Paedophilia is a crime against man... a sin against a fellow human.
Apostasy is a sin against GOD.
Think like a witness again for a second and the answer will be crystal clear!
You can repent from being a Paedophile... Apostasy is an unforgivable sin...
I haven't been able to figure out how to put it in the little box thing so forgive the clumsy quote.
The person who said you can't compare a paedophile and an apostate is correct, IF this were under 'normal' circumstances. However we all know that the Witness thinking could never be described as even fitting within the widest parameters of normal. I have known several cases of abuse in the congregation, two involving incest where the elders KNEW about it and never reported it or 'reproved' the person doing the abusing. However, if there is even a WHISPER that someone 'may' be apostate, well you are out of the congregation faster than you can say '144,000'. Its also interesting how other JW's handle what they know to be true, even if they deny it. I told my mum about one particular family, as I was good friends with the child involved and she slapped my face and told me to never repeat it. This person perpetuation the abuse was duly DF'd some years later but for a completely different offense, the abuse problem was never dealt with at the congregation level.
Now I'd argue that had I been told that this person was involved in what was regarded as apostasy and gone to my mum with it (I was 12 at the time) the reaction would have been completely different. My mum would have been on the phone to the CO so fast her Bible would have been flapping open in her wake. Because I am in the position, due to the PhD, of being regarded as a 'severe' apostate I can tell you my mum would RATHER I was a paedophile who was attempting to get back into the fold than a sociologist whose largest work to date has been on JW's, and who is living an unapologetic life, a life which includes intellectualising and 'microscoping' the JW faith.
SO the the quote "think like a Witness again and it will all be crystal clear" is right on:)