Wednesday, December 22, 2004

The beam in your own eye

Concord Monitor Online: "Those critics say it's time the Jehovah's Witness church, which counts about 4,000 members in New Hampshire and 1 million in the United States, faces the same scrutiny the Catholic Church endured for harboring abusive priests.

'This has not captured the public's attention because (the Jehovah's Witnesses) are a small church,' said Jeff Anderson, a lawyer from Minnesota who has represented victims of abuse within the Catholic, Mormon and Jehovah's Witness churches. 'But anytime anyone learns of (how the church handles abuse), they are as alarmed by it as they are by the Catholic church cases.'

The Jehovah's Witness policy requires two eyewitnesses to abuse - or a molester's confession -before the church sanctions a molester. A young child cannot be his own witness. When someone is found guilty by the elders, the rest of the congregation cannot be told because doing so would be a sin, according to the church's interpretation of the Bible. A molester may be allowed to remain an active member, if he repents. In some cases, molesters have been appointed as church leaders again.

'These people make the Catholics look like saints,' said Bill Bowen of Kentucky, a former Jehovah's Witness leader who started a Web site in 2001 to monitor child abuse inside the church after he says he caught the church in a cover-up. 'I think the Catholic Church has made great strides in publicly apologizing and establishing polices to prevent molestation in the future."

The Watchtower Society loves nothing more than to castigate the Catholic Church and talk about sexual deviancy within the churches of "Christendom". I wonder what honest-minded Witnesses are thinking now, that the Whore of Babylon is more honest about its failures than the "faithful brethren" are.

Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who do such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? Romans 2:1-4