maude~flanders, I didn't realize about that divide (the church I attend sponsors a local Christian home educators group as one of our ministries, so I guess I assumed that was the norm). What a shame that some would miss an opportunity to support one another.
On perceptions of the Duggar beliefs, I'm not aware of JimBob claiming to have received a revelation so I don't think he's leading a cult or developing a new religion. My lifestyle is different than theirs, but I do see many positive aspects to how they live their lives. And I very much respect the way I've noticed both JimBob and Michelle, when interviewed or asked about their lifestyle, always preface their response by saying how it may not be for everyone but it works for them.