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 →

Jehovah’s Witnesses’ legal battles in Western Pennsylvania laid groundwork for religious freedoms

Jehovah’s Witnesses’ legal battles in Western Pennsylvania laid groundwork for religious freedoms

The Witnesses are credited with winning at least 30 major cases involving religious liberty issues since 1938. As recently as 2002, the Supreme Court, in Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of N.Y. Inc. v. Village of Stratton (Ohio), reaffirmed 8-1 its finding in Murdock that permit requirements for religious door-to-door canvassing violate the First Amendment. Continue reading →

Jehovah’s Witness elders covered up sex abuse of children from York County

Jehovah’s Witness elders covered up sex abuse of children from York County

that makes the recent Philadelphia Inquirer story alleging that Jehovah’s Witness elders have repeatedly covered up sexual abuse of members’ children, shunned members and victims who raised complaints of child abuse and have impeded police investigations into abuse allegations even more shocking. Continue reading →

Why are there more and more Jehovah’s Witnesses in the middle of Newcastle city

Why are there more and more Jehovah’s Witnesses in the middle of Newcastle city

And the reason for the recent increase is simply due to a change in tactics.

For years, members have gone door-to-door to spread the word about the faith.

But now members are heading into the city to try and reach out to more people.Continue reading →

Jehovah’s Witnesses lost control over a $31.8 million real estate complex

Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia Have Property Seized

The Jehovah’s Witnesses religious group lost control over a $31.8 million real estate complex in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Thursday after the city’s court upheld a lower court’s decision that the property should be seized by the government.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses had appealed the lower court’s decision to confiscate the sprawling administrative complex, arguing that one of the group’s U.S. corporations is the legal owner.

“The original ruling by the Sestroretskiy District Court in December 2017 ignored evidence that the Witnesses’ office is owned by Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania (WTPA), a nonprofit corporation based in the United States,” the organization said in a statement.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses under fire for not talking as sexual abuse claims rise

Jehovah’s Witnesses under fire for not talking as sexual abuse claims rise

So far 267 reports of sexual abuse involving the Jehovah’s Witnesses community have been made to a hotline opened at the end of last year, Trouw said on Wednesday. The hotline was set up by the Reclaimed Voices foundation in 2017 after the paper published a report on the growing scandal in November. In an open letter to the organisation, the foundation is calling for a meeting with church officials but says that so far its advances have been rebuffed.

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Inside the ‘Soho House of sex clubs’

Inside the ‘Soho House of sex clubs’

A former Jehovah’s Witness is running an exclusive New York swingers party that is only open to ‘hot millennials with a social media presence’.

Saynt, of the Bronx, was raised in a Jehovah’s Witness household and his parents had no idea about his sex club business until reading an article about him earlier this year.  He said he went to church every Sunday, went to Bible study for 10 hours a week and would door-knock every morning before school. Continue reading →

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