New Article at Michigan Skeptics: “Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Still Have a Major Pedophile Problem?”

I just completed a new article at Michigan Skeptics called “Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Still Have a Major Pedophile Problem?” Spoiler: The answer is yes. But at least some countries are starting to take notice.

This article might be a good one to bookmark, if only for the sources, because everything has a link. There are only one or two ex-Witness or anti-Watchtower links. One is quoted for its explanation about why the destruction of elder notes, minutes, and agendas regarding these cases is a big deal. The other link points to Lloyd Evan’s (Cedars) YouTube video on the issue. Everything else is sourced with news links, not just ex-Witness or anti-Watchtower links. I consider this important because sites like mine are often dismissed as evil old apostate sites filled with demon lies. At the very least, news sources will be taken more seriously by people who were never Jehovah’s Witnesses.

This is a followup to my original article written back 2013 entitled “What You Don’t Know About Jehovah’s Witnesses and Pedophiles.

If you catch any factual or grammatical errors, please share so I can fix them. Thanks. 🙂

Review: “Deadpool”

Deadpool movie posterDeadpool (known by some as the Merc with the Mouth) is the first major R-rated movie I’ve seen in a long, long time. Since I missed issues of the Deadpool comics as a kid, the fact that this was an R-rated comic book movie got my attention more than anything else. Despite his missteps joining other comic book franchises (Blade 3, Green Lantern, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) the idea of Ryan Reynolds playing Deadpool still feels right.

Anyone who saw the promos for the movie and other promotional material is probably kind of psyched for this one. But the question, as always, is this:

Did it suck?

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Review: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Lightsaber from Star Wars The Force AwakensThe trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens look pretty good. But I don’t trust trailers. I’ve been burned before. (Damn you to hell, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace!) And while I thought J.J. Abrams would be better suited to the Star Wars franchise than Star Trek, he can still be pretty hit or miss sometimes. So while I was hopeful, I also had some doubts.

Now we come to the big question. Did Star Wars: The Force Awakens suck?

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News and Links for ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: Child Sexual Abuse within Jehovah’s Witnesses on Australian TV

Video: Child Sexual Abuse within Jehovah’s Witnesses Australia

The link above takes you to a YouTube playlist that includes videos from Australia regarding their recent (and televised!) investigation into more than a 1000 cases of unreported sexual abuse of children.

Video: Jehovah’s Witness Meeting Changes 2016

For those who haven’t already heard, it sounds like sisters won’t be involved in meetings at all. They barely had anything to do before.

Video: Elders extort

A dispute between an average Jehovah’s Witness and an elder. It pretty much goes down like many of us would expect. It’s a tiny bit Jerry Springer.

Local father offended by Jehovah’s Witness letter, claims its writer is targeting obituaries

A local father who wishes to remain anonymous sent Action News Jax a copy of a letter sent to his family’s church.

The letter read in part: “Sorry about your loss. I read about it from the obituary.”

Jehovah’s Witness literature was attached to the letter.

Jehovah’s Witness grandparents ordered to keep faith to themselves

The couple lost their bid for unsupervised access to the girl because they insisted on taking her to worship at their faith’s Kingdom Hall despite the repeated objections of the child’s mother.

I wish the courts would do the same for my in-laws… Sorry. But also, wow.

‘Abused by my brother, then shunned by my Jehovah’s Witnesses family after I went to police’

Louise Palmer says parents sided with evil Richard Davenport over her, while church offered only prayers and urged her not to go to police

I think the flaws in policies like the two-person rule and telling Witnesses they can’t take accusations to the police without elder permission (elders aren’t cops, though some of them think they are…) should be really obvious by now.

How the Church of Scientology fought the Internet—and why it lost

The title pretty much says it all.

Japan closed 638 Congregations lost 6,000 Publishers in 10 years!!! WHY?

Many seem to think it’s the internet. I suspect it’s at least partially a cultural issue as other religions tend to dominate in Japan. What do you think?

62 apostates mark JWsurvey Day 2015 with a message of love for Jehovah’s Witnesses

Very cool. 🙂 Big shout out to everyone who participated!

Betrayed and exploited: Dismissed ‘special pioneer’ lashes out against downsizing

This website recently reported growing resentment among bethelites over the constant downsizing that’s taking place as the Governing Body hoards its dwindling resources in order to complete the Warwick project.

There’s also a story about the issues that prompted the lashing out.

Watchtower of Britain found liable for actions of child rapist Peter Stewart

Still think the Watchtower Society doesn’t have a pedophile problem?

The Tight Pants Rule: Wearing “disturbing” clothing gets you banned from preaching

Control issues. Yeah. They have them.