Go online and look up “Jehovah’s Witnesses and child molestation” and you’ll find site after site that shows their horrific record of such abuse within their religion. You can browse this site alone, under the Pedophilia category, for the same.
You can also note the severe, perverse failings of Jehovah’s Witnesses in how they handle such accusations, with elders being told outright that there needs to be a second witness to the abuse before anything can be done about it within the religion. Child rape victims are also mercilessly grilled by elders in their congregations, as if to somehow prove that they are at fault for having been raped and abused as children.
Despite that, in the latest video to come out of JW headquarters, in a bizarre, rambling speech worthy of a Westboro Baptist Church protest, governing body member Tony Morris outright blamed homosexuals and the “new morality” of the recent decades for pedophilia and child abuse:
(https://tv.jw.org/#en/mediaitems/StudioMonthly2015/pub-jwb_201507_1_VIDEO, about the 43:00 mark)
Blatant, Political Lies
To start his blame-fest, Morris starts out with blatant lies that are worthy of a political campaign, saying that, “As a religious organization, we have taken a decisive stand against such behavior. It is our fervent desire to protect children from any kind of abuse.”
Well, that’s not true in the least. How can you say that you want to protect children from abuse, but then demand that they produce a witness to that abuse before investigating further? As many legal cases have shown and as you can read about in this post, Jehovah’s Witnesses have also willfully allowed known child molesters to be alone with children, with no warnings given to parents as to a person’s past acts. This is one major reason they are facing so many lawsuits; it’s not just that pedophilia has happened within the religion, but it’s that they know someone is guilty of molesting a child and yet, they outright arrange for other children to be alone with that person in their preaching work and at other times. I wouldn’t call that a “decisive stand” against such behavior; I would call it leaving the thief in charge of the cash register.
Blaming New Morality, Congratulating Themselves
Morris then goes on to talk about how child molestation has happened for thousands of years, but that it’s only been in the past few decades that it’s become so widely known, thanks to law enforcement and government intervention. He then talks about how the “new morality” of the past few decades became popular, and how this new morality “included sexual relations among young ones,” and congratulates the religion for how they condemned such behavior. He then pulls out the June 22, 1982, Awake magazine, which featured articles about this “new morality,” and points out how one article warned about homosexual men who “prey on and advocate the right to use boys for sex.”
The absolute first thing to point out here is that study after study has debunked the idea that child molesters are really homosexual men:
“As an expert panel of researchers convened by the National Academy of Sciences noted in a 1993 report: ‘The distinction between homosexual and heterosexual child molesters relies on the premise that male molesters of male victims are homosexual in orientation. Most molesters of boys do not report sexual interest in adult men, however.’ (National Research Council, 1993, p. 143, citation omitted).” (From University of California Davis, this website.)
“According to the American Psychological Association, ‘homosexual men are not more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual men are.’ Gregory Herek, a professor at the University of California, Davis, who is one of the nation’s leading researchers on prejudice against sexual minorities, reviewed a series of studies and found no evidence that gay men molest children at higher rates than heterosexual men.” (From Southern Poverty Law Center, this website.)
As much as religious people would love to somehow justify their hatred of homosexuals, they cannot use child molestation as one of their weapons. Gay people are not somehow automatically attracted to children of the same gender, anymore so than a heterosexual person is attracted to children of the opposite gender. Note, too, that men who molest children don’t just target young boys; they may molest young girls either in addition to or instead of boys, and adult women can be child molesters, also sexually abusing little boys. Needless to say, that destroys the whole “child sexual abuse is because of the gays” theory right there. Child molestation, like rape, is not just about sexual attraction. It’s about power, abuse, anger, and perversions, as expressed against someone who is helpless and physically weaker than you.
Homosexuals and Child Abuse Among Jehovah’s Witnesses
What is also disgusting about this statement is that Morris seems to imply that random homosexuals are somehow to blame for the child molestation happening within the Kingdom Halls of Jehovah’s Witnesses! Read the news stories about JWs and child sex abuse and you’ll see that many of the men who have raped and molested children within the religion are married, have children of their own, and have been welcome, accepted members of the religion for years. Also, note that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not allow homosexuals to be among their ranks. Yet, Morris implies that these terrible, horrible homosexuals are somehow covertly infiltrating the Kingdom Halls, raping little children, and then somehow disappearing from their notice, like unseen pedophile ninjas.
Blaming homosexuals for child molestation is beyond unacceptable, and it’s my hope that some LGBT group hears those words and has a case for hate speech or libel against Jehovah’s Witnesses and Morris in general. As some readers may know, Morris has already railed about homosexuals in the fashion industry who are purposely putting men in tight pants, something that earned him the attention of The Advocate magazine. Saying that there is some gay conspiracy in the fashion industry to sneak a peek at a man’s crotch is one thing; blaming gays for child rape is quite another, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there were calls to label Jehovah’s Witnesses as a hate group for it. Imagine if Morris blamed Native Americans, rich people, blondes, or immigrants for child rape, and perhaps you understand the point.
The real problem here, however, it that Morris is blaming those outside the religion for the child rape and molestation that are happening within their own walls. Whether he was blaming gays or immigrants or Jews or poor people, it shows the gross lack of responsibility that Jehovah’s Witnesses feel when it comes to protecting their very own children, by shifting the blame from their horrific policies to the feet of these mysterious gay ninjas that have infested their religion. Note from his discourse that Jehovah’s Witnesses still stubbornly refer to child molestation as “morality” rather than the horrific crime it really is, and still stubbornly refuse to take decisive action against those who commit this terrible crime against children. As the post linked above shows, they have referred to a man fondling the breasts of his stepdaughter while she slept as a “minor uncleanness,” and said that a bit of counsel was all that was needed to address the issue. Nothing about getting the child out of the house, reporting it to the police, removing him from the congregation, etc. The man fondled his teenage stepdaughter while she slept, and to them it was a “minor” matter.
Congratulating yourself on how you have been so “decisive” about protecting children when your policies and attitudes actually foster a breeding ground for child abuse is one thing. Blaming gays for child rape is another. Refusing to take responsibility for the atmosphere you create in your religion and the tens of thousands of children who have been raped and molested at the hands of elders and other active members in the congregation is an obscenity all to itself.
I’m glad Jehovah’s Witnesses are facing as many lawsuits from such victims as they are, and I hope more come forward and bring their cases to court, and “call them out” on those horrific policies. The governing body isn’t sorry for what they’ve done to the victims, they don’t feel one ounce of remorse for the child rape that has gone on in their religion for so many years, so they deserve to have these cases come to light and blame placed exactly where it belongs. If the governing body of Jehovah’s Witnesses won’t willingly take responsibility for what they’ve done and the molestation they’ve facilitated, then they need to have this responsibility forced upon them one way or the other.
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