Shiny Happy People

Episode Warning

In this episode, Sam and guest host Jennifer unravel the dark secrets behind the Institute of Basic Life Principles (IBLP) cult and its association with the Duggar family from the TLC reality series “19 Kids and Counting.” Brace yourselves as Sam and Jennifer delve deep into the shocking docuseries titled “Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets.” The hosts provide a trigger warning as this episode delves into sensitive topics such as sexual assault, molestation, and child abuse.

Duggar Family Problematic Behavior

The hosts discuss Josh’s involvement in a cheating website and his admission of watching pornography. Sam and Jennifer discuss the downfall of the Duggar family. The Duggar family concealed Josh’s molestation of his own sisters in an attempt to protect their show.

Prepare to have your perception shattered as the hosts expose the manipulative role played by the head of the household, Jim Bob, who controlled his family and shamelessly exploited their situation for financial gain. Even after the cancellation of the original show, a spinoff focusing on Jill and Jessa resulted in them being tragically tricked into signing a contract and not receiving any payment for their participation.

But the dark secrets don’t stop there. Sam and Jennifer delve into the Duggar family’s involvement in the religious cult known as the Institute of Basic Life Principles (IBLP). This cult exerts control over every aspect of its members’ lives. They promote extreme patriarchal values where men reign supreme and women are expected to blindly obey.


The hosts shed light on the arranged marriages orchestrated by the fathers. This has led to young women being married off to older men. The cult even promotes the dehumanizing notion that women are mere objects and possessions, even after marriage. The Duggar children, homeschooled under the IBLP’s twisted teachings, are subjected to indoctrination and abuse. Sam and Jennifer expose the horrifying reality of this homeschooling organization, where children are taught to obey without question, facing scolding, beatings, and even expulsion for any violation. Shockingly, even the mothers engage in abusive practices, resorting to hitting infants who dare to reach for something they desire.

Fundamentalism and Cults

The podcast delves into The Basic Seminar, an organization’s introductory program endorsed by political figure Mike Huckabee. The Advanced Training Institute (ATI) is a homeschool curriculum based on religion, notorious for creating uneducated fanatics. The IBLP even goes as far as teaching military training through their Air Land Emergency Rescue Team program.

Sam and Jennifer uncover the infiltration of the IBLP into various levels of American government. They raise awareness about the alarming presence of far-right extremists within the Supreme Court and other government positions, all with the intention of enforcing their cult-like beliefs and reversing progressive policies. There are even connections between the IBLP and prominent political figures, including those involved in Trump’s administration. They express deep concern about the IBLP’s goal of expanding its influence across the entire United States, making everyone a part of their dangerous organization.

Sam and Jennifer explore the power dynamics, financial motivations, and global aspirations of cults like the IBLP. They urge listeners to watch the docuseries “Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets” to gain a deeper understanding of the cult’s practices and to join them in their mission to raise awareness and put an end to its dangerous influence.


Stay tuned to “Three Fates Decide” on your favorite streaming platforms and social media channels for more gripping episodes and crucial updates. Together, let’s shine a light on the darkness and empower ourselves with knowledge.

In This Episode

  • Introduction to “Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets” docuseries
  • Trigger warning for sensitive topics covered in the series
  • Brief explanation of Duggar family’s conservative nature
  • Hosts’ thoughts and reactions to the series
  • Controversial Duggar family and their strict ideology
  • Focus on eldest son Josh’s disturbing behavior
  • Downfall of the Duggar family due to molestation scandal
  • Manipulative role of Jim Bob Duggar
  • Exploitation of Jill and Jessa Duggar in spinoff show
  • Background of the Institute of Basic Life Principles (IBLP) cult
  • Extreme patriarchal values promoted by IBLP
  • Indoctrination and abuse within homeschooling organization
  • Criticism of Basic Seminar and ATI homeschool curriculum
  • IBLP’s infiltration into American government
  • Concerns about IBLP’s goal to take over the US
  • Connection between IBLP and prominent political figures
  • Influence and danger of cults, specifically IBLP
  • Jill Duggar and Derek’s distancing from family and cult
  • Experiences of Deanna Duggar and Amy King with IBLP
  • Power dynamics and financial motivations behind cults
  • Recommendation to watch the docuseries for deeper understanding
  • Podcast’s goal of raising awareness and stopping the cult

Key Points

The Duggar family concealed Josh’s sexual abuse to safeguard their lucrative reality show, leaving his sisters to minimize the trauma on television.

Women in this organization were systematically denied basic rights and autonomy, as husbands and fathers wielded complete ownership over them.

Revealing shocking allegations of sexual assault and ultra-conservative beliefs, “Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets” dives deep into the controversial world of the Duggar family’s restrictive courtship rules.

The organization’s homeschooling curriculum was its disturbing emphasis on religious indoctrination and submission to authoritarian fathers. This ultimately fostered a culture of oppressive abuse.

The insidious goal of the IBLP is to maliciously seize control of the United States and force its citizens into their oppressive cult, with powerful members in high-ranking positions of government.

Despite its glossy portrayal, Reality TV provides an overly-simplified and distorted view of the IBLP’s core beliefs and values.


“That kind of put an end to everything. And then eventually, everything started coming out that the family knew about him molesting his sisters and hid it because they didn’t want to lose the show.”

“They were victims of sexual abuse, and they were forced to go on TV and say it wasn’t a big know, no harm, no foul. We’re fine. You know, we love our brother.”

“Children are taught to obey God’s message and the rules of their fathers, and that any violation of this leads to bad consequences.” – Sam

“That is flat out child abuse. It’s flat out abuse. You’re abusing infants who literally can’t even protect themselves.”

“The last five or six years make sense. It really was eye opening to the fact that these people literally were trying to do exactly what has happened.” – Jennifer

“Their mission is to completely take over the US and basically make everyone part of the IBLP.” – Sam

“The people that are in charge of things have a place in power that are a member or a follower or a donator to a cult, and a very scary cult at that.” – Jennifer

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