Jehovan todistajien ahdinko Venäjällä näkyy turvapaikka­hakemuksina

Jehovan todistajien ahdinko Venäjällä näkyy turvapaikka­hakemuksina

Jehovan todistajien ahdinko Venäjällä heijastuu Suomeen turvapaikkahakemuksina.

Maahanmuuttoviraston arvion mukaan Suomeen saapui viime vuonna ”useita kymmeniä” liikkeen jäseniä turvapaikanhakijoina, kun edellisvuosina tapaukset ovat olleet lähinnä yksittäisiä. Continue reading →

Civilian killed by NPA rebels unlikely a gov’t spy

Civilian killed by NPA rebels unlikely a gov’t spy

Agusan del Sur – The civilian reportedly killed by New People’s Army (NPA) in Surigao del Norte on Wednesday could never be a military spy because his religion prohibited him from participating in any government or other politically-related efforts, the military said Thursday.

Jepti Acido, 32, was an elder of the Jehovah’s Witness, according to Capt. Francisco Garello, the civil military operation officer of the Army’s 36thInfantry Battalion.

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Kerry Mitchell walks free after attacking Jehovah’s Witnesses with hammer

Kerry Mitchell walks free after attacking Jehovah’s Witnesses with hammer

Maidstone Crown Court heard the 44-year-old reacted angrily when five Jehovah’s Witnesses called at her flat in Lott Close, Tunbridge Wells, on January 9 this year. Prosecutor Trevor Wright said when Mitchell’s doorbell was rung, her response was: “What?” Jessica Chapman responded on the intercom: “We are calling to speak to you about the Bible.” Continue reading →

Jehovah’s witness faces 10 years for practicing faith in Crimea

Jehovah’s witness faces 10 years for practicing faith in Crimea

A year after Russia outlawed the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a first believer is on trial, facing a ten-year prison sentence and repressive measures are gaining pace. These include armed searches and arrests, as well as the state theft of Jehovah’s Witness land and property. Continue reading →

Little Free Libraries Are Turning Into Ground Zero

Little Free Libraries Are Turning Into Ground Zero

Another steward said that, when arriving home one evening, she noticed all the books in her LFL had been taken and replaced with a handful of books and a tract from the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Simply removing the items doesn’t solve the problem, because new ones keep coming. One commenter on the discussion board called it an “endless stream of religious flyers and books,” and others noted that some religious sects leave material every day.

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Ailing Jehovah’s Witness Released From Kazakh Prison

Ailing Jehovah’s Witness Released From Kazakh Prison

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has pardoned a Jehovah’s Witness who was serving a five-year prison sentence for allegedly inciting religious and ethnic hatred. The Christian Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Kazakhstan said on April 5 that 61-year-old Teimur Akhmedov was released from prison and is currently being treated in an oncology clinic in Almaty. Continue reading →

Jehovah’s Witness Faces 10-Year Sentence

Jehovah’s Witness Faces 10-Year Sentence

On April 3, 2018, a criminal court in Orel is slated to begin the trial of Dennis Christensen, a 46-year old Danish citizen who has been in pretrial custody for nearly 11 months. If convicted on charges of organizing activities of an “extremist organization,” he faces up to 10 years in prison.

Authorities charged Christensen with “organizing activities of a religious organization that has been declared extremist.” The charge sheet, which Human Rights Watch reviewed, states that he was “actively involved in organizational work aimed at continuing the unlawful activities of the [banned Orel Jehovah’s Witness organization].” Continue reading →

Final Four crowds attracting Jehovah’s Witnesses

Final Four crowds attracting Jehovah’s Witnesses

If you’re downtown during the Final Four games, chances are you may run into a Jehovah’s Witness, a member of an international Christian organization known for sharing, or witnessing, their beliefs in public, usually by way of literature. As many as 3,900 of them will be at 110 “literature stations” placed throughout the downtown area during a two-week project called San Antonio Public Witnessing.

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8 Times The Jehovah’s Witnesses Were Wrong About The End Of The World

8 Times The Jehovah’s Witnesses Were Wrong About The End Of The World

One of the topics I love to discuss with a fresh set of Witnesses on my stoop is predictions. I love to ask them what they think of the many end-of-the-world predictions made by the Watch Tower Society. How am I to take the promise of God’s Kingdom here on Earth seriously, if all the other promises made by the Witnesses have failed? Do they know just how many predictions there have been that have not come true?

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MPs demand action over Jehovah’s Witness abuse allegations

MPs demand action over Jehovah’s Witness abuse allegations

MPs are demanding government action after more than 100 people contacted the Guardian with allegations of child sexual abuse and other mistreatment in Jehovah’s Witness communities in the UK.

“I am extremely concerned, but not surprised, by the allegations of child abuse within the Jehovah’s Witness movement. Whenever there is a closed society with an inherent power imbalance, the potential for abuse is there,” said the Labour MP Sarah Champion. Continue reading →

Dozens of Alleged Victims Share Stories of Abuse Within the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Dozens of Alleged Victims Share Stories of Abuse Within the Jehovah’s Witnesses

The problem isn’t just that the Watchtower Society (which oversees the JWs) didn’t stop the abuse; it’s that they didn’t do enough even after the problems were brought to their attention.

That’s, in part, due to their own awful policies, like the “Two-Witness rule,” which says church elders shouldn’t take a victim’s account of abuse seriously unless another person witnessed it… even though the only other person around may have been the abuser himself.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses accused of silencing victims

Jehovah’s Witnesses accused of silencing victims

More than 100 people have contacted the Guardian with allegations of child sexual abuse and other mistreatment in Jehovah’s Witness communities across the UK.

Former and current members, including 41 alleged victims of child sexual abuse, described a culture of cover-ups and lies, with senior members of the organization, known as elders, discouraging victims from coming forward for fear of bringing “reproach on Jehovah” and being exiled from the congregation and their families.

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A cautionary tale of state interference

A cautionary tale of state interference

It was widely reported at the time that the King family are Jehovah’s Witnesses, who are known to refuse blood transfusions. But this was not like a transfusion at all. They were seeking what they thought was a better treatment for their child. This is a crucial distinction. In the end, the family have been vindicated.

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Jehovah’s Witness files of Abuse remain secret after court settlements

Jehovah’s Witness files of Abuse remain secret after court settlements

For years, two court cases in San Diego have offered the possibility that the full scope of the Jehovah’s Witnesses child sex abuse cover-up would be revealed.

The window for that tantalizing opportunity has slammed shut. For now.

After years of litigation, two men who claim to have been sexually abused as children by a Jehovah’s Witness in San Diego have settled their cases against the religion’s parent corporation, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.Continue reading →

Community shows support after Jehovah’s Witnesses Hall arsons

Community shows Christian Support after Jehovah’s Witnesses Hall Arsons

Interfaith Works, an umbrella organization of diverse faith communities in Thurston County, said it began responding and talking about the incident right away.

“There’s a great deal of concern and empathy for the community that was targeted,” said Interfaith Works Executive Director Daniel Kadden.

On Facebook, they posted a message of support and they say they hope to send a more personal response to the Kingdom Halls soon.Continue reading →

Former Jehovah’s Witnesses Speak Out Against the Cruel Practice of Shunning

Former Jehovah’s Witnesses Speak Out Against the Cruel Practice of Shunning

Weeks after a former Jehovah’s Witness killed her husband and two grown children before turning the gun on herself, allegedly because she snapped after being shunned by her family as a result of leaving the faith, the media is putting a bigger spotlight on the practice of disfellowshipping.
Essentially, if you were a Witness who left for whatever reason, believers are told to shun you until you return. That means your parents may refuse to speak with you — or even see their grandchildren — unless you admit you’re wrong. It’s emotionally draining. And in some cases, it’s even worse. Many are driven to suicide.

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Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses break silence on shunning

Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses break silence on shunning: ‘My mother treats me like I’m dead’

“Jehovah’s Witness kids grow up knowing that if they ever mess up, their parents will leave them — and that’s scary,” Sawyer, now 38, said in a recent interview from her home in Pascagoula, Miss. “The shunning is supposed to make us miss them so much that we’ll come back. … It didn’t work.”

Shunning “can lead to great trauma among people because the Jehovah’s Witnesses are a very tight-knit community,” said Mathew Schmalz, a religious studies associate professor at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

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