Who is on the committee? Any committee formed by Bill will be seen as being outside of "God's Organization" and hold no religous authority over the GB.
ASSUMPTION? How do you know there are not current-active-JWs who have volunteered to be on the committee? If it was my battle, I wouldn't give their names to this forum so the WT could find out about it and DF them before the committee arrives on 10-27-02. Also, does it matter who "forms" the committee if they are not the ones sitting on it? Like Hawk said, why not call Bill right now and offer your assistance, since you seem to know alot about this.
Silentlambs would start to look more like a JW internal political struggle than a provision for the victims of molestation.
Silentlambs has more than one goal, and always has had more than one goal:
1. Victims assistance.
2. Reformation of the internal policies of the WTS/Org as respects child molestation (and DF'ing of SL victims, supporters, etc.). Hence, an internal "political" (leadership's policies) "struggle" is necessary, since no one up there is "listening." HEY, FELLAS! ARE YA LISTENING UP THERE? (Say WHAT?)
3. There are other goals, but these two will suffice for the purposes of your comment...
I would think it is time to abandon "theocratic procedure" and focus on lawsuits and media coverage of these. It's time to stop playing games.
Is there not room enough for everyone's efforts? If you want to focus on lawsuits and write to the media, please, by all means, do so, and/or keep doing it if you already are. Why does it have to be only ONE way? Why can not ALL of these avenues be pursued? Lawsuits ARE being filed, media articles ARE being written. And the "JW-judicial" procedure/process is not over 'til it's over.
IMO, it is important to never, ever, even remotely appear to be stooping to their level.
For Bill to stay right on THEIR LEVEL makes a world of sense to me. THEY wrote the "rules" so the really ONLY way to "reason" with them is by THEIR OWN RULES. All JWs KNOW THAT. It seems obvious to me that this NEEDS to be "played out" to the end, even if some feel it is "futile." To use their OWN reasoning, Jehovah himself has allowed mankind and the nations to "play out" their ideas/ways of doing things, and for what? TO MAKE A POINT, i.e., to SHOW that they are INADEQUATE and do NOT WORK for the betterment of the entire human race. Should not silentlambs do the same thing - to make it clear to all (John Q. Worldly-Public and JW-alike) that the policies of the WTBTS/GB do NOT WORK and are INADEQUATE? (concerning the DF'ings AND the sex-abuse-policies, pedo's at your door, etc.)
Since no one to date has taken on the GB re: "sex crimes," there is no prior "polished" footprint to follow, so someone had to be the "Davy Crockett" (with hatchet) whose motto, BTW, was "Be always sure you are right, then go ahead."