JW's efforts to block sex abuse inquiry squashed
The Guardian, Tuesday 4 April 2017
Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation's efforts to block inquiry squashed
Tribunal rejects claim investigation into charity’s handling of sexual abuse allegations amounts to religious discrimination
The Manchester New Moston congregation argued the investigation interfered with its human rights.
A Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation in Manchester has lost a legal attempt to block an investigation into its handling of sexual abuse allegations, after failing to convince a judge that the inquiry amounted to religious discrimination.
Link to decision on the UK government website:
Direct link to full 41 page official court decision (PDF)
You've got to wonder how JWs process this sort of regularly occurring information when their own website, JW.org remains silent about it.
Yet, every time there is a development in Russia threatening JWs "freedom" to worship, JW.org will trumpet the news far and wide.
This is an organization that clearly considers itself outside the reach of secular authorities - even concerning its response to allegations of child sexual abuse.
Incredible that they would waste so much time and money appealing instead of cooperating.
What a bunch of evil bastards!!!!
It's quite a legal tour-de-force to be able to get this even considered.
- We want to look into how you handle known pedophiles
- But we have the religious freedom to deal with pedophiles how we see fit
- No you don't
- That's discrimination!
This shouldn't even need a case, the judge just has to pose the question: What other religious group has the right to NOT report pedophiles under UK law?
Sounds more like the legal defense of one of those cults where the leader has all the child-brides in the compound.
What other religious group has the right to NOT report pedophiles under UK law?
All of them. There is no mandatory reporting law in the UK.
I noticed the picture in the newspaper was of the songbook with the naughty bit on the back cover. LOL.
How dare those authorities demand that we do the right thing
Satan at work again. We must be very near the end of this wicked old system.