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Jehovah's Witnesses to hold third annual district convention in Columbia

Friday, August 7, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – Members of Jehovah’s Witnesses will hold their annual district convention this weekend at Mizzou Arena. This is the third year the religious group will be speaking in Columbia. They chose three cities in Missouri, including Kansas City and St. Charles, to host one of 319 yearly conventions that span 81 cities across the U.S.

News service overseer Kevin Lancaster of Boonville expects about 4,500 people to attend this year’s convention, which he says comprises more than 50 Missouri congregations. The theme of the convention is “Keep on the Watch!” This concept takes root in the gospel of Matthew in the Bible, where a “great tribulation” is suggested in chapter 24.

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“One of the goals of this convention would be to highlight the importance of being able to keep on the watch, to keep alert and to know the fulfillment of the Bible prophecy,” Lancaster said. He said humankind is approaching the final days before this prophecy, the world’s end, is believed to take effect.

Lancaster was quick to say that as long as people acknowledge this impending end, it can be joyous and divorced from an apocalyptic connotation.

“It’s not like a gloom and doom type of deal,” Lancaster said. “It’s actually very good news because the wickedness and so many of the problems in the world today will be alleviated through God’s kingdom.”

Regardless of whether those in attendance believe in this prophecy, Lancaster hopes that anyone wishing to know more about how Jehovah’s Witnesses observe the Bible will attend. He plans for the convention to approach biblical issues through a reasonable, rather than fantastical, lens. Members of the group spent three weeks going door-to-door to inform the Columbia community of the convention.

A particular Bible passage will frame each day’s events. Today's subject matter deals with a keynote address about family and stems from Ephesians 5:15.

“We consider families very important and try to provide them with the proper spiritual instruction of God’s word,” Lancaster said. “Many Jehovah’s are united in our witnessing work in this way. It’s a nice core to draw from.”

Spiritual apathy will be analyzed on Saturday, using 1 Peter 5:8, which concerns watchfulness. Baptisms of local residents are scheduled. In 2008 about 40 mid-Missouri residents were baptized at the Columbia convention, Lancaster said. He said the Jehovah’s Witnesses baptize more than 800 people worldwide on a daily basis.

Habakkuk 2:3 will frame Sunday’s events, which will assuage fears about the world’s end and suggest how people can be “survivors.”

Columbia has continued to host the district convention because of the positive rapport between Jehovah’s Witnesses and the staff at the arena.

Lancaster said it’s common for people to lose their spiritual focus in daily life, and he hopes the convention will direct energy into this area.

“Apathy can be an issue," he said. "However, we feel that daily Bible reading and Bible study could help us all stay focused.”

Admission is free and open to the public. No collections will be taken.


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Lex Watson August 7, 2009 | 1:34 a.m.

This is to invite all honest hearted persons to the convention. When you are there you will observe and feel the love that the bible says would identify his chosen people.

As you visit you will note there is no cigarette smoking as anyone smoking is disfellowshipped from God's organization.
Likewise there are no morbidly obese people here as those who are glutons are also removed just as Jehovah has commanded. Such ones are shunned and shamed until they lose weight and change their lifestyle to show they are repentant.

Jehovah's organization is a clean organization. Thus you will find no alcoholics, no drug abusers, or other addictions such as porngraphy.

We believe that marriage is a Holy Union thus you will not find divorcees in our religion. We know the Bible teaches that marriage is a life long comitment with divorce only in cases of infidelity, which of course is non existant as Jehovah's people are a pure people.

Jehovah's Witnesses are a Happy People just as the Bible says we should be. We are not plagued with depression problems as we have the comfort of knowing the TRUTH from God's written word the bible. We also know we have the only true religion and will be saved at Armgeddon unlike individuals of other religions which are controlled by Satan.

We are comforted that there is no homosexuality among us as it is sin against God. Such ones are cutoff and disfellowsipped and shunned, viewed as leaven or sinners which will contaminate our Holy and Pure organization.

We do not donate blood as we follow the Bible's command to pour it out upon the ground once it has left the body as it represents life, which of course belongs to Jehovah. Yet we are comforted that the organization has guided us with the understanding that certain blood components can be taken as treatment for only certain diagnoses. However the blood that these blood components are gleaned from is never from a Witness aswe know that
donating it would be a sin.

We welcome all those to our faith who can live the life God has commanded and are willing to slave for the organization Jehovah has chosen to announce his earthly kingdom which will bring to an end all man made governments leaving only Jehovah's Witnesses after God's great day of Armagedon.

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Danny Haszard August 7, 2009 | 1:45 a.m.

Jehovah's Witnesses Apocalyptic Paradox

END of the WORLD is COMING.....but all our financial donations are *Voluntary* we disfellowship (kicked out to be condemned shunned) those who don't comply with our rules,but we don't force anybody to stay in our organization you can just walk away anytime you want to,are self-contradictory statements.

Getting thousands of followers to assemble all over the world together with some favorable media PR on how they are spending tourist money in a depressed economy assures that most of the local news outlets are not going to print negative information about Jehovah's Witnesses gathering.

So,if you or friend,family is being recruited by the Watchtower please go online and Google: Jehovah Witness Watchtower.

Cults instill phobias that's why they are a cult-Danny Haszard http://www.freeminds.org

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Danny Haszard August 7, 2009 | 1:46 a.m.

Jehovah's Witnesses blood transfusion confusion

Simple fact-The Bible does not prohibit Blood transfusions.If you are bleeding to death it is more dangerous to refuse a blood transfusions than to take one.
Bloodless surgeries are great if they can be elective.1/3rd of all trauma deaths are from blood loss.

Jehovah's Witnesses elders will investigate and disfellowship any Jehovah Witness who takes a blood transfusion,to say the issue is a 'personal conscience matter' is subterfuge to keep the Watchtower out of lawsuits..
Jehovah's Witnesses children die every year worldwide due to blood transfusion ban.Rank & file Jehovah's Witness are indoctrinated to be scared to death of blood
FYI
1) JW's DO USE many parts aka 'fractions' aka components of blood,so if it's 'sacred' to God why the hypocritical contradiction flip-flop?

2) They USE blood collections that are donated by Red Cross and others but don't donate back,more hypocrisy.

3) The Watchtower promotes and praises bloodless elective surgeries,this is a great advancement indeed.BUT it's no good to me if I am bleeding to death from a car crash and lose much of my blood volume and need EMERGENCY blood transfusion.
Remember the Jehovah's Witnesses use thousands and thousands of pints of blood donated by others.They use 60% of the blood volume as broken down "fractions" then go on Bible thumping rants about how dangerous and sinful blood transfusions are.
( JW do allow organ transplants which has more risk than whole blood transfusions so their arguments of disease transmission is bogus)

Know this,the reason that JW refuse blood is because of their spin on the 3000 year old Biblical old testament,modern medicine will eventually make blood donations and transfusions a thing of the past.When this technology happens it won't vindicate the Jehovah's Witnesses and all the deaths that have occurred so far.
The Watchtower's rules against blood transfusions will eventually be abolished (very gradually to reduce wrongful death lawsuit liability) even now most of the blood 'components' are allowed.

They are such hypocrites!
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http://www.ajwrb.org/basics/abstain.shtm...
Jehovah Witness blood policy reform site

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Ray Shapiro August 7, 2009 | 2:08 a.m.

("Tens of thousands of non-JW parents have discovered too late they do not know what they are up against when Watchtower Attorneys get involved in custody cases. Typical law firms are unfamiliar with the complicated structure of the Jehovah’s Witness religion as well as the strategies and ploys used by Watchtower Lawyers to drive up court costs and make a mockery of the court process.

Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse life saving medical treatment when a child’s life is threatened.
Statistics show that over 130 Jehovah’s Witness children die each year for not receiving blood transfusions. [see here]

Jehovah’s Witness doctrine requires a member or their children to die rather receive a blood transfusion. It can be dangerous being a child of Jehovah's Witnesses. As a parent, you are required to deny your child a life-saving blood transfusion. You are even instructed to keep them out of hospitals which may give one. Many children have died because of their parents' beliefs. In the past, Jehovah's Witnesses were forbidden organ transplant: even vaccinations! For detailed information about JW polices on blood [click here].

Jehovah’s Witness children are under severe restrictions which isolate them from non-Jehovah's Witness children. Jehovah's Witnesses parents deprive their children of many physically and emotionally health opportunities in life. As a Jehovah's Witnesses parent, you will forbid your child from:

Celebrating birthdays and all holidays;
After-school sports with non-Jehovah's Witnesses kids;
Joining a hobby or club;
Playing little league baseball;
Joining the YMCA; self defense courses;
Voting in school elections, saluting the flag;
Attending school dances and even dating, except for marriage.

When a religion advises a member parent to prejudice a child, using slander and “end times” judgment to pronounce all non-JW family members as evil, it is crippling mentally and emotionally for a child in this circumstance.

The saddest moments for JWCC are when tearful parents call and say they wish they had known about our services. Their children are lost into cult indoctrination and now view them as agents of Satan.
"JWChild Custody protects Jehovah’s Witness children. We advocate a better life with freedom of choice for all children.
We believe JW children should have access to higher education, normal social interaction with society, positive relations with all family members, and life saving medical treatments.

When children are assisted with a normal healthy environment they grow up to be good citizens and productive members of society.

JWCC assists the public and Jehovah’s Witnesses with education on the belief and practices of Jehovah’s Witnesses that endanger children and obstruct justice to hurt the innocent.")
source and more:
http://www.jwchildcustody.com/

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Candace Robins August 7, 2009 | 2:13 a.m.

Join the Jehovah's Witness, get baptized and if you ever disagree with even the smallest details of their teachings (and dare to tell anyone) then you get disfellowshiped.


You will be shunned by family, friends and all baptized members.
Truly this is a high control group that needs to be investigated before committing to.

Be aware that as you start studying with them they will tell you that *Satan* will use your family to be against your conversion. Why wouldn't they be against this high control group?

They Love you and care about you not some religion that is run by a dozen or more old men in New York state.

Do a lot of homework and know fully what you are getting involved with.

http://www.jwfiles.com

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Lex Watson August 7, 2009 | 2:23 a.m.

An integral part of our religion is simply accepting the fact that Jehovah is using the Watchtower Society to give us the proper spiritual food at the right time.

We recognize that there is no salvation outside the comfort and safety of his organization.

The Watchtower helps us to understand the TRUTH from the bible. Without it we couldn't possibly understand God's word.

We are thus comforted that the Watchtower has explained which parts of blood are acceptable and have even suggested the use of bovine (cow) hemoglobin so the use of blood can be avoided.

We know the light gets brighter as the time left is short.

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Danny Haszard August 7, 2009 | 2:38 a.m.

Reg;Bovine Cow blood derived HEMOPURE

The Watchtower has approved the use of Hemopure® (bovine hg g - 250/HBOC -201). This is directly in opposition to the Watchtower’s abstaining from blood as taught by them.

See: http://www.ajwrb.org/basics/hemopure.sht...
for information about this conflicting information.

The followers of the Watchtower are taught one thing and the Watchtower practices another to release it self from responsibility so they publicly state the use of blood is a conscientious matter.

The deeply controlled followers seek approval from the leadership which means approval from God to them so they rather let a child die than suffer from disapproval, congregational social repercussions, disfellowshipping, and shunning.

The Watchtowerites sincerely believe the conflicting messages.

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Ray Shapiro August 7, 2009 | 2:50 a.m.

Taxes Not Paid by Witnesses Cost City $10 Million a Year

Brooklyn Heights Press & Cobble Hills News/June 1, 1995
By Werner Cohn

A Sociologist Finds Inconsistencies In Watchtower Practice and Beliefs
http://www.rickross.com/reference/jw/jw8...
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("On this website are hundreds of stories of individuals that have spoken out, many for the first time, on the abuse they experienced in the organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is our hope that this information will help educate the public and JW’s about the extent of this problem as well as assist in helping abuse survivors to know they are not alone.")
http://www.silentlambs.org/

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Matthew John August 7, 2009 | 2:59 a.m.

Jehovah's Witnesses are Unpopular for Many Reasons
Jehovah's Witnesses are unpopular for many reasons, none of which matched the early church except for non-political involvement, which is not exclusive to them at all. They are like carnival hucksters preaching the need to become a Jehovah's Witness or die at Armageddon.

They say they promote good family life? Only until you disagree with the leadership in Brooklyn on the slightest of points, and then they completely divide and destroy the family. Then they write hypocritical articles like the new July 2009 Awake! "The Bible's Viewpoint - Is It Wrong to Change Your Religion?" and make themselves look open-minded and progressive, but practice the most destructive forms of shunning of all religions if you disobey the leadership's ever-changing doctrines, dates and rules.

Anyone can be persecuted, which proves nothing if you are a religion invented in the late 1800s by a man who was into pyramidology, numerology, and who stood on the top of a building with a white sheet waiting to be raptured. 130 years later, they are still awaiting a false hope.

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Ray Shapiro August 7, 2009 | 3:13 a.m.

The Development of Cultic Personality Traits in the Jehovah Witness Child
reprint of the Sep/Oct 1991 Bethel Ministries Newsletter

by Randall Watters

(Part one)
Parents obviously have a very powerful influence on their children. Even when they are abusive and insensitive towards their offspring, children still desire whatever vestige of love and approval they can get from their parents, and will often be obedient just to receive attention and care. Understanding this dynamic helps to explain how children growing up in the Watchtower may be so heavily influenced by the need for approval that they are willing to give up whatever goals or aspirations they may have in order to please their parents, even long after they leave home and/or get married.

In order for the indoctrination to be lasting and effective, phobias (deep-rooted fears) must be introduced to the child in order to "scare" them away from a course contrary to Watchtower ideology, and the organization is very adept at planting and nurturing these phobias. As in the case of the elder in Korea with the four children (mentioned previously), the fear may be the threat of being cut off financially as well as losing dad's approval, but it also comes directly from the pages of The Watchtower in the form of warnings about being in the very last days, and how Jehovah will not look with approval upon those who "squander their time and energies" in non-kingdom interests. Jehovah thus becomes the all-powerful parent who, even if the child's real parents may not be too concerned, will himself cut the child off from his favor and possibly even eternal life. A powerful motivation indeed!

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Ray Shapiro August 7, 2009 | 3:16 a.m.

(part two)
A Cultic WorldView

The first step that the Watchtower takes in their indoctrination of their followers is to develop the concept of the "universal war" that all people are inevitably caught up in, namely, that Satan has declared war on Jehovah, and we are automatically on one side or the other; there are no fence sitters. If you are not doing all that the organization asks, you are on the side of the devil. Everything outside of the Watchtower is controlled by the devil, and all persons who are not Witnesses are misled by the devil and are bad or dangerous to associate with. An unbalanced fear of the supernatural is encouraged. Witness children are told to avoid "worldly" magazines, movies, TV shows, music, etc. Any information critical of the Watchtower is automatically evil and dangerous. Most doctors are evil for wanting to administer blood transfusions. Children have nightmares about mom or dad having to refuse a blood transfusion. As in the cover illustration of this newsletter, mom must rip the intravenous needle out of her arm and run out of the hospital (see the July/August newsletter for an update on the blood transfusion issue). Everything is made to appear as part of a large conspiracy to destroy Jehovah's Witnesses. Satan is feared totally out of proportion to his role as represented in the Bible.

What is the end result? The child learns to fear life itself, at least outside of the Watchtower, so that if he were to ever leave the organization, the devil would destroy him and he would become miserable and suicidal. I personally knew several members of the Watchtower's Bethel family at their headquarters in New York who knew the organization was wrong, but could not leave due to fear that they were incapable of getting a job, or that their lives would disintegrate. They were the victims of carefully planted phobias.

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Ray Shapiro August 7, 2009 | 3:17 a.m.

(part three)

Many of these phobias are rather obvious to outsiders. Simple, harmless things are blown out of proportion in order to keep Witnesses secluded from the real world. For instance: Birthdays are evil because someone is being worshiped. Christmas is evil because hundreds of years ago someone worshiped the sun on December 25th. Saluting the flag is worshiping your country and a sign that you belong to Satan's kingdom rather than God's Kingdom. Saying "darn" or "geez" is the same as cursing. Smoking cigarettes is a form of drug abuse that can lead to demonic control. Little wonder that Witness youths are so paranoid and shy of the world! Even when they leave the organization, the phobias are still there, controlling their lives until they are recognized and eliminated through counseling, prayer and/or self-awareness.

Many of our readers were raised Jehovah's Witnesses and still remain victims of multiple phobia implantations. Many struggle with low self-esteem and self-worth, since the Watchtower implants and perpetuates such problems. For such ones, I would recommend the book, Toxic Faith... Understanding and Overcoming Religious Addiction. In our last ex-JW meeting in July, one fellow who had been a Witness for many years went into a bookstore, bought the book and read it, identified his problem, and subsequently left the Watchtower organization. Yes! Thank God!

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Ray Shapiro August 7, 2009 | 3:55 a.m.
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Gayle McCurdy August 7, 2009 | 8:54 a.m.

Jehovah's Witnesses have been preaching the "end is imminent" for 130 years, with false dates. No date now, but emphatically stress in "last hour", "in minutes." "soon", basically as always have said.

Please INVESTIGATE thoroughly, independently before you dedicate your life at baptism to the Watchtower Society, the "spirit-directed (???) organization". No independent thinking is allowed thereafter. Check their Sept. 2008 Kingdom Ministry. Then, all your thinking is done for you.

The Watchtower Society at one time banned vaccinations ('31- early 50s), organ transplants ('67-'80), blood fractions ('61) and later okayed for their members without any apology for those that suffered and died needlessly. Could the Watchtower okay blood transfusion also some day?

The threat of disfellowshipping, expelling, shunning holds their members abusively from using and stating any free thought.
Check online abundant references, on google, like "jwfacts" and "freeminds" and "ajwrb"
Listen to WTS Vice President Fred Franz in 1975 about "1975" at YouTube
The Watchtower Society is fearful of the Internet exposures by the thousands.

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Jerry Jones August 7, 2009 | 10:41 a.m.

The following SUMMARIES OF OVER 1400 JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES CRIMINAL and CIVIL COURT CASES will provide the BEST and MOST ACCURATE info about Jehovah's Witnesses, their beliefs, and how they ACTUALLY practice such day to day.

The following website summarizes 900 court cases and lawsuits affecting children of Jehovah's Witness Parents, including 400 cases where the JW Parents refused to consent to life-saving blood transfusions for their dying children, as well as nearly 400 CRIMINAL cases -- most involving MURDERS:

DIVORCE, BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS, AND OTHER LEGAL ISSUES AFFECTING CHILDREN OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES

jwdivorces.bravehost.com


The following website summarizes over 500 lawsuits filed by Jehovah's Witnesses against their Employers, incidents involving problem JW Employees, and other secret JW "history" court cases:

EMPLOYMENT ISSUES UNIQUE TO JEHOVAH'S WITNESS EMPLOYEES

jwemployees.bravehost.com

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s owens August 7, 2009 | 10:53 a.m.

A Patient's Bill of Rights is a statement of the rights to which patients are entitled as recipients of medical care.

Participation in Treatment Decisions.

Consumers have the right and responsibility to fully participate in all decisions related to their health care. Consumers who are unable to fully participate in treatment decisions have the right to be represented by parents, guardians, family members, or other conservators.

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s owens August 7, 2009 | 11:05 a.m.

Regarding Cults/Sects...

The very ideology that you are passionately fighting against is what you yourself have become.

For instance, websites such as freeminds.org; dannyhazard.com, etc - - - how are they any different from cults themselves?

They are trying to accomplish that same things are cults - which is to get a sizable following, create propoganda, etc....

Legally, websites such as these can be sued for libel and misrepresentation.

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s owens August 7, 2009 | 11:16 a.m.

To Jerry Jones - - jwdivorces.bravehost.com - - your website is biased because it does not emcompass all judicial reviews involving Jehovah's Witnesses.

For a more Independent and Objective review - Civil Proceedings cases can be viewed from archives of county courts / civil courts in their respective jurisdictions themselves.

On a side note: Jehovah's Witnesses have fought through legal proceedings to enforce First Amendment rights (including your own right to freedom of religion and speech).

The late Supreme Court Justice Harlan Fiske Stone once wrote, "The Jehovah's Witnesses ought to have an endowment in view of the aid which they give in solving the legal problems of civil liberties."

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Matthew John August 7, 2009 | 11:17 a.m.

ABOVE Commenter say's:
s owens August 7, 2009 | 11:05 a.m.
Regarding Cults/Sects...

Legally, websites such as these www.dannyhaszard.com can be sued for libel and misrepresentation.
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REPLY
Ahhhhh, this would be thrilling indeed!

The Watchtower in a public court trial by 12 jurors (not backroom chambers) but PUBLIC before all the world to see.

Please sue Danny Haszard www.dannyhaszard.com for libel

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Candace Robins August 7, 2009 | 11:33 a.m.

"Watch out for the false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing but inside are ravenous wolves-"-Mt 7:15

Lots of witnesses like my own mother have golden hearts but the Watchtower bosses are charles manson

3/4 of all Jehovah's Witnesses children will leave many in a state of 'disfellowshipped' thrown out on the street.
The Watchtower org is cruel not Christian
Jehovah's Witnesses need to believe that they are the one true religion because they think they are special and the ONLY ones persecuted.

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Ray Shapiro August 7, 2009 | 11:42 a.m.

Of possible interest:
("ABSTRACT
A scientific literature review found that the rate of mental illness among Jehovah's Witnesses is considerably above average. The specific level found in the research varies partly because the extant research was on different populations and time periods. The major factors identified as either helpful or harmful to Witness mental health were discussed. Although persons with emotional problems tended to join the Witnesses, the Watchtower teachings and its subculture clearly adversely affected the mental health of those involved. The official Watchtower attitude on mental illness was also examined as were the common beliefs about the problem among Witnesses.")
source and more:
http://www.seanet.com/~raines/mental.htm...

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s owens August 7, 2009 | 11:56 a.m.

To Ray Shapiro - the article you pointed out is an interesting article about Conscientious Objectors Imprisoned. It's an interesting study conducted by doctors.

The Cause and Effect of it is this: Imprisonment caused the mental anxiety (Effect) among the Witnesses.

With regards to Conscientious Objectors, the Jehovah's Witnesses in WWI & WWII because of neutrality were imprisoned for this.

There is a famous trial that is going on right now where a German Soldier was charged with ~29K counts of murder because of his involvement in the war.

The Nurembourge Principle IV states that everyone has a conscience and are entitled to conscientious objection - - meaning he cannot make the excuse that his Hitler forced him to take up arms. The excuse is not valid in court because by virtue of you being a human being with a concience, you can choose for yourself not to bear up arms.

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Ray Shapiro August 7, 2009 | 11:58 a.m.

Also of possible interest:
("Ten Step Program To Liberate You From The Watchtower’s Mind Programming
by Victor Escalante

Worldwide there are tens of thousands of individuals who are former Jehovah's Witnesses (JWS) and by some estimates over one million lives have been affected by the self destructive mind control that has led some to commit suicide, while others suffer silently for years once leaving or being expelled from JWS.")
source and more:
http://www.towerwatch.com/help_for_ex-wi...

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Ray Shapiro August 7, 2009 | 12:03 p.m.

("WHAT IS A CULT?

With such an overwhelming number of religious groups around these days, it is necessary to understand the difference between a legitimate religious group and a cult. What exactly is a cult?
There are two ways to define a cult. The first way to describe a cult is popular in the secular media. From this perspective, a cult is a religious or semi-religious sect whose members are controlled almost entirely by a single individual or by an organization.

This kind of cult is usually manipulative, demanding total commitment and loyalty from its followers. Converts are usually cut off from all former associations, including their own families. The Hare Krishnas, the Family of Love led by Moses David Berg, and Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church are some examples of this kind of a cult.

The second way to define a cult is popular in evangelical Christian circles. From this perspective, a cult is any group that deviates from the orthodox teachings of the historic Christian faith being derived from the Bible and confirmed through the ancient ecumenical creeds.

These groups deny or distort fundamental Christian doctrines such as the Trinity, the deity of Christ, and salvation by grace through faith alone. Some cults that would fall into this category are the Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Science, The Way International, and the Unity School of Christianity.")
source and more:
http://www.towerwatch.com/articles/what_...

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s owens August 7, 2009 | 12:05 p.m.

To Ray Shapiro - -

Like with anything, there is always a "Caveat emptor".

If I was searching for a religion, I would analyze it as objectively as possible.

From my review, the Jehovah's Witness religion is the most true to the 1st Century Christian Congregation.

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Danny Haszard August 7, 2009 | 12:37 p.m.

The Watchtower first published in 1879 had the slogan: advertise,advertise,advertise the King and his (1914) Kingdom.
JW are a spin-off of the second Adventist which all came from the Millerite movement.
American war of 1812 army captain William Miller is ground zero for Jehovah's Witnesses.

Yes,the "great disappointment" of Oct 22 1844 has never died out... it lives on in the Seventh day Adventist (who admit it) and the Jehovah's Witnesses who deny it.

The central CORE doctrine of the Watchtower,yes the reason the Watchtower came into existence was to declare Jesus second coming in 1914.When the prophecy (derived from William Miller of 1842) failed they said that he came "invisibly".
Ergo,no 1914 then there can be no 1918 inspection and sealing of the 'anointed' so the entire Watchtower Bible and Tract Society doctrinal superstructure comes crashing down like a house of cards.
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Danny Haszard http://www.dannyhaszard.com
Help today is only a mouse click away

The Watchtower is a truly Orwellian world

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s owens August 7, 2009 | 2:17 p.m.

Re: FreeMinds.org

From an objective standpoint, to test whether or not something if false/true you will have to review the facts and circumstances. Set aside emotion and be as objective as possible.

It is likened to how a scientist would test his/her hypothesis through trial and compare these trial results to a control batch. Likewise to test whether or not some organization is a cult, you will need to do an analytical trial and compare it to a control batch.

First of all, no where on this website does it even define what a Cult is. For an objective review, you will need to first define what a cult is and then proceed with evidence. If it is on the website, it is not visible enough for the general public to view. It looks like the website is actually designed with one goal in mind: to stigmatize/discredit a select few. I bring this point up because, the website purports itself to be an educational medium for the general public, but in reality it is not free from Bias and therefore I think is an unreliable source of information.

Second of all, the Free Minds Non-profit organization is based on the negative premise that one is not intelligent enough to make an informed decision and therefore needs to be “educated” about “mind control.” The website takes on such a ruse but in reality it itself is a “psycho-pathological model” of a cult. In fact, the founder, Randall Watters, created the website to develop a cult following of his own in order to resolve psychological problems he has been coping with himself, as a form of self-therapy. (See information from the Non-Profit watchdog Guidestar).

Third of all, for an objective analysis, the website does not have scientific data to substantiate the “effects” of his educational program with the “outcome” it set out to accomplish. He himself is not an expert on psychology and therefore does not have enough credentials to “educate” people who have entrusted their “minds” to him.

In all fairness to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who have been misrepresented on these websites, I say this: to anyone who wants a more balanced/informed decision, and are searching for a religion, you need to weigh the evidence yourself and not rely on websites to “think for you.”

Just like scientists, you have the capacity to make Intelligent decisions (FreeMinds assumes that you are not intelligent and therefore need to be educated). I beg to disagree because we were created with this capacity to reason and arouse intellect.

The trial is = to test biblical doctrines

The control is = the Bible itself

Test bible doctrines against the Bible itself and see whether or not the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion is true.
Be as objective as possible and use your power of reason.

From my personal review, I have found that the Jehovah’s Witness religion is the most true to the 1st Century Christian Congregation.

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Ray Shapiro August 7, 2009 | 3:24 p.m.

("While most Christian religions claim to pattern their organizational structures after that described in First-Century congregations, we are aware of none that follows it to the letter. Here we will discuss how such congregations were arranged and governed. And since there are no written historical records about this other than the Bible (all written histories start from the Second Century), we will trust its record as the source."
source and more:
http://www.2001translation.com/Christian...

("This Bible isn’t authorized by, nor does it represent the views of any religious group. Its content is the work of more than fifty online contributors, and the dedicated efforts a few translators and editors who have spent more than fifteen-thousand hours (to date) in creating this enormous work, and whose only interest is in helping others to understand what the Bible truly says. No memberships, sales, or donations are being sought here. However, we welcome suggestions, recommendations, and translating assistance.")
source and more:
http://www.2001translation.com/

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Ray Shapiro August 7, 2009 | 3:39 p.m.

("THE PRACTICE OF RHETORIC AT THE ACADEMIES

The rabbis of the Academies derived Divine sanction for the practice of rhetoric. Oral communication was the only way in which education could come about, since there was a ban on writing anything other than the Bible. Public speaking was used to convey information and to reason out solutions to problems. It took the form of individual lectures, group discussions and debates.

The students at the Academies frequently had opportunities to speak presented to them. Although the regular daily lectures were usually given by the head of the Academy, the student had an obligation to interrupt this speaker to ask questions, dispute with him, and present his own point of view.")
source and more:
http://www.uark.edu/depts/comminfo/sage/...
--The last time I checked, "Jesus Christ" was a Rabbi.

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George Eighth August 10, 2009 | 6:47 p.m.

The "Silentlambs" website is a hoax. They have told lie upon lie about Jehovah's Witnesses.
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For example, they have a headline "Brother Greist MURDERER", implying that this man was a Witness when he committed murder. However, when you read the news accounts, you see that he converted to Jehovah's Witnesses 17 years after committing his crime!!!
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That is just one of dozens of lies told by Silentlambs that has been exposed on the site http://silentlambsexposed.blogspot.com.
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Silentlambs is going down. Their lies are obvious to everyone now.

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Ray Shapiro August 11, 2009 | 1:17 a.m.

@George:
IMHO, silent lambs have put out some red flags concerning JW. I could not find any headline on the silent lambs website when I entered the headline you referred to. Could you please direct me to that headline?
Also, to believe that someone is insinuating something does not make the perceived insinuator a liar.
You stated: ("Their lies are obvious to everyone now.")
Nothing is obvious to me and last time I checked, I was included in the everyone consensus. Could you please share with me the items that you consider to be truthful and/or accurate on the silentlambs website?

("Dictionary
hoax
- deception: an act intended to trick people into believing something is real when it is not
- deceive people: to trick people into believing something is real when it is not")

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George Eighth August 11, 2009 | 3:30 a.m.

It's right there on the home page (http://www.silentlambs.org) - only Greist is misspelt "Griest".
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The Silentlambs page (http://www.silentlambs.org/murderjwfathe...) is headlined: "JW Murderers in the News".
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The first paragraph begins: "Below are listed several examples of Jehovah's Witnesses that have murdered Wives, children, family members and business associates. Abuse comes in many forms certainly murder is the most adverse. Read the news stories and see if you can find a common link as to why. In most cases the JW murderer thinks that taking a life will result in paradise for the victims."
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The first example cited is Richard Greist.
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The news story quoted, however, says that Greist "has been in an institution for the past 29 years for the murder of his first wife" and that "he has been [a Witness] for the past 12 years".
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Thus it is obvious to most people that he became a Witness 17 years after committing murder.
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So, listing that as one of "several examples of Jehovah's Witnesses that have murdered Wives, children, family members and business associates" is a lie. I think that this is obvious to most people (except those who believe what they want to believe).
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That is not the only case. They also say that William Redman, Mark Barton and Rose West were Witnesses (they weren't). They lie about a dead baby in Venezuela (the family had nothing to do with Jehovah's Witnesses). They cite the cases of Christian Longo, Robert Bryant, and Francis Proulx - all of whom had left Jehovah's Witnesses long before committing their crimes.
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Don't take my word for it; the Silentlambs Exposed blog has carefully researched and referenced analysis of all these cases.
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http://silentlambsexposed.blogspot.com/2...

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George Eighth August 11, 2009 | 3:39 a.m.

Another lie by Silentlambs is their ridiculous statement that "most cases that involved the murder of a family by the father in recent years have had JW connections."
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Now that is strange. According to the UK's "Independent" newspaper, there are about "ten such 'murder-suicides' a week", i.e. 500 per year. But Silentlambs cite only 14 cases over a 10-year period, not just in the USA but all over the world - and most of them (as shown above) were not even Witnesses anyway! So to say that "most cases... had JW connections" is patently preposterous.
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That Silentlambs are lying is obvious to all - even to those who won't admit it's obvious to them.
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http://silentlambsexposed.blogspot.com/2...

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Candace Robins August 11, 2009 | 3:52 a.m.

Silentlambs exposed blog is a Watchtower Jehovah's Witnesses pedophile defender blog set up to harass child abuse victims and post slanderous attacks on the child abuse advocacy site http://www.silentlambs.org

GOOGLE Jehovah's Witnesses pedophile for shocking facts on the JW abuse cover up.

Jehovah's Witnesses commits door to door ASSAULT of child!
http://www.religionnewsblog.com/16510/je...
Wolves in Sheep's clothing cult predators

Please protect your children.
Sexual Abuse/Child abuse issues among Jehovah's Witnesses
http://www.exjws.net/sexabuse/

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Candace Robins August 11, 2009 | 4:01 a.m.

The Jehovah's Witness policy requires two eyewitnesses to abuse - or a molester's confession -before the church sanctions a molester. A young child cannot be his own witness. When someone is found guilty by the elders, the rest of the congregation cannot be told because doing so would be a sin, according to the church's interpretation of the Bible.

Its a good thing many witness ignore this rule, gossip is alive and well in the kingdom hall. Still as a former JW I can tell you their are people who do not know about sex offenders in their Kingdom hall.

A good way to know something is up is when a witness goes door to door with a elder by his side, every time, do not allow your children to this brothers house.

http://jwreform.org/ Jehovahs Witnesses seeking REFORM

keep your children safe!
thank you

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George Eighth August 11, 2009 | 4:43 a.m.

If you would like accurate information about the so-called "two witness requirement", visit http://jwcpp.000space.com/judicial.html#...

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Ray Shapiro August 11, 2009 | 5:13 a.m.

@George:
Yea, I saw that tickler in that long narrow column on the left. I wouldn't exactly call that a headline. I also think the article was well written and did not feel that it was full of the "lies" you seem to think exist in said article.
May I suggest you contact the author of that article and maybe he can address your concerns...
To contact staff writer Michael P. Rellahan, send an e-mail to mrellahan@dailylocal.com.
Also, you failed to answer my question. Of all the items written on the silentlambs website, pray tell, what do you find truthful and/or accurate?
("Dictionary
hoax
- deception: an act intended to trick people into believing something is real when it is not
- deceive people: to trick people into believing something is real when it is not")

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George Eighth August 11, 2009 | 10:33 a.m.

Ray, I have no quarrel with Michael Rellahan. I think you know very well that he is not the one who put a photograph of Greist on the front page of Silentlambs, with the caption "Brother Greist - Murderer." That is clearly done by Silentlambs staff with the intention of giving the impression that this is a case of a Jehovah's Witness committing murder. Now that is obviously deceptive, because he committed the murder 17 years before his conversion. I really don't think that could be any clearer. I'm not going to play semantics with you. You know as well as I do that Silentlambs are lying.

What did I find to be correct? Virtually nothing. There was one ray of truth, about Nestor Cabada: "In this story the perpetrator turned him self in and this no doubt was at the direction of the local elders." Unfortunately, this contradicts a lot of other stuff they write about child abuse being covered over. (http://www.silentlambs.org/usamolester.h...)

I don't think I'm going to convince you, Ray. But that's all right. Anyone who wants to approach the subject with an open mind can take a look at http://silentlambsexposed.blogspot.com or http://jwcpp.000space.com

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George Eighth August 11, 2009 | 10:36 a.m.

Interesting, even Charles Chasson, who is an outspoken critic of Jehovah's Witnesses acknowledges: "It must be said that Silentlambs, like Charline Delporte, has always been a virulent campaigner, unafraid to exaggerate or even lie about the facts in the Vicki Boer affair already mentioned or in parts of its site on murders that, according to them, were committed by Jehovah's Witnesses, so as to denounce them more effectively."

Source: http://temoinsdejehovah.blog.free.fr/ind...

See also:
http://silentlambsexposed.blogspot.com/2...

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Ray Shapiro August 11, 2009 | 5:33 p.m.

George:
This is the difference between a hoax and not a hoax:
hoax:
http://cas.bellarmine.edu/tietjen/Resour...
something other than a hoax:
http://www.silentlambs.com/personal_expe...
Are you capable of understanding the difference?

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