Introduction

In recent months the media has devoted much attention to the Child Protection Policy of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The Watchtower of March 1, 2003 makes this comment:

“We need courage when opposers maneuver the media into spreading bad reports about God’s servants or when they try to restrict true worship by scheming “trouble by decree.” (Psalm 94:20) For example, how should we feel when newspaper, radio, or television reports about Jehovah’s Witnesses are distortions or outright falsehoods? Should we be shocked? No. We expect such things. (Psalm 109:2) And we are not surprised when some believe the published lies and distortions, since “anyone inexperienced puts faith in every word.” (Proverbs 14:15)”

What has been presented to the public by the mainstream media regarding Jehovah’s Witnesses policy on child abuse?

When going door to door, how can Jehovah’s Witnesses know how to respond to comments from individuals that have viewed the programs unless they have reviewed the material also?

“When anyone is replying to a matter before he hears it, that is foolishness on his part and a humiliation.” (Proverbs 18:13)