JEHOVAHIS WITNESSES: What one question would you ask them, if you could get by asking only one question?
- Anonymous10 years agoFavorite Answer
Why do you still adhere to a 2 Witness rule in order to report child molestation to the police?
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Jehovah's Witnesses (WTS)
Policies & examples of child sexual abuse
Quotation: "In the organization, you have to have two witnesses, and of course it's almost impossible to have two witnesses to a child molestation. So if a parent comes with their daughter to the elder, they ask and he says, no, I didn't do it, then that's the end of the matter. I would like to see them recognize it, take it to the civil authorities and professionals that are capable and qualified to help the victims." Joe Anderson, former Jehovah's Witness elder.
Placing abuse in perspective:
Since the year 2000, evidence has emerged of widespread child sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church, and of subsequent payoffs and cover-ups by the church. Some evidence of sexual abuse within the Watchtower Society (WTS) has also appeared in the media in recent years. What is missing is a measure of balance.
Sexual abuse is found throughout society. Approximately 1% of girls are so abused by their fathers before puberty, and about 1% by their step-fathers. Abuse of boys is at a lower level. There is really no reliable data which demonstrates whether religion plays a role in this phenomenon. We have never located any trustworthy evidence that sexual abuse of children is higher or lower in the WTS and Roman Catholic Church than in other faith groups or in society as a whole.
WTS rules about abuse:
Christianity bases its beliefs and practices on the Christian Scriptures (New Testament). Three main themes in the Scriptures are:
A person should forgive someone who has hurt or abused them.
Individuals can be redeemed.
People can change through prayer and spiritual support.
These biblical themes often come into conflict with secular standards, which may include beliefs that:
Abusive pedophiles or hebephiles should be punished for Child sexual abuse perpetrators typically molest dozens of children before they are caught. Thus, they have to be isolated from new potential victims, at least until they receive counseling and there is some confidence that they will not reoffend.
Parents need to be informed if a child abuser is in their group or neighborhood.
Every religious institution develops their own policies and regulations concerning accusations of child sexual and physical abuse. The Jehovavah's Witnesses organization follows a biblical standard when investigating allegations of any offense on the part of a member. Proof that an offense has occurred requires either:
A confession on the part of the alleged perpetrator, or
The testimony of at least two witnesses to a single case of abuse, 2 or The testimony of one witness to abuse, followed by testimony of a second witness to another instance of abuse. 2,3
In the case of sexual abuse, the only witnesses are usually the perpetrator and the victim. As a result, proof cannot often be obtained unless the perpetrator is willing to confess to the crime. According to a 1995 article in the Watchtower, a publication of the Watchtower Society (WTS), if proof cannot be obtained, elders are to "explain to the accuser that nothing more can be done in a judicial (church disciplinary) way...the congregation will continue to view the one accused as an innocent person." The article suggested that "The question of his guilt or innocence can be safely left in Jehovah's (God's) hands." Some victims ask for more.
At a recent trial in a Canadian court, a lawyer for the prosecution stated that the Witnesses imposes a three-year statute of limitations on behaviors like sexual abuse. Any charges brought to the elders of a congregation by an alleged victim must relate to recent abuse. 4
If abuse cannot be proven, the elders of the congregation "are expected to report the allegation to the branch office of the Jehovah's Witnesses in their country, if local privacy laws permit. Again, privacy laws permitting, a record is made a the branch office that the individual has been accused of child abuse....The aim is to balance the right to privacy of the individual with the overriding need to protect the safety of children." 5
Where child abuse can be proven, and the member is unrepentant, he or she is disfellowshipped. This involves being expelled from the organization. However, if they can convince elders that they have truly repented of their abusive behavior, they can be readmitted into the congregation. If repentant then she/he is not permitted to hold a responsible job in the congregation for at least twenty years. 5
The Jehovah's Witnesses has a dual policy concerning cases of child abuse which meet their standards of proof: Local elders are required by the WTS to alert police and/or child protection services only in those political jurisdictions which require religious institutions to report suspected cases of abuse. Some states in the U.S. do not have mandated reporting. Other require certain professionals like physicians, teachers, and social workers to report, but allow religious leaders to remain silent. Some states have no laws at all in this area.
Where reporting is not mandated by the state, their policy is to keep keep the matter secret. Communications between elders and members are kept confidential. They generally do not report abuse but attempt to handle it within the organization. An abuser will often be encouraged to confess to authorities. A disciplinary hearing may be held. However, only elders can take notes, which are later collected and kept in a secure location. No tape recordings are permitted.
The Witnesses hold that the privilege of clergy confidentiality applies to any confidential communication among its members, including statements at disciplinary hearings which involve multiple elders and witnesses.
Some members in the organization suggest that the latter policies can put WTS members and the rest of the public at risk. Sometimes confessed molesters will be allowed to remain in the congregation, with disastrous results in the form of continued molestation. One responsibility expected of members is that they do door-to-door evangelizing. An abusive pedophile or hebephile could use this opportunity to recruit new victims.
- ?Lv 510 years ago
Why are you so horribly misguided and allow yourselves to be controlled by a fale religion?
@ I'm Full Of Chocolate, I don't know anyone who "cowers behind a sofa" when the JWs call.
- ForeverYoungLv 710 years ago
I hope everyone emails the "true" Jehovah's Witnesses because as many hours in a day, or questions anyone can think up; there is answers in the scriptures.
I am a witness and I love people. You or anyone can email me with all your questions and you will get 'not opinions' but bible based answers.
- 10 years ago
So sayeth you oh whore of Babylon
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- conundrumLv 710 years ago
When did you begin walking in the light of the Kingdom?
- 10 years ago
It is more to the point: if people would ask a question and WAIT for the answer! I, for one and I know my brothers and sisters feel the same way: LOVE questions. So as long as they are reasonable, then fire away and ask.
- crosseyedLv 610 years ago
can you show me scripturally that the jesus came in 1919 and appointed the watchtower as faithful and discreet slave, based on the criteria that they alone were the only ones on earth preaching truth of correct spiritual sustenance of meat in due season?
this they cannot prove. back then they were preaching that jesus returned invisibly in 1874, that the archangel michael was the pope, and that christendom will die in the streets in their millions in 1918. none of this is true.
yet they suppose that jesus came and appointed them over all his belongings, rejecting everyone else and only using the watchtower as gods sole communication channel to man.
i'd love to see scripture for all that.
- CarlLv 710 years ago
Why do you not listen to Jesus when He says, "I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father except by Me?"
or (Yes, I know it's two questions)
"Why do you search the Scriptures and yet not come to Jesus, that you may have life?"
or (Yes, I know I'm really taking liberties with the "one" question.)
Acts 4:12 (New International Version)
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." So, why do you look for salvation in another name?
- angelmusicLv 710 years ago
If you give me a few minutes at your door, I'll answer any question that is asked with a desire for an answer.
EDIT EDIT EDIT
As for the age of the earth, - we're talking billions of years.
As for carbon dating for man's existence?
This will give evidence to support claims by Jehovah's Witnesses concerning carbon dating.Source(s): One of Jehovah's Witnesses
- 10 years ago
I'd ask them how they would feel if one of their children was sexually abused by someone in the hall, went to elders about it, but because there was no other witness to the abuse nothing was done. And if they decided to pursue it farther the Elders threatened to disfellowship them.
"How do you feel knowing that this can happen to your child because of the Watchtower Society's 2 witness rule and that it HAS happened to many children in the WTS?"Source(s): http://www.silentlambs.org/
- 10 years ago
I would ask, why has your religion never took arms and killed people in the bloodshed of wars while Catholics and protestants have been killing each other for centuries on opposing sides in the name of God?
Take World War II Europe.
Church congregations on allied and axis sides of Catholics and protestants fought for their countries and ultimately against the men, women and children by bombing cities on both sides of the war.
Catholics and protestants as well as other people died in the wreckage of bombs, shrapnel and gun fire by soldiers, airman and seamen who millions of the fighters too were of Catholic and protestant faiths. Their own difference was nationality which justified them slaughtering each other.
My one question to Catholic and protestants would be: why did not your church leaders guide their flocks to show the same example of loving neighbour and enemy as well as their own brothers that Jehovah's Witnesses demonstrated and whom remained free of blood guilt to war and showed upholding real Christian values in times of distress?