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The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses Blame Homosexuals for the Pedophilia in Their Religion

Go online and look up “Jehovah’s Witnesses and child molestation” and you’ll find site after site that shows their horrific track record in how they handle such abuse within their religion. You can browse this site alone, under the Pedophilia category or JW Victims in the News, and see civil case after civil case being filed, along with cases of active, approved members of their congregations actually serving jail time for the rape and molestation of little children.

You can also note their severe, perverse failings 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.

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.)

And:

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.

9qCoD545What 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 in the page listed above 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. 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.

Take Responsibility!

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. If the gay ninjas won’t do it, I hope the child abuse victims will.

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  1. Alex,
    I’m sorry if a first name basis bothers you, but I feel as though a common hatred of pedophilia is deserving of a first-name basis in itself. And, in regards to that, I thank you for what you do.
    I ask that, if at all possible, you reference links to donate to any causes involving sexual assault (adults and juveniles) against “Jehovah’s” Witnesses.
    It’s just that I’d like to be able to assist in legal and medical costs, despite my limited funds, because of knowing where they’re coming from in both the “victim” and ‘JW” sense, and I realize the fear they would have on all fronts. I can’t always research things as thoroughly as I’d like, being married to someone raised a JW, and I’d like to have a reliable source for placing funds under my husband’s nose.
    -Barbara

    • Thank you for your kind words and first names are absolutely fine!

      As far as donations, right now I cannot think of any one organization that I would endorse which is set up specifically for JW child sex assault victims. Most legal cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning that the lawyers don’t charge a fee unless they win. I don’t know of a charity that is meant for medical costs or costs of therapy for JW victims alone, although it’s a great idea that I might run by a few fellow activists.

      What I might suggest is consider other organizations that assist abuse victims of all sorts, such as RAINN, NoMore, 1in6, and the Bristlecone project. The last two are for male sexual assault victims in particular. I haven’t done extensive research about them and their charitable statuses but I do use their websites for reference material and other information. You can also visit my page of organizations that help victims (here) and note if any of those organizations appeal to you. I hope that helps and want to say I think it’s wonderful that you want to help in such a way.

  2. Don’t forget! Claiming someone has sins is keeping the congregation clean, but if it’s their sins then it is a person causing divisions. In other words, person A and B and C must bring their false accusations as three witnesses of brother D so that they can excommunicate D and call it purging the flock to be clean, not creating a division with D. BUT then if person D and E and F come back with proof of innocence to show ABC lied, then that proof is a causing of division among the flock and is why they are now out. It does not use Jehovah’s eyes to see truth. It insists that killing all men of Shechem was for Jacob and for Jehovah, it even wants Dinah killed if she isn’t an elder’s daughter to excuse. AND it kills the man whose woman was raped to death by others of the flock, because he xposed the flock to the whole world when he cut her into 12 pieces to show 12 tribes that they have perverts in their halls. Yep cover the rape over, and the murder, and legally execute the master who exposed them by sending pieces out to the world.

  3. That video also left me speechless – amazed at the outright lies they tell. What I don’t understand is why lawyers and authorities are not calling them out for these obvious lies – how can they make such videos public and yet no authorities dare to request their silence? Where are the judges that have found JWs guilty of hiding pedophiles and re-abusing victims (all based on their policies) – these authorities KNOW this org is lying. Why doesn’t anyone, except us and the victims, say anything?

    • I’m hoping this one gets some attention from civil rights groups, it sounds like hate speech to me. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

      • Definitely agree, it does sound alot like hate speech. How on earth they come to the conclusion that personal-sexual orientation somehow is a repesentitive for the nature of any crime, is beyond me. Not to mention it is definitely degrading and generalizing a sensitive side of the community which has now been accepted into our society. Just… I don’t even know where their brains are at right now. Once again, thank you for posting this article, Alex. I’ll be sure to spread news locally with printing the flyers off and sticking them up! 🙂

    • Maybe because you’re believing lies lol smh. I bet you read tabloids too and everything you read on the internet. Do you believe in Santa, the tooth fairy, the Easter Bunny, etc. because your on mummy said so =(

  4. I’ll have to catch up some reading it seems! I hope you’re having a good day, Author Alex James!

    I managed to run into a Jehovah Witness who is heavily influenced – not brainwashed but the religion has a serious effect on her. She exhibits the same type of speech and lack for individual thinking throughout my conversation with her. Funny enough, she isn’t anywhere near as polite as I was and she even stated I trash talked her belief, what a joke. Anyhow, I’ll just post some quotes here and explain briefly just so some people can understand just how heavily influenced these people are.

    My original comment in full form: “How about you re-look what the scriptures say? If what you are saying is true, which it is NOT by the way, why have Jehovah Witnesses left the religion after being raped and victimized and blamed for the occurance of their rape? Women have been abused and they are supposed to be submissive apparantly and just take the hits.

    May I refer you to: https://jwvictims.org/2013/12/22/because-who-cares-how-the-children-are-affected-by-violence-and-abuse-thats-why/

    in response to the following comment she posted earlier:

    “We don’t condone it actually. Get your facts right and don’t believe everything you see on the internet. In fact if anyone did that they’d be disfellowshipped (not that a REAL Jehovah’s Witness would do that anyway)”

    Now I will say the guy who posted the original comment may have been snarky but he is fully entitled to his own opinion, not even one sentence later she is already bashing him with an aggressive tone and wording. Is this how you love your neighbour? Good grief! So by this you can already see in full form how she is an aggressive and not a nice person at all, but she calms down later; not that it excuses her behavior though, it’s completely unchristian-like and it’s nothing but bitter and venom to anyone not in the truth, which is extremely common. This had occured more than twice in my experience.

    “That’s just too bad for you. If you don’t want to come back to Jehovah’s organization, then that’s your own decision. But no one forces the bible down anyone’s throats. And even if it “seemed” that way, whoever was doing it wanted the best for you and you were just too stubborn to see it.”

    This is half of the comment she replied to mine with, as stated above; this right here is EXACTLY what is wrong with the belief system in the jehovah’s witness. Not only did she give mixed signals such as declaring that it is my own decision to not join their religion, fair enough, but instead leaving at that she continued to turn on that by saying “and even if it seemed that way, whoever was doing it wanted the best for you and you were too stubborn to see it.” I made sure to set her straight that through my personal experience, which is fact and not opinion, is the likely hood of me being emotionally abused is VERY high. Infact, I even followed the chain-of-command which I now have to change even after I left the truth, and it’s not easy it is very very difficult. I’m used to putting Jehovah first, Elders second, parents third, other religious people fourth and myself last. I noticed I am ALWAYS putting myself last and that wasn’t because of choice, but that is because of their chain-of-command system and how it works. Then I can bet they will scream “HONOUR THY MOTHER AND FATHER!” Indeed, don’t rape or kill your parents, but don’t let them assume full control over your adult life, which is what has/is happening to me.

    ” I have heard no where of Jehovah’s Witnesses being raped and abused. It just doesn’t make sense? Why would we of all people do that? Something isn’t right.”

    Here we see how ignorant she really is. She admits to never hearing any of these cases, I wonder why. I can bet she is just scrolling through videos and not even listening or paying attention to the news and sorts. This is how she is heavily influenced. I don’t think I need to say anymore, you can find numerous amount of proof of the two witnesses who were raped and never helped, except by the state.

    And finally, the last piece of detail: “I just can’t stand it when someone trash talks my beliefs.” judge what I said in my original comment for yourself, see if I was the prick, aggressive attitude who bullied her. I didn’t, I informed and kept polite and formal, and she didn’t like it, not one bit.

    As for this rant? I felt like I needed to do it, to share my experience and hopefully it will be of some use or evidence for other people to realize how heavy their influence is. Ultimately I do believe there is a god and jesus, but I don’t think they revolve around one religion and their god will murder other innocent people who help eachother day in and day out to live safely. It’s illogical.

    Final note; I believe somewhere in this wall of text you can see how she seems to be isolated. She has access to the internet, she can go on youtube out of all places, but she can’t find a single strand of evidence that was held up in court and a quick visit to BBC.com? Funny, even more funny that at the kingdom hall they actually use court speeches and such all the time to have it in their favour and context of what their discussion is about. She also claims anyone who speaks ill or criticises the religion has been fed “propaganda” but refuses to go further with that statement. This isn’t nit-picking, this is serious psychology damage at play and I’m just on my road of recovery and yet it’s so scary how influenced it can be.

    Take care, James. And I’m looking forward to the next article you post!

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