6 Luglio 2015
Jehovah’s Witnesses link Homosexuality to Child Abuse in official Broadcast, like it’s 1979
In their latest podcast that you can watch here, Anthony Morris III, member of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses audaciously links Homosexuality to Child Abuse:
“It [an Awake! article from 1982] warned about homosexual men who prey on and advocate the right to use boys for sex. Shame on them!”
He then goes on to mention ‘Chickens’ and ‘Hawks’, terms describing a child prostitution ring, an isolated incident which has been repeatedly and falsely used by bigots to blame Homosexuals. By exploiting this sorry affair and thereby implying there may be a connection between Homosexuality and Child Abuse, Jehovah’s Witnesses are amplifying anti-gay propaganda which has long been debunked:
According to the American Psychological Association, “homosexual men are not more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual men are.”Gregory Herek, a professor at the University of California, Davis, who is one of the nation’s leading researchers on prejudice against sexual minorities, reviewed a series of studies and found no evidence that gay men molest children at higher rates than heterosexual men. […]
Groth [a pioneer in the field of sexual abuse of children] found that there are two types of child molesters: fixated and regressive. The fixated child molester — the stereotypical pedophile — cannot be considered homosexual or heterosexual because “he often finds adults of either sex repulsive” and often molests children of both sexes. Regressive child molesters are generally attracted to other adults, but may “regress” to focusing on children when confronted with stressful situations. Groth found, as Herek notes, that the majority of regressed offenders were heterosexual in their adult relationships.
The Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute notes that 90% of child molesters target children in their network of family and friends, andthe majority are men married to women. Most child molesters, therefore, are not gay people lingering outside schools waiting to snatch children from the playground, as much religious-right rhetoric suggests.
To illustrate the flaws of Anthony Morris III’s presentation:
Following his logic, the mere fact that there have been Jehovah’s Witnesses who abused children would suggest that the majority of Jehovah’s Witnesses are Child Molesters. This, of course, is not true. But this is exactly what the Governing Body (and many other right-wing conservative pundits) is implying in their video in regards to the LGBT community.
Drawing a connection between homosexuality and pedophilia and Child Abuse is not an isolated incident in Jehovah’s Witness history, as these quotes from a 1995 Awake! magazine show:
“Scientists may never resolve exactly how much of a role nature and nurturing play in same-sex attraction. But one thing is clear: All humans are born with the tendency to succumb to wrong thinking and inclinations. –Romans 3:23. A youth who desires to please God must therefore conform to his moral standards and shun immoral behavior, though doing so may be agonizingly difficult. True, some individuals may very well be prone to homosexuality… […]
“Similarly, a Christian cannot excuse immoral behavior by saying he was ‘born that way.’ Child molesters invoke the same pathetic excuse when they say their craving for children is “innate.” But can anyone deny that their sexual appetite is perverted? So is the desire for someone of the same sex.”
20 years on, the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses hasn’t changed their thinking.
But this is not all that is wrong with this latest broadcast from JW.org. As Lloyd Evans points out, it is a “bizarre child abuse denial rant” worth analyzing in detail.
n the curious segment you can watch here, Anthony Morris III introduces a new episode from their child-baiting series “Become Jehovah’s friend”. The topic: Teaching children to say “no” and “stop” when a situation seems wrong to them. Also, the video advises children to report questionable conduct by adults.
This is very commendable – but ultimately (and tragically) useless. Because as the secret Elder’s manual Shepherd the Flock of God and an internal memo to Elders have repeatedly enforced (see screenshot), children have to produce two or three witnesses that will corroborate their claim, reducing the advice from this video to absurdity.
As Lloyd Evans says:
Homophobic scapegoating aside, Morris’ comments are a fascinating example of the organization’s “head in the sand” approach in the face of mounting media scrutiny of Watchtower’s child abuse track record.