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 →

Jehovah’s Witnesses Have Created a “Recipe for Child Abuse”

Jehovah’s Witnesses Have Created a “Recipe for Child Abuse”

Adding to the recent string of ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses speaking out against the worst practices of their former faith is a front-page article by David Gambacorta in Sunday’s Philadelphia Inquirer all about how the organization shut down investigations into child abuse. Continue reading →

Jehovah’s Witnesses, an insular culture and archaic rules have created a “recipe for child abuse.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses, an insular culture and archaic rules have created a “recipe for child abuse.”

When Haugh and his wife, Jennifer, told the elders who oversaw their congregation about this October 2005 incident, they were greeted with muted concern. Then came the threats. “We were told on more than one occasion that if we told other parents about this, we would be disciplined,” Haugh, 41, said during a recent interview.Continue reading →

Package delivered to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in ‘unusual manner

Package delivered to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in ‘unusual manner.

Authorities blocked off roads surrounding the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the 3300 block of Weir Avenue Monday afternoon after someone called to report a suspicious package. Authorities also evacuated a nearby home. The San Antonio Fire Department, San Antonio Police Department’s bomb squad and ATF were called to the scene to investigate the suspicious package.

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Secrecy, silence kept child sex abuse in the dark among Jehovah’s Witnesses

Secrecy, silence kept child sex abuse in the dark among Jehovah’s Witnesses

Words can’t describe the horror that Martin Haugh experienced when he discovered his 4-year-old daughter being molested inside the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall in York County. Haugh and his wife went to the elders of their congregation to report the incident, but received muted concern and threats.Continue reading →

Jehovah’s Witnesses ~ What you need to know about 1 yr anniversary of Russia’s ban

Jehovah’s Witnesses ~ What you need to know about 1 yr anniversary of Russia’s ban

One year later

Since then, members of this group have gone through a lot. Their homes have been raided by Russian authorities on several occasions. These raids have led to the arrest and detention of at least four individuals.

Reportedly, 17 properties have been confiscated, while there are ongoing lawsuits to seize another 52 properties.Continue reading →

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 →

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