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Jehovah's Witnesses: Gays are child molesters

Cult leader Anthony Morris knows where the enemy is

In a video, a member of the governing body of Jehovah's Witnesses blames male homosexuality for child abuse. The background for the statements are evidently internal church abuse scandals.

The Jehovah's Witnesses have generally warned against gay men as perpetrators of child abuse in their video-on-demand portal "JW Broadcasting". In the latest English-language broadcast, Anthony Morris, one of the seven members of the top leadership of the Christian sect, quoted a 1982 American edition of "Awake!" it warns of the "new morals" that developed in the 1960s and that resulted in acceptance of homosexuals.

He particularly emphasized the group of gay men as the main perpetrators, then as now: "[An article] warned against gay men who target boys for sex and advocate the right to abuse. They should be ashamed!" In contrast, according to Morris, Jehovah's Witnesses have "a fervent desire to protect children from all forms of abuse."

Jehovah's Witnesses battered by abuse scandals

However, the homophobic tirade seems like a protective claim, because the American religious community has repeatedly been criticized for child abuse within the church. In 2012, a California court sentenced the church's Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York to pay more than US $ 20 million for condoning the abuse of a nine-year-old girl by a church member. Last December, two trials in England caused a sensation in which Jehovah's Witnesses were sentenced to prison terms for sexually abusing young girls.

The thesis of the gay sex offender has also long been refuted by scientists and organizations such as the American Association of Psychologists. "Homosexual men are not more likely to abuse children than heterosexuals," said Professor Gregory Herek of the University of California years ago.

Jehovah's Witnesses do not accept sexually active gays and lesbians in their ranks. In the past, people have been excluded from the church several times because of their homosexuality - for example, the gay twin brothers Jacob and Joshua Miller after they appeared on the gay TV channel Logo (queer.de reported).

Morris had already attracted attention a good six months ago with a homophobic tirade: He warned against gay fashion designers who would talk straight men into tight pants (queer.de reported).

According to the sect, there are said to be over 160,000 Jehovah's Witnesses in Germany. There are over eight million worldwide. (dk)