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Commentary :: Social Welfare
Jehovah's Witnesses REPEAL the "two witness take down" - Watchtower Child Abuse Cover up
13 Jul 2005
What would Jesus do? Help the Police Drive Pedophiles into Prison.
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The tragic cases of child abuse we have all been hearing and reading about for many years, still haunt the families and especially the victims in religious based organizations. The real truth of the matter shows that every religion on planet earth, have molesters in their faith who are abusing and molesting their own church family members.

I recall at John 2:15, that Jesus himself made a whip of ropes to drive out those merchants who were (molesting) his Father's House! Can you imagine what Jesus would do to those He caught molesting children? Jesus didn't require the statements of two witnesses that day now did He? No, when Jesus saw wrong being committed He took action immediately!

This should no doubt be the attitude of religious based organizations of today. When ministers, priests, clergy, and Jehovah's Witnesses are told by someone in their congregation, that a child has been molested, then they should take action immediately by contacting the Police and allowing the proper authorities to handle these matters.

Just as Jesus showed respect for the authorities of His day, so should Jehovah's Witnesses and all religions by allowing the proper authorities of today, who are qualified in these matters of trauma to handle these tragic situations in providing a victim the best professional help and protection possible.

I have often wondered if the Watchtower leaders have ever considered that when someone in their ranks claims to be of the anointed, there is (no) requirement of two witnesses to verify if the claimer really lived a Christian life to qualify for such a position. No one actually (saw) the anointing taking place, but the claim is believed!

Yet, when a molested child that no one (saw) abused, has come to Jehovah's Witness elders for help with signs of trauma that can clearly be seen, then for some strange reason, two witnesses of the crime are required. Why should the (anointed) claim be accepted as truth and the claim of the molested receive red tape, when both examples were un-seen occurrences?

I remember reading in the Watchtower magazine of 1986, January 1st, page 13 which states: (12) "Shocking as it is, even some who have been prominent in Jehovah's organization have succumbed to immoral practices, including homosexuality, wife swapping, and "child molesting." It is to be noted, also, that during the past year, 36,638 individuals had to be disfellowshipped from the Christian congregation, the greater number of them for practicing immorality."

That Watchtower quote was published almost 20 years ago and Jehovah's Witnesses are still having tragic child molestation cases within their organization! I also noticed that the Watchtower quote admitted, that these sins, including "child molestation" were being committed by "prominent ones." Would this not be a good example to prove, that if Jehovah's Witnesses had gone to the authorities 20 years ago and allowed those who are qualified in locking up these pedophiles, that the Kingdom Halls of today would be much safer?

Can Jehovah's Witnesses really "love thy member and thy neighbor" if they are willing to deny the Police and other authorities their powers, of not only getting the victim some real help for the trauma they have experienced, but also in allowing the Police to be able to do their job and make our streets safer for all of us and our children?

Sadly however, the Watchtower Society's publication, "Pay Attention To Yourselves And To All The Flock," an elders manual with organizational instructions for Jehovah's Witness elders, states on page 111 under the heading of: "What kind of evidence is acceptable?

(( "There must be TWO or THREE eyewitnesses, not just persons repeating what they have heard; NO action can be taken if there is only one witness." ))

Can you imagine how many children have been molested where there was (no) justice provided, just because there were not TWO witnesses who saw the molesting? Even in a court of law, (one) witness would be accepted as the very best evidence for a jury to convict even a murderer!

Again, this same elders manual states on page 119, under the topic: "When The Witness is a Victim of the Wrongdoer as in Cases of Incest or Rape," the following: " When the witness is extremely timid. In such cases, or when other extenuating circumstances exist, two elders may discuss the matter with the accused,...

(( or an elder may accompany the witness to discuss the matter with the accused. ))

How comfortable would you feel sitting in a room with two or three older men and the person WHO molested you, if you were a 10, 12, or a 14 year old girl being required to relive and explain every feature of your anatomy that was abused, because the molester has denied the allegations?

Isn't it just possible that under those high pressured circumstances, a young woman could un-knowingly leave out details that a "Police Woman" equipped with natural female abilities could find out easily, because the victim feels more comfortable that justice is being served, and that she is not being violated all over again? I am not under any real pressure to speak of, and I can not even remember where my reading glasses are!

Another section of this Jehovah's Witness elders manual on page 137 states: "If the elders learn of illegal activity or of some serious crime on the part of a member of the congregation, they.....

(( may not be obliged by law to report the offender or the offense to secular authorities." ))

This section of the Jehovah's Witness elders manual enables pedophiles to cry a few tears, act as though they are sorry, and go on in their door to door ministry with no real justice for the victim ever taking place. These violators of children did (all) of us an injustice, and they will molest again as the history of the Watchtower Society has shown.

If the ministers, clergy, pastors, and Jehovah's Witnesses in today's world really want to gain our trust and show us by their actions, that they are like Jesus Christ who would take swift action when children are molested, then we suggest an apology for the damage that has already been done to our family members, and a solid law abiding practice of "Love Thy Member and Thy Neighbor," by helping the Police to drive these pedophiles into prisons even if it takes a whip of ropes!

Learn what can be done now http://www.silentlambs.org

By Towerwatcher
See also:
http://www.silentlambs.org
http://www.freeminds.org

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Re: Jehovah's Witnesses REPEAL the "two witness take down" - Watchtower Child Abuse Cover up
13 Jul 2005
Good article the Jehovah's Witness have been gloating over the pedophile priest scandal ridden Catholic Church.

At least the RC is dealing with it, now it's the Watchtower's turn.

If you can't do the time-don't do the crime

God Knows and you can't fool him.
Re: Jehovah's Witnesses REPEAL the "two witness take down" - Watchtower Child Abuse Cover up
14 Jul 2005
This information about the Watchtower Society and it's despicable cover-up of thousands of chld molestations NEEDS to get out to the public.
Re: Jehovah's Witnesses REPEAL the "two witness take down" - Watchtower Child Abuse Cover up
15 Jul 2005
AMEN TO ALL THAT IS SAID. I WAS ASSOCIATED FOR 47-YEARS WITH THE W.T.B.T.S. AND IT TOOK ME ALL THAT TIME TO FIND OUT THEY ARE THE BIGGEST CULT EVER. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT OPENED MY EYES WAS THE STAND THEY TAKE ON THE TWO WITNESS THING WHEN THEY REFUSED TO STICK BY THE ONE THAT WAS MOLESTED.