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Supreme Court denies longshot appeal by Watchtower in California molest case

 
A few weeks ago, hardworking ex-JW activists Lloyd Evans and Mark O’Donnell invited us on one of their videocasts to discuss one of Watchtower’s recent legal moves: appealing to the US Supreme Court.

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Former Jehovah’s Witnesses elder testifies in his molestation trial, gets 80 years in prison

[Roderick Watkins]

At his Facebook page, ex-JW activist Mark O’Donnell, posting as John Redwood on Facebook, reported from the scene at an Arkansas criminal trial, relating the dramatic events of what happened Thursday.

Continue reading Former Jehovah’s Witnesses elder testifies in his molestation trial, gets 80 years in prison

VIDEO: 10 Things Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t know about their own religion

 
Lloyd Evans has a new video and we love the premise. Here’s how he describes it…
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Lloyd Evans talks to ex-JW author whose publisher was sued for his apostasy

 
Lloyd’s description: “Watchtower’s typical response to apostate writers and activists is to pretend they don’t exist. But when Misha Verollet published his German-language book ‘Goodbye Jehova!’ about his experiences as a Jehovah’s Witness, they sued his publisher. I caught up with Misha in Vienna to find out more about his story.”
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Lloyd Evans: Jehovah’s Witnesses still celebrating parents who let their children die

[Lloyd Evans]

One of the more surprising things we realized when we started looking into Jehovah’s Witnesses controversies is how recent the “blood rule” is. It was only 1945 that, under then-president Nathan Norr, the Watchtower adopted the idea that blood transfusions somehow violate Biblical references to Jewish dietary laws.

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VIDEO: Watchtower appeals to Supreme Court to keep JW child abuse under wraps


We joined Lloyd Evans, Mark O’Donnell, and Javier Ortiz on the latest episode of Watchtower In Focus. Here’s Lloyd’s description of the subject we discussed…

Continue reading VIDEO: Watchtower appeals to Supreme Court to keep JW child abuse under wraps

Leaving the NBA for Jehovah’s Witnesses and more, on the Cult Awareness Podcast

[Darren Collison]

Darren Collison ditched his NBA career right when he had a chance to cash in on free agency. Why? He says it’s because he wants to dedicate his life to his work as a Jehovah’s Witness.

Our ex-JW host, TV actor Jerry Minor, discusses that decision, as well as some key ideas about JW shunning in our new edition of the Cult Awareness Podcast.

You’ll also notice that with this second episode, we’re slipping into a regular format of about 40 minutes in length. Have a listen and then let us know what you think. We would also love to get your questions about the subjects we cover.

 

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Posted by Tony Ortega on July 17, 2019 at 21:00

E-mail tips and story ideas to tonyo94 AT gmail DOT com or follow us on Twitter. We post behind-the-scenes updates at our Facebook author page. After every new story we send out an alert to our e-mail list and our FB page.

Tony Ortega is a journalist who was formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He’s written about Scientology since 1995, and in May 2015 released a book about Scientology’s harassment of Paulette Cooper titled ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely,’ and more recently a compilation of his stories, ‘Battlefield Scientology.’ He continues to monitor breaking developments in the Scientology world, as well as other subjects such as Jehovah’s Witnesses. You can reach him by sending him a message at tonyo94 AT gmail.com (Drop him a line if you’d like to get an e-mail whenever a new story is posted.)

 

Amber Scorah talks to Lloyd Evans about her ex-JW testament, ‘Leaving the Witness’

[Amber Scorah]

Lloyd Evans talks to Amber Scorah, whose book about leaving JW, “Leaving the Witness,” is getting major media treatment. Not only is she with a major publisher, but she’s getting interviews at places like The Daily Show and NPR. Nevertheless, it’s still good to see her talk with someone who deals with this subject day in and day out like Lloyd.

Continue reading Amber Scorah talks to Lloyd Evans about her ex-JW testament, ‘Leaving the Witness’

Jehovah’s Witness elder faces trial on sexual assault of 4 minors: What did Watchtower know?

[Roderick Watkins]

At JWSurvey, Ex-JW activist Mark O’Donnell digs into an upcoming trial of a former Jehovah’s Witnesses elder in Arkansas who is accused of the sexual assault of at least four minor victims.

Roderick G. Watkins, 56, goes to trial in July after being arrested last November. All four of his known victims, aged 6 to 16, were met through his involvement in Kingdom Halls in Arkansas.

O’Donnell has a redacted police report and more details at JWSurvey, and he asks the key question: How well was Watkins’ predation known in the organization, and how did the allegations finally get to the police?

There’s fascinating material dug up by Mark in this thorough piece.

 

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Posted by Tony Ortega on June 2, 2019 at 13:00

E-mail tips and story ideas to tonyo94 AT gmail DOT com or follow us on Twitter. We post behind-the-scenes updates at our Facebook author page. After every new story we send out an alert to our e-mail list and our FB page.

Tony Ortega is a journalist who was formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He’s written about Scientology since 1995, and in May 2015 released a book about Scientology’s harassment of Paulette Cooper titled ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely,’ and more recently a compilation of his stories, ‘Battlefield Scientology.’ He continues to monitor breaking developments in the Scientology world, as well as other subjects such as Jehovah’s Witnesses. You can reach him by sending him a message at tonyo94 AT gmail.com (Drop him a line if you’d like to get an e-mail whenever a new story is posted.)

 

Here’s the judge who just fed an anonymous critic to JW’s Watchtower on a platter

[Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim]

It’s a happy headline at the San Francisco Chronicle: “Jehovah’s Witness who posted criticisms on Reddit can remain anonymous, judge rules.” But dig into the story and you find that the result is actually almost opposite of that headline, and it also reflects a judge who truly doesn’t understand who she’s dealing with.

Continue reading Here’s the judge who just fed an anonymous critic to JW’s Watchtower on a platter