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Jehovah’s Witnesses are often seen as a well-meaning religious group. However, this faith has a darker side.

The Watchtower (the international headquarters in New York City) has recently come under scrutiny for their alleged mishandling of child sex abuse. Jehovah’s Witnesses adhere to a two-witness rule (Matthew 18:15-17) when lobbying allegations against fellow believers.

Child abuse is a hidden crime. This policy: nonsensical, cruel. Victims are forced to confront their abuser in a tribunal hearing without the support of even a parent. Often dismissed, many victims have been threatened with disfellowshipping — a practice of shunning — if another word is said.

Watchtower insists matters remain internal rather than reaching out to local law enforcement. As a result, child predators are allowed to roam free in the congregation and in the community without a record. Repeat offenders are not rare.

Many Jehovah’s Witnesses are good people. Watchtower, however, is a corrupt religious institution that prizes its reputation over the safety of its practitioners.

I, Emilia Daoud, will be peacefully protesting against this unethical, “biblical” policy at the Jehovah’s Witness’ District Convention at the Adams Center (May 18-20). Please come if you wish to support or learn more, or contact me at unitedriseup@gmail.com.

Emilia Daoud,

Missoula

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