Former shelter employee files suit claiming workplace discrimination

Former shelter employee files suit claiming workplace discrimination

A former employee of the Open Door Shelter has filed a complaint with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, siting workplace discrimination and harassment.

Veola Kelly, 63, of Darien, who served as the front desk receptionist for seven years, filed the complaint in June, roughly one month after she was fired from the shelter.

In her complaint, Kelly alleges she was discriminated against based on her religion — she is a Jehovah’s Witness — and “bullied” by the shelter’s executive director, Jeannette Archer-Simons.

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A Daughter’s Outrage After Mom Is Convicted of Murdering Dad in Staged Home Invasion: Why She Says the Verdict Is Wrong

A Daughter’s Outrage After Mom Is Convicted of Murdering Dad in Staged Home Invasion: Why She Says the Verdict Is Wrong

When Sandra Melgar was convicted last month of murdering her husband in 2012 and then staging the scene to look like a home invasion, perhaps no one else was more dismayed than the couple’s daughter.

“A gasp went through the courtroom,” Elizabeth Rose, 32, tells PEOPLE of the Aug. 23 guilty verdict. “It was a complete shock.” Continue reading →

Rights league to intervene in religious freedom case

Rights league to intervene in religious freedom case

The Catholic Civil Rights League has become an unlikely ally of a Jehovah’s Witness congregation in a case coming before the Supreme Court.

A congregation of Jehovah Witnesses has been battling in court to preserve its right to expel a member named Randy Wall. He has argued that his removal and consequent shunning has hurt his real estate business. He wants the court to order the congregation to take him back but the congregation believes the matter is beyond judicial jurisdiction.

After a lower court and the Alberta Court of Appeal ruled in Wall’s favour, the case will go to the Supreme Court on Nov. 2. It will determine whether the courts have the last word in determining who voluntary associations, whether religious or non-religious, must accept as members. Continue reading →

Kushner Cos. drops out of deal to buy a hotel from the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Kushner Cos. drops out of deal to buy a hotel from the Jehovah’s Witnesses

The Kushner Cos. dropped out of a deal to buy a DUMBO residential hotel from the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The company, which was headed by Jared Kushner until he stepped away to serve as senior adviser to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, and its investment partners agreed in 2013 to purchase 90 Sands St. as part of a package of Watchtower properties.

The plan was for the Jehovah’s Witnesses to continue to use the hotel until 2017, then close on its sale. Continue reading →

Unlikely backgrounds of pair revealed after being sentenced for their part in Cairns murder

Unlikely backgrounds of pair revealed after being sentenced for their part in Cairns murder

How Samantha French and Alexander Hansen became caught up in one of the most chilling recent murders in Cairns defies belief.

A Gold Coast girl, she excelled in school and had all the makings of a success when, as a young teenager her mum was diagnosed with epilepsy.

She quit school to get a job and help her family, but two years later rebelled against her strict Jehovah’s Witness upbringing and left home. Continue reading →

Sussex County Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation sued over child abuse

Sussex County Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation sued over child abuse

A lawsuit targeting elders of a Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation for failing to report suspected child abuse continues to wind its way through Delaware’s court system.

The attorney general’s office sued elders of the Sussex County congregation in 2014 for not reporting an unlawful sexual relationship between a woman and a 14-year-old boy, both of whom were congregation members. Continue reading →

Former Jaffrey woman recounts experiences with, being shunned from Jehovah’s Witnesses

Former Jaffrey woman recounts experiences with, being shunned from Jehovah’s Witnesses

Sauer, 57, says she was “shunned” and later “disfellowshipped” from the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a religion she devoted more than 30 years of her life to, after she developed a romantic relationship with a non-member with no intentions of marrying him. Continue reading →

Aby Rosen pays $135M for former Jehovah’s Witnesses hotel

Aby Rosen pays $135M for former Jehovah’s Witnesses hotel

Aby Rosen’s RFR Realty paid $135 million to buy the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ former residential hotel at 90 Sands Street, property records filed Tuesday show.

The 400,000-square-foot building is part of a six-building portfolio that the Witnesses went into contract to sell to RFR, Kushner Companies, LIVWRK and Invesco for $375 million in 2013. The partners closed on the five other buildings – 117 Adams Street, 175 Pearl Street, 77 Sands Street, 88 Prospect Street and 55 Prospect Street – in 2013 for $240 million. Earlier this year, Invesco was bought out of the other properties,  and Normandy Real Estate Partners took a majority stake in 175 Pearl Street. Continue reading →

The Jehovah’s Witnesses Kicked Him Out, But He Still Clings to Their Beliefs

The Jehovah’s Witnesses Kicked Him Out, But He Still Clings to Their Beliefs

The episode of This American Life that aired this weekend included a gripping story by producer Neil Drumming about Will McMillan, a man who was disfellowshipped from the Jehovah’s Witnesses after he came out as gay (and sought a relationship). But in a troubling twist, Will hasn’t fully let go of his JW beliefs.

 

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Jehovah’s Witnesses, public property and the First Amendment

Jehovah’s Witnesses, public property and the First Amendment

On Aug. 18, The Bulletin’s newsroom received an email from a man who, while walking in Redmond’s Dry Canyon, was “dismayed to see a structure set up by Jehovah’s Witnesses touting their religion on city property.” He spoke to a Redmond city employee, he wrote, and was told that other residents had called to complain as well. “I think,” he concluded, that The Bulletin “should look into this as an issue of separation of church and state.”

The email was accompanied by a photo of two women sitting on chairs beside a paved path. Next to them is a wheeled rack that presumably contains religious literature. Continue reading →

Jehovah’s Witnesses list their last development site in Dumbo

Jehovah’s Witnesses list their last development site in Dumbo

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have listed a triangular lot near the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, the group’s last development site in Dumbo. The property at 30 Front Street, or 1 York Street, could accommodate a 14-story mixed-use building, according to Brownstoner, who first spotted the listing.

The irregular-shaped site is currently being used as a parking lot and measures over 52,000 square feet. It has about 250,000 square feet of development rights in total. Its price has not been disclosed. Continue reading →

Judge orders Jehovah’s Witnesses to release molestation files

Judge orders Jehovah’s Witnesses to release molestation files

The mission of Jehovah’s Witnesses is to spread belief in the Bible in hopes of rescuing folks before the world ends.

Jehovah’s Witnesses’ attorneys seem to have another mission: do anything to keep internal documents revealing the names of alleged child molesters, and the congregations they attended, from seeing the light of day.

“I can’t explain what their logic is or their legal strategy,” says attorney Irwin Zalkin.

The second directive is unfolding in two San Diego courtrooms. Attorneys for José Lopez and Osbaldo Padron — both alleged victims of molestation by an elder from the Linda Vista congregation named Gonzalo Campos — say Jehovah’s Witnesses’ governing body, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, refuses to turn over documents. This is despite the fact that two San Diego County Superior Court judges have imposed millions of dollars in sanctions for similar conduct. Continue reading →

400 delegates faint as Jehovah’s Witnesses got attacked with poisonous gas

400 delegates faint as Jehovah’s Witnesses got attacked with poisonous gas

Assailants attacked the “Don’t Give Up!” 2017 Regional Convention of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Luanda, Angola with poisonous gas leading to the passing out of no fewer than 400 of the Witnesses.

About 7,000 delegates attended the convention which was held at the weekend.

Police and firemen were invited and promptly intervened.

“Four ambulances and three policemen who joined the faithful by evacuating patients in private vehicles to the nearest sanitary units, such as the municipal hospital of and the hospital of The Cajueiros,” Theworldnews quoted Angolan media.

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The day before their anniversary, wife brutally murders husband of almost 32 years

According to the prosecution, divorce was not an option for Melgar since she was a Jehovah’s Witness. She was also afraid of being shunned by the community. Motivated by her husband’s insurance policy, Melgar brutally stabbed him 31 times.

Melgar then cleaned up the murder scene after she killed her husband, evidenced by cleaners and bleach on one of her fingernails.

“If I kill him, then I’m not ostracized — I get to hang out with my friends — and I get the money,” Barnett said in court, describing Megan’s thoughts and motivations. Continue reading →

Proud, an ardent Jehovah’s Witness

There is not a single radio talk show that Proud does not call to make a contribution. And like his name, he is proud of how his contributions have helped change lives in the community he lives.
Born in 1965, of Dickson Sichaba and Aquino Kabongola in Maileni village, Nega-Nega area, in Southern Province, Proud, who prefers to be called ‘Dr Proud’ styles himself as a social and political commentator.
“Being a social and political commentator has helped hold many leaders accountable in the communities. In fact, I cannot count the numerous things that have changed in my community Garden township just by being a commentator and regularly calling radio stations and airing my views on various topics being discussed which are affecting Zambians,” he says.
The love to contribute to radio talk shows began when he lived in Matero. According to Proud, he played chess in Matero with Trevor Simumba listening to Kenneth Maduma on Radio Phoenix.

At the end of the day, Proud, an ardent Jehovah’s Witness has fun doing it all! Continue reading →

Over 400 Jehovah’s Witnesses pass out at Convention after toxic gas attack

Over 400 Jehovah’s Witnesses pass out at Convention after toxic gas attack

Over 400 witnesses passed out Friday at a Jehovah’s Witness convention in Angola after they were attacked with toxic gas.

About 7,000 worshippers were at the venue on the outskirts of Luanda for the weekend-long convention, a local news source, Portal de Angola reports.  At least 43 victims were rushed to the hospital. No deaths have, however, been recorded. Continue reading →

Masterpiece Cakeshop: Can the State Force Us to Agree with Its Views?

As Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Barnett family discouraged their children from saluting the American flag at school. For them, the flag represented a “graven image” of the kind God pointedly disavowed in Exodus 20:4-5. They could not participate in what they viewed as a religious ceremony, nor promote a religious message with which they disagreed. Continue reading →