I can't say I've ever really understood the Cult of Saint Raymond. It's not as if the guy left the Watchtower over a matter of principle. He was booted out after losing a doctrine-based power struggle. His books were written as apologia and to provide himself with post-Watchtower income. (Please don't bother with naive assertions that the books were written primarily to help people.)
Now, in responding to quite understandable (though poorly handled) criticisms of his deafening silence on the Child Abuse situation, he disgorges verbal diarrhoea worthy of a Watchtower Question From Readers, waffling for pages where twenty lines would suffice. And the responses to both Mr. Franz and Mr. Jonsson highlight bemusing double standards.
For instance, when the Watchtower Society defended itself by quoting a Doctor saying that people didn't know as much about child abuse 18 to 20 years ago, the were quite rightly excoriated for spouting nonsense. When Mr. Franz uses similar reasoning to justify his alleged lack of knowledge of abuse cases in his Watchtower career, there is a queue of posts nodding sagely with such jaw-dropping comments as "I think abuse is a lot more known about and understood now that it was 20 / 30 years ago ... this is what I understood him to be saying (and agree with)".
Or, when the Watchtower asserts that it must follow the Bible rule of two-witnesses, it is quite rightly castigated for pharisaical stupidity. Yet that is what the Bible says, and as was demonstrated in the Boer case, nowhere is there a specific limitation in the Bible that this rule does not apply in child abuse cases. Quite simply, the Watchtower is indeed following the Bible. Yet Mr. Franz, who helped to promulgate this rule with his writings, attempts to foist upon us the old "I'm was only following the guidance of Jesus" ploy to justify his involvement in that doctrinal policy. If he's at fault, he tells us, why then so must be Jesus and God, who guided him. And everyone falls into line, and the next time the Watchtower uses the same reasoning, cue howls of outrage.
Or, when Jehovah's Witnesses respond to the Child Abuse exposure with "why are you looking at us, it's no worse with us than anyone else" the quite correct response is "one paedophile is too many." Yet when Mr. Jonsson comments that he see no reason to become involved in a Swedish support group because there are no more paedophiles in the Watchtower than anywhere else, nary a dissenting voice is raised.
Bemusing double standards. Perhaps I'll write a satire. Maybe I'll call it "The Silence of the Franz."
Flame away acolytes.