which might just rattle JimBob's cage.

Aunt Bea said...

Getting Worse:
Jeremy has been involved with Jinger since the winter of 2015. He met her much earlier than that. I find it a coincidence that his Testimony was so recent. I was under the impression that this conversion occurred way before April 2016, perhaps in 2014, maybe 2013. Like anything else, the Duggars fiddle with timelines. You really can't believe anything they say.

laura said...

Willow-this was my very first thought. The girls can't even go to the store by themselves. Can't be trusted with ANY freedom.
How could anyone believe Jim Bob would let his 26 year old SLAVE have access to $95000???
100% done for publicity, bought in her name for HIM.
One day his weird little world will know crashing down for good and his minions will be set free.

Aunt Bea said...

So, Jeremy is bashing the Pope? Really, now, Jeremy...you can dish it out but you can't take it? Many bash YOU and the Duggar extreme beliefs and social customs they say are religious commands from God..How dare you insult your own ancestors? You are still relatively young as this life goes, son, and still have a great deal to learn about being respectful of others' long term valued religious belief systems. The Catholic Church may not be perfect, but it was directly instituted by Jesus Christ himself to Saint Peter. Show some respect for the Lord you claim to believe in and follow.

Elizabeth Ann said...

Someone please explain why BoyBen, Dillard and Jeremy are so against Catholics and the Pope, having no respect for them at all? I feel Jinger will not be happy with Jeremy once her lustful sort of crush wears off. He seems he could be a tough and demanding task master. He's on his good courting behavior right now. I have attended a southern Baptist church and never heard such disrespectful words from anyone at the church. What do they have against Catholics?

too bad,so sad said...

Elizabeth Ann- I am not sure Jeremy is targeting the Pope alone. It is obvious from the few sermons I watched on youtube that he believes there is only one true religion and everyone else has it wrong. He refers to his flock and others in his specific denomination believers and all others non believers. He thinks all non Believers are going to hell. I understand your Baptist church doesn't show disrespect. I find main stream churches never do.
I don't see how Jinger would have a problem with this. Her own sister and brother in law spent a lot of time in Central America trying to bring Jesus to Catholics. If their intent was to help the poor they could have stayed home. The last I checked the data Arkansas was one of the poorest states, if not the poorest, in America. Doesn't charity start at home? Jinger saw her dad control everything, she was also taught not to question. Why would she have a problem with Jeremy being a tough and demanding task master? I think even though it would be good for her in the end, she would have a real difficult time having to be independent and have to make decisions and take responsibility for things outside the domestic domain.
BoyBen,Dillard, and Jeremy, and I am sure JB all seem to have been disallowed to do something humans are naturally prone to do and that is question. Many of us question everything. This group seems to question nothing. It seems like they believe that questioning is the same as doubting and doubting what the Bible and elders in authority tell you is entirely wrong.
I am interested in this family as a study of confirmation bias, the Dunning–Kruger effect and the effect of reality tv on children, so I don't really watch it but do read about it. To those who have watched for years have they filmed the little ones go through the stage where they constantly ask, but why, why, why? and if so how do the adults respond?