In 2002, Robert Bryant, at one time a highly respected Jehovah’s Witness elder, murdered his wife and four children and then killed himself in McMinnville, Oregon. Why would this wonderful and hard-working family man do such a terrible thing? What happened that drove him to commit such a horrible crime?
Did leaders of Jehovah’s Witnesses cover up child sex abuse?
In San Francisco, a woman (Candace Conti) is suing the Jehovah’s Witnesses for failing to protect her from a known child abuser when she was a child. The following video produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting shed light on accusations that religious leaders led a cover-up of child sex abuse.
Special correspondent Trey Bundy of the CIR’s Reveal reported on how the Watchtower organization is using the first amendment to fight these charges.
ABC News Nightline presented as a lead story a 10-minute special report focusing on the Candace Conti child abuse trial. The Watchtower Society, the North Fremont (California) Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Jonathan Kendrick were the defendants in this court case.
Originally scheduled for March 10, this program aired in the United States late Thursday evening March 12, 2015 beginning at 12:35 AM EDT (actually early Friday morning). It was also presented at 12:35 AM (local time) in most other major American media markets.
Nightline episodes are normally 30 minutes long, but the “Watchtower report” was the featured story on this show and is now available on YouTube. [See video below.]
During much of his later life, former Governing Body member Raymond Franz was invited to speak before various groups and organizations around the world. He spoke with an eloquent and direct approach, but was never harsh or overly critical of those he disagreed with – not even of the Watchtower organization or its leadership that had treated him so poorly after his lifetime of service.
This particular video is an excellent example of Mr. Franz at his best.
Those of you who know me personally or have visited my website in the past, know that since 1992 I have been a tireless advocate for protecting children.
Over the years, I researched the Watchtower’s child abuse problem for the Governing Body. In spite of the fact that I presented my research to each member to try to resolve the problems the Watchtower refused to make any meaningful changes. I’ve worked hard to spread the word and have earned a reputation for being an outspoken critic of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society’s doctrines that “unduly influence” Jehovah’s Witnesses and also protect sexual predators.
A few years later I was interviewed on major TV networks and local stations – as well as several radio programs – about the Watchtower’s child abuse problem. My goal was to promote changes to the Watchtower’s practices. As technology has changed I have embraced using the best available media resources to promote the protection of ALL children, with a special focus for those in Jehovah’s Witness families.
In September 2014 I started actively using my account on LinkedIn to connect with media personalities and politicians to actively promote awareness and to urge the expansion of child protection laws. My connecting with Chuck Morse via LinkedIn resulted in an invitation to have him interview me on his radio show on November 11, 2014.