Norway Planning Board approves amended Jehovah’s Witness building design

Norway Planning Board approves amended Jehovah’s Witness building design

NORWAY — The Planning Board voted unanimously Thursday evening to approve a site-plan application for a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Greenwood Road.

The board also voted to allow Code Enforcement Officer Scott Tabb to issue a building permit for the organization, if it meets all of the town’s standards.

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Leaked documents suggest Jehovah’s Witnesses let accused child rapist continue as church leader for years

Leaked documents suggest Jehovah’s Witnesses let accused child rapist continue as church leader for years

Leaked documents have raised questions about how the Jehovah’s Witnesses dealt with child sex abuse allegations against a local church leader.

The trove of documents, released on Tuesday by the new whistleblower group FaithLeaks, show the Warwick, New York-based church hierarchy’s internal handling of explosive allegations.

Unredacted versions of the 69 pages of documents were viewed in advance and corroborated by Gizmodo.

In 1999, two adult women came forward to leaders in a Brimfield, Massachusetts congregation, the documents show.

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Serena Williams’ Mom Encouraged Her With Scripture After Emotional Struggles With Motherhood

Serena Williams’ Mom Encouraged Her With Scripture After Emotional Struggles With Motherhood

“I am Jehovah’s Witness. If you don’t believe in God — I think if you don’t believe in God, it’s going to be tough to live life because pretty much that’s the basis of life, it comes from God. And so being a Jehovah’s Witness, obviously we believe in God and the Bible. And without Him, I wouldn’t be here right now. I really thank Him for everything.”

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Secret Documents Reveal Sex Abuse Scandal in Jehovah’s Witnesses Church

Secret Documents Reveal Sex Abuse Scandal in Jehovah’s Witnesses Church

Thirty-three letters and internal documents, leaked Tuesday by the transparency organization FaithLeaks, expose a series of sexual abuse accusations against a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses church and the efforts the church made to cover up the scandal and keep it from the “worldly court of law.” Continue reading →

Jehovah’s Witness Palmer Congregation Sexual Abuse Investigation

Jehovah’s Witness Palmer Congregation Sexual Abuse Investigation

In 1999 accusations were made against a member of the Jehovah’s Witness church. The accusations were made by one of his daughters to the leaders of the Palmer Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Brimfield Massachusetts.

The following files document the various correspondences that took place within the Jehovah’s Witness organization as this case unfolded and was investigated by church leaders.

The Documents span several years and they detail the accounts of the original accuser, another daughter, and a female not related to the accused that later came forward.

The documents are listed in chronological order. All names have been redacted and color coded.

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New documents about Jehovah’s Witnesses’ sex abuse begin to leak out

New documents about Jehovah’s Witnesses’ sex abuse begin to leak out

Most of the 33 documents are letters between local leaders and the religion’s global headquarters in New York, The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. They show how the alleged perpetrator was able to attend a congregation with one of his alleged victims, in violation of a restraining order, while leaders admonished a member for reporting the violation to police. Continue reading →

Jehovah’s Witnesses turn former pub into church

Jehovah’s Witnesses turn former pub into church

Hundreds of Jehovah’s Witnesses from across the country are flocking to St Ann’s to build a place of worship on the site of a former pub.

almost every stage of the building, from design to putting in the windows, is being done by unpaid volunteers – 450 of them in total.

Adam Byrnes, 35, of St Ann’s, a cleaning business owner who has been helping out three days a week, said: “It is absolutely amazing to see people volunteering to build our church. Continue reading →

Dozens come forward to report abuse by Jehovah’s Witnesses

Dozens come forward to report abuse by Jehovah’s Witnesses

Some 80 reports of sexual abuse involving the Jehovah’s Witnesses community have been made over the past month, Trouw said on Thursday. In total, 50 reports were made to the hotline set up by the Reclaimed Voices foundation, while a further 30 were received by the newspaper after it published a report on the growing scandal earlier this month. Frank Huiting, one of the foundation’s founders and himself an abuse victim, told the paper the scale of the problem is only now becoming clear. Most of the complaints have been made by people who have already left the church and this is of particular concern, Huiting said.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Property Seized by the Russian Government

Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Property Seized by the Russian Government

The St. Petersburg located Kolomyazhskiy Assembly Hall owned and used by Jehovah’s Witnesses saw Russian authorities strong-arming into the property and seizing it. Government agents cordoned off the Hall and wrested control. The building was not damaged during the action. No members of Jehovah’s Witnesses were injured during this raid.

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8,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses Did Not Vote

8,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses Did Not Vote

Amid calls from the two political parties in yesterday’s runoff election for Liberians to vote, as it is one of the most critical ways that an individual can influence government decision-making, not all Liberians responded to the call. Some of those who did not respond belong to the Christian group known as Jehovah’s Witnesses, who believe that as Christians they should remain politically neutral, based on what the Holy Bible teaches about Christian neutrality in politics.  8,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses Did Not Vote

The Daily Observer has reliably gathered that the more than 6,000 baptized Jehovah’s Witnesses in the country and some of their followers (those who have not been baptized, but attend services) – about 2,000 of them – did not vote in the national elections. Continue reading →

Young Jehovah’s Witness ordered to receive blood transfusion despite beliefs

Young Jehovah’s Witness ordered to receive blood transfusion despite beliefs

After being transported to Batroun Hospital suffering traumatic injuries, doctors were baffled after the girl’s parents rejected a blood transfusion critical to save their daughter’s life.

The prosecutor argued the hospital was legally bound to save the girl’s life.

“I contacted the prosecutor, who stressed the need to save the girl’s life regardless of the parent’s religious beliefs, and the hospital duty is to keep the girl alive,” he said.Continue reading →

A Former Jehovah’s Witness Shares Her #MeToo Story

A Former Jehovah’s Witness Shares Her #MeToo Story

“You’re Always Aware That You’re Seen as a Lesser Being”

I remember understanding that everything I knew, everybody I had known and loved who was in that congregation — which was basically all of my relatives — everyone I’d grown up with was now cut off from me. I was in their eyes, dead. There was a truck coming down the road and I’d just stepped out into the road and I was ready to just be done. But I’ll tell you, honest to God what saved me was those friends that they had warned against, those people in my life that they’d said I couldn’t be around, [who] were bad people because they weren’t JWs. Continue reading →

Rebekah Vardy recalls Christmas as Jehovah’s Witness as she hits back at ‘heartbreaking’ bullying claims

Rebekah Vardy recalls Christmas as Jehovah’s Witness as she hits back at ‘heartbreaking’ bullying claims

Becky surprised viewers by revealing her upbringing as Jehovah’s Witness during another show segment where the women discussed their Christmases.

‘I used to go out knocking on people’s doors,’ she explained, as the other women lamented about the ways they spend their holidays. Continue reading →

Dutch foundation gets dozens of sexual abuse reports from Jehovah’s Witnesses

Dutch foundation gets dozens of sexual abuse reports from Jehovah’s Witnesses

According to the Reclaimed Voices initiators, victims within the closed Jehovah’s Witnesses community are not heard and perpetrators are left to continue unchecked. Over the past week, foundation employees heard stories from a number of people who were abused by Jehovah’s Witnesses. “The fact that so many reports have come in actually says enough. There are at least hundreds of cases in the Netherlands that should actually come out”, Huiting said, according to NOS. He added that so many victims are too afraid to come forward. Continue reading →

Russian court seizes $15mn worth of assets from banned Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘extremists’

Russian court seizes $15mn worth of assets from banned Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘extremists’

Real estate worth almost US$15 million belonging to Jehovah’s Witnesses around St. Petersburg have been transferred to the Russian state, after the organization was declared an “extremist” group earlier this year.

A District Court in St. Petersburg seized 16 properties in the village of Solnechnoye on the Gulf of Finland, that it ruled were used illegally by the organization. The real estate, with an estimated combined value of $14.9 million (881 billion rubles), belonged to the ‘Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania’ (WTPA) – the official legal entity used by Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide.

Russian court seizes $15mn worth of assets from banned Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘extremists’

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Brooklyn Today December 8: The Watchtower Sign Is Gone From the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Old Headquarters

Brooklyn Today December 8: The Watchtower Sign Is Gone From the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Old Headquarters

THE WATCHTOWER SIGN IS GONE FROM THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES’ OLD HEADQUARTERS: It’s the end of an era. The red-lettered Watchtower sign, an icon of the Brooklyn waterfront for many decades, is gone. It stood atop the former Brooklyn Heights headquarters of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who have moved to Warwick, N.Y. The old Watchtower headquarters at 25-30 Columbia Heights is located across the street from Brooklyn Bridge Park. The sign — which also tells the time and temperature — could be seen from the park and from Brooklyn Bridge and many spots in Lower Manhattan. The sign’s 15-foot-tall letters were removed from the top of the building on Wednesday.On Thursday, there was nothing left but the sign’s lattice framework, which will serve as the support for a replacement sign — and small red electric lights that continued to flash forth the time and temperature. “The letters will be going into storage,” a spokesman for the Jehovah’s Witnesses told us. “Presently we don’t have any plans to repurpose them.”Continue reading →

Pierre Jehovah’s Witnesses put up smaller Kingdom Hall to replace older one

Pierre Jehovah’s Witnesses put up smaller Kingdom Hall to replace older one

Dennis Stahlecker, an elder in the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Pierre, said this new, smaller pre-fabricated building — called a Kingdom Hall —  was completed about Thanksgiving time to replace the larger 1989 brick building taken down in September. The congregation is smaller and needs less space.

Instead of the seating for 200 or more as the other one had, this one can seat about 55, Stahlecker said.

“When we built the old one, we had people with families with children. Now the children are gone,” he said.

The Pew Research Center that studies American religion says the Jehovah’s Witnesses have one of the lowest retention rates of denominations and religious groups.

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Jared Kushner Companies To Take Down Jehovah’s Witnesses Watchtower Sign After $1 Billion Venture

Jared Kushner Companies To Take Down Jehovah’s Witnesses Watchtower Sign After $1 Billion Venture

Kushner Companies have spent a pretty penny to turn the former Watchtower property into Panorama, an office complex with space for offices, retail stores and public venues to celebrate culture and arts. It is not yet known what sign will go in place of the Watchtower wording on top of the building. Continue reading →

A 24-year-old woman gets revenge on a Tinder date who ghosted her

A 24-year-old woman gets revenge on a Tinder date who ghosted her

My name is Jenny, I’m 24 years old and I’m reliant on Tinder to boost my self esteem.

A few years ago, just before I graduated from university in London, I matched with a guy who had a glorious profile. He was a singer with dark hair and blue eyes, and he had a funny bio and goofy pictures. We had a few mutual friends, so I did a quick background check. All seemed good. Continue reading →

Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘covered up’ abuse

Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘covered up’ abuse

Children who were sexually abused by Jehovah’s Witnesses were allegedly told by the organisation not to report it.

Victims from across the UK told the BBC they were routinely abused and that the religion’s own rules protected perpetrators.

One child abuse lawyer believes there could be thousands of victims across the country who have not come forward because of a “two witness” rule.
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