Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Have A Pedophile Problem?

Jehovah's Witnesses and pedophiliaDo Jehovah’s Witnesses have a pedophile problem? I will let the following sources of information answer that question for me. You can also read the full article at Michigan Skeptics. The sheer volume of it – including advocacy groups in multiple countries – says plenty.

It should be noted that the Watchtower Society has, in various ways and at different times, put information out to the public regarding its official stance on child abuse. Their statements are, as with most things, pretty devoid of meaning and full of obfuscation. Nothing has really changed. Nothing good at any rate. Internally, the organization seems to have dug in its heels even deeper than before.

Jehovah’s Witnesses Pedophile Policy: Jehovah’s Witnesses Pedophile Policy

Many have been disfellowshipped (excommunicated and shunned) from Jehovah’s Witnesses without any or with little possibility of defend themselves just because they tried to stand up for molested children and protect them from pedophiles within Jehovah’s Witnesses organization.

If you question Jehovah’s Witnesses about these things you cannot rely on them telling the truth not even in the court. “While malicious lying is definitely condemned in the Bible, this does not mean that a person is under obligation to divulge truthful information to people who are not entitled to it.” – Insight-2 p. 245

Do Jehovah’s Witnesses protect pedophiles within the organization? Yes, they do. The policy of Jehovah’s Witnesses is that if a congregation has a known pedophile only a few of the elders in the congregation knows about it. Today the elders, that know they have pedophiles in their congregation, are not allowed to warn and protect the congregation. This is the current policy of the Watch Tower.

Watchtower Paedophile Policy and related court cases

There have been several reasons that paedophiles have been able to find sanctuary amongst Jehovah’s Witnesses and that the Watchtower Society is now being held accountable for the actions of its members. Most damaging, and described in detail below, were the following:

The two witness rule to establish Scriptural crimes

The three year rule for sins of elders

Other concepts also at play have been:

Worldly wisdom cannot be trusted

Reproach must not be bought on Jehovah’s Organization – Witnesses are expected to solve problems within

Everyone must engage in preaching

Since 1997, there has been improvement in Watchtower policies regarding child abuse, particularly due to pressure from the media and legal cases, and included are the latest Watchtower regulations for each point.

New evidence in Jehovah’s Witness allegations

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have settled nine lawsuits alleging church policies protected men who sexually abused children for many years.

Expose on Jehovah Witnesses Pedophile Cover-Up

Inside sources reveal 23,720 reported/unreported child molesters on file at Jehovah’s Witness headquarters in New York

JW Survivors

JW Survivors is a volunteer not-for-profit community based victim advocacy group for survivors of the Church of Jehovah’s Witnesses within Australia. The group was founded by Steven Unthank. The seeds of JW Survivors were planted by current and former members of the Church of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and their families, in response to the Victorian Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and other Organisations, and an extensive submission made in relation to the Church of Jehovah’s Witnesses and their administrative controlling corporation, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia.

Pedophile Cover-up « Jehovahs Witnesses Revealed

Jehovah’s Witness Pedophile Cover UP

Jehovah’s Witness pedophile walked free from court despite one of his victims was a baby

Legal Loophole Used by Jehovah’s Witnesses to Avoid Moral Obligation

Jehovah’s Witnesses ordered to pay $21 million in child sex abuse case

Child Abuse | JW Leaks

Documents and court cases relating to child abuse within the church of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Spiritwatch Unchained: Organized To Accomplish Their Molestation: A Spiritwatch Real Video Presentation On Pedophilia Among Jehovah’s Witnesses

JW Class Action | official information site


$3 Billion class action lawsuit on behalf of Jehovah’s Witnesses children

A $3 Billion class action lawsuit is being launched in Australia on behalf of up to 6,160 children within the Church of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Documents relating to the class action reveal over 14,000 serious criminal breaches of mandatory child protection laws, committed against these children by elders and “ministers of religion” within the Church of Jehovah’s Witnesses over the past 4 years.

Candace Conti | JW Leaks

Documents and court records relating to the case of “Candace Conti v. Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York”.

Are You A Canadian Ex-Jehovah’s Witness? The Toronto Star Needs Your Help!

Just a quick note, guys. If you are a Canadian ex-Jehovah’s Witness willing to do an interview about how the Candace Conti case might affect Witnesses in Canada, the Toronto Star would like to talk to you. The contact information is in the picture below.

contact wgillis at thestar dot caLet’s try to get an ex-Witness in there to talk with them who really cares about the problem more than the Watchtower Society’s reputation. Actually, I’d even take an active Witness who felt the same way at this point. The issue is raising awareness about problems within the organization. Whether you hate the Society or simply want to see it reformed, raising awareness is one of the best things you can do by far!

Thanks guys.

The Watchtower Society’s Assets Frozen! Or Are They?

money frozenNews of the Watchtower Society’s assets being frozen after the Candace Conti verdict has spread like wildfire across the web. Imagine my surprise when I logged in to Facebook this morning and saw it posted in all the ex-Witness groups! I was reluctant to post about it here until we heard from a lawyer or at least saw it mentioned in the news for confirmation. But the very fact that word is spreading is big news, because it means that many Jehovah’s Witnesses will go into Armageddon mode. That could lead to a lot of weirdness that ex-Witnesses need to prepare themselves for.

In a nutshell, it seems that the judge presiding over the pedophile case has frozen the Society’s assets pending the outcome of its appeal against the ruling. The appeal process could easily take two years, during which time the Society cannot buy or sell its properties without permission from the court. This happened on June 20th.


UPDATE: Here’s the flipside of the news, which I thought might be forthcoming. Somehow, I knew it was too good to be true. Maybe I should have left the question mark in the title.


There have been many comments and some articles written about the freezing of one billion dollars of Watchtower assets following the loss of the Candace Conti court case. Those that have commented on this are technically true in part but in the typical court proceedings this is just a matter of the regular filing of documents to protect the settlement for the plaintiff.

It is considered a typical move in a court proceeding to freeze the assets when the defendant had yet to obtain a bond to cover the settlement. It was apparent WT did not expect to lose and simply were not prepared for this. So the Judge doing his job made the ruling contingent upon WT obtaining a bond to protect the settlement for Ms Conti. The minute the Watchtower obtains the bond the all assets are free and clear to be used any way they wish. So this looks like more of a procedural matter. WT will obtain a bond in a week or so and the order will in a matter of typical court procedure be removed.

Those are the facts. It would have been amazing to see their assets frozen for two years but in this instance it is just not the case. The point is this remains a major victory for abuse survivors everywhere. Institutions are being called into account for bullying victims into silence and in many instances hiding behind the first amendment as religion. We can finally see the brave efforts of those that have come forward having a huge impact and forcing unethical and immoral men to face responsibility for their actions. Thanks to all that speak out and help others to know they are not alone.

We have also updated the media page to reflect the extensive media coverage of this story. 


 And now, back to the rest of the original post…

Here is the news as I read it according to Steven Unthank. He says that the media is being notified of the news. I am posting his comments here so you guys can judge for yourselves what’s going on. There is also a post about it on JWD.



Defendants Watchtower applied for an Order temporarily staying enforcement of any judgment that may in the future be entered in this matter on the verdicts returned by the jury on June 13 and 14, 2012, until ten (10) days after the last day on which a notice of appeal may be filed, and (2) extinguishing any existing liens, levies or attachments and preventing the creation of any new liens, levies or attachments during the pendency of the temporary stay.

Defendants claimed that this matter is necessary because: (1) the Church Defendants intend to file post-trial motions and, therefore, the final judgment may be eliminated, reduced, modified, or otherwise affected; (2) the Church Defendants presently intend to file an appeal should their post-trial motions be denied in whole or in part and, therefore, they will need time to obtain the requisite bond…


Plaintiff has no objection to an Order preventing the creation of any new liens, levies, or attachments, provided she is protected from a distribution of assets in avoidance of the judgment.

There are no existing liens, levies, or attachments to extinguish, as a result of which, that part of the Ex Parte request is moot. However, Plaintiff’s willingness to agree to a stay of execution of the judgment to be filed shortly is conditional. To avoid a massive transfer of real estate assets worth, at present, approximately $1 Billion, from Watchtower to another corporate entity of Jehovah’s Witnesses, which would leave Plaintiff with no enforcement right for the Judgment, Plaintiff requests that any stay be subject to the condition that defendant Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc. not transfer, convey, or change title to any of its real property prior to the filing of a bond or undertaking required as a condition of appeal.


Plaintiff’s opposition states a willingness to agree to a stay of execution of the judgment on the condition that Defendant Watchtower “not transfer, convey, or change title to any of its real property prior to the filing of a bond or undertaking required as a condition of appeal.” This condition puts the proverbial cart before the horse.

As explained in the ex parte application, a temporary stay of enforcement of the judgment is necessary to protect the Church Defendants because of the uncertainty of the judgment, …

Temporary stays like the one the Church Defendants are requesting here are routinely granted to protect the parties when a judgment is uncertain. While Defendant Watchtower has absolutely no intent to make any fraudulent transfers of real property now or in the future, to the extent any such transfers of real property should occur during the stay to prevent Plaintiff from collecting on any ultimate judgment that may survive the post-trial motions and appeals, remedies would plainly be available to Plaintiff. That said, again, Plaintiff’s claimed concern is premature, plus the Church Defendants have no intention of defrauding Plaintiff out of any judgment that ultimately may be owed to her once all post–trial motions and appeals have run their course. …


After considering the submitted papers, including any response or opposition filed on behalf of Plaintiff, the Court grants the Church Defendants’ application as follows:


(1) Enforcement of the judgment to be entered on the jury’s special verdicts of June 13 and 14, 2012 shall be temporarily and completely stayed and, pending another order of court [The last five words were handwritten in by the judge]

(2) Any existing liens, levies or attachments pertaining to the forthcoming judgment referenced in (1) above are here by extinguished RDM [RDM handwritten in by the judge] 

Then the judge included in his own handwriting a number 3:

(3) The foregoing stay is expressly conditioned upon D’s The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York Inc’s not transferring, conveying or changing title to any real property in its name today pending further order of court.

It certainly reads like the Society’s assets have been frozen, at least temporarily.

I will comment further once I have a better understanding of what’s happening.

UPDATES On Sexual Abuse Case In California

UPDATE: My site appears to be fixed now. So I have expanded this post with more goodies, including a snippet of a conversation among some Jehovah’s Witnesses about the recent lawsuit AND a link to one that is still ongoing. Shockingly, their comments weren’t all that positive about the family. (GASP!) More below…

I’m pleased to report that this story has received some lots of attention and is spreading across the web. Even MSNBC’s web site has picked it up, along with many others. So far, the reaction from so-called “worldly people” seems far more sympathetic to the victims than were the reactions of the Witnesses who have been leaving comments on those sites. If you check out the comments left at MSNBC’s web site…well, it ain’t pretty.

There is also a Facebook group who’s comments are…um…let’s just call them fascinating for now.

UPDATE: Another shock. The following morning I get up and (drum roll) the conversation mentioned above has been taken down. I managed to get a pic of it, however. I also submitted it to Lamebook, Failbook, and a couple other sites. Maybe one will post it. The image of the conversation appears at the bottom of this post for anyone who wants to see it and gag.

Meanwhile, other sites have started to run the story. And a new Facebook group has appeared in honor of the family.

Jehovah’s Witnesses may pay millions to sexual abuse victim

Candace Conti Awarded $28M In Jehovah’s Witness Sex Abuse Case

Another Church Sex Scandal… but It’s Not What You’re Expecting

Jehovah’s Witnesses: How come this story is missing from your official media website? – Yahoo! Answers

Secrets and lies have no place when dealing with child abuse

Watchtower Embarrassed in Court

This one has pictures of Candace and the man who molested her: Candance Conti: molested by Jehovah’s Witnesses member at age NINE wins $28milion

Another is a declaration of the New York branch office’s assets which can be found here. (Ain’t that neat. Not so broke as we were led to believe.)

A question from JWD that might interest some of you: Does anyone have a pedophile policy timeline (for the WTS)?.

Here’s another discussion among Jehovah’s Witnesses at JW Talk, titled J. W.’s ordered to pay more than $20 million.

Here are some pics of documents relating to the actual case: Legal Stuff, Evidence that Candace Conti wasn’t after money.

Here’s a pic taken from the Society’s web site which seems really ironic right now: Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Here’s a pic of the court’s deposition documents: deposition of Michael Lee Clarke.

Here’s a video response from the Society about the lawsuit! Jehovah’s Witnesses Official Media Web Site: Inquiries on Child Abuse. Note, however, that it’s copyrighted 2009 and doesn’t mention any specific details about the case. It appears to merely be a canned PR response from the organization regarding child abuse in general. If you’re hoping to see someone from the Society apologize or admit to any wrong doing, you’re already out of luck. To be fair, that’s hardly surprising so long as they intend to appeal the case. It sure would make a more positive witness, though. There’s also a transcript of the video here. It’s easier to quote from than the video, obviously…hint hint.

Here’s a video where someone attempts to explain the verdict in a way that’s easier to understand than many of the online articles have been.

And now, for that pic I promised you. Don’t forget to hover your mouse over the pic for an additional comment.

Candace Conti Comments by JWs

Hardly any Jehovah’s Witnesses in this forum gave a rats ass about the victims. But someone did have the presence of mind to delete the whole thing afterward. Delightful. Too bad I took this picture first. My favorite line from the evening? “Satan needs to step back.”