" There are men, women, and children in there ! " voices on the
TV exclaimed in english. " Why don't they come out ? Why don't they
send their kids out ? How can they watch their children die ? "
" Like millions of other Americans, I watched as Waco burned. But,
unlike most others, I knew why the cultists remained inside with their
children. T had heen in similar circumstances mvself. "
" More than that-I understood why they didn't come out. I sympathized
with them. I knew how they felt. There was a time when I would have watched
my child die. Like the Branch Davidian, I would have thought I was doing
God's will... "
The faraway reality of JWs dying for lack of blood does not intrude
on the average Witness's joie de vivre any more than Dachau or Auschwitz
spoiled the parties and nightlife of National Socialist Berlin. But how
will history judge the Watchtower movement as a whole ? Hopefully historians
will have all the facts at their disposal, rather than the misconceptions
that fill the minds of many today. Because I have seen the sect from the
inside as an active member for thirteen years, and have since then had
another thirteen years away from it to reflect on what I saw happening,
I feel an obligation to supply some of those facts, both from personal
experience and from extensive research. The story about the ongoing tragedy
among Jehovah's Witnesses is a tale that must be told. Although putting
it all together may be as distaste ful for me as sorting through the charred
body parts remaining from the Waco fire,
I have a duty to do so as an act of penance for my own share of responsibility.
But another cult has, over the years, sacrificed untold thousands of
lives. These deaths, occurring quietly and one at a time, have so far escaped
large-scale scrutiny. " More kids are dying right now, in obe dience
to the Jehovah's Witness ban on blood transfusions, than perished in the
fire at Waco ", says ex-Witness David A. Reed. This former elder, now
widely recognized as a prominent authority on the sect, recounts his thirteen
years as a Witness. In this live ly and engrossing book, drawing on his
own experience as well as on extensive research, Reed explains his role
in the Witnesses' door to-door work recruiting new members and details
an enforcement apparatus that reach es even into clinics and hospitals.
He brings to light recent instructions for Witness hospital employees to
turn over information from confidential patient records to the church;
he also describes how the Watchtower hier archy conducts bedside trials
of members who accept forbidden medical treatments. This system extends
to instructing parents to kidnap their children from hospital beds, and
children themselves to resist doctors vio lently and to give false testimony