There are so many myths about the Duggars out there that are just not true, but have been talked about that people assume they are true.
1. The Duggars pay no property taxes because they claim their house as a church.--Actually they do pay taxes on their property, this has been proven over and over.
2. The Duggars won't let the girls go to college.--Both Duggar parents have looked into the camera and said they would let their kids go to secondary schools, they were preparing them for life in the non-secular world, but at this time none of them were going.
3. The Duggar parents will choose their daughters' husbands for them.--Jim Bob and Michelle are a love match. Josh and Anna are a love match--their parents had nothing to do with their getting together, other than discussing with them seperately when each asked for counsel (as we were told during the engagement episodes--they discussed praying about a spouse and asking their parents for guidance). Because of this, and because of what they've said, and written in their book, they want their children to find that one person they believe is out there for them--the one person G-d has meant for them. They aren't going to arrange a marriage just because THEY think they belong together, they are going to support their children and listen to them when asked for guidance.
4. The girls are not allowed to wear pants. During the "Ask the Duggars" episode Joy Anna answered that the girls were, indeed, allowed to wear pants if they wanted to. None of them seem to want to. Michelle said that she decided herself to stop wearing pants early in her marriage and that her daughters are only used to seeing her wearing dressed and skirts so therefor they probably only want to wear them. But as Joy Anna said, they are allowed to wear pants if they want to.
5. Jim Bob "gave" Josh his car business and "gave" John-David his tow business. Jim Bob sold his own car business and his own tow business years ago, therefor he didn't give those particular businesses to his boys. While he may have helped set his boys up in business by teaching them how to run them, help them with the legal issues since they were both 16 when they began, he certainly didn't "give" them a business. That would totally be against his work ethic. Why would he teach them how to build a house with their bare hands, teach them how he, himself worked at all those jobs himself to make it where he is today, show them how they "buy used and save the difference" and then when they turn 16 just give them a business of their own. Josh has said that he worked in construction after graduating homeschool enough to learn that he didn't enjoy it enough to have it as a career, so we know he earned money. However it makes sense that the boys would go into a business that they know something about. Jim Bob knows the car and towing business well and the older boys were growing up with Jim Bob working those businesses. Why wouldn't they choose a business that was part of the family heritage as well as businesses that they could work together--two businesses that would compliment each other?
6. TLC paid for their new house. This one bothers me the most. TLC showed up to film the Duggars and found out that they had already ordered the steel frame kit and had the land already grazed and ready to go. The first speacial had the house building prep in it! The house was a project before TLC ever showed up! I will consent that the decorating was a TLC project and only because it helped speed up the production dead line. The free things that were provided were not necessarily TLC but because the decorator herself had an "in" with the dealer (the kitchen appliances in the "pretty" kitechen.) And the reason the final move-in shot of the pantry was full of Sara Lee/etc brand products was because the Duggars didn't personally have enough food to fill the entire new pantry themselves. So TLC got on the phone and made sure the pantry was stocked full for the documentary shot. The Duggars don't buy name brand items. If you look closely at the shot itself, you can see their own "off" brand items mixed in with the name brand stuff. Also during the episode where Jim Bob took the boys to a thrift store to buy a used bunk bed to replace an old bunk bed he said that the old bunk bed was over 10 years old. That meant that the bunk beds in the boys room were brought from the old house, not a gift from the decorator.
These are just a few of the Duggar myths out there that people love to bandy about. I'm sure there are more, so PLEASE feel free to share your favourites and we'll debunk those as well.