In Aragon's thread which has reached 6 pages a couple of points were touched on that I wanted to bring out but thought these points deserved a whole thread to dissect and discuss them.
First off : There seems to be a total hypocrisy , arrogance, or typical speaking out of both sides of their mouth when the WT instructions in the letter says :
" The branch office, not the local body of elders, determines whether an individual who has sexually abused children in the past will be considered a ' predator ' . "
Then this quote from the 1997 WT instructions : " And the congregation cannot read hearts to tell who IS and who IS NOT liable to molest children again. "
So is this the WT society just arrogantly claiming that ONLY THEY can read child molesters hearts and determine if he or she is a " predator " ? And/or is it just a control mechanism used to disempower the elders from making decisions on child abuse due to legal issues to defer to the WT legal department ONLY and EXCLUSIVELY now ?
My point # 2 is regarding why the WT society stated this in paragraph 22 in the NEW letter, " It CANNOT be said in every case that one who has sexually abused a child could NEVER qualify for privileges of service in the congregation. " Then the quote from 1997 WT again stating, " Experience has shown that such an adult may well molest other children. True, NOT EVERY CHILD MOLESTER repeats the sin, but many do. "
My opinion on WHY they word it this way is that they have no other choice than to word it this way based on WHAT CRIMINALS they've already allowed to be appointed as elders, ministerial servants and GB members ! Essentially they are having cognizant dissonance regarding themselves allowing known child molesters to have already been appointed and convincing themselves they did nothing wrong in allowing it to happen !
Not only do they show an ignorant, stupid view of the fact that 99 % of child molesters DO repeat and offend again - by them taking this stance they are justifying the hush-hush policies of tolerating high ranking WT society officials who allegedly committed child abuse such as Greenlees, Chitty, Jaracz, and Pierce. And the way they get out of answering to police or anybody ELSE about it is by transferring them to OTHER " assignments " such as I know happened in the case of Greenlees and Jaracz for sure .
Bottom line is the new elders letter is basically a WT society leaders " cover my a$$ " letter designed to arrogantly take control away from elders and local congregations who might blow it legally for WT leaders by getting involved and opening their mouths saying incriminating things in evidence against the WT society. So WT society tries to " silence " any critics, including it's own appointed elders to protect itself legally. Kinda how I'm seeing this now. I welcome any and all opinions about the things I'm mentioning here. Would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks ! Take care all, Peace out, Mr. Flipper