The Catholic Church sex scandal is well-known. Tragically, it is not isolated.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses
The Jehovah’s Witnesses – considered a cult by mainstream Christian denominations for their failure to recognize the full divinity of Christ – maintain what is believed to be the world’s largest database of undocumented child molesters .
The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, the non-profit which oversees the more than 8 million Witnesses, has repeatedly refused to comply with Court orders to release that database.
The Watchtower’s Office of Public Information indicates that its policies on child protection comply with the law. Barring a confession, however, no member can be formally accused of committing a sin without two credible witnesses. Of course, sexual abuse is not generally a public event.
When child molestation is uncovered, the Witnesses do not routinely notify police .
Substantial jury verdicts have been handed down against this religious organization.
The Amish and Mennonites
Investigation into sexual abuse among Amish and Mennonite communities has revealed abuse as “an open secret spanning generations” . At least 52 cases have come to light in the past 20 years, across seven states. But that number does not reflect the true scope of the problem.
Victims who report rape and incest may be sent to “mental health” facilities or threatened with excommunication.
High profile instances of sexual abuse involving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“Mormons”) have been reported . These cases are in addition to the child marriages performed by the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) under leadership of the infamous Warren Jeffs .
Officially, the LDS Church – although, also, considered a cult – holds that physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse is a sin.
Witness to Evil
According to the Wiley Online Library, Christian “witness” is a public act of faith intended to awaken a belief on the world’s part in salvation through Jesus Christ and the hope of such salvation .
No greater hope exists for mankind. Nothing, however, tarnishes the Christian witness more than the protection of pedophiles by churches calling themselves Christian.
Christians everywhere should be speaking out against this travesty. Non-believers cannot otherwise be expected to distinguish true religion from falsehood.
“…and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1: 8).
 The Atlantic, “A Secret Database of Child Abuse” by Douglas Quenqua, 4/5/19, https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2019/03/the-secret-jehovahs-witness-database-of-child-molesters/584311/.
 Oxygen, “The Witnesses”, Season 1, https://www.oxygen.com/the-witnesses/season-1/the-watchtower.
 The King’s Centre, “Why the Jehovah’s Witnesses Are a Cult” by Daf Meirion-Jones, https://www.thekingscentre.org.uk/blog-full/2017/7/24/why-the-jehovahs-witnesses-are-cult.
 Oxygen, “How Policies of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Keep Child Sexual Abuse from Police”, 1/31/20, https://www.oxygen.com/the-witnesses/crime-news/how-policies-of-the-jehovahs-witnesses-keep-child-sexual-abuse-from-police.
 Cosmopolitan Magazine, “The Amish Keep to Themselves. And They’re Hiding a Horrifying Secret” by Sarah McClure, 1/14/20, https://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/a30284631/amish-sexual-abuse-incest-me-too/.
 Wikipedia, “Mormon abuse cases”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mormon_abuse_cases.
 Sage Journal, “Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Case of Mormon Women” by K. Gerdes, M. Beck, S. Cowan-Hancock et al, 4/1/96, https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/088610999601100104?journalCode=affa.
 The Utah Bee, “Mormon Fundamentalism and Child Brides: Specification Needed” by Cristina Rosetti, 11/29/18, http://www.theutahbee.com/2018/11/29/mormon-fundamentalism-and-child-brides-specification-needed/.
 Wiley Online Library, “Christian Witness: A Theological Study” by F. Durrwell, April 1980, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1758-6631.1980.tb01339.x.
Of note, Australia’s High Court last month overturned Cardinal George Pell’s conviction for child abuse. The former Vatican treasurer had been found guilty of molesting two boys in the 1990s.
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