Danger for Children

March 16, 2020

Dear Editor:

I wanted to make you aware of a dangerous situation affecting children in Clare. There’s a new documentary on the Oxygen network called ‘The Witnesses’ that details how the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses is actively covering up child sexual abuse within their congregations. Here’s a link to it if you haven’t seen it yet:

https://www.oxygen.com/the-witnesses

Also, The Atlantic magazine uncovered a secret database kept by Jehovah’s Witnesses that shows there may be over 18,000 pedophiles in the congregations in the United States alone! Since there are about 12,000 congregations in the country, that would mean every congregation has one or two known child sex predators hiding in them. Here’s a link to that article:

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2019/03/the-secret-jehovahs-witness-database-of-child-molesters/584311/

That’s a very scary situation for Clare children because, according to the official website of Jehovah’s Witnesses (jw.org
), there are 2 congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the city.

I wanted to make you aware since this is a situation that affects Clare in a way that people need to be made aware of. There’s a lot more information available on this subject. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you in advance for warning the community of the danger their children may be in.

Sincerely, Alvin Smith

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12 Responses to Danger for Children

  1. Anonymous Reply

    March 16, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    With the current virus outbreak right now, I think JWs are the least thing you need to be worried about these days 🙄.
    BTW they saw the corona outbreak long before it happened, maybe they are not so dangerous 🤔

    https://www.ghgossip.com/here-is-how-jehovahs-witnesses-predicted-the-coronavirus-outbreak-15-years-ago/

    • Carla Troke Reply

      March 18, 2020 at 4:14 pm

      Please stop spreading this lie. It was not the jws who predicted this. They wrote an aryicle off of a medical journal. What jws did predictis the end of world in the late 1800’s,1919,1975. Please get your facts straight. Go to JWfacts. com for the truth from their own literature. Pedophile problem going on for years. Google jehovah witnesses and CSA. Court cases all around the world going on. Look up Australian Royal Commission and jehovah witnesses. Appalling. Check out the Oxygen channel recently on jws.

      • Anon Reply

        March 19, 2020 at 3:54 am

        So what is going to get more coverage: a medical journal? Or a magazine with a circulation of over 93 million and over 220 languages? hmmmmm….I would say the latter…but I will apologize for one thing, I did make it sound like JWs predicted this pandemic….I certainly did not mean that…but again raising awareness about these pandemics possibly happening is never a bad thing….but also I will be declining your advice on visiting those websites. Reading comments like yours only makes it more clear to me why JWs are God’s True Organization (Matthew 24:9) The more I am hated for following the Bibles clear standards, the more I am convinced of this. Thanks for that! 🙂

      • Chris Glenn Reply

        March 22, 2020 at 9:21 pm

        Blech. Be sure to go to JW.org. Carla appears to be another hater with an agenda.

    • Lori R Reply

      March 30, 2020 at 5:36 pm

      Jehovah’s Witnesses did not predict an outbreak. If you took history class you would learn the fall of Rome started with an epidemic. Continue to the end of 19th century and into the 20th, there are more cases of epidemics; polio, the Spanish flu. These are all events that do not include witnesses.

      I welcomed a pioneer elderly sister who needed to park her RV on property. She came in to use the kitchen or shower whenever she needed, for almost a year and when I needed to get out of my brother’s house because of his erratic behavior and needed a place to stay, I received no help from anyone. The elders were over at my brother’s house thoroughly supporting him.

      And the elders will disown you if you report sexual abuse to the authorities. I state this from personal experience. There are at least 20 cases I personally know of within that organization within 25 of my years there…… you may have the pedophiles…at least we know where they’re at.

  2. Harry Osborn Reply

    March 16, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Oxygen network is a lot like 60 minutes. They start with the conclusion, then search for evidence that only supports their conclusion. That makes their reporting suspect, if not completely eronious

  3. Michael Ridley Reply

    March 17, 2020 at 7:36 am

    there are 281 known sexual predators already In Claire county .SO posting a story about a “maybe person” is not really helping children. So what is you point? how about listing numbers of Boy scout leaders Boys clubs , Catholics, teachers. All who have a known number of predators in their mist . Is it just you have an agenda with the Jehovahs?

  4. Chris Glenn Reply

    March 17, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Mr. Smith quotes some shows he’s seen and some articles he’s read, and then declares JWs are nothing more than a pack of pedophiles? As a JW myself, I take issue with this kind of bigotry. I hope the rest of your readers aren’t swayed. Look for yourselves, see what the JWs say themselves on JW.org and then draw your OWN conclusions. JWs are some of the better citizens you will find in your community. Don’t let a hater like Mr. Smith mold your opinion.

  5. Anonymous Reply

    March 22, 2020 at 8:21 am

    As someone that was raised in this organization I have personally witnessed and experienced that they do indeed cover up child sexual abuse as part of their religious doctrine. It’s called the “two witness rule” – you have to have two witnesses to bring an accusation against someone. As we know, there is rarely two witnesses when abuse occurs. Also, the organization does not report to police, and if the victim goes to the police it is considered “bringing reproach on Jehovah’s name.” The investigative reporting done for the cited shows has many cases of this happening. Also, the Australian Royal Commission found this organization guilty of covering up pedophiles and to this day they refuse to apologize to the victims or join the redress scheme. Case study #29 – Australia Royal Commission.
    Thank you, Alvin, for taking the time to protect the community.

  6. Midnight Arrow Reply

    March 22, 2020 at 9:52 am

    From the FBI website–

    916. False Statements to a Federal Investigator

    The circumstance often arises in which a false statement is made in response to an inquiry by an FBI or other Federal agent, or made voluntarily to an agent. The issue is whether such a statement is within the purview of 18 U.S.C. § 1001.

    The individuals who have prevented the investigation and coverup of numerous cases of abuse by those within the ‘safe keeping’ of the congregations and the governing body of JW organization are breaking federal law by obstructing, obfuscating, destroying and urging elders to ‘not hold records’ of abuse. I am not a person versed in legal terms nor in simple terms, but I have understood the simple evidence that is freely available. Jehovah’s Witnesses the organization has silenced numerous victims through settlements, and has been called — and this is of note — one of the most uncooperative organizations with investigations. The news articles and interviews with authorities are available online for anyone to view and research. God bless the children, women and men who have been harmed by the governing body of Jehovah’s Witness Organization and by the actual perpetrators. If they – both those covering up and those committing these crimes — will not see a judge in our time, they most certainly will meet the Lord and will know what he feels and thinks of their actions.

  7. SJD Reply

    March 22, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    As former Witness of 25+ years, unfortunately I can confirm that the religion is a very dangerous cult for both adults and children in many ways. Sexual abuse of women and children is deemed at worst only a ‘sin’, not a crime. Leaders (‘elders’) have been instructed many times via letters from headquarters in NY to avoid reporting abuse to police, and to actively discourage victims or parents of victims from reporting. Threatening them with disfellowshipping (excommunication) and applying coercive pressure (fear of dishonouring God, fear of disgracing the congregation etc…) have been effective methods of stopping victims from seeking protection and justice. Victims are subjected to degrading and traumatic interrogations by elders acting the part of police, therapist and judges rolled into one. That means young girls and women being pressured to reveal intimate details of rape to three men whose goal is to limit damage to the organisation only. In many cases rape victims have been pressured into speaking in front of their rapist, and then ‘forgiving’ them in order to ‘please god’. The most disturbing fact is that Jehovahs Witnesses are being told constantly that any information insinuating that people within the organisation are abusers is fake news, libel, malicious slander and a tool of ‘Satan’ to discourage them. Therefore most JWs vehemently refuse to believe this abuse has/ is happening, and presume victims are lying.
    They. Are. Dangerous.

  8. Chris Glenn Reply

    March 29, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    There is so much misinformation and misrepresentation in the comments that it needs to be addressed.

    The commenters are either mistaken or dishonest. I will charitably assume they are mistaken and give a response.

    First of all, the “two witness” rule only applies to congregational discipline. In other words, unless the accused confesses, it requires two lines of evidence, or testimony, for the congregation elders to form a judicial committee to investigate the accusation to determine if there are grounds to disfellowship the accused from the congregation. The Bible provides the two witness rule to protect innocent parties from false accusations.

    Second, ANYONE who is a victim of a crime has the UNEQUIVOCAL right to pursue legal remedies. The congregation has no authority to discourage a victim from reporting a crime to the authorities. If that has happened, that was a personal failing of the individuals involved. It is NOT the direction the elders are given from the Governing Body. But the elders are not authorized to report a crime for someone else. The parties involved must take action, and the congregation is not involved.

    As far as bringing reproach on Jehovah’s name, that is a serious consideration for one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Each JW must make their own decision as to whether or not legal action is appropriate. But I doubt that any JWs would disagree that sexual abuse always merits legal action.

    For the official stance of JWs on this matter, see the following:

    https://www.jw.org/en/library/magazines/watchtower-study-may-2019/love-justice-face-of-wickedness/

    https://www.jw.org/en/library/magazines/watchtower-study-may-2019/comfort-victims-of-abuse/

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