The new and improved version of that email. Have your daughter send this one back to her old friend.
So, I watched a rerun of Dateline NBC recently that was about pedophiles and child abuse in the Organization. The interviewer brought out that this was more prevalent among Witnesses rather than worldly people, because it seems that the organization does not report pedophiles and child abuse to the proper authorities and thinks it is above the law which means it has lost it's correct place. He went on to say that even abused people don't want to go to the police for fear of a good Christian brother or sister denying it or lying about it and the elders getting upset...so they're living with the abuse and continuing to be victims or else disfellowshipped and treated like worldly people...
And that made me think of some news that I heard recently . See, it turns out that someone I thought was one of my closest friends, despite the fact that we don't see each other that much anymore , has been abused by her elder father for quite some time now. And this isn't the kind of case where you'd say, maybe he just didn't know better...because he does. He certainly does, because if he thought it was something OK then he would've told everyone about it. But the fact that he knew not to tell , shows that he knows just how wrong it is. I wouldn't, or couldn't, just shut my mouth about it .
S ee, he had suffered in a bad marriage for a while, his wife was unsubmissive and got low service hours. And then it seemed that all of the friends were getting married to submissive wives who pioneered, and he had hoped that he would too. And I know that's a really hard thing to deal with, being the daughter and having to perform the wifely duties. But that's absolutely no excuse to go and report this to the police and besmirched jehovah's good name by negative publicity.
What also may have led to this was that the daughter is very pretty. And she was hanging out with other pretty sister pioneers and submissive wives . Then his wife stopped having sex with him and started working, which, isn't necessarily wrong. Some people aren't cut out to be submissive sex-toys . But they can still be a good Witness. But see, then his daughter started hanging out with some Witnesses who weren't very strong . And soon, her strong Witness friends stopped seeing her. And when they did see her, she just wasn ' t the old friend they remembered. She was even prettier because now she was allowed to where nice stylish clothes and get her hair done buy a real salon, and she even got her nails done.
S o, you see it really is the daughters fault for seducing her father! Do I tell her that I can ' t really be her friend, knowing that she's been seducing her father for so long? Or because she's been doing things with her life that aren't fitting for a Christian? Or do I stick around, trying to be there for her like I have been, hoping that she'll smarten up and do the right thing and keep her mouth shut and keep jehovah's name clean?
I just don't know what to do because it seems that over the years I've lost a lot of friends to this type of thing. And I try my best to help them and it doesn't seem to work. And then I kick myself thinking "what else should I have done?" But you know what? All of my friends are grown ups, most raised in the truth, baptized because they chose to devote their lives to Jehovah. So although I can be there to try and help them with pedophilia, ultimately, they're the ones who have to make the decisions, whether right or wrong. I just have to sit here, hoping they'll make the right one and stick around so we can be friends forever. And if they've sometimes made the wrong one, then I can still hope that at some point they'll realize what a mistake that decision was and fix it.
So, if you want to, let me know your thoughts on this...