Jehovah’s Witness jailed for child sex crimes

Jehovah’s Witness jailed for child sex crimes

A FORMER Jehovah’s Witness who sexually assaulted three young boys says his homosexual inclinations were repressed by his religion and manifested in his crimes. Gavin Andrew Lamont, 46, was jailed for four years today for assaulting two vulnerable teenagers in the early to mid-90s and another boy about 20 years later.Continue reading →

Primary school scraps musical gay story line to include Jehovah’s Witness girl

Primary school scraps musical gay story line to include Jehovah’s Witness girl

A primary school in Hengelo has scrapped a gay story line from an end-of-school musical to make sure a child who is a Jehovah’s Witness could participate, local paper Tubantia reports. The story originally featured a straight couple but during rehearsals the children, who are aged 11 and 12, decided it would be more fun if the protagonists were gay, the paper said.

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Fortuna woman, ex-Jehovah’s Witness shares story of sexual abuse

Fortuna woman, ex-Jehovah’s Witness shares story of sexual abuse

Maple said both she and her assaulter were part of the same congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Fortuna. She was a fourth generation Witness on her mother’s side.

At the age of 11, Maple said she and her cousin — whom Maple said was one of the man’s several victims — decided to tell one of the Jehovah’s Witness elders about what was happening to them. The elders are men who lead the congregation.

Maple said the elder slammed his fist on the table and called them both liars.Continue reading →

Religious groups can decide own membership

Religious groups can decide own membership

A Jehovah’s Witness who was expelled from a Calgary congregation cannot take his case to a judge, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in a decision that affirms the general right of religious organizations to govern their own affairs.

In a 9-0 decision Thursday, the high court said the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench has no jurisdiction to review the congregation’s decision to shun Randy Wall over alleged drunkenness and verbal abuse.

“In the end, religious groups are free to determine their own membership and rules,” Justice Malcolm Rowe wrote in the decision, adding that courts will not intervene in such matters unless it is necessary to resolve an underlying legal dispute.Continue reading →

Jehovah’s Witnesses can shun members as they see fit

Jehovah’s Witnesses can shun members as they see fit

A new Supreme Court ruling that Jehovah’s Witnesses are free to banish and shun any member they wish, regardless of how they decide to do it, offers a powerful precedent for religious independence in Canada.

At issue were two episodes of drunkenness, one in which Wall “verbally abused” his wife, for which he was not “sufficiently repentant,” according to court records. The family was under great stress, stemming from the emotional troubles of their teenage daughter, who had similarly been disfellowshipped, leaving the parents in the strange position of being required by their religion to shun their own daughter. Wall said he was even pressured to evict her from their home.

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Jehovah’s Witness elders told abused girl’s parents not to report sex offender

Jehovah’s Witness elders told abused girl’s parents not to report sex offender

A Bradford man’s sex offence against a little girl was kept quiet for 23 years because elders of the Jehovah’s Witnesses church persuaded her parents not to report him, a court was told.

Robert Lee’s crime in the Forest of Dean was not revealed until the victim had grown up and went to the police, Gloucester Crown Court heard on Friday.

Both the victim’s family and Lee were Jehovah’s Witnesses at that time, said prosecutor Kerry Barker.

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US Cites Russia in Freedom Report over Persecution of Religious Sect

US Cites Russia in Freedom Report over Persecution of Religious Sect

The European Court of Human Rights cited a case from 2000, when the Supreme Court of the Republic of Tatarstan (a federal subject within the Russian Federation) refused a prosecutor’s attempt to charge a Jehovah’s Witness mother whose child had allegedly died due to her refusal of a blood transfusion. In that case, the court noted that the mother consented to the use of blood substitutes which were available at the time. That decision also noted that the church does not require believers to refuse blood transfusions, but rather allows members to make that decision on their own. Continue reading →

Hull woman thrown out of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Hull woman thrown out of Jehovah’s Witnesses – and now family and friends can’t speak to her

A Jehovah’s Witness who spoke out against a practice which leaves people isolated has now fallen foul of the Hull Elders.

Adrienne Van Den Tooren, of west Hull, had expected to be thrown out of the organization after speaking out over the practice of being ‘disfellowshipped’ and ‘shunned’.

She was among a group of former members in Hull who lifted the lid on their experiences within the organization and the pain of being told to leave.

They described how they have been isolated from loved ones with parents and siblings not even speaking to them simply because they questioned elements of the doctrine preached by the religious group.Continue reading →

Investigation: Did Jehovah’s Witnesses clergy know about abuse of 4-year-old girl?

Investigation: Did Jehovah’s Witnesses clergy know about abuse of 4-year-old girl?

WGAL’s Beccah Hendrickson investigates allegations that clergy at a York County Jehovah’s Witness church knew about the sexual abuse of a 4-year-old girl and failed to report. Continue reading →

Suspect in Jehovah’s Witness child sex abuse case arrested

Suspect in Jehovah’s Witness child sex abuse case arrested

Police issued an arrest warrant for John Logan Haugh on misdemeanor charges of indecent assault in October, but only recently caught a break in the case. Martin said investigators told him that an elder contacted police and provided an address for the 26-year-old after reading about the molestation last month in an Inquirer and Daily News report on the culture of secrecy that pervades the Witnesses.Continue reading →

Man charged for sexual assault of girl, 4, at Kingdom Hall in York County

Man charged for sexual assault of girl, 4, at Kingdom Hall in York County

A Delaware man who police said sexually assaulted a girl at the Kingdom Hall in Windsor Township in 2005 has been arraigned on those charges.

John Logan Haugh, 25, who has no fixed address listed in court records but lives in Dagsboro, Delaware, was arrested Wednesday.

The report from Childline indicated the assault happened in 2005 at the Kingdom Hall at 395 Boxwood Road when the victim was 4 years old. The victim’s family was part of the Jehovah’s Witnesses faith.Continue reading →

Jehovah’s Witnesses reject calls for independent inquiry into sexual abuse

Jehovah’s Witnesses reject calls for independent inquiry into sexual abuse

The Jehovah’s Witnesses community in the Netherlands will not hold an independent inquiry into the sexual abuse of members, despite being urged to do so by justice minister Sander Dekker.
Dekker told RTL Nieuws on Tuesday that the organisation’s decision is ‘disappointing’ and that it is ignoring the victims who want to be heard. He has no powers to force the organisation to hold an inquiry.

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Leah Remini’s Next Project to Tackle Jehovah’s Witnesses

Leah Remini’s Next Project to Tackle Jehovah’s Witnesses

According to sources, Remini will produce a special for A&E that focuses on Jehovah’s Witnesses, to air during a break following season three of the Emmy-winning Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. The religion, while based on biblical teachings, has come under fire for some practices such as ousting or shunning members who have dissenting views, refusing to participate in politics or government, not celebrating birthdays or Christmas, and for multiple predictions of armageddon that have, obviously, yet to pan out.  Continue reading →

Jehovah’s Witnesses and Shunning Contributed to a Triple Murder-Suicide

Jehovah’s Witnesses and Shunning Contributed to a Triple Murder-Suicide

In this case, that involves learning more about the factors that led to the tragedy, including depression, stress, and — of course — the Jehovah’s Witnesses and their controversial practice of “disfellowshipping” former members and separating them from everyone still practicing the faith.

These factors combined, police believe, led Stuart to cave to despair on a February weekday when she fatally shot her son, daughter and husband.Continue reading →

Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia Are Having Their Homes Raided

Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia Are Having Their Homes Raided

Law enforcement officials in Birobidzhan, Russia, a small town close to the border with China, raided 20 homes belonging to Jehovah’s Witnesses, according to members of the religious organization.

The raids were conducted by around 150 police officers, who nicknamed their operation “Judgement Day,”Continue reading →

How shunned Jehovah’s Witness mom killed her entire family

How shunned Jehovah’s Witness mom killed her entire family

According to police records and interviews with family, friends and neighbors, Stuart  battled many problems, including depression, ostracism from the Jehovah Witness church, and mental scars stemming from alleged sexual abuse as a child.

More: Friends: Jehovah’s Witnesses shunning drove mom to murder-suicide

More: Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses break silence on shunning

These factors combined, police believe, led Stuart to cave to despair on a February weekday when she fatally shot her son, daughter and husband — using pillows to suppress the sound — before shooting herself between the eyes.Continue reading →

Jehovah’s Witness helped rescue teenager sold for sex

Jehovah’s Witness helped rescue teenager sold for sex

The Jehovah’s Witness met Kasmeer Lata’s daughter while she was knocking on doors in the teenager’s neighbourhood.

RNZ understands the pair formed a friendship and attended church together before the offending happened.

After the teenager was forced to have sex about 1000 times for money over a 18-month period, she reconnected with the Jehovah’s Witness and began telling her what had happened.Continue reading →

Shots fired into Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Shots fired into Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses

A Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses was sprayed with gunfire early Tuesday morning and investigators with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office hopes the public can help them track down the shooters.

This latest incident comes after a series of other incidents that have hit Jehovah’s Witness Halls in the county.  The shooting happened in the 15000 block of Vail Road in Yelm. Investigators were on scene for most of the day Tuesday. Authorities say it does not appear to be a random shooting.

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Man accused of murders, bombings was fuelled by feud with ex-wife

Man accused of murders, bombings was fuelled by feud with ex-wife

Mr McKay said a Jehovah’s Witness church hall was bombed in 1985 killing minister Graham Wykes and injuring several churchgoers.

The court heard members of the church had helped Mr Warwick’s ex-wife move to northern New South Wales. Mr McKay said blood found on the floor of a Jehovah’s Witness hall at Casula in Sydney’s west matched that of Leonard John Warwick.Continue reading →

Jehovah’s Witness whose entire family was murdered says his dead children are going to a ‘new system’

Jehovah’s Witness whose entire family was murdered says his dead children are going to a ‘new system’

‘I had nearly tears in my eyes from laughing so much. I’ve got an awesome, powerful, strong family. They get their strength from Jehovah, and so do I. You might think that is a load of c*** but a lot of my strength is from him, too.

‘It might sound weird, but the kids went to sleep and now they are nothing. But to them they are already in a new system. We’re just lagging a bit behind here, they are already there. By the time we get there it will all be the same, it is like a time-period difference.’ Continue reading →

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