Should Jehovah’s Witnesses be feared?

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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7 thoughts on “Should Jehovah’s Witnesses be feared?

  1. If I felt I were abused by any member I would go to the police, have them do a criminal investigation & if there is enough evidence to stand up in a Court of Law, then the Crown lays charges! Thereafter sue for damages in Civil Court.

    If you think Jehovah’s Witnesses are perfect people and never make mistakes, think again. But I will give them this, they are closer to being Christian than any of the other religious organization in Christendom! I say this being associated with them all, for most of my 65 years.

  2. Dear Alexis Klatt.
    If you read the court transcripts. Im not sure if you have but Mr Kendrick was reported to the elders for paedophilia and admitted what he had done, maybe in the Jehovahs Witnesses arena that is all that is required to ensure safety for Andrea his step daughter, the child he then had abused-and the safety of any other children that he came across later, that being Candace.

    He was reported to the police by Evelyn, Andreas mother after first consulting the elders.

    So the elders knew of Mr. J. Kendrick’s activities and passion for interfering with children, yet they stood by and watched on numerous occasions, Candace sit on his lap at bible study, go out in service with him, lavish her with the attention that only a paedophile can.

    Why did they not intervene?

    Because according to the dictates that come from Watchtower HQ. All that needed to be done had been done.The issue had been addressed. The wrongdoer had confessed. This was enough.
    Well clearly it wasn’t enough as he went on- as is utterly predictable to -abuse again.

    So maybe you can think again Alexis Klatt, about perfection as that is a pretty big mistake and one that was carried out by elders and authorised by the headquarters.
    Perfection is not what is lacking here but a failure of moral responsibility towards minors, with dire personal consequences for those abused and very costly and unfavourable public relations for the watchtowers “Christian” credentials.

    • Thank you for your reply. No I am not familiar with the case, nor did I attend court or read the transcripts. If the elders mishandled this case then they should be charged, punished & removed from their position, as in any organization, religious or otherwise.

      Have your read the JW Publication, ‘Questions Young People Ask & Answers that Work’? In there is a chapter teaching children that it is Not alright for anyone to put their hands on them, not even a healthcare professional, without the child’s permission. It also talks about what do do to protect themselves from pedophiles.

      I really hope you are not judging the entire organization by a couple of bad apples. As you must be well aware, pedophilia has been discovered in all religious organizations. The difference in the JWs is that when it is proven, it is dealt with by disfellowshipping, whereas other religious organizations simply move them around to different churches or Parishes.

  3. Jehovah’s Witnesses are in *breach of the preach*.
    Jehovah’s Witnesses proselytizing is a false Gospel. (Gal. 1:8)

    Straight up doctrinal facts on Jehovah Witness.
    The Jehovah’s Witnesses teach preach that Jesus had his return aka second coming October 1914,then they spin all sorts of doctrinal embellishments on that date.

    They teach only 144,000 go to heaven,on and on and on with made up man made dogmas……They have infighting,crime and child abuse as bad as any church out there.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses promotion of their Watchtower sect has the net effect of stumbling and turning people off to the real Gospel.
    Jesus said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte; and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves” (Matt 23:15)

    Danny Haszard born 3rd generation Jehovah’s Witness
    *Tell the truth don’t be afraid* FMI http://www.dannyhaszard.com

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