I'm rather gobsmacked to hear that an elder in my ex congregation has been appointed a prison chaplain (In the UK). The reason for my disbelief, is that, this particular prison is for "Schedule 1" Offenders - covering sex crimes, child abuse/paedophilia and even downloading child pornography.
The reason for my reaction is that he has at least 9 "disciples" who have a bible study but I cannot help but think that when they are released, they will be part of a congregation, where they will have access to children and vulnerable people? I know people can change but many of these paedophiles are just wired "wrong" and have little control of their urges and subsequent actions.
Bear in mind that I was horribly shunned for marrying out of the truth, It's a crazy set of rules given the above situation and I'm pretty angry about it. No doubt the elder in question is fawned upon by attaining such a public acclaim but really?? Bible studies with rapists, child abusers and sex offenders. I don't buy it.
There is the equivelent of an entire congregation of JWs in prison in the UK and they need a COBE.
Is he official 'Prison Chaplain' or just has access to the inmates as a member of the 'clergy'?
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." This guy is playing with fire to massage his "theocratic" ego. Can you imagine the adulation he receives from the rank and file to minister to these incarcerated inmates? Once a sex criminal, always a sex criminal. That's why they are required to register in many countries around the world. The odds are against him that one or more of these people will offend again. I see another round of future lawsuits that will drain the org of their lifeblood, money. Give the org enough rope and they will hang themselves. Unfortunately, it will be a the expense of young children that will be scarred for life. So sad.
JWs are hypocritical when they shun people for multitudes of reasons and open their arms to pedophiles who haven't heard the truth yet.
That being said, this doesn't mean that pedophiles should not have the right to obtain religious assistance. There's a french expression that goes along like this: As long as there is live, there is hope. If our government doesn't want to execute pedophiles, even repeated offenders, than, they should have access to the help they seek.
Once a sex criminal, always a sex criminal.
I think what you mean is: Once a pedophile, always a pedophile.
Statistically speaking, once pedophiles have been caught, most of them do not repeat their crime. 3 out of 4.
The problem is when they are not caught by the justice system and suffer no real consequences like in the JWs. Than, about half of them repeat their act. Prayer doesn't help as much as jail I guess.
Now, now, you musn't hold anything against your brothers on the grounds of a sexual orientation they have no control over. I mean, it's not as if these pedosexuals ('pedophile' is a hate word) just woke up one day and thought to themselves: "An exclusive attraction to prepubescent children sounds like a happy way to live. I'll give it a try!"
The WB&TS accepts homosexuals, so why not pedosexuals? We are all sinners anyways and, the penalty for any sin being death, Jehovah evidently regards all sins as equally serious. I think this being down on pedosexuals pose is just your way of feeling superior to them so you don't have to deal with your own sins. Be humble before Jehovah and admit that you are not a lick better than these pedosexuals you so condemn. Judge not lest ye be judged.
As for the children? Leave it in Jehovah's able hands. He creates and manages an entire universe; don't you think he can handle a few sex offenders? If children were taught the importance of chastity, they wouldn't allow themselves to be seduced in the first place.
This prison witnessing is nothing new.
What bothers me is that stupid Witnesses tell these people that they are "going to be taken care of" (hospitality and all that nonsense). Then they bring these sorry people to the meetings where they look around and size everybody up.
This just ADDS to the users and losers that are already there that I used to dodge.
This is just one MORE reason why I stay the hell away from the JW religion and the hall.