Chapter 32 is entitled, “How Jesus Was Protected,” and on page 170 the watchtower writers give their young readers a warning about pedophiles.
That should be a good thing… but… the way the watchtower handles it… judge for yourself.
However, sad to say, some grown-ups like to have sex with children. When they do, boys and girls may begin to do bad things that they have learned from these grown-ups. They also begin to use their sex organs in a wrong way. That is what happened a long time ago in the city of Sodom. The Bible says that people there, “from boy to old man,” tried to have sex with men who had come to visit Lot.—Genesis 19:4, 5.
So in the first sentence, they introduce the topic of pedophilia: However, sad to say, some grown-ups like to have sex with children.
Then, in the next few sentences, they go in a completely different direction.
Now, before I proceed, notice that in that first sentence, they don’t label the “grown-ups” who “like to have sex with children” as being bad. It is implied that what they are doing is bad, (“…sad to say”…), but they don’t immediately tell the children that these grown-ups are evil people who must be avoided. They do say it eventually in the subsequent paragraphs… but the FIRST thing they say, after introducing the children to the “sad” concept of pedophiles, is:
When they do (i.e., when the grown ups have sex with children), BOYS AND GIRLS MAY BEGIN TO DO BAD THINGS that they have learned from these grown-ups.
So… right off he bat, before we even tell the children that pedophiles are sick, dangerous, BAD people… we already warn the children that THEY could begin doing BAD things if a grown-up assaults them.
WHAT IN THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THESE JACKASSES?????
WHEN IS IT OKAY TO TELL A CHILD: THERE ARE PEDOPHILES IN THIS WORLD, AND IF ONE HAS SEX WITH YOU, YOU MAY BECOME BAD????????
Why would you start a conversation about pedophilia by telling a child that HE OR SHE would become the BAD one??????
Then, as if that’s not enough, the writers proceed in the next sentences to step up the warning message to the children:
They (the boys and girls who have been molested) also begin to use their sex organs in a wrong way. That is what happened a long time ago in the city of Sodom. The Bible says that people there, “from boy to old man,” tried to have sex with men who had come to visit Lot.—Genesis 19:4, 5.
So now, in the span of five sentences, we have made the journey from “sad to say, there are pedophiles in this world” to “if one assaults you, you may become gay and BAD, and if you do, jehovah is going to kill you just like he did with all the gay BAD people in Sodom.”
Wow. I… that… SMH
The rest of the section then goes on to tell the children how to protect themselves from pedophiles… but the message has already been planted in that first paragraph: if a pedophile assaults you, then YOU may become bad and god will have to KILL YOU.
And think of what message this sends to a child who has already been molested. The very first thing that the watchtower tells them is: YOU might be BAD now. Jehovah might have to DESTROY YOU.
Watchtower, when it comes to giving advice about child molestation, you really, REALLY need to just shut up.
Atheists are mean!! That want me to back my claims up with evidence!! Waaaaaaaa!
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Compare the difference when referring to people who want to join Jehovah's Witnesses, with those that leave:
“No one should be forced to worship in a way that he finds unacceptable or be made to choose between his beliefs and his family.” Awake! 2009 Jul p.29
“Do not look for excuses to associate with a disfellowshipped family member, for example, through e-mail.” Watchtower Study Edition 2013 Jan 15 p.16
Awake Says Shunning is BAD; Watchtower Says Shunning is GOOD
From the Awake June 2013 pp. 4-5, article for married couples, “How to End the Silent Treatment”:
Manipulation. Some use the silent treatment as a means to get what they want. For example, imagine that a husband and wife plan a trip and the wife would like to take her parents along. The husband objects. “You’re married to me, not to your parents,” he says. He then gives his wife the silent treatment, shunning her in the hope that she will break down and concede to his wishes.
Of course, a temporary time-out can give a couple the opportunity to let emotions cool when an argument is getting out of hand. That type of silence can be beneficial. The Bible says that there is “a time to keep quiet.” (Ecclesiastes 3:7) But when it is used as a means to retaliate or manipulate, the silent treatment not only prolongs conflict but also erodes the respect the couple have for each other. How can you prevent that from happening to you?
From the Watchtower 2012 Apr 15 p.12
A young man had been disfellowshipped for over ten years, during which time his father, mother, and four brothers “quit mixing in company” with him. At times, he tried to involve himself in their activities, but to their credit, each member of the family was steadfast in not having any contact with him. After he was reinstated, he said that he always missed the association with his family, especially at night when he was alone. But, he admitted, had the family associated with him even a little, that small dose would have satisfied him. However, because he did not receive even the slightest communication from any of his family, the burning desire to be with them became one motivating factor in his restoring his relationship with Jehovah.“
So the Awake magazine said that shunning a person to manipulate them into conforming to your wishes is BAD.
But the Watchtower magazine says that shunning a disfellowshipped person (or, as in my case, a disassociated person) to manipulate them into conforming to your wishes is GOOD.