The Hingham Patch (out of Massachusetts), reporting from the Hingham Police Log from August 22, says that “a caller reported three suspicious women who identified themselves as Jehovah’s Witnesses. The caller reported the women came by her home on Longmeadow Road and were looking around the home. If located, she wants police to speak with them.”
Members of the Jehovah’s Witness organization are known for their canvassing neighborhoods knocking on doors in order to distribute literature and ask for contributions for their “worldwide work.” Many people who have become aware of the child sex abuse scandals that have plagued the Witnesses’ movement have become highly suspicious of their activities. Some watch groups have warned residents that if they have children at their homes, to keep an eye on them at all times when Witnesses stop by their door. Some residents have feared Witnesses coming to their property due to the Watchtower Society’s alleged policy of protecting pedophiles.
In one of their official magazines, the Watchtower Society (the headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses) said in regards to church officials dealing with molestation accusations:
“If the accusation is denied, the elders should explain to the accuser that nothing more can be done in a judicial way. And the congregation will continue to view the one accused as an innocent person. The Bible says that there must be two or three witnesses before judicial action can be taken. (2Cor.13:1, 1 Tim. 5:19) Even if more than one person “remembers” abuse by the individual, the nature of these recalls is just too uncertain to base judicial decisions on them without other supporting evidence. This does not mean that such “memories” are viewed as false (or that they are viewed as true). But Bible principles must be followed in establishing a matter judicially.” (See Watchtower, November 1, 1995, pages 28-29)
An organization called Silent Lambs, known for its mission to ‘protect children through education,’ says that Witness “pedophiles are protected by a church mandated ‘code of silence’ where even members of the immediate family cannot be informed, and, in many cases, accused pedophiles remain in positions of responsibility within the church while their victims suffer in silence or face church sanctions. I believe this policy is unethical, immoral, and, in many states, illegal.”
On their Web site, Silent Lambs said, “How bad is it? In my opinion, due to present church policy, my religion has become saturated with pedophiles holding positions from top to bottom. In my forty-plus years as a member, I have yet to find one church among Jehovah’s Witnesses that does not have problems with child molestation.” The author of the web site left the Witnesses organization due to the scandals and established the Silent Lambs organization to assist in getting the word out about the rampant child molestation problem.
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