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Monday, August 3, 2015

Watchtower’s paid expert Dr. Monica Applewhite and her shameful court appearance trying to defend the Jehovah's Witnesses.

As shown in the article I will be sharing following these comments, Dr. Monica Applewhite have put herself in the impossible position of defending the indefensible; embarrassing herself just for money.

Yes, she is getting paid by the Governing Body of the Jehovah's Witnesses with the money of the morally and spirituality coerced membership have given for "expert" services.

Her "expert" services are so lame that she was able to get easily convinced that the Watchtower protect children by just reading what the Governing Body put in front of her eyes; without using the minimal critical thinking that is expected from any scientist and professional. Shame on you and your idiotic report. I wonder what she would do if one of her kids (if she is even a mother) is submitted to an inside JW's child abuse investigation by the elders after being abused by one of them.

This article from JW Survey is very clear summarizing the current situation with the Australian investigation.


Watchtower’s expert consultant Dr Monica Applewhite is grilled at the Royal Commission

The following is a follow-up to the article submitted on Thursday by “CovertFade” – a non-disfellowshipped subscriber to JWsurvey…

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia has been running its inquiry into the Jehovah’s Witnesses child protection policies for just under a week, and so far it’s been pretty painful to watch. Especially for the Watchtower.

We’ve seen elders caught apparently lying under oath, we’ve seen elders admitting that the policy they are required to follow is flawed, elders admitting that they cared more about protecting their organization than protecting the victim, elders stubbornly insisting that it was perfectly okay for three men to interrogate a loan female abuse survivor in front of her attacker, and to cap it all we had an elder admit that he’d done no preparation for his appearance before the Commission and didn’t really know what the Commission was for. How embarrassing!

Well, just as it looked as though things couldn’t get any worse for Watchtower, day four (July 31st) of the hearings began and Doctor Monica Applewhite took the stand.

Doctor Monica Applewhite is no stranger to those following Watchtower’s child abuse battles. She has appeared in several US cases, most recently in a UK case, always on behalf of Watchtower and against the claimant.

On each occasion, she had been there to present her professional informed opinion as an expert in the prevention of child abuse that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are actually much better than all other religions when it comes to abuse prevention, and that everything is fine in the house that Russell built.

It hasn’t always worked. For example, the UK case was lost by Watchtower despite her testimony, but it did at least allow the organization to release the following face-saving statement.

“We are disappointed with the decision, particularly since the court accepted expert evidence that Jehovah’s Witnesses in the late 1980’s and 1990’s were ahead of their time in addressing the issue of child sexual abuse.”

I don’t think that will be happening this time. In fact, I’d be curious to know if Doctor Applewhite will ever want to work for Watchtower again.

It turns out Doctor Applewhite has become a walking case study on how NOT to approach research. Before the hearings began, Doctor Applewhite submitted a written statement to the Commission in general defense and praise of Witness policies on child abuse, but it quickly became clear when she took to the stand that the Commission again had serious concerns, this time not with the activities of elders, or the polices or Watchtower. Their concern was with her credibility.

For example, her written statement repeatedly asserted that Watchtower compared much more favorably than other religions “throughout the world” when it came to dealing with child abuse, but when pressed to give hard data as to which religious organizations she was actually using for comparison, and the data sets she used to come to this conclusion, she was very vague and apparently unable to produce such.

More to the point, when pressed on what data she had actually used to study  Watchtower’s effectiveness when dealing with child abuse, she was forced to admit that her study came not from empirical data collected from real world case studies, but rather, simply from reading Witness publications.

In other words, what she was presenting was not a scientifically researched study, she was just presenting an opinion based on reading cult propaganda and assuming that this propaganda actually depicted reality.

Sounds bad? It gets worse, because it turns out even by the standards of her own flawed methodology, Doctor Applewhite did a terrible job of understanding what the publications actually indicated. Over the course of the day, the Commission identified and proved a large number of factual errors that Doctor Applewhite had made in her report. Here are some examples…

  • Doctor Applewhite incorrectly offered the opinion that elders are not viewed as “superior” by the congregation but as “fellow workers.” The Commission found that they could not accept this as the reality of Witness culture, based on many other statements in the publications indicating (1) that elders are considered shepherds rather than sheep, (2) that they have a position of honor in the congregation, and (3) are appointed by holy spirit, and thus whilst some written JW material might try to convey the idea of equality, other JW publications and the clear reality on the ground was that the hierarchy of Watchtower was clearly split into shepherds and sheep.
  • Applewhite incorrectly presented the opinion that an elder or a ministerial servant would never be alone with children. The Commission, however, found that the ks10 elder’s guidebook explicitly stated that “Those who are appointed to privileges of service, such as elders and ministerial servants, are put in a position of trust. One who is extended privileges in the congregation is judged by others as being worthy of trust. This includes being more liberal in leaving children in their care and oversight. The congregation would be left unprotected if we prematurely appointed someone who was a child abuser as a ministerial servant or elder.” Doctor Applewhite replied that as a rule this was not supposed to happen. The Commission asked her to point to this rule in the book. She could not.
  • Applewhite was unaware of the restrictions placed on Witnesses getting professional psychological help. She stated that she had assumed the counsel was just limited to finding a therapist who respected witness beliefs. Angus Stewart SC demonstrated again with the ks10 book that group therapy, for example (which can be an important form of treatment for abuse survivors), was discouraged by Watchtower. Doctor Applegate conceded her error in this point.

The above errors threw the credibility of Applewhite’s entire report into doubt. None of this was a great start from someone Watchtower was no doubt hoping would be able to turn the tide in what has thus far been a complete debacle for them.

The Commission team, however, was only just warming up.

They then moved into weightier details of concern to them: the two witness rule, the all-male star chamber, the forcing of a survivor to confront her abuser. Justice Peter McClellan and his team were clearly confused as to how Doctor Applewhite, an apparent expert in the prevention and treatment of child abuse, could support these policies. It turned out that Doctor Applewhite had again been pulled in by Watchtower propaganda and had failed to do critical, investigative research.

For example, let’s take the issue of a survivor being forced to confront his/her accused. When Doctor Applewhite was asked if this is acceptable, she first countered that the accuser is not actually forced to face the accused and can instead write a letter detailing their evidence (this is in direct contradiction to all the testimony that the elders had offered thus far). This is happened next:

Justice Peter McClellan: Doctor, are you familiar with the work that has been done in Australia in the civil justice process in relation to the prosecution of these types of offenses?
Doctor Applewhite: In terms of how survivors are —
Justice McClellan: How witnesses are handled and, particularly, how survivors are managed? Are you familiar with those processes?
Applewhite: I am.
Justice McClellan: Are you familiar with one of the fundamentals being that the abused person need not confront the abuser in that scenario?
Applewhite: Absolutely.
Justice McClellan: This process offends against that principle, clearly, doesn’t it?
Applewhite: But my understanding is that they can write a letter and that there doesn’t have to be a confrontation at all.
Justice McClellan: We just looked at all those processes.
Applewhite: Yes.
Angus Stewart SC: I don’t know where you get that understanding, whether someone told you that, or what, but you restricted your report and your evidence, now, to what the documents say, and the documents don’t say that, do they?
Applewhite: So you are saying that in the judicial process today, that evidence can’t be received from a witness through a letter?
Stewart: Well, according to these documents, yes, I am saying that. There may be some judicial committee somewhere —
Justice McClellan: I think it probably should be put slightly differently. The words are “however it may be that the witnesses live a great distance away” – you have to ask yourself what is meant by “witnesses” there, whether that includes the survivor, “or for some reason are not able to be physically present.” So we’re talking about an exception, do you understand?
Applewhite: I do.
Justice McClellan: Otherwise, the procedure contemplates what Mr Stewart has been putting to you, and that is, that the girl or woman would have to confront ultimately three men in the presence of the abuser and without any moral support. So on her own. Now, is that a good practice?
Applewhite: Absolutely not. And I – I want to be clear, if there – if it turns out that the practice that they have today does not allow someone to write a letter and they have to confront their offender and they have to sit in the room with no support, it is not going to meet the standards of care. I didn’t understand that that’s the process, and there are probably people more qualified than I am to say whether it is, but it wouldn’t meet the standard of care if that is the fact.
Justice McClellan: Well, the difficulty for us is that you have proffered to us your written report in relation to all of this.
Applewhite: Yes.
Justice McClellan: And we’re trying to work out whether or not what you have said is something that we, as the Commission, should accept, carrying with it of course the consequence that if we say it is a good practice, then others might follow it. Do you understand?
Applewhite: Absolutely. And in no way am I trying to say that that’s a good practice.
What the above transcript fails to capture, but it is clear in the video footage, is the expression and tone of voice of Doctor Applewhite. Her responses are those of a woman realizing that she has made a terrible mistake, and then frantically trying to distance herself as far as possible from the position she previously held.

The same pattern unfolds when the Commission discusses the two witness rule, and in particular an aspect of this rule that seems of particular concern to Justice McClellan, who has correctly identified that the Watchtower faith requires a person, essentially under pain of destruction by God, to report wrongdoing.

However, when coupled with the two witness rule, a potential situation is created where an abuse survivor is compelled under threat of divine judgement to report abuse, but then the very nature of the system which handles her complaint will not allow the complaint to be believed or dealt with, thus creating a no-win scenario and huge trauma for the victim.

Justice Peter McClellan: Now, do you see that there may be a problem for a survivor, who has the obligation to report sexual abuse, which very often will happen in private – most often will happen in private —
Doctor Applewhite: Yes.
Justice McClellan: and find that because there is not another witness, her allegation is not accepted? Do you see that that might have real difficulties for the survivor?
Applewhite: Absolutely.
Ouch. Well, at least the day is over and Watchtower can lick its wounds, right? Nope.

The Commission then presents Doctor Applewhite with a checklist of factors in a sociological environment, as proposed by David Finkelhor (a leading researcher, academic and writer in the field of child protection), that would significantly increase the risk to children in that environment. They are:

  • Repressive norms about masturbation and extra-marital sex.
  • Weak criminal sanctions against offenders.
  • Ideology of patriarchal prerogatives for fathers
  • Erosion of social networks.

Sound familiar?

Mr Angus Stewart SC: This model would certainly raise for you some flashing lights about the social/cultural environment of the Jehovah’s Witness Church insofar as child sexual abuse is concerned, wouldn’t it?
Doctor Applewhite: Tell me what you mean by “flashing lights.”
Stewart: These factors come together really in a perfect storm for the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the risk of child sexual abuse occurring there.
Applewhite: I think I would have to look at this more carefully to be able to say that. I just would have to look more carefully.
Doctor Applewhite might not be certain on this point, but it is clear from the above statements by Mr Stewart that, in spite of evidence submitted by Watchtower and the testimony of elders (or perhaps because of it), the Commission is presently of the opinion that this is the case, demonstrating the grave nature of the trouble that Watchtower Australia finds itself in.

As the day came to a close, with the credibility of Doctor Applewhite under serious doubt and her evidence officially ruled to be so flawed that it was inadmissible, and her client looking worse than ever, Justice Peter McClellan presented Applewhite with the chilling logical consequences of the practices employed by the cult she had been hired to defend.

Justice Peter McClellan: Just to finish the discussion you and I had previously, doctor, if a woman brings an allegation that she has been sexually assaulted by a member of the Jehovah’s Witness, and she does so because of her strong adherence to the tenets of the church, and believes that she has to report, but she doesn’t want to go to the authorities, she doesn’t want to be involved in a criminal trial, and there is no other witness, and the alleged abuser doesn’t confess, but those listening to her story don’t have any doubt that she is telling the truth, but they can’t take any action because there is only her evidence, what happens, then, within the church? I assume – well, you tell me, does the abuser then stay with all of his rights intact and the woman would be required to, if she wished to remain part of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, interact with him in that environment? Is that what happens?
Doctor Applewhite: In addition to some other warnings or things of that nature, I would think that that would be what would happen.
Justice McClellan: It is not a very good place to end up, is it?
Doctor Applewhite: It isn’t.
In some respects one can feel a degree of sympathy for Doctor Applewhite. She is not the first otherwise intelligent and rational person to have been suckered by manipulative cult propaganda. On the other hand, as an academic working in a field such as child protection, where the stakes are so high and the human consequences for error so appalling, she clearly should have demonstrated the kind of professional diligence and spirit of critical inquiry shown by the Royal Commission. She failed, and instead ended up being an apologist for a cult that has hidden 1006 alleged child molesters from the law in Australia alone.

At least now she finally seems to be aware of it.

The day ended with Watchtower’s lawyer inviting Doctor Applegate to re-submit her report. But despite her expressed willingness to help the Commission, from the expression on her face and the tone of her closing remarks, one wonders if we have seen her final appearance in defense of Watchtower.


Read more here: http://jwsurvey.org/child-abuse-2/jehovahs-witness-culture-creates-a-perfect-storm-for-abuse

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Expert admits Jehovah's Witnesses and Watchtower is grossly flawed

The treatment of child abuse victims by the Jehovah's Witness church is seriously flawed, a national inquiry has heard from a consultant hired by the church.

Dr. Monica Applewhite, a US-based consultant specialising in child abuse risk analysis and education programs for institutions, mostly churches, was employed by Watchtower Australia to evaluate the Witnesses' policies for the royal commission hearing.

Watchtower Australia is the legal entity of the Jehovah's Witness church.

Dr Applewhite, who has been an expert witness in abuse trials in Britain and the US, submitted a report in which she noted the Jehovah's Witnesses were a cut above other religious organisations in Australia.

The doctor, who has listed work with the Catholic archdioceses of Melbourne and Adelaide on her extensive CV, said she had not found examples in Australia of a religious organisation that provided better information than the Witnesses on how to support abuse victims.

But she confessed her research was based on Jehovah's Witness publications, not on empirical studies.

Her knowledge of every religious organisation was also limited and she was unable to immediately identify the other religious organisations to which she was referring.

When asked by Angus Stewart SC, counsel for the commission, whether Jehovah's Witness procedure was "deficient when measured against current best practice", Dr Applewhite replied: "Does it meet all current best practices? It probably doesn't."

Jehovah's Witness procedure is based on biblical teachings.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard this week from two women who had gone through the Jehovah's Witness process for handling child sex abuse allegations.

In both cases the church did not uphold the allegations because, under church law, two witnesses are required to prove any wrongdoing.

This rule is based on the Witnesses' interpretation of scripture and the handling of wrongdoers.

The women told the commission how an internal judicial hearing required them to detail the abuse to three church elders, all men, in front of the alleged abuser.

Justice Peter McClellan asked Dr Applewhite if she thought this process was appropriate.

Dr Applewhite said there were better ways.

She also agreed that under the two witnesses rule, abuse victims could be further traumatised because they were not being believed.

Justice McClellan said: "It is by no means an ideal place for someone's psychological wellbeing to be placed?"

Dr Applewhite replied: "That's true."

When Andrew Tokley SC, counsel for the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia, suggested Dr Applewhite be allowed to submit a supplementary report, Justice McClellan said it needed to be more than an expression of opinion.

He pointed out the commission needed information that would help address the obvious flaws in the Witnesses' procedures.

If Dr Applewhite was going to supply further information, Justice McClellan said it should be done within the next few weeks. © AAP 2015

Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/07/31/03/40/jehovah-s-witnesses-inquiry-resumes#mUl1KlAYjFxGhLAl.99

Friday, July 31, 2015

Australian Royal Commission on Watchtower Jehovah's Witnesses Child Abuse (Cont'd)

The Governing Body and its Watchtower organization is being shamefully exposed so much regarding all their malpractices and faulty dogmas and procedures lately, and the trend is NOT going away.

The world needs to know all the atrocities this religion have caused to the humanity and Australia is doing a great work about it.

Here are the next set of videos from the Royal Commission on Child Abuse on the official investigation about +1K child molestation cases never reported to the secular authorities.

Here is the lists of the videos:

Australia: Royal Commission on Child Abuse - July 29, 2015 Part 1

Australia: Royal Commission on Child Abuse - July 29, 2015 Part 2

Australia: Royal Commission on Child Abuse - July 29, 2015 Part 3

Australia: Royal Commission on Child Abuse - July 31, 2015 - Part 1

Australia: Royal Commission on Child Abuse - July 31, 2015 - Part 2

Australia: Royal Commission on Child Abuse - July 31, 2015 - Part 3

Australia: Royal Commission on Child Abuse - July 31, 2015 - Part 4

Thursday, July 30, 2015

CNN Report on Jehovah's Witnesses and Watchtower Child Molestation / Abuse

CNN helping to shame the Governing Body for all their faulty dogmas and procedures regarding child molestation handling.

It's claimed the Jehovah's Witnesses in Australia destroyed notes about child sexual abuse and discouraged victims from contacting police at the Royal Commission into child sex abuse.

Australian Royal Commission on Watchtower Jehovah's Witnesses Child Abuse

The Governing Body and its Watchtower organization is being shamefully exposed so much regarding all their malpractices and faulty dogmas and procedures lately, and the trend is NOT going away.

The world needs to know all the atrocities this religion have caused to the humanity and Australia is doing a great work about it.

Here are the videos from the Royal Commission on Child Abuse on the official investigation about +1K child molestation cases never reported to the secular authorities.

Here is the lists of the videos:

Australia: Royal Commission on Child Abuse - July 27, 2015 Part 1

Australia: Royal Commission on Child Abuse - July 27, 2015 Part 2

Australia: Royal Commission on Child Abuse - July 27, 2015 Part 3

Australia: Royal Commission on Child Abuse - July 28, 2015 - Part 1

Australia: Royal Commission on Child Abuse - July 28, 2015 - Part 2

Australia: Royal Commission on Child Abuse - July 28, 2015 - Part 3

Australia: Royal Commission on Child Abuse - July 28, 2015 - Part 4

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Un público aviso sobre los Abusos de Menores y Pedofilia encubierta en los Testigos de Jehová

¿Hay un abusador de menores en su Salón del Reino?
¿Te informarían los ancianos de su presencia?
Encuentre las respuestas en jwawake.com

Ése es el claro mensaje de este gran proyecto de información en la ciudad de Belton, en el fundamentalista estado de Texas, Estados Unidos.

Se colocó justamente en esa ciudad porque está situada camino a asambleas que se realizarán durante Julio y Agosto del 2015.

Así que "todo ojo la verá" y podrán estar mas al tanto de las prácticas y políticas del Cuerpo Gobernante de los Testigos de Jehová y de su sociedad Watchtower Bible and Tract.

Growing up as Jehovah's Witness

A short film is been published in YouTube that pretty accurately describes how is the daily life of a young Jehovah's Witness under the precepts of the Governing Body of the Watchtower Society.

The film's title is: "God by the Neck".

The film describes the challenges of being raised as a publisher/preacher while being indoctrinated with the typical fears and restrictions within the Watchtower organization.

Film can be watched completely here:

Creciendo como Testigo de Jehová

Se ha publicado en YouTube un cortometraje que ilustra bastante acertadamente como es el diario vivir de un niño Testigo de Jehová bajo las normas del Cuerpo Gobernante de la sociedad Watchtower.

La película se titula: "Dios por el Cuello".

Ésta describe el desafío de ser criado como un predicador lleno de los miedos y restricciones características en la organización y por lo demás no propias de un niño.

Se puede ver la película completa aquí:

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Islamic ISIS, the Christian Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Watchtower, and their Governing Body – Part II

Watch Tower Society Headquarters in NYC
This is the Part II of the new series of posts titled “Islamic ISIS, the Christian Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Watchtower, and their Governing Body”.

In this entry I will address the second section of the original article “What ISIS Really Wants” by Graeme Wood and how it relates to the faith and practices of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. 

Previous post can be found here:

II. Territory

“The caliphate, Cerantonio told me, is not just a political entity but also a vehicle for salvation.”
Comments: Witnesses are taught to believe that being associated with the Watchtower Organization is a mandatory requisite to be saved and to be able to live forever in the promised Paradise on Earth. The watchtower organization is considered as “the salvation ark”.

“to die without pledging allegiance is to die jahil (ignorant) and therefore die a “death of disbelief.” Consider how Muslims (or, for that matter, Christians) imagine God deals with the souls of people who die without learning about the one true religion. They are neither obviously saved nor definitively condemned. Similarly, Cerantonio said, the Muslim who acknowledges one omnipotent god and prays, but who dies without pledging himself to a valid caliph and incurring the obligations of that oath, has failed to live a fully Islamic life.”
Comments: Witnesses must be baptized to be saved or actually be working towards to be baptized soon to have God’s approval and to survive Armageddon. Even though Jehovah’s Witnesses does not practice the baptism of infants as the Catholic Church does, many kids as young as 9 years old are accepted to be baptized and ordained as ministers of the religion. When a person is baptized as a Jehovah’s Witnesses, he/she needs to answer a formal and official question publicly with which they pledge unconditional allegiance and loyalty to their religious Organization. This is normally done during conventions in front an audience of thousands.

“Like Cerantonio, they regarded the caliphate as the only righteous government on Earth, though none would confess having pledged allegiance. Their principal goal in meeting me was to explain what the Islamic State stands for, and how its policies reflect God’s law.”
Comments: This is very similar with the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The word of the Governing Body is regarded by the Witnesses as God’s Will for them, and to challenge or question them is like challenge or question God himself. Every Witnesses must confess loyalty to the Governing Body so in that sense their commitment is stronger than ISIS’s. Jehovah’s Witnesses regard themselves as the only true Christian religion and everybody else is whether false Christian, pagan, or an unbeliever. None of those are saved unless accept and commit to the Witnesses message.

“In return, the caliph commands obedience—and those who persist in supporting non-Muslim governments, after being duly warned and educated about their sin, are considered apostates.”
Comments: The Governing Body demands and expect obedience and submissiveness from every Jehovah’s Witness from all over the world and this is clearly stated all over their publications. Whoever does not obey is considered a rebel and an apostate. It does not matter if leaders are unfair, abusive, dangerous, or malicious; l they are just “imperfect” but still obedience must be given.

Some References:

Islamic ISIS, the Christian Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Watchtower, and their Governing Body – Part I

Governing Body of the Jehovah's Witnesses
Following this new series of posts titled “Islamic ISIS, the Christian Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Watchtower, and their Governing Body”, in this entry I will address the first section of the original article “What ISIS Really Wants” by Graeme Wood and how it relates to the faith and practices of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The other posts of the series can be found here:

Intro: http://testigoscristianosdejehova.blogspot.com/2015/02/islamic-isis-christian-jehovahs.html

Before starting, it is important for the readers that are not familiar with the Witnesses extensive terminology to clarify some of their terms. Here are some keywords to understand Jehovah’s Witnesses’ lexicon and the further understanding of my comments:

Jehovah’s Witnesses: Generic name of the religion’s conglomerate that includes the individual members worldwide and the publishing legal entities. The vast majority of the witnesses are not legally associated with any of the Watch Tower societies as official members; therefore their association is merely by ideology.

Watch Tower or Watchtower:  One of the many legal corporation or societies used by the religion to conduct their businesses. They are conformed by around 500 anonymous voting members to publish, print, and distribute their religious publications.

Governing Body: Currently 8 men from New York who direct and impose doctrine over the 9+ millions of witnesses worldwide. They are not necessarily part of the Watch Tower corporations’ voting members.

“Faithful and Discreet Slave” or “The Faithful Steward”: The doctrinal term how only the Governing body is currently described as a spiritual teacher leader.

Disfellowshipping: The act of being excommunicated from the church by an internal disciplinary Judicial Committee. The person is completely shunned by formers fellow worshippers and families.
Disassociation: The act of being excommunicated from the church by oneself based on practicing something against the doctrines or rules. The person is also completely shunned by formers fellow worshippers and families.

Armageddon: the Judgment Day in which Jehovah God will destroy all humans that are infidels to his laws as taught by the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The exact date of the Armageddon has been prophesized several times by the leaders of the Watchtower societies and the Governing Body.

The original article is divided in 5 parts:

I. Devotion

“Zarqawi’s penchant for bloody spectacle—and, as a matter of doctrine, hatred of other Muslims, to the point of excommunicating and killing them.”
Comments: The first similarity I spotted from the article. Abu Musa’b al Zarqawi can easily represent any member of the Governing Body. They have imposed the literal interpretation of the bible to disfellowship (Jehovah’s Witnesses excommunication act) members that do not agree with them, getting them shunned by their communities and families and consider them plainly dead. They considered ex-members as dead and “food for the bird” in the near Armageddon.

““If a man says to his brother, ‘You are an infidel,’ ” the Prophet said, “then one of them is right.” If the accuser is wrong, he himself has committed apostasy by making a false accusation.”
Comments: Jehovah’s Witnesses consider accusations between brothers as not conclusive necessarily. If there is only one accuser, the matter dies there and everybody must “waits on Jehovah”; it is just one word against another and the truth may or may not come out eventually. This rule has allowed the Jehovah’s Witnesses to be a very unfair place to be and worst, a “Paradise for Pedophiles” and Child Sexual Abusers. Their golden rule is that they require two witnesses of the same accusation to put the accused under a Judicial Committee.

“The punishment for apostasy is death. And yet Zarqawi heedlessly expanded the range of behavior that could make Muslims infidels.”
Comments: This is particularly similar with Jehovah’s Witnesses. They consider apostates as the worst class of individuals only worthy of death; not by them directly, but by the wrath of God in Armageddon. They have even mentioned in their publications that they don’t kill their apostates only because it happens to be illegal*.

“The distinction between apostate and sinner may appear subtle, but it is a key point of contention between al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.”
Comments: It is the same within the Watch Tower organization. A sinner is not necessarily and apostate, but an apostate is the worst of the sinners.

“Denying the holiness of the Koran or the prophecies of Muhammad is straightforward apostasy.”
Comments: This is exactly the same in the Jehovah’s Witnesses belief. When somebody gets his faith questioned by the elders -for instance, during a Judicial committee, elders go down to only one question they ask to the accused: Do you believe in the way the “Faithful and Discreet Slave” (the Governing Body alone) provides spiritual food as the Truth? Even though the Governing Body does not currently calls itself a “prophet”, it has prophesized events that never occurred many times during the church’s history. Absolute faith and trust in the current teachings and interpretations of the governing body are mandatory for the Witnesses.

“But Zarqawi and the state he spawned take the position that many other acts can remove a Muslim from Islam. These include, in certain cases, selling alcohol or drugs, wearing Western clothes or shaving one’s beard, voting in an election—even for a Muslim candidate—and being lax about calling other people apostates.”
Comments: Many of the officially written and unofficial de-facto rules on the Witnesses lives have to do with their clothing choices, grooming, job choices, political position, and food consumption. It is well known that Witnesses don’t vote in “worldly” political elections and if they are forced by law to do so, they practice the nullification of their vote. Whoever is caught somehow voting by a particular candidate or party have disassociated themselves from the faith and is treated as disfellowshipped. There are many rules regarding dress choices and what to avoid and when to use certain type of clothing. Beards are not approved and extremely reproachable in most of the countries. Not accepting blood transfusions even to the cost of their own lives is a result of their many rules taken form the literal reading of out of context Bible verses. Many kids have died so far due to this “eating rule”.

“Being a Shiite, as most Iraqi Arabs are, meets the standard as well, because the Islamic State regards Shiism as innovation, and to innovate on the Koran is to deny its initial perfection.”
Comments: Witnesses are coerced to follow the Governing Body instructions and current teaching to the letter. No exceptions. Trying to change its meaning, or even to have an own personal understanding of the Bible is not allowed and considered as potential apostasy. Been a progressive Witnesses is not allowed. Only the Governing Body will implement changes as they see fit and when they see fit.

“That means roughly 200 million Shia are marked for death. So too are the heads of state of every Muslim country, who have elevated man-made law above Sharia by running for office or enforcing laws not made by God.”
Comments: In the Jehovah’s Witnesses theology, whoever is not a Witnesses or is a former member (apostates, disfelloshipped, and disassociated ones) is mark for death in the soon coming Armageddon. It is important to understand that the Witnesses preaching work is considered by them as “Life-saving work”.

“Following takfiri doctrine, the Islamic State is committed to purifying the world by killing vast numbers of people.”
Comments: One of the most attractive aspects of the theology of the Witnesses is their coming Earth Paradise. It will be the earth restored and populated only by Jehovah’s Witnesses. Everybody else will be destroyed in Armageddon so the clean paradise can start. This should happen soon based on their own particular eschatology.

“Muslim “apostates” are the most common victims.”
Comments: There is a particular despise and fear against the apostates by the Witnesses. These apostates are the primary targets of the judgments and shunning practices. Active Witnesses are commanded to avoid them at any costs.

“Many mainstream Muslim organizations have gone so far as to say the Islamic State is, in fact, un-Islamic.”
Comments: Many, if not all the other Christian churches and denominations consider Jehovah’s witnesses as a non-Cristian cult or an anti-Christian religion. At the same time, much of the propaganda and publications published by the Watchtower organization is focused on trying to prove how Christian actually they are.

“According to Haykel, the ranks of the Islamic State are deeply infused with religious vigor. Koranic quotations are ubiquitous. “Even the foot soldiers spout this stuff constantly,” Haykel said. “They mug for their cameras and repeat their basic doctrines in formulaic fashion, and they do it all the time.”
Comments: The daily life of the Witnesses is flooded with theocratic activities that practically consume all of their time. Five meetings per week, daily Field Service Meetings, Family worship, extensive Field Ministry, Elders’ Shepherding calls, elders meetings, Pioneers meetings and arrangements, personal study, Bible students preaching, preparations for all these meetings, conventions, etc., etc., etc. The life of a Witness is extremely busy and the Governing Body makes sure it is kept that way.

“Leaders of the Islamic State have taken emulation of Muhammad as strict duty, and have revived traditions that have been dormant for hundreds of years. “What’s striking about them is not just the literalism, but also the seriousness with which they read these texts,” Haykel said. “There is an assiduous, obsessive seriousness that Muslims don’t normally have.””
Comments: The Watchtower Society and the current Governing Body have always been obsessed with their assiduous and characteristic reading and interpretation of the Bible. This is a “restoration religion”; as ISIS claims to be as well; meaning that it fervently claims to restore the early and pure Christianity to its supposedly original way.

Part II: http://testigoscristianosdejehova.blogspot.com/2015/02/islamic-isis-christian-jehovahs_72.html

Some References:
* "Question from Readers" Nov. 15, 1952. "The Watchtower" Nov. 15, 2011

Islamic ISIS, the Christian Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Watchtower, and their Governing Body – Intro

Islamic ISIS Beheading
As far as we can perceive, the non-Islamic world -or so-called “westerns” mainly, is not understanding really well the doctrinal motives ISIS has to be… ISIS (“Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” or “Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham”). Regular people just have catalogued them simply as fanatics or fundamentalists and the President Barack Obama have portrayed ISIS as not Islamic.

A recent article with the title “What ISIS Really Wants” by the contributing editor at “The Atlantic”, Graeme Wood, about the doctrinal background of the Sunni ISIS, have thrown some light about this issue and how this theology serves as THE engine for the ISIS machinery.

As my Spanish-speaking readers have well-known for several years now, I was associated with the religion of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the capacity of an elder (overseer with pastoral and administrative authority) during several years of my 20+ years of experience within the religious community as an active and in “great-standing member” in several countries.

When I knew about the ISIS article, I read it with much interest. For my surprise, but not really much unexpectedly, the amount of striking similarities between the beliefs and practices of ISIS and the Jehovah’s Witnesses was amazing.

Christian Jehovah's Witnesses Beheading: Disfellowshipping

I will try to describe these similarities by making comparisons as much as my experience within the religion allows me to do. While I have never claimed scholarly of any sort, my comments –as always, are just based on my firsthand 20+ experience with the Witnesses’ organization.

Subscribe to my blog and/or bookmark it so you can receive the next updates regarding this and other interesting posts regarding the Jehovah’s Witnesses and their “ISIS-like” religious practices.

Part I: http://testigoscristianosdejehova.blogspot.com/2015/02/islamic-isis-christian-jehovahs_22.html
Part II: http://testigoscristianosdejehova.blogspot.com/2015/02/islamic-isis-christian-jehovahs_72.html

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Governing Body member Anthony Morris III of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and your "Gay" Tight Pants

Recently, Anthony Morris III, a current member of the Governing Body of the Jehovah's Witnesses, gave an interesting speech about fashion and how particularly homosexuals enjoy seeing you wearing tight pants.

What is his fixation with tight pants all about? Nobody really knows at this point, but may be it has to do with how envious he gets when other brothers' packages seem to be bigger than his when wearing them? We will see, but for now, we just know that Tony Morris III added a new rule on the shoulders of the poor and overworked witnesses around the world regarding now… their fashion taste.

Cedars, a blogger in the resistance and education about the watchtower Society doctrines and practices, was able to reach brother Morris in Bethel, and over the phone, he got a valuable glimpse on the Governing Member's eye-opening attitude toward the fashion rule he is imposing so adamantly.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Jehovah's Witnesses and Child Sex Abuse - Reveal Investigative News Report

The fame of Jehovah’s Witnesses is not increasing in the media thanks to their so-called “worldwide life-saving preaching work”; bottom line, their door-to-door and street stands with "free" books are not more than annoying proselytism and religious propaganda. The fame of the Jehovah’s Witnesses is actually increasing thanks to the well documented internal policies and practices of their own ‘almighty’ Governing Body regarding Child Sex Abuse and Child Molestation.

The Watchtower Society with its Governing Body and the Jehovah’s Witnesses have tried to show a public face of condemnation of such crimes mainly using their two main publications: The Watchtower and Awake!, while abusing the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America. The problem is that they have never really considered Child Abuse as an actual crime, but only as a sin that needs to be dealt with internally within the religion; away from the light and justice of competent secular authorities.

The investigative News Webpage http://www.revealnews.org/ have posted a podcast with excellent notes about the Jehovah’s Witnesses official policies regarding Child Molestation, the Candace Conti judicial case, excerpt from her trial, and assertive Watchtower publications.

PODCAST: Jehovah’s Witnesses use 1st Amendment to hide child sex abuse claims.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Understanding the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Watchtower Society's Truth. (English Articles)

Hello all!

So far this blog has been written only focusing on sharing information regarding the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Spanish territories. Starting from today, I will start to translate some of my previous entries into English for the benefit of the English-speaking readers that may be involved in researching about this religion.

As a summary of my blog, the covered topics are: the life of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and their spiritual paradise inside their organization. The Watchtower Society and how the Governing Body controls the whole pyramid of believers under their surveillance. I also talk about the regular meetings in their Kingdom Halls, Assembly Halls, and Conventions.

Much of my citations is taken from their publications such as:
- The Watchtower and Awake! Magazines
- The New World Translation (Jehovah’s Witnesses own version of the Bible)
- Insight on the Scriptures, 2 volumes (1988)
- Aid to Bible Understanding (1971)
- Reasoning from the Scriptures (1985, revised 1989)
- Comprehensive Concordance of the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (1973)
- All Scripture Is Inspired of God and Beneficial (1963, revised 1983, 1990)
- Equipped for Every Good Work (1946)
- What Does the Bible Really Teach? (2005) (Available online)
- Knowledge That Leads to Everlasting Life (1995, revised 1997, 2000)
- You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth (1982, revised 1989)
- The Truth That Leads to Eternal Life (1968, revised 1981)
- Things in Which It Is Impossible for God to Lie (1965)
- You May Survive Armageddon into God's New World (1955)
- Let God Be True (1946, revised 1952)
- The Harp of God (1921)
- Millions Now Living Will Never Die (1920)

It is also part of my blog to talk about how the Jehovah’s witnesses are organized in their cult and their respective positions (from bottom to top): Associates, Bible Student, Unbaptized Publisher, Publisher, Auxiliary Pioneer, Regular Pioneer, Special Pioneer, Missionary, Bethelite (Bethel), Ministerial Servant, Elder, Congregation Overseer, Traveling Overseers, Circuit Overseer, District Overseer, Zone Overseer, Branch Overseer, Bethel Elder, Governing Body Helper, Governing Body.

Currently, the Governing Body of the Jehovah’s Witnesses located in Brooklyn, NY; Wallkill, NY; Warwick, NY; and Patterson, NY, is currently formed by these members:
- Samuel Herd
- Geoffrey Jackson
- Stephen Lett
- Gerrit Lösch
- Anthony Morris III
- Mark Sanderson
- David H. Splane

Former members are:
- Charles Russell (1884-1916)
- J. F. Rutherford (1916-1942)
- Thomas J. Sullivan (1932–1974)
- Grant Suiter (1938–1983)
- Nathan Homer Knorr (1940–1977)
- Frederick William Franz (1944–1992)
- Lyman Alexander Swingle (1945–2001)
- Milton George Henschel (1947–2003)
- John O. Groh (1965–1975)
- Raymond Franz (1971–1980)
- George D. Gangas (1971–1994)
- Leo K. Greenlees (1971–1984)
- William K. Jackson (1971–1981)
- William Lloyd Barry (1974–1999)
- John C. Booth (1974–1996)
- Ewart Chitty (1974–1979)
- Charles J. Fekel (1974–1977)
- Theodore Jaracz (1974–2010)
- Karl F. Klein (1974–2001)[
- Albert D. Schroeder (1974–2006)
- Daniel Sydlik (1974–2006)
- Carey W. Barber (1977–2007)
- John E. Barr (1977–2010)
- Martin Pötzinger (1977–1988)
- Guy Hollis Pierce (1999–2014)

Currently, the Watchtower organization is conducting much of their education efforts via online using its website jw.org as a vehicle to deliver their current teachings and publications.

Many scandals have been brought to light lately about these men and how they manage the rest of million of Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world. Child Abuse, Child Molestation, Pedophilia, Money practices and shady businesses, Tax evasion, Real Estate questionable businesses, dangerous bible doctrine, shunning, death of people regarding the abstinence of blood transfusions, records with the FBI, Hitler and the Nazi Germany, etc.

All these aspects about the Watchtower Organization, the Christian Congregation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and all its associated legal entities are covered in over 800+ posts in Spanish so far. Some of them will be translated so bookmark this blog and follow the updates.

All of you are welcome!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

El Cuerpo Gobernante dice: Nuevos y más vendibles Salones del Reino de los Testigos de Jehová

Se ha filtrado de una reunión especial con todos los ancianos del territorio de los Estados Unidos en el pasado 31 de Enero de 2015, la información de un nuevo modelo de salones del Reino para el país. No esta claro si tendrá un alcance mundial por el momento.

Se informa también que hubo una discusión acalorada entre los peces gordos de la sucursal sobre la decisión de imponer un modelo de estilo más residencial o seguir una línea comercial. Se optó por el estilo comercial. Obviamente.

Aquí alguna de las fotos que se filtraron:


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