Watchtower Governing Body not the Untouchable MFers they want you to think they are
This March 2017 The Royal Commission on Child Abuse in Sydney Australia will hold a public hearing that will likely be held over several days on the week of the 20th. According to their website, “The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:”
- The current policies and procedures of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd in relation to child protection and child-safe standards, including responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.
- Factors that may have contributed to the occurrence of child sexual abuse at Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd institutions.
- Factors that may have affected the institutional response of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd to child sexual abuse.
- The responses of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd to relevant case study report(s) and other Royal Commission reports.
- Any related matters.
The purpose of this public hearing is not to inquire into individual sets of facts or particular events as has occurred in previous Royal Commission case studies.
In other words the Commission found all the complaints and accusations against the Watchtower policies to be valid, now it’s time to see if Watchtower made any changes as reccomended by the Commission. For those of you who remember the July 2015 Royal Commission Hearings that ran for 8 days, this is the followup and yes they are going to call back a representative of the Watchtower (just as they did Govering Body member Geoffrey Jackson) to inquire as to whether they have made improvements to any of the policies they lambasted the Watchtower Society for back in the summer of ’15. It was the discovery of 1006 unreported cases of chid-molestation that prompted those first hearings. In particular will be the one the Society is still pretending has modern relevancy, the “two witness rule,” which seems to be the key reason why the Watchtower deliberately and purposely directs a broken system in their organization, leading to an outright denial of services and resources for the victims. Pretty ego-deflating stuff for the Watchtower, and about damn time I say. Is it safe to consider those 2015 hearings the first of what I call the #GetToughOnTheWatchtowerSociety judicial movements? Not long after the Australian hearings, an American court seems to be awaking to the Watchower.
A 6/24 story by Dorian Hargrove of the San Diego Reader states a superior court judge decided to play some rare hardball against the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society, it seems a former member of that organization’s church; the Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs) accuses an elder of sexually abusing him when he was 7-years-old. Judge Richard Strauss has asked for evidence that they have a policy of not reporting their pedophiles to the authorities, which would put them directly under scrutiny as enablers. What he specifically wants is a 1997 letter and all documents related to it that was circulated to Kingdom Halls all around the world by the Governing Body. Not surprisingly the Watchtower and their attorneys are only concerned with keeping the letter confidential. That’s a lot of people harboring a secret paper without so much as a single leak, but JW Elders can’t fight pedophile when they’re too busy ramming “Aid books” up their ass.
While this is going on Judge Strauss ordered the Watchtower to pay $4,000 per day for every day they don’t produce the documents. According to the story this is not the first time the court asked them for said letter, in 2015 the Watchtower was asked to hand it over, Watchtower submitted a “heavily redacted” version of the letter. Whatever happened to “be in subjection to the superior authorities?” That scripture is arrogantly applied only to members who marginalize and minimize themselves to fit the Watchtowers bad policies, not it’s Governing Body.
Jehovah’s Witnesses are long taught to fear getting caught from doing various things ranging from being seen walking in or out of a liquor store, porn shop, voting booth, to reading a book at the library written by an ex-member. They reason that if an Elder, Circuit Overseer or their wives give them a side-eye glance, then a “Jehovah God” must be sitting in heaven doing the same thing.
He doesn’t of course, there is no such creator of earth or universe that is rubbing his hands together delighting in such micromanagement so as to keep his followers on constant pins and needles. While the Watchtower is not in financial trouble, they are in some amount of legal trouble. Enough trouble to one day force them to shut down leaving the cult they created-the Witnesses-to be seen standing in front of boarded-up buildings once called Kingdom Halls, scratching their heads. They will tell you it’s the “great tribulation” of Matthew Chapter 24 they been howling for decades, but in reality it will be Chapter 11 of bankruptcy tribulation.
Watchtower mind-control effects can linger long after one leaves or is ousted from that organization. This can become manifest in seeing one clinging onto one or two of their signature teachings, and even dogmatically pushing it without knowing it. One ex-JW lost her younger brother and became irate when I mentioned he’s probably with his dad (who ironically passed away just a couple months earlier). She began pushing the Watchtower’s “sleep in death” theory, even citing Bibles other than the New World Translation to support this. Some people need to stop reading the Bible itself so much, and read a real history of the Bible. Is God so stuffy so as not to have an afterlife, or to restrict it to just the small number of 144,000 that they push? What then is the spirit that keeps our physical bodies alive, a bottle of prescription Five Hour Energy?
The Watchtower’s biggest fear is their days of punking their followers into accepting anything they dish out-from their bland funeral-dirge music to their “loving” shunning arrangements-will come to an end. We now find them in their more troubled years, the post-Australian Commission Hearing on Child Abuse years, conveniently taken to using “Christian Rock” music on their new TV network and videos. This is something they would not have come within 144,000 miles of doing back in the ‘60’s, ‘70’s and ‘80’s, back then they were as much of a stiff old white boys club as any organization they complained about in the world. Now more than ever they are feeling the heat. Don’t be surprised if they attempt to become a “700 Club” knock-off, the ‘607 Club’ or some such foolishness, and go into syndication. Anything that distracts you away from examining their unreported child sexual abuse cases is fine with them. Back in the day they would have distanced themselves from Prince in the wake of his death, or even issued a disclaimer officially distancing themselves from him, instead of the response they actually made. Desperate times.
“We are saddened to hear about the death of Prince Rogers Nelson, who was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2003… Our thoughts are with his family and friends, particularly his fellow worshippers in the Saint Louis Park Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Minnesota.” Though as with Michael Jackson, and the Williams Sisters etc., it not as if they are dealt with the same iron hand the Watchtower uses to control ordinary working-stiff members. Wealthy celebrities are granted a sin-pass due to the potential contributions from them. This from a religion so controlling that their decisions have contributed to the economic downturn over the decades due to countless millions not attending college, turning down promotions and high positions at work, not being allowed to serve and retire in the military, and last but not least gamble, which of course includes casinos and most notably playing the lottery. Just imagine how many millionaires would have come out of their ranks had the Watchtower and Awake just been ordinary magazines of religious opinion sitting on the newsstands, only hoping for readers to purchase or subscribe. Or just think had there never been a Jehovah’s Witness faith or so many needless prohibitions.
I don’t know about Padron, but here’s hoping he makes out like Jose Lopez who in 2014 was awarded $13.5 million in damages due to sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of longtime JW Gonzalo Campos. Campos also molested Padron. Judge Strauss blow to their wallet seems to be just the prescription those sick band of old boys need. As they say, the light gets brighter.
Chris Stevenson is author of “The MAO Syndrome: A Timeline of Newspaper columns Tracking Hate, Fear, Loathing, Obstinacy, and Stubbornness of many on the right & some on the left who are simply Mad At Obama.” He is also a regular columnist for blackcommentator, and a contributor to the Hampton Institute, his own blog www.thebuffalobullet.com, and a syndicated columnist. Follow him on Twitter, and Facebook, you don’t have to join any of them. Watch his video interviews for Griot Nation (GNN). Follow his Blogtalkradio interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him by email; firstname.lastname@example.org