I've read about their past victories, which are enshrined in American const'l law. First, they were severely persecuted around the turn of the century. Their refussal to serve in WWI and WWII brought every right winger against them. The Catholic Church was clearly very upset with the Witnesses,more than Protestant churches. When I active, most converts were former Roman Catholics. In those days, Catholics never had any idea what was in the Bible while Protestants were properly educated.
Their big victories were First Amendment cases. The ACLU submitted amicus briefs. I believe Jewish civil rights groups also submitted amicus briefs.
Here, they are outlaws. NO civil rights are denied to the wT. The WT is the powerful bully here not a small, weak religion outside the confines of American society.
Most Americans believe in First Amendment rights strongly. There may be confusion about where to draw a precise line in individual cases but 97% of Americans must believe that the First A. protections religions from government persecution. When you read those cases today, the govt. conduct was outrageous.
99.99% of Americans are very emotionally opposed to pedophiles and any protectors. We now believe pedophilia happens and happens frequently. Prisoners esp hate and murder pedophiles. Murderers and rapists hate them. Society has zero tolerance. The Roman Catholic experience shocked parishoners. People could no t believe the church would ever be so rotten, even after the BOrgias, Pope Joan, and the antiPopes. time proved the victims were telling the truth. Whatever slight tolerance people had for churches was sucked up by the Rc scandal. Finding the correct line for First A. cases is important but people have an instinctive, evolutionary need to protect children. People can identify with rage that causes murders. Few can identify with someone raping a child. The overwhelming majority of adults have no sexual drive towards small children. It is alien to them.
A slight part of me feels sorry for pedophiles. It must be very hard to live with it. Every whim cannot be indulged in society. IN the grander scheme of things,any doubt should go to children, who are defenseless. It is impossible for children to prey.
Most lawsuits are settled. Unless the facts are totally outrageous, it is cheaper for defendants to settle. Trials are very expensive for teh litigants and society. Every state and the federal govt have very active rules that encourage settlement. The trial calendar is too clogged for any but the most compelling cases.
This happened after September 11th. The settlement fund set up by Congress' compensation was far less than a jury award would be. Congress gave the survivors' the ability to ignore the settlement process and go to trial under negligence theories. Very wealthy people who had millions did not accept the settlement. They could afford the risk and waiting for ten years. New Yorkers will never forget those days. WEalthy peopole and others needed cash now.
Also, just doing the depostions and consults with Simon probably re-trauamtized Candice deeply. She did not want to discuss any details in the Six Screens interview. When another victim was on the line, both were in tears just talking about abuse in general terms. Many rape victims just want to go on with their lives. Candice has extraordinary courage. Society wrong place shame on victims. She knew the Wt would paint her a young child hussy with a fanciful imagination. She has paid a high price, regardless of her individual monetary award. The Wt could longer see child abuse as a monetary negotiation.
I suspect the WT has paid vast sums to victims. During the Six Screens call, I asked her if she could or should reveal a ball park estimate of how much the Wt was willing to pay in the first negotation. She did not answer. This is the very first time the process has had any transparency. It is no longer a closely held secret.