Looks like Jehovah’s Witnesses will join the redress scheme in Australia finally, but don’t think it’s because god somehow inspired them to do the right thing:
The organisation says it will sign up because of new rules introduced by the federal government, which mean it would lose its charity status — and subsequent tax exemptions — for continuing to hold out.
“Now that the law requires charities to join the scheme, Jehovah’s Witnesses will comply,” it said in a statement to AAP on Wednesday.
Ah! Okay! Well at least the organization is being honest about being rotten. It can’t lose its precious tax status! The organization still takes absolutely no responsibility for the abuse that’s happened under its watch, but don’t take my word for it:
“Jehovah’s Witnesses did not voluntarily join because we object to the assertion that the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses assumes responsibility for children,” the group said.
For an organization that micromanages every aspect of life for members, this is certainly an interesting twist. But hey, a win is a win. I’ll take their hand being forced to do the right thing for victims, over nothing, any day.