This ought to make religions think twice about hiding pedophile predators!

The recipient of this legal smackdown – to the tune of  almost 23 million USD – are the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

In a precedent setting ruling, Candace Conti was awarded 28 million USD – 7 is damages and 21 punitive.  (The Jehovah’s Witnesses are to pay the 21 million in punitive damages and 40% of the 7 million in damages.)

‘A substantial part of her allegations dealt with claims that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York (the organisation that oversees the Jehovah’s Witnesses) had adopted a policy in 1989 that instructed congregation leaders to keep child abuse allegations secret. This meant that when Conti’s abuser from the 1990s, Jonathan Kendrick, was convicted in 2004 of molesting another girl, the elders at the North Fremont Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses did nothing to prevent him coming into contact with other kids at the church.’

Of course, he re-offended – and the ‘Church’ is being punished for not taking precautions as well as for not having revealed his history when he did eventually molest another child.

I suppose that making them financially accountable is the only way these organizations which hide behind piety and enforce silence on their congregation through ‘eternal blackmail’ will sit up and start paying attention!

We are not as gullible as we used to be!

We will not permit pedophiles to pray on children, just because they pretend to be ‘closer to god’ than the rest of us!

And, we will not let organizations hide pedophiles just because they play the ‘religion’ card!

As a matter of fact, let’s go a step further:  let’s let people believe whatever batpoop-crazy stuff they want, but let’s hold those who profit/make their living from marketing  it live up to the same consumer protection laws that every other commercial entity has to.

If you can prove the claims about your product (that would be your dogma) – continue to sell it.

If not – then let’s call fraud a fraud.

While you’re at it – start paying your fair share of taxes on your highly lucrative commercial enterprises!

And if you don’t think that religious organizations are highly lucrative commercial enterprises, then I have this bridge here I’d like to sell you.  It’s a great deal:  you pay me now, get the bridge after you die!

Oh – and here is an afterthought:  stop mutilating your children in the name of religion!  It is NOT your religious right to violate the bodily integrity of another human being!!!  (Plus being this obsessed with your kids genitals is seriously creepy – please, seek professional help!)

(Sorry – pedophiles make me angry.  Organizations that hide, protect and enable them make me angrier…  People who mutilate their own kids in the name of their own religion – they make me about as angry as angry can get!)

One Response to “This ought to make religions think twice about hiding pedophile predators!”

  1. Danny Haszard Says:

    The Jehovah’s Witnesses have a policy within their religion that protects pedophiles.
    The official policy is that the elders of the “Church” are supposed to handle the matter internally, without contacting the police. They do this so that shame will not be brought on the religion.

    It’s important that they keep a squeaky clean image to the public. Remember they believe they are the only “True” religion and all other Christian Churches are under the control of Satan. JW’s are not supposed to sue other JW’s or involve the police or courts.

    They believe these are Satan’s organizations and any crime by a JW should be dealt with internally.The elders will contact the police ONLY if they’re forced to by state law. Otherwise they are forced to follow official policy from headquarters. Some states require that “priests” or “pastors” report child abuse to the authorities. If they are not forced to report them than they cover it up.
    You might actually get a unreported pedophile knocking on your door next time they show up peddling pamphlets and selling “Eternal Life”.

    Danny Haszard *tell the truth don’t be afraid*
    FMI dannyhaszard(dot)com

    Xanthippa says:

    I am familiar with some aspects of their faith and ‘Church’, but I was not with all of them…

    For a while there, I was on their ‘naughty list’ – when their people would knock on my door and offer to ‘discover \god together’, it actually used to be my hobby to invite them in.

    Then, I proselytized to them.

    It was not a tactic they were used to.

    I even offered to lend them books.

    One slammed my own door in my face, telling me that when I come knocking on her door, only then can we talk about my beliefs! (that one made my husband very proud of me.

    (On the subject of my hubby – he hates being interrupted at work, so he would always keep an issue of ‘The Watch Tower’ or ‘Awake’ by his office door – strictly to keep people out. It worked well – but when he was ‘outed’ as anti-theist, his co-workers called him all kinds of nasty names for that dirty trick…)

    But, then, one day, I did something to really annoy them.

    I de-programmed the two ladies who came to convert me.

    After that, for a little while, some ‘higher ups’ came to talk to me – 4 at a time. I have no confirmation, but I suspect that I shook at least one of their faiths, because since, even when they would be doing the door-to-door sweep of my street, they never knocked on our door…

    A piece of defensive advice to the layman: learn the name of one Jehovah’s Witness who had once come to try to convert you. Any time any others come to your door, give them the name and tell them she/he has been working with you. They will leave, because they are not allowed to poach souls!

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