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Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watchtower in the news. The good, the bad and the ugly.

Jehovah’s Witnesses in Georgia (not USA)

Jehovah’s Witnesses recorded 51 cases of discrimination in 2015 TBILISI, DFWatch–On November 23 last year, shots were fired at a building used by Jehovah’s Witnesses in Vazisubani, a district in the Georgian capital Tbilisi. When bullets slammed into the building again one week later, a lawyer representing the religious community wondered why the police were not using footage from their surveillance cameras to solve the case. [...]

2019-09-24T09:19:43-04:00August 18th, 2016|Categories: JW News|

Jehovah’s Witnesses apparently banned in Russia

COMMENTARY: Although the just signed in-to-law prohibits all religious groups from preaching, obviously it will impact Jehovah's Witnesses most directly since Jehovah's Witnesses are all about witnessing about the truth. Most people probably don't realize that Jehovah's Witnesses were illegal in Russia until quite recently, after the fall of the USSR. All during the Soviet era Jehovah's Witnesses were hauled off to gulags in Siberia for [...]

2019-09-24T09:40:39-04:00July 12th, 2016|Categories: JW News|

Jehovah’s Witnesses face £1m legal bill over child abuse

COMMENTARY: This story could be repeated many times. Child is abused by elder or ministerial servant. The Watchtower denies any responsibility for it and treats the victim as an offender. This case though, after appealing a judgment to pay a relatively small compensation of 275,000 pounds, the appeal judge socked them triple to cover the victim's considerable legal expenses that resulted as a consequence of the [...]

2019-09-24T09:47:58-04:00July 8th, 2016|Categories: JW News|

Former JW elder arrested for child abuse

COMMENTARY: The police say they have no evidence that Gorski abused anyone "in the church." And that is to be expected, given the fact that the Watchtower has a long-standing policy of suppressing the reporting of crimes committed against the children of Jehovah's Witnesses. Even if a JW child had been abused the authorities may not have been notified. Since the elder was removed obviously the [...]

2019-09-24T10:02:55-04:00July 1st, 2016|Categories: JW News|

Jehovah’s Witnesses destroy ancient site in Mexico?

COMMENTARY: File this one under "crazy." Stories like this add credibility to the Watchtower's claim that the media are bias and negative stories involving the Watchtower or Jehovah's Witnesses are either outright falsehoods or distortions. Would the story even have been published had the vandals claimed to be Catholic? Maybe the vandals were studying with JW's. That is possible. Or perhaps they were mentally unbalanced individuals, like [...]

2019-09-24T10:03:45-04:00June 30th, 2016|Categories: JW News|

San Diego judge slaps $4,000 a-day fine on Watchtower

NEWS COMMENTARY  The Watchtower's Legal Department has been fighting for quite a few years to keep their records private. Although they exhort Jehovah's Witnesses to obey the superior authorities - as the apostle Paul called them - as long as their laws and edicts do not contravene God's laws, the leadership of Jehovah's Witnesses apparently consider the Watchtower to be superior to the superior authorities. Now [...]

2019-09-24T10:08:58-04:00June 25th, 2016|Categories: JW News|

Watchtower’s new world HQ nearly complete

WARWICK — The new Jehovah's Witnesses World Headquarters located in Sterling Forest will be completed in August, thanks to the help of more than 25,000 volunteers from across the country who contributed to its construction. Some of the volunteers have stayed at the site since ground breaking three years ago, such as spokesperson for Jehovah's Witnesses, Richard Devine, and his wife, while others have come for [...]

2019-09-24T10:12:59-04:00June 21st, 2016|Categories: JW News|

Jehovah’s Witnesses Banned in Russian Belgorod

The Supreme Court in Russia's southern city of Belgorod has ruled for a local Jehovah's Witnesses group to be disbanded as an “extremist” organization, the RAPSI legal news agency reported Thursday. Prosecutors told the court that the religious organization “tore” apart families and tried to entice young people into the group. The Supreme Court heard the case after a similar decision by the Belgorod regional court [...]

2019-09-24T10:20:14-04:00June 10th, 2016|Categories: JW News|

RUSSIA: Jehovah’s Witnesses face possible liquidation

If prosecutors proceed with their threat to liquidate the Jehovah's Witness headquarters near St Petersburg, thousands of local congregations across Russia could also face prohibition of their activities and individuals could be vulnerable to criminal charges for expressing their beliefs, Forum 18 notes. The Jehovah's Witnesses' principal body in Russia is under threat of dissolution as an "extremist" organisation after the deadline in an official warning [...]

2019-09-24T10:29:32-04:00May 26th, 2016|Categories: JW News|

Prince: Music Legend Devout Jehovah’s Witness For Many Years?

Prince's sexualized lyrics and rock 'n' roll energy make it all the more surprising that the music legend was a Jehovah's Witness. As millions around the world mourn the death of Prince, many are learning that he was a devout Jehovah's Witness. The musician was raised a Christian, a Seventh-day Adventist to be exact, but would ultimately become a Jehovah's Witness in 2001. "I don't see [...]

2022-09-30T14:25:29-04:00April 21st, 2016|Categories: JW News|
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