The WTBTS doesn't seem to want to take the Easy Out (prior apostate erroneous influence) - which begs the question....."Why?" Money? Cover up? Pride?
All of the above and more. If they changed their policy now, they'd be ruined for sure. See, to recant everything they've said and done would be admitting guilt, and if they were to do that, then they'd surely lose every court case against them. Now, personally I don't think they have to change their two witness rule, and I don't think they should. It is a protection from false accusations, and although their aren't many, they do happen. You get a 16 year with an agenda and the next thing you know she's accusing someone of something untrue (I suppose this happens with guys too). It happens in schools, churches, in the workplace and in the Kingdom Hall. You cannot DF a man because one person has accused him of something, you just can't.
Even if these cases went to the Police, nothing can be done. Why? Because there's no witnesses. So if the legal system works in the same exact way, how can we fault the Watchtower for the same? Come on now, we've been fighting for how long to get them to change a rule you will never see changed. Again, they do not, and should not change the two witness rule, I don't care what anyone says. What they need to change is the fact that they're handling these cases on their own, with no training. First thing they need to do when they learn of these things is call the authorities. Most religions work this way, why not them? The Mormon's official policy is just that. When they have a meeting with the accused, it's to inform him that they are turning him/her in, but they give them the chance first to do it themselves. If they don't, they go ahead and call. Obviously it's just like anything else, it doesn't always work that way, but that's their official policy. What's different with the Watchtower? They think they're above the law.
Here's a quote from JR Brown that sums up their stand:
Although Witnesses comply with secular laws when necessary, Witness spokesman Brown says, the group prefers to deal with such matters spiritually. -We handle wrongdoing, sin, and transgression,- he says. -This is what a religious organization is supposed to do. We are not getting into law enforcement. We are just going to handle the repentance.
He's correct. They are not in the law enforcement business, so they need to leave that to the proper authorities by contacting them immediately when they learn of abuse within the congregation. So That's what we should be trying to convince them of. You will never get them to change the two witness rule, we're barking up the wrong tree!
Edited by - RevMalk on 4 January 2003 11:42:32