Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Anonymous Combats The Watchtower Society

Anonymous has taken aim at the Watchtower Society of Jehovah's Witnesses for their policies of secrecy concerning child abusers in that religion. They are also upset about the Watchtower Society practice of allowing and even encouraging known sexual predators to represent the religion in their door to door ministry. This means that they are also negligently putting the public in danger in addition to their own children.

They have produced several videos about this. It appears that they are in the process of trying to hack the official Watchtower websites. They also want to obtain the extensive list of known child abusers that is thought to be kept at Watchtower headquarters. It is thought that some of these known pedophiles are serving in positions of authority as congregation elders or ministerial servants.

The Watchtower Society claims that known child abusers are never allowed to serve in positions of authority. However, private correspondence to the elders shows that they are only referring to people who are known to be child abusers by the congregation or the community. Since they try very hard to keep these cases secret, it is likely that many elders and ministerial servants have a history of child abuse that is known by the Watchtower Society, but unknown by their congregations.

It will be very interesting to see how this develops. Although I'm not able to condone illegal activity, a revealing of Watchtower secrets could pressure the Watchtower Society to reform their dangerous policies and could help to protect many children in the future.

In any case, I'm grateful that awareness of this serious problem is becoming more common outside of the Ex-Jehovah's Witness community. I hope this will either result in change or a decline of the Watchtower Society's influence.

See also this discussion about Anonymous.


Danny Haszard said...

Well done post!
The Watchtower is truly an Orwellian world,except it ain't just comical Jehovah's Witnesses have dogmas (ban on blood transfusions) that are deadly and get followers killed.

Jehovah's Witnesses are a fulfillment of Galatians 1:8-they 'preach a different version of the Gospel'.Their Watchtower's creed is that Jesus had his 'invisible return' aka second coming October 1914.
The Watchtower is an authoritarian oppressive religion full of legalistic rules.
Danny Haszard

Anonymous said...

Here's whatcha gotta do.
This year the Jehovah's Witnesses are getting a serious wake-up call.
Never before in the history of apostasy has there been a plan like this. Apostates are going to dress up clean shaven and in suit and tie pretending to be JWs outside of district conventions ( regional assemblies,etc.- whatever they are called now) everywhere this year, facing worldly passersby and vehemently defending the Watchtower against any "worldly" people that may get in our face as we hold up our signs.
The signs I like best are the ones that say "Blood transfusions are the work of Satan! Anybody that receives a blood transfusion will not inherit Jehovah's Kingdom!" and "Jehovah's day of wrath is imminent! He will kill you and the buzzards will eat your flesh unless you become one of Jehovah's Witnesses." We will also carry watchtower publications that back up these statements. For example from the Watchtower publication, Worldwide Security under the Prince of Peace p 159 we read:
"those slaughtered at Armageddon will not be laid in graves with markers to memorialize them.
Birds of every sort and beasts of the field will share in the benefits of God's triumph and at the same time ,help cleanse the earth of the many carcasses that will lie strewed upon the ground like fertilizer, unlamented, unburied, abhorred by the survivors'
The bottom line is Jehovah's Witnesses really believe these things. I recall on plenty of occasions when going from door to door with pioneers, a householder would be opposed and upon returning to the car, the pioneer would say , "that person is buzzard bait". You see, JWs like to sugar coat Watchtower doctrine to newly associating ones. Becoming a JW is a persuasive process that requires time. If the doctrine was offered in the raw to everyone they meet, there would be a shock factor and fewer would join.
This is what we plan to do - offer the world JW doctrine in the raw. Give the shock factor. There is nothing dishonest about this. Unlike the laughable attempts by apostates in the past, this plan will have the desired effect. With an organization that takes vain pride in itself and its appearance, this will not be taken lightly by the Watchtower. Ask yourself- Has the Watchtower ever tried to put a stop to evangelists or apostates attempting to engage with JWs outside of conventions? Of course not!. The presence of opposers at the conventions actually fires up the JW persecution complex and strengthens the JWs resolve that they have the truth. Will the Watchtower try to thwart our efforts? You betcha! No doubt, the Watchtower already knows about our plan, and is taking action against it, but if we remain diligent this will be a success! With help from JW insiders we are hoping to soon have copies of this years convention badges. This will make us look authentic. We welcome all Ex-witnesses everywhere to participate in this plan whether in groups or independently and encourage you to make your own catchy signs just as long as they are neat and have actual offensive JW doctrine. Make sure to dress neatly in suit and tie and be well groomed. Remember, we're not going to attack or argue with JWs. We are going to act like we are JWs!
ALSO, holding these signs directed at worldly passersby is bound to stir up angry emotions from the worldly ones against JWs and the Watchtower. We are expecting that! So if any worldly person gets in our face, we are going to verbally defend the Watchtower as the one and only true religion and shout right back at them! This is gonna be a load of fun...spread the word...be there!