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||Wednesday, January 6, 2010
@ 1:15 PM
Those are some really good points you make! I hate
war, too. What bothers
me about Jehovah's Witnesses and their door to door work is
that they are
basically required to go door to door to earn points in the
There is something so not real about that. Also, the New
World Translation isn't
really a translation. It's a sectarian interpretation. The
JWs' 'truth' is not the
truth. The so-called leadership allows for corrupt
teachings. When I was a
Witness I could not shun people. It didn't feel right. It
didn't feel normal or
natural. I have a sister who is a devout JW, too. She is
like your sister. She is
not going to call me and say, "Lets do coffee", or anything.
I appreciate your post!
||Thursday, December 31, 2009
@ 2:38 PM
|Are other Christian orgs
Even though I fully agree with the folks about the false
teachings and horrific abuse I'd like to advise some to
keep things in perspective. The Jehovah's Witnesses are
not all bad. Its the leadership that has allowed a small
percentage to corrupt the religion from within as they
have taken the lead in corrupting. Does this make
other "Christian" religions legitimate? How many of these
Christian religions have the courage to refuse to
volunteer their members to participate in the horrific
bloodshed we've experienced in the 20th and 21st centuries?
Would Jesus approve of these wars and the innocents who
get killed and maimed? Would he approve of the lies that
world leaders tell to incite the brainwashed people of ALL
countries to war with their fellow men,while the weathly
elite profit immensely from the bloodshed?
Jehovah's Witnesses have truly not learned war anymore.
How many other religions can say that about its members?
This doesn't excuse the lies and abuse but at the same
time -we need to acknowledge the virtues of, not the
orgainization, but how Bible based teaching has made the
members most likely the only non-sequestered Christian
religion that is free from the blood guilt of the world's
||Thursday, December 31, 2009
@ 8:27 AM
|J.A.M. and all
You bring up some very good questions. My family was
raised as jw's, I was never baptised into the group as I
never believed they were the only ones on earth a part of
God family. This is just one of their many lies. After 40
some years of trying to defend them I realized I had to
make a choice as I had to deal with child abuse of a
little one in the congregation that no one was helping. It
was then I found Silent Lambs and realized that yes, all
Church's have an issue with abuse of some kind, but it is
how they handle it that makes them a church of God. When
I read the policies of the WT I got the idea that it was
written by a lawyer and not from someone with the heart
of Jesus. The two witness rule was never meant for child
abuse and it clearly protects the org. over the children.
Pedophiles do not generally have any witnesses when they
do their evil deeds. The WT is the only group on earth
that uses the archaic two witness rule. In the end they
are doing the same thing as the highly publicized Catholic
priests were doing and the WT was reporting on. Hiding
their sins and moving the elders on to another group. So I
too asked what was behind this group and did a lot of
research with the founding fathers like Russel, Rutherford
etc. and I realized they were very eccentric, narcissistic
people very typical of all cult leaders. When one studies
cults you will find they all have the same authoritarian
structure, they all pronounce that only they have Gods
favor, and control all activities of their members
especially their thinking. I came to the conclusion that
they are very much a cult org. My own sister proved how
blinded they are when she shunned me after I told her
about Silent Lambs. She basically chose the WT teachings
over her brother and has not talked to me in years now.
Anyone who publicly disagrees with the WT is called an
apostate and is cast off. So this all solidified my thinking
and I knew I did the right thing by exposing them and I was
able to reprogram my brain from all of their false teachings
and become a Christian by the
grace of God. Thanks to the Internet one can learn the
real fruits of the WT org. and all of its beliefs and
underhanded involvements in the world. I think one needs
to convince themselves so as to be able to help others,
especially the children who are helpless. Reading the
stories here at Silent Lambs one can see the sinister
workings of this cult and how strongly they mind control.
Even when a JW is caught and found guilty they refuse to
believe that the perpetrator is not a good man . They
don't want him sent away and would be quite happy if he
just apologized and continues in their hall. Very scary
thinking, but I consider them very blinded and actually
pray for them that they will come around. I don't see the
WT changing policy or making a public apology as the
Catholic church has done so my job is to keep exposing
them and warning others so maybe some will not have to
suffer at the hands of the WT org. Blessings to all, keep
up the good work and Happy New years.
||Wednesday, December 30, 2009
@ 12:29 PM
|How deep does this go?
I was a baptized Witness for around 5 years in a
congregation South of Boston MA. I have to say that I was
not surprised by these horrific accounts because of my
observations and interactions with others during my time
in the organization. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all
of you. I cry each time I visit this site especially when
I read about a certain woman who now lives in Ohio. My
heart goes out to you S.
I have to admit though the organization puzzles me. On one
hand, they do have a lot of very sensible teachings that
harmonize with the Bible. They also have the courage to
preach from door to door.
However, the duplicity of their more authoritative
members, especially the loyalty to the "organization"
rather than Bible principles is troubling because it seems
to be the norm and NOT the exception. Is this what they
learn in the Ministerial schools?
The penchant for sexual abuse reminds me of my research
into aristocratic families who make up the so called
global elite. At first I attempted to give them the
benefit of the doubt and reasoned that as God's true
people, they would be targeted by Satan more vociferously
than the false faiths.
However, the arrogance and contempt with which the Elders
treat the victims doesn't align with the demeanor of a
humble servant of God as is expressed in the pages of the
Is this truly God's organization, that like the nation of
Israel in the Bible, has become corrupted from within to
where it has lost God's favor or is it simply as others
hypothesize, just some kind of mind control cult.
If it is a cult, who or what organization really founded
it and for what reason?
I haven't found any satisfying answers to this as of yet.
I wonder though that if we did we could get to the root of
this sickening behavior they condone. Moreover, its just
not the Witnesses, but other religions as well, including
the Catholic religion.
My fervent prayer to all the victims is that the
benevolent universal sovereign heal you and moreover, grant
you the peace and strength to be healed.
||Tuesday, December 29, 2009
@ 8:19 AM
|30+ years later
I am so happy to have found this site. I was raised JW and
left when I was 18
(really I left silently when I was 14). I have started to
research the history of the
organization and uncovered so much.
Now, remembering my childhood, I have revisited the accounts
of sexual abuse
that I knew about and never talked about. It's true: the
perpetrators were never
I am so enraged, saddened and inspired to come forward on
the victims behalf,
even though it is many decades later and it will only serve
to expose the truth.
The bottom line is that I am now considering returning to my
congregation and insisting to be disfellowshipped. I will be
||Friday, December 18, 2009
@ 10:39 AM
Silent Lambs coming up on ten years of service to the
victims that the Watchtower Org. has cast aside is
wonderful news. Sl is still very much needed for the new
and younger jw's coming up as well as the ones who have
not yet told their story. I plan on giving a donation this
month and hope that others will as well. The word is
getting out and we may never know who we help in this
world but I feel good knowing that a poor lost soul can
come here and finally get some help. Merry Christmas to
all and keep up the good works.
||Thursday, December 17, 2009
@ 12:57 PM
|Happy for all of you
It's great to see that all of the JW mess is still coming
out after all of these years. I'm glad that there are a
lot of people involved in this process. My family are
still JW's and they are still blinded by so much of the
Witness propaganda that it's sickening. I have heard from
more people that they are questioning the Watchtower
society way, and I am very happy to see that.
||Thursday, December 17, 2009
@ 9:04 AM
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||Friday, December 11, 2009
@ 5:21 PM
That's a good point you brought up about most Jehovah's
knowing any members of the governing body. How can JWs know
if they are
being 'led' by qualified people if they are not even
personally acquainted with
any of these so-called 'leaders'? Why citizens of this
country know President
Obama better than Jehovah's Witnesses know their own
That's just one of the odd things about this "religion".
Thanks for bringing this to our
||Monday, December 7, 2009
@ 4:52 PM
Jehovah's Witnesses ruin lives! They preach one thing, but
they LIVE another.I have seen so much injustice, and
indifference, and arrogance from J.W. people that it makes
me sick. Physically sick! They claim to have all the
answers. How arrogant! They claim to cause families to draw
closer, but that is rubbish! They CLAIM a lot of things.
Look up the history on this religion! Also, something I
personally found interesting recently-- see what you are
told when you ask the question--How many of the governing
body do you know? Usually they know NONE! I then asked -
Don't you find that the least bit odd that you have been
taking instructions from people you don't even know? Odd to me!
||Friday, December 4, 2009
@ 4:27 PM
Thank you for sharing Marcus Aurelius's quote with us.
It's a good one. We
should always strive to do what is right, not what some
power trips us to do. It's obvious that not reporting
pedophiles to the
authorities is wrong! Good for you, Earl, for going to the
authorities! That took
courage. If only others would start displaying that courage
it would make a
huge difference for the victims! Especially if the media
jumped on it, too. I
think it's so true that most Jehovah's Witnesses aren't
aware of what a very
serious problem pedophilia is in the JW cult. My sister
thinks pedophilia is a rare
occurrence in the religion. If only she knew. It is hard
to talk to her about it, to
get her to understand. The problem is rampant, it isn't rare!
||Friday, December 4, 2009
@ 4:07 PM
"...it was just boys playing..." ???!!! Oh, SICK!!!
I wish JWs could see through this sham of
a religion, that they weren't so easily taken in by it and
so trusting of it. What's to
trust? Especially when people are told to be quiet about
abuse and not tell the
authorities. I admire people who go right over the elders'
heads and report the
pedophiles. Justice needs to always be done on behalf of
the innocent and
||Wednesday, December 2, 2009
@ 10:26 AM
|To Anon and all
Most JW's do not know the truth about the WT Org. and how
they handle abuse cases. In a nut shell they pretty much
do as many Catholic priests did. Once I found this out I
was out of there as I knew in my heart that a loving God
would not back such a group. It is really easy to find
information with the Internet. The WT uses a two witness
rule that was never meant to be used for rape and
molestation. No pedophile is going to have 2 witnesses
when he abuses a child. I give the Catholic Org. some
credit for finally admitting the problem and trying to
make things right. If they had used the two witness rule
then they too could claim almost no victims as the WT has
done. For many years the WT has not reported abuse cases
to the authorities and has basically told a victim that
without 2 witnesses they can do nothing and told the
victim to be quiet or they will be disfellowshiped. Does
this sound like a loving Org?? I know of a case where a
JW father was abusing his daughter and no one would go to
the authorities, so I did. It seems that all concerned
were afraid. Personally, I don't know how they slept at
night, knowing a little girl was being abused. So when
the WT reports it has had very few cases over the years it
is lying. Even though the average JW is scared, some have
come forward. If the WT said very few have been reported
to the police , they would be correct. Another lie the WT
has used from the very beginning is that only they have
Gods approval. Once someone realizes this is false they
can easily move on and find a loving church. The WT has
ruled with fear and manipulation and it takes some time to
see that. I was involved with them for over 40 years and
finally found them to be just another man made cult. Now I
do what I can to save the poor little ones that are cast
aside in the WT Org. They are being exposed now with the
Internet and more lawsuits and I am grateful I found the
truth of this Org. We must do what our God given
conscience tells us, not what the WT or some elder tells
us. We are either part of the problem or part of the
solution and I believe some day we will all be asked what
we did to help the Silent Lambs. As Marcus Aurelius said:
"What we do in this life , echoes into eternity".
||Sunday, November 29, 2009
@ 1:19 PM
Stick to your guns! Your obligation is to protect your
children. Fear is what this evil org uses to control the
rank and file. You can anonymously report the abusers
that you know of. Google "Jehovah's Witnesses", and you
will find several online support groups for people in your
||Friday, November 27, 2009
@ 11:10 PM
|First hand Experience
I was raised as a JW. Throughout the years I have seen
three molestation situations swept under the carpet and the
victims re-victimized. I have stopped attending as of late
and am receiving A LOT of pressure to start coming
back, "Taking the Lead", bringing my wife and kids back
too. In my heart, I just can't do it. I know that the
elders and the organization will ultimately not protect my
children or other's children if something should happen. In
addition, my wife still feels strongly about going back to
meetings. If I speak out with my feelings, I will be
disfellowshipped/disassociated, screw up my marriage, have
few friends, and mess up my kids. I honestly am feeling
very alone in this matter and am staying in a holding
pattern for now.
Guess I'm not looking for solutions, but this is the first
time I have actually said/written this out.
I was a Ministerial Servant for 5 years and the 3rd
molestation case I learned of involved a nephew of mine and
two late teen boys. The molesters were the sons of the
Presiding Overseer's sister. She knew about it and never
told anyone. When it came out, the victim's family and the
victim were treated so badly, I spoke up, became black
listed, and, well.....it just sucked.
I was told by the Presiding Overseer to keep silent, "..it
was just boys playing..", and that my responsibilities
would come into question if I spoke of it to others.
My sister was molested by an Upstanding Step-Grandfather
over 5 years (7 to 12yrs old)and the congregation covered it up.
My wife was molested by her sister's husband when she was
13 and the family and congregation covered it up.
Thanks for listening. Just a lot to carry right now.
||Tuesday, November 24, 2009
@ 11:35 AM
|Commendation and Request
I have been flitting in and out for several years on this
site and spoken to many leaders via phone. I am finally
making my move towards legal action and am looking for
assistance with gathering legal data on other cases... the
legal page is down... Can someone direct me as to where I
can look for cases and read rulings and dispositions on
them. When I see a response I will pass on an email contact
to reach me at.
||Monday, November 23, 2009
@ 3:06 PM
|Why Sugarcoat Things?
Let's not tap the devil on the wrist here. The Jehovah's
Witness organization is a deadly cult. One needs
to be frank about this. It is obvious that God would not
dwell in a place that tolerates the molestation, abuse,
etc. of children or anyone for that matter. God is not in
this organization & anyone in it needs to hurry up & get
out. Don't let fear, ignorance & arrogance keep you in it.
Arguing with this organization is totally useless. Please
prayerfully study & question the bible & ask God to reveal
the real truth to you.
||Friday, November 20, 2009
@ 10:10 PM
|My Own experience
The Silent Lambs are to be commended for their efforts to
speak out about this crime taking place in the watchtower
organization. My sister and I personally witnessed first
hand the wrong doings of the organization in handling
alleged pedophiles. I say alleged because even after
evidence and court documentation they never admit to a
brothers wrong doings . My sister and I who were the victims,
were treated as the wrong doers and our father--the pedophile
who also committed suicide during all this received an
honorable burial by the society . They disfellowshipped me
and my sister whom had done nothing but report the wrong
doing done against us.
This needs to stop.
||Friday, November 20, 2009
@ 4:21 PM
|To N.W. and Alex
Bravo, and kudos to you for your indomitable spirit!!
Keep writing and
telling people. Don't give up. Don't stop. That goes for
everyone. Don't give
up! Please keep talking and writing letters. We all have a
lot to be grateful
for, thanks to Silentlambs and all it's been doing for
victims and their
families. Thank you Bill Bowen for starting this site, for
having the courage to
put so much on the line to start it. Alex, I really
appreciate the things you
said. The WTBTS is a kidnapper, abducting people from their
friends to join a cold, callous cult. This so-called
'religion' has managed to
pull the wool over so many, many peoples' eye, getting them
to think they
are going to part of a loving, caring, supportive
organization. 'Loving', my
foot! It's a farce, a sham, and I feel so bad for people
who are still taken in
||Thursday, November 12, 2009
@ 3:45 PM
Girls and boys living in shame, fear.
The law is not allowed.
Protectors or predators?
We are victims that will no longer be silenced.
Until today, I thought it was only us. Sick, perverted
secrets. A family of lies and abuse. The girls and women
of our family suffering unspeakable attacks from the men
that should be our protectors. Foster care, babies, anger,
resentment, pain, forever lost with no comfort from one
another because our wounds have festered. Today, my sister
called me. A confidant shared her story with her. It is
our story as well. She mentioned an unfamiliar term,
SilentLamb. I googled. I am staring. My heart can not pump
fast enough to allow my blood to provide the oxygen I so
desperately need. Am I breathing, can I? My sister is
quiet on the other line. I read. Aloud. It's true. CBS,
NyTimes. People know? We have educated ourselves on abuse.
We have cried and fought the injury to our souls. We know
that we are not the only ones in this world to be
subjected to physical, sexual and mental abuse. All of the
referencing Jehovah Witnesses, their congregations and
elders under scrutiny, the lawsuits, cover-ups and many
victims speaking out. Finally. SilentLambs. A protective
organization for us? Years ago, I wrote about our story.
There was a moment when my strength overcame my fears. and
I wrote. To Oprah. In the process of submitting, my
computer crashed. I lost everything. I never wrote again.
Now, I won't stop writing. Until our story is told,
exposed. I am the eldest and all of my girls are still in
danger. I can't protect them alone. It is too late for
some. I can't die without trying. I won't die without
||Monday, November 9, 2009
@ 11:53 AM
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||Thursday, November 5, 2009
@ 3:40 AM
I have had people in my life that were tangled in this
Watchtower organization. The fact is it's a high control
group. Some will suggest that it has some cult like
characteristics. I have to agree with them now.
I have watched a family (who are supposed to be the
happiest people on the earth) live in misery and extreme
stress. This is not what they expected when they first were
indoctrinated with a 'book study' (notice I did not say
I consider the Watchtower
Organization kidnappers. Parentnappers, friendnappers,
brother/sisternappers and on and on. I can't accept that
some folks still think that this group has any special
blessing from God.
People need to know that when they get baptized they are
truly giving up their rights to their family and friends.
||Friday, October 30, 2009
@ 3:43 PM
I found out when I was a Jehovah's Witness that I
couldn't shun people. I
knew I wasn't any better then they were, so how could I in
conscience shun anyone. No way could I become a member of a
required its members to ever shun people! No way!
Pedophiles are a
different story, of course, although I know that their
pedophilia is a terrible
sickness. Pedophiles need to be cut off from society, so
that they can no
longer hurt children ever again. Either in prisons or
mental institutions, just
so they can never again rape or molest children. But, as
shunning people who have been disfellowshipped or who have
themselves, forget it, no way could I shun them. Why would
I want to be part
of a religion that teaches people to ever shun others.
||Friday, October 30, 2009
@ 11:29 AM
Great hearing from you. May the pictures and videos bring
||Tuesday, October 27, 2009
@ 1:08 PM
Good idea - - the more exposure Silentlambs can get out
Whatever ways this can be done, well, go for it!