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The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses Blame Homosexuals for the Pedophilia in Their Religion

Go online and look up “Jehovah’s Witnesses and child molestation” and you’ll find site after site that shows their horrific track record in how they handle such abuse within their religion. You can browse this site alone, under the Pedophilia category or JW Victims in the News, and see civil case after civil case being filed, along with cases of active, approved members of their congregations actually serving jail time for the rape and molestation of little children.

I remain steadfast in my believe that the Watchtower Society is getting more obviously crazier with each passing year.

Dear LGBT-Community, I apologize for having been a homophobic Jehovah’s Witness Jerk

Dear LGBT-Community, I was a homophobic assh*le for two-thirds of my life. I am 33 now and it is time for me to apologize.
You see, I was born into a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I was a member of this organization for nearly 21 years. I got baptized when I was 14 and left Jehovah’s Witnesses on December 16th, 2003.

Jehovah’s Witness mother refuses blood transfusion leaving behind NINE children

She refused the proper medical treatment on religious grounds until it was too late and she died. Was her death inevitable or could it have been avoided?
Years earlier, Watchtower had subjected Dankwa to a religious tribunal, known among Witnesses as a “judicial committee,” because she had accepted a blood transfusion when giving birth to her previous child.

Jehovah’s Witness parents refuse consent for son’s life-saving blood transfusion
Woman abused as child by Jehovah’s Witness minister wins £275k damages

The defendants claimed that because Stewart was now dead, A had brought her claim too late and they were not responsible, although they accepted he did sexually abuse her [from the age of four].

Jehovah’s Witnesses are liable for Abuse because Organization failed to take “safeguarding steps”, says London Court

London’s High Court has ruled that Jehovah’s Witnesses failed to take “safeguarding steps” to protect a young woman from abuse by a Ministerial Servant. The victim has won a six-figure payout, according to a BBC report.

Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘destroy or seriously disrupt’ Families due to their Shunning Policy, Survey finds

VIDEO: Jehovah’s Witnesses 2015 Regional Convention Saturday PM experience parents shunning children

Cedars writes about this video in an article you can find here.

Teenage Jehovah’s Witness refuses blood transfusion and dies

And he’ll probably be treated as a hero.

One Question in October Watchtower exposes Barbarity of the Undue Influence Jehovah’s Witnesses are subject to

It is a simple question – but it illustrates the cruel simplicity of undue influence at work among Jehovah’s Witnesses: “HAVE you ever thought, ‘Am I the kind of person Jehovah will want to save during the great tribulation and bring into the new world?’”, asks in the introduction to the Study Article “Give us more faith”. This post will try to explain the scope of manipulation at play here and show the true nature of this seemingly – on the surface – harmless question.

Jehovah’s Witness Leader Rants Against Higher Education, Saying It’ll Lead to “Spiritual Disaster”

Jehovah’s Witnesses Governing Body member Tony Morris is the host of the January video on the new JW online television network and what he says is a terrifying tirade against higher education.

Hemant Mehta has really been paying attention to Jehovah’s Witnesses. That link above goes to one of his articles. You can also see a video he made about Jehovah’s Witnesses here.

Jehovah’s Witnesses Are Low on Funds… So They’re Asking for Kids’ Ice Cream Money

In their latest propaganda video, the Church shows a little girl choosing between buying ice cream for herself… or donating that money to a church.
There’s only one way this commercial can end:

Another article by Hemant Mehta. A link to the video he is writing about can be found at the link.

Boy, 7, taken away from his parents after judge rules he has been damaged by his Jehovah’s Witness mother’s religious beliefs

Finally, Apostate Bird attacks!

Apostate bird has no interest in your tracts!

Shunning: No, It Isn’t Just A Matter Of Choice As The Society Claims

As ex-Witnesses, we’ve all read about situations where the Watchtower Society (or its representatives) claim that shunning a family member is purely a matter of personal choice. That is to say that the family members who shun disfellowshipped Witnesses aren’t being forced to do so, but simply chose not to have any relations with that person for reasons of their own. This makes the Watchtower Society seem less cult-like to the public and may help the organization avoid certain legal issues for the practice of disfellowshipping in other countries. The video above shows us an example of a Witness downplaying the Society’s role in shunning disfellowshipped Witnesses in a court of law. Notice how he ducks questions relating to whether the policy of disfellowshipping is enforced by the Society or how such enforcement might happen.

There are other examples where the Society’s representatives seem evasive when it comes to answering uncomfortable questions in the media or in legal proceedings. The issue of blood transfusions is one that comes to mind. The claim, once again, is that the family is not being made to do anything by Watchtower policy. They are simply refusing treatment out of personal choice. Hence, it’s the family’s responsibility, not the Society’s.

But here’s the big question. Is any of this really true?

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The Watchtower Society’s Assets Frozen! Or Are They?

money frozenNews of the Watchtower Society’s assets being frozen after the Candace Conti verdict has spread like wildfire across the web. Imagine my surprise when I logged in to Facebook this morning and saw it posted in all the ex-Witness groups! I was reluctant to post about it here until we heard from a lawyer or at least saw it mentioned in the news for confirmation. But the very fact that word is spreading is big news, because it means that many Jehovah’s Witnesses will go into Armageddon mode. That could lead to a lot of weirdness that ex-Witnesses need to prepare themselves for.

In a nutshell, it seems that the judge presiding over the pedophile case has frozen the Society’s assets pending the outcome of its appeal against the ruling. The appeal process could easily take two years, during which time the Society cannot buy or sell its properties without permission from the court. This happened on June 20th.


UPDATE: Here’s the flipside of the news, which I thought might be forthcoming. Somehow, I knew it was too good to be true. Maybe I should have left the question mark in the title.


There have been many comments and some articles written about the freezing of one billion dollars of Watchtower assets following the loss of the Candace Conti court case. Those that have commented on this are technically true in part but in the typical court proceedings this is just a matter of the regular filing of documents to protect the settlement for the plaintiff.

It is considered a typical move in a court proceeding to freeze the assets when the defendant had yet to obtain a bond to cover the settlement. It was apparent WT did not expect to lose and simply were not prepared for this. So the Judge doing his job made the ruling contingent upon WT obtaining a bond to protect the settlement for Ms Conti. The minute the Watchtower obtains the bond the all assets are free and clear to be used any way they wish. So this looks like more of a procedural matter. WT will obtain a bond in a week or so and the order will in a matter of typical court procedure be removed.

Those are the facts. It would have been amazing to see their assets frozen for two years but in this instance it is just not the case. The point is this remains a major victory for abuse survivors everywhere. Institutions are being called into account for bullying victims into silence and in many instances hiding behind the first amendment as religion. We can finally see the brave efforts of those that have come forward having a huge impact and forcing unethical and immoral men to face responsibility for their actions. Thanks to all that speak out and help others to know they are not alone.

We have also updated the media page to reflect the extensive media coverage of this story. 


 And now, back to the rest of the original post…

Here is the news as I read it according to Steven Unthank. He says that the media is being notified of the news. I am posting his comments here so you guys can judge for yourselves what’s going on. There is also a post about it on JWD.



Defendants Watchtower applied for an Order temporarily staying enforcement of any judgment that may in the future be entered in this matter on the verdicts returned by the jury on June 13 and 14, 2012, until ten (10) days after the last day on which a notice of appeal may be filed, and (2) extinguishing any existing liens, levies or attachments and preventing the creation of any new liens, levies or attachments during the pendency of the temporary stay.

Defendants claimed that this matter is necessary because: (1) the Church Defendants intend to file post-trial motions and, therefore, the final judgment may be eliminated, reduced, modified, or otherwise affected; (2) the Church Defendants presently intend to file an appeal should their post-trial motions be denied in whole or in part and, therefore, they will need time to obtain the requisite bond…


Plaintiff has no objection to an Order preventing the creation of any new liens, levies, or attachments, provided she is protected from a distribution of assets in avoidance of the judgment.

There are no existing liens, levies, or attachments to extinguish, as a result of which, that part of the Ex Parte request is moot. However, Plaintiff’s willingness to agree to a stay of execution of the judgment to be filed shortly is conditional. To avoid a massive transfer of real estate assets worth, at present, approximately $1 Billion, from Watchtower to another corporate entity of Jehovah’s Witnesses, which would leave Plaintiff with no enforcement right for the Judgment, Plaintiff requests that any stay be subject to the condition that defendant Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc. not transfer, convey, or change title to any of its real property prior to the filing of a bond or undertaking required as a condition of appeal.


Plaintiff’s opposition states a willingness to agree to a stay of execution of the judgment on the condition that Defendant Watchtower “not transfer, convey, or change title to any of its real property prior to the filing of a bond or undertaking required as a condition of appeal.” This condition puts the proverbial cart before the horse.

As explained in the ex parte application, a temporary stay of enforcement of the judgment is necessary to protect the Church Defendants because of the uncertainty of the judgment, …

Temporary stays like the one the Church Defendants are requesting here are routinely granted to protect the parties when a judgment is uncertain. While Defendant Watchtower has absolutely no intent to make any fraudulent transfers of real property now or in the future, to the extent any such transfers of real property should occur during the stay to prevent Plaintiff from collecting on any ultimate judgment that may survive the post-trial motions and appeals, remedies would plainly be available to Plaintiff. That said, again, Plaintiff’s claimed concern is premature, plus the Church Defendants have no intention of defrauding Plaintiff out of any judgment that ultimately may be owed to her once all post–trial motions and appeals have run their course. …


After considering the submitted papers, including any response or opposition filed on behalf of Plaintiff, the Court grants the Church Defendants’ application as follows:


(1) Enforcement of the judgment to be entered on the jury’s special verdicts of June 13 and 14, 2012 shall be temporarily and completely stayed and, pending another order of court [The last five words were handwritten in by the judge]

(2) Any existing liens, levies or attachments pertaining to the forthcoming judgment referenced in (1) above are here by extinguished RDM [RDM handwritten in by the judge] 

Then the judge included in his own handwriting a number 3:

(3) The foregoing stay is expressly conditioned upon D’s The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York Inc’s not transferring, conveying or changing title to any real property in its name today pending further order of court.

It certainly reads like the Society’s assets have been frozen, at least temporarily.

I will comment further once I have a better understanding of what’s happening.

UPDATES On Sexual Abuse Case In California

UPDATE: My site appears to be fixed now. So I have expanded this post with more goodies, including a snippet of a conversation among some Jehovah’s Witnesses about the recent lawsuit AND a link to one that is still ongoing. Shockingly, their comments weren’t all that positive about the family. (GASP!) More below…

I’m pleased to report that this story has received some lots of attention and is spreading across the web. Even MSNBC’s web site has picked it up, along with many others. So far, the reaction from so-called “worldly people” seems far more sympathetic to the victims than were the reactions of the Witnesses who have been leaving comments on those sites. If you check out the comments left at MSNBC’s web site…well, it ain’t pretty.

There is also a Facebook group who’s comments are…um…let’s just call them fascinating for now.

UPDATE: Another shock. The following morning I get up and (drum roll) the conversation mentioned above has been taken down. I managed to get a pic of it, however. I also submitted it to Lamebook, Failbook, and a couple other sites. Maybe one will post it. The image of the conversation appears at the bottom of this post for anyone who wants to see it and gag.

Meanwhile, other sites have started to run the story. And a new Facebook group has appeared in honor of the family.

Jehovah’s Witnesses may pay millions to sexual abuse victim

Candace Conti Awarded $28M In Jehovah’s Witness Sex Abuse Case

Another Church Sex Scandal… but It’s Not What You’re Expecting

Jehovah’s Witnesses: How come this story is missing from your official media website? – Yahoo! Answers

Secrets and lies have no place when dealing with child abuse

Watchtower Embarrassed in Court

This one has pictures of Candace and the man who molested her: Candance Conti: molested by Jehovah’s Witnesses member at age NINE wins $28milion

Another is a declaration of the New York branch office’s assets which can be found here. (Ain’t that neat. Not so broke as we were led to believe.)

A question from JWD that might interest some of you: Does anyone have a pedophile policy timeline (for the WTS)?.

Here’s another discussion among Jehovah’s Witnesses at JW Talk, titled J. W.’s ordered to pay more than $20 million.

Here are some pics of documents relating to the actual case: Legal Stuff, Evidence that Candace Conti wasn’t after money.

Here’s a pic taken from the Society’s web site which seems really ironic right now: Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Here’s a pic of the court’s deposition documents: deposition of Michael Lee Clarke.

Here’s a video response from the Society about the lawsuit! Jehovah’s Witnesses Official Media Web Site: Inquiries on Child Abuse. Note, however, that it’s copyrighted 2009 and doesn’t mention any specific details about the case. It appears to merely be a canned PR response from the organization regarding child abuse in general. If you’re hoping to see someone from the Society apologize or admit to any wrong doing, you’re already out of luck. To be fair, that’s hardly surprising so long as they intend to appeal the case. It sure would make a more positive witness, though. There’s also a transcript of the video here. It’s easier to quote from than the video, obviously…hint hint.

Here’s a video where someone attempts to explain the verdict in a way that’s easier to understand than many of the online articles have been.

And now, for that pic I promised you. Don’t forget to hover your mouse over the pic for an additional comment.

Candace Conti Comments by JWs

Hardly any Jehovah’s Witnesses in this forum gave a rats ass about the victims. But someone did have the presence of mind to delete the whole thing afterward. Delightful. Too bad I took this picture first. My favorite line from the evening? “Satan needs to step back.”