You will undoubtedly be very busy, so I will try to keep it as short as possible. I know that as a press officer of a national organization you can not always say everything you think or think. It would not surprise me if you were not happy with your recent media performance RTV Drenthe.
Phrases such as 'we do not recognize ourselves in the numbers' and then 'we do not keep statistics, but we think the number that is called by the foundation is very much', are not very convincing. You call all media attention on the subject of Jehovah's Witnesses and sexual abuse a smear, "because it has been made bigger than we can see here." What exactly do you mean by that Michel? Do you really think that if the head office in Emmen finds nothing disturbing in the field of sexual abuse, then there is little to worry about? Have you sincerely taken the trouble to enter into a dialogue with 'that screaming foundation' with its biased position and really tried to get the facts? (Proverbs 18: 13 says something nice about that).
Anyway, I already had one last summer open letter written on this theme, but it seems to me that it would not hurt to get that letter out of the archive again.
Finally, I would like to point out that a sister last week wrote some 200 kingdom halls in the Netherlands to inform the different elders by means of a letter of fire.
This letter was already published on the website of Reclaimed Voices and was already eagerly shared. I strongly encourage you to read this letter as well, for it shows abundantly that downplaying the problem as you have repeatedly done it now is the fastest way to pull brothers and sisters away from the organization and make them inactive. In that sense you can take an example from 'our' Babylonian counterpart from Rome, who eventually, after having bickering for a long time, wants to face the facts.
Repressive measures taken by the organization to silence critical noises about this issue have so far only led to even more negative publicity and 'apostasy'.
It is too late for smoothing, Michel, far too late.
So stop using the ventriloquist for an organization that has proven itself in this area no longer have the confidence of 'Caesar' and an ever-growing number of members.
the speaking Witness (*)
* De Speaking Witness is an active Jehovah's witness who is connected to one of the local congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses in the Netherlands. He is critical of how Jehovah's Witnesses react to the media reports about sexual abuse and shows that there are also people in the organization who believe that the subject of sexual abuse should be dealt with differently.
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