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JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES RESPOND TO RUSSIA’S RELIGIOUS BAN

The Supreme Court of Russia is set to judge whether Jehovah's Witnesses can be considered as an “extremist” body. This came after the Russian Justice Ministry made its application for an order which will shut the national headquarters of this group. Jehovah's Witnesses has its base near St. Petersburg. The website of the Russian ...
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The Watchtower’s dirty little secrets

The leadership of the Jehovah’s Witnesses has boldly defied court orders to turn over the names and whereabouts of alleged child sexual abusers across the United States. Since 2014, courts have slapped the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ parent corporation – the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York – with multimillion-dollar judgments and sanctions for ...
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More Watchtower Judicial Atrocities

Mélanie Poirier was 10 when she started taking piano lessons and it would prove to be an experience that changed her life forever. At that very first lesson, she said, her piano teacher sexually assaulted her. It went on for five years. "Week after week, at every piano lesson, he would masturbate in front ...
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Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘demonstrated a serious failure’ to protect children

The Jehovah's Witness Church in Australia failed to protect children in its care from sexual predators, a report has found. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse delivered its report into the organisation on Monday. It stated that: "Children are not adequately protected from the risk of child sexual abuse in ...
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JW turns self in to police for sleepwalking burglary

Now if every pedophile would simply turn themselves in: Problem solved! OFFICERS in a police station were stunned when Jehovah's Witness Zak Babar walked in and handed over a bag of loot, saying “I think I've done a burglary.” Babar, 48, had committed the burglary while in a “stupor” after overdosing on newly prescribed ...
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Elders force sister to listen to rape recording

A woman is suing a Jehovah's Witnesses church in Weber County after, she says, one of its instructors repeatedly raped her when she was a minor and the organization's leadership forced her to listen to an audio recording of one of the assaults. The woman filed the lawsuit Wednesday in 2nd District Court, accusing ...
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Alberta court weighs in on JW disfellowshipping

Alberta courts are wading into the controversial territory of jurisdiction over religious organizations after the Alberta Court of Appeal decided to allow the Court of Queen's Bench to hear an application relating to the 2014 expulsion of a member of the Highwood Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. The appellate court sided with Randy Wall, a local real estate agent and ...
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News investigates JW Sex offender going door-to-door

KOAA.com | Continuous News | Colorado Springs and Pueblo COLORADO SPRINGS - 66-year-old Waymon Ivery is reliving a nightmare that happened more than two decades ago. Sitting in the KOAA studio conference room, he admitted his regret. “I had no idea -- no clue as to the effect that it would have," Ivery said, referring ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Jason Gorski, a former Long Beach teacher, has been arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse of a child

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Legal developments – Jehovah’s Witnesses official press