Today I chased away a Jehovah’s Witness. Cart, Watchtowers and all…
As they do, one was positioned in front of our shop plaza today.
I thought to myself, “Well they always want us to take their literature, so maybe I’ll give some to them back” (knowing how that would go over).
I printed out my article, “Jehovah’s Witness did not protect children from abuse”, which discusses the Australian Commission that last year found that there were 1,066 perpetrators who hadn’t been brought to law due to the JW “Two-Witnesses” rule. This rule means that a perpetrator will not be brought to justice WITHIN or EXTERNAL to the cult, unless there was 2 witnesses to the abuse. So basically, a child who has had 1 abuser has no recourse, in the church or in law (cos the church is the first point of law for JWs)
“Do you read the news?” I asked the gentleman after shaking his hand and introducing myself. “Sure I do”, he said.
“What do you think about all the child abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses that’s being brought to justice in Australia?” I asked.
He looked at me with a blank look, “Well, there’s 8 million, JWs, I can’t be concerned with just one abuser,” he replied.
I looked at my article, “What about the 1,006 abusers in Australia that are only NOW being brought to justice because the JWs failed to?”
“I refuse to have this conversation. I don’t know what your point is.”
“You’re sitting here preaching your religion on my business property, so don’t I have a right to ask about the protection of children within your religion?”
I placed my article on the top of the Watchtower magazines on his cart. He picked up the article and threw it at me. “I am not being part of this conversation any longer”.
“Do you want me to leave this article with you so you can read it?” I asked. “No, I won’t read it.”
“I’ll read it to you.” Then I begin soapboxing. I cleared my throat, and began reading from my article, as LOUD AS I COULD muster: “Children are not adequately protected from the risk of sexual abuse in the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a royal commission into child sexual abuse in Australia has found…”
Before I got to “Australia”, he dismantled his JW cart, grabbed all his Watchtowers, and was driving off down the street, likely so I could be reported as an “apostate” to the Huacas Kingdom Hall.
The moral of the story – cults are bad. Very bad.