Is it true the Watchtower orders elders to destroy evidence?

//Is it true the Watchtower orders elders to destroy evidence?

QUESTION: I am not sure if you have heard of this or even care to give it consideration, but I discovered this info about an alleged “checklist” from the Watchtower to congregational elders, directing them to destroy “evidence.” I know you were an elder and have dealt with many organizational duties. I find this to be terrible if true, and another example of the Society’s callus disregard for the welfare of the flock in regards child abuse. I know the day of reckoning is coming, Jehovah will indeed set matters straight. I just wanted to bring this to your attention.

Thank you for the information. And I appreciate your concern. For those who wish to see the “check list” – 2015_Audit_Checklist

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To put things in perspective, back when I was an elder more than 20 years ago, it was a common practice to either destroy notes taken in judicial meetings or turn them over to the secretary. Since then and with the increase in litigation coming against the Watchtower and even single congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses and bodies of elders, the lawyers at Bethel are apparently doubling down, as they say, and being extra judicious.

Keep in mind that it is not just abuse victims who may bring a legal case; anyone who is disfellowshipped for any reason can hire a lawyer and sue the organization. Even a disfellowshipped pedophile can sue elders, the congregation or the Watchtower, for slander, defamation of character or whatever.

But elders’ meeting agendas and personal notes and private correspondence are not really “evidence.” Nor should they be made available to prosecuting attorneys to scour for anything to use to their advantage. Besides, the Watchtower is not asking elders to destroy congregation files. It is just that there are many well-trained lawyers who make a living suing large corporations. Clever lawyers will seek to find anything that might be construed as damning “evidence,” like an elder’s personal notes, for example. The Legal Department of the Watchtower is just doing what any competent in-house legal team would do for the corporation or institution whom they are employed to protect.

Ironically, the Watchtower’s biggest short falling is that they did not make it easier to bring accused child abusers into a judicial hearing. The Watchtower is under scrutiny now because of their rigid application of the two-witness rule and their refusal to cooperate with the police and use their investigative findings as a second “witness” in a congregation judicial setting.

If they had been more cooperative with police and aggressive in  getting accused pedophiles into judicial hearings, they would not be under fire now and this “check list” would not even be an issue. But once trust is lost it is difficult if not impossible to restore it. 

2016-12-08T15:10:57+00:00 November 20th, 2015|Mailbag|4 Comments
  • Basavaraj Of North Karnataka

    In one word my answer is yes it is True as far I know from an trusted elder and my brother in-law.

    • i dont know why i am shocked over this i mean we see and hear so much about the watchtower and its dealings i shoudnt be shocked at all. i guess im just very saddened over the reality of all this 🙁

    • i dont know why i am shocked over this i mean we see and hear so much about the watchtower and its dealings i shoudnt be shocked at all. i guess im just very saddened over the reality of all this 🙁 i cant but think about my brothers and sisters and to see so many lost in confusion and chaos being stumbled and led astray i am so very saddened. i just want to grab and shake

      The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses to there very core and make them wake up! but soon enough jesus will clean gods house and bring forth a real spiritual paradise. i long for this day and beg forgiveness from jehovah for all those who do not know or understand the truth before them.

  • i dont know why i am shocked over this i mean we see and hear so much about the watchtower and its dealings i shoudn’t be shocked at all. i guess im just very saddened over the reality of all this i cant help but think about all of my brothers and sisters in the truth and to see so many lost in confusion and chaos being stumbled and led astray i am so very saddened. i just want to grab and shake The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses to there very core and make them wake up! but soon enough jesus will clean gods house and bring forth a real spiritual paradise. i long for this day and beg forgiveness from jehova’h for all those who do not know or understand the truth before them.

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