As some of you may know my sister was abused by an elder when she was young. http://www.jehovahs-witness.com/forum/thread.aspx?id=19819&site=3
I had watched the Dateline show with her and since then she has talked about it with me openly and I let her know about the 5th estate show and she watched it and this is what she had to say.
"It did make JW's look bad, at least these particular men did pay some price, according to the law."
"I don't think the show was intended to make any JW's look good though."
Now these are typical JW answers!!! I also sent Quotes these statements and he had some very interesting things to say like............
For example, as to "I don't think the show was intended to make any JW's
look good though" she is implying that the CBC has an overall ulterior
motive, an agenda against all JWs. Your sister's belief here (which fits
with typical JW "persecution complex"). Ask her if she feels that the
5th Estate stories about Roman Catholic Priest molesters was intended to
"make all Catholics look bad". Of course, the sensible answer is "NO",
because the CBC doesn't, and indeed *CAN'T* under both Canadian law and
their the CBC's charter, carry out campaigns of hate or bias against any
particular organization. Rather, the simple fact is, they did the story
because, like the Priests in the Mount Cachill Orphanage, their
investigators uncovered a problem which needs exposure in order to
Also, she misunderstands "It did make JW's look bad". She should
remember that the victims were not made to "look bad", and as a victim
it is important that she remember this. Also, what was made to look bad,
over and over and over, was the Watchtower *POLICIES* which create these
problems. The show mentioned the problem with the *POLICIES* over and
over again. Of course, as a Dub, she will have a hard time
distinguishing between "criticism of Watchtower policies" and criticism
of JWs" so I'm not surprised by her reaction.
No, the problem are the WT policies, and the statement "We have a very
strong policy against child molesters" is not backed up by strong
Remind your sister of other lies J.R. Brown has made to the media (flag
salute, past predictions, etc) at
I have the transcript
as well as the real audio
In my reply e-mail I tried to make it clear that it was about a POLICY!!!