Jehovah's Witnesses : Are they for real? I have on numerous occasions responded to knocks on my door only to find Elderly Ladies or Gentlemen if it is not YOUTHFUL men and women with “apprentice” boys and girls in tow, clutching an assortment of HELLISH or SATAN ADVERTS that they are forever willing to leave with you to read in exchange for a set monetary donation.
These poor souls tend to irritate me when they will not leave (me alone), however polite I decline their offerings. I must admit, if you have interacted with one you have seen them all.
It does not matter (especially in the townships), what day or time it is, these poor souls will scare the living daylights out of you by how you will go to HELL and the gory things that will happen to you in hell AND never about the beauty and pleasantness of HEAVEN.
To me they behave like religious scare-crows and from my observation, these poor souls are seriously brainwashed.
As an Afrikan with strong spiritual beliefs that acknowledge GOD as the CREATOR and my genealogy that will trace and acknowledge my ancestors and family tree being linked to the GREATER BEING of GOD’s creation. I have been unable to strike a meaningful conversation with these religious scare-crows as they do not believe that I should acknowledge my ancestors. I am not merely picking on the Jehovah’s Witnesses brigade, but because they are forever invading my space.
I have taken time and applied some effort into finding out who and what drives these relentless people?
It came as a shock to me when I discovered that the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church in Australia had failed to report (to authorities) more than 1 000 (one thousand) reports of Child Sexual Abuse since 1950.
Recently the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse began to hear two cases of Child Sexual Abuse which will be used to examine how the church has historically dealt with such claims.
The first case presented was that of a 47 year old church member who said she first began to suffer sexual abuse at the hands of a church elder when she was 15 years old. Identified only as BCB, this alleged victim stated that she often spent week-ends at the house of Bill Neill, a church elder and the father of one of her friends. She stayed with the Neill family on and off during her teens because her own family lived an hour away from the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church in Corrigin. One night, she said goodnight to Neill, “he kissed me goodnight on the lips. Initially, this did not seem unusual to me, but he then stuck his tongue into my mouth. I pulled away and looked at him in shock. He looked at me and gave me a queer smirk-type smile”. Such “tongue-kissing” became a routine occurrence. BCB said she did not feel she could tell anyone about because of Neill’s position in the Church as an elder.
“I felt that if I told someone, it would upset (Neill’s family) as well as the members of the congregation,” she said.
Over the next few years, the abuse worsened and BCB reported that he broke into the bathroom while she was showering and watched her one occasion, and forcibly performed oral sex on her in a separate incident.
When BCB mentioned to Neill’s daughter that she had begun “seeing a couple of boys’” Neill found out and asked to meet with her. “I understood that I was being asked to see (Neill) in his capacity as an elder and that I had to do as I was told. I would never have chosen to speak to him about my relationships with boys otherwise,” she said.
Even though she had expected a formal discussion of her relationships with someone who occupied an authority position in the church, she was met with more abuse.
“I feel like Neill’s position as an elder contributed to his power over me. I now think I was brainwashed into thinking that speaking to people outside of the church ..... would bring reproach upon Jehovah’s `name.”
A 2009 statement from the church NOTES that congregation elders are expected to investigate allegations of child abuse. Two witnesses must corroborate the claim in order for the alleged perpetrator to be sanctioned by the church.
In BCB’s case there is a consistency with the above procedure. After she formally came forward with her claims of abuse, she was asked to meet with Neill, Church Elder Max Horley and another church official as well as her husband. She recalls receiving defiant stares from Neill over the course of the meeting and said in her statement that the environment did not allow her to openly discuss her abuse.
“ It was already very hard to talk about sex in a room full of men. It was especially hard to talk about what (Neill) had done to me while he was sitting there in front of me. I didn’t feel it was a safe environment and I was scared of what the consequences would be if I told the whole truth. Perhaps if a Sister who I was comfortable with had been there too, it might have been easier”
Max Horley stated in his testimony that the church was unable to find what he called “clear proof” of the abuse. “I knew it wasn’t right,” Horley said. “I didn’t realise it might have been a criminal matter.”
According to the Royal Commission, even when members were officially sanctioned by the church for child abuse, they were later allowed to return. The Commission found that since 1950, the church expelled 401 members after its internal hearings on allegations of abuse. It subsequently allowed 230 of them to return to the church. Thirty-five were welcomed back on multiple occasions.
As a people, we should research and pre-investigate who we follow and pour our devotions to and judging by the admission of Max Horley that he knew it was not right but swept it under the carpet because he did not realise it might have been a criminal matter, we should really be careful.
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