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    • By James Thomas Rook Jr.
      The Supreme Court Rejected a Case About the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Sex Abuse
      By Hemant Mehta October 8, 2019   Yesterday, the Supreme Court announced that it would not take up a wild case concerning the organization that oversees the Jehovah’s Witnesses. We can breathe a huge sigh of relief that the case won’t be overturned. (In that link, it’s case 19-40 on page 42.)
       
       
      The case, which involved child molestation and religious secrecy, centered around an incident that took place on July 15, 2006.
      J.W., a nine-year-old girl with Jehovah’s Witness parents, was invited to her first slumber party at the home of Gilbert Simental. He had a daughter her age, so that wasn’t too weird. Two other girls (sisters) were also at the party. These families all knew and trusted Simental because, while he was no longer a local Witness leader, he had spent more than a decade as an elder in the faith. He was a religious leader who stepped down, he said, to spend more time with his son. They believed him. They all respected him. It’s why they allowed their girls into his home.
      During that party, everyone got into a pool in the backyard… including Simental. And he proceeded to molest J.W. and the sisters. He did it again later that night. The sisters eventually told their parents, who reported Simental to local Witness elders (which is what they’re taught to do in these situations).
      Simental confessed to some of the allegations, and the elders basically gave him a faith-based slap on the wrist: a reprimand that had no meaning outside church circles.
      Things changed only when the sisters’ school principal learned about what happened and, as required by law, reported the abuse to local law enforcement. Police soon contacted J.W.’s family asking for their story, but after consulting with the Witnesses, her father chose not to speak with the cops.
      It was a year later when J.W., then 10 years old, told her parents what Simental did to her in the pool. It infuriated them, and they told the Witness elders that they wanted a restraining order against him. The elders told him not to do that since it would require informing the police about what Simental did — and they preferred to keep his actions private.
      Here’s the bigger problem: There’s reason to believe the Witnesses were aware that Simental was a child molester… and they kept it from the families. Simental was allowed to be a religious leader — earning respect from the community — even though higher-ups in the religion knew that he shouldn’t be around children.
      It raised an important question: How much blame did the Witnesses deserve for what happened at that pool party?
      J.W.’s family eventually filed a criminal lawsuit against Simental and a separate civil suit against the Watchtower Society (the Witnesses’ governing organization). They basically said the Witnesses should have informed congregation members about Simental and stopped him from being around children. They never should have allowed him to be a religious leader.
      The Watchtower Society’s argument? They didn’t know Simental was a child molester, and the pool party occurred after he was no longer a religious leader, and the slumber party wasn’t a church-sponsored event, so leave them out of this.
      (To be clear, I’m simplifying the details of this case and the legal journey quite a bit.)
      When this case went to trial in California, J.W.’s family demanded that the Watchtower Society produce documents relating to what they knew about child molesters within the faith. The Witnesses had already admitted to keeping lists of problematic leaders along with their specific “crimes” — similar to the Catholic Church. If Simental was on that list — from 1997, nearly a decade before the pool incident — it would essentially be a smoking gun showing the Witnesses knew he was a threat to kids but did nothing about it.
      But the Witnesses refused to hand over that material. They treated it like Catholics treat confession: It’s private information, they argued, and to reveal what was said internally would violate their religious beliefs.
      J.W.’s family didn’t buy that argument. The information they wanted wasn’t bound by clergy-penitent confessional privilege. It’s not like Simental told the elders what he had done in order to confess his sins. He was caught. The Witnesses were merely shielding him from legal punishment.
      In the criminal trial, Witnesses elders were forced to admit their practices and that the private discussions they had about abusive clergy members were not considered confidential under the law.
      Mark O’Donnell, writing at JWSurvey, explained what happened next:
       
        Simental’s appeal got him nowhere. He’s in prison today. But there were still so many questions about what responsibility the Witnesses had in this whole matter.  
      J.W.’s family wanted to know why Simental, a known pedophile, was promoted within the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Why did they allow him to be around children? Why didn’t they warn families? Why did they just give him a slap on the wrist?
      In 2013, the civil trial began against the Watchtower Society, but again, the Witnesses didn’t want to provide necessary documents. They eventually lost the case. In 2015, the Riverside Superior Court of California awarded J.W. a judgment of $4,016,152.39. This past December, the Fourth District Court of Appeal in California upheld that decision.
      You get the idea: The Witnesses refused to hand over internal data, presumably because it would’ve been like handing over a loaded gun. So the courts had no choice but to assume the plaintiff was telling the truth and the Watchtower Society was negligent in their handling of Simental.
      Earlier this year, in a Hail Mary attempt to reverse their punishment, the Watchtower Society appealed to the Supreme Court. They wanted the justices to say that documents relating to child abuse within a religious group can be kept confidential.
      Here’s how the Witnesses’ attorney introduced his case to the justices. (You don’t need a law degree to see how he just completely dismissed the molestation.)
      Watchtower attorney Paul Polidoro said the Supreme Court needed to consider whether California violated the Constitution when it held the Jehovah’s Witnesses responsible for what Simental did “during non-church activity,” forced them to hand over internal communications, and punished them for protecting everyone’s “privacy rights.”
      J.W.’s attorney responded to that brief asking the Court to flat-out reject this case.
      Indeed, that’s what the Court decided. When the first set of orders in the new term was released yesterday, there was this case among many many others, in the list of those which would not get heard this term.
       
       
      It was the right move. There’s nothing further to debate here. Finally, this case has been put to rest.
      (Image via Shutterstock. Large portions of this article were published earlier)
         
    • By Space Merchant
      If anyone is in this area, and or know someone in this area, San Francisco, spread the word. It was encouraged by members of the community to spread this out further over forums and social media and or by any means as I am doing here.
      The sister of The Star Wars Girl, Ellen (22), has been missing for about 5 days now.
      It is already known I am not too trusting of popular social media sites, but regarding this situation which could be very serious, this is the older sister's twitter: https://twitter.com/thatstarwarsgrl?lang=en

       
       
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      Por primera vez se nos permitió tomar fotos. Él está llorando de gozo por haber llegado hasta su bautismo Gracias @pepeluigi43 por compartir.
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      By Guest Nicole
      10 de diciembre de 2018 / 2:55 AM GMT
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      Una serie de incendios supuestamente dirigidos han atravesado las salas de los Testigos de Jehová en un condado del estado de Washington desde marzo, con el quinto puesto el viernes por la mañana temprano, dijeron las autoridades federales durante el fin de semana.
      En mayo, alguien también disparó 35 disparos de rifles a un Salón del Reino, un lugar de culto en la religión, en el condado de Thurston, al suroeste de Seattle, donde también ocurrió el supuesto incendio provocado, informó la afiliada de la NBC, KING.
      No se han identificado sospechosos, aunque el alguacil del condado de Thurston, John Snaza, describió el último incendio como uno de los “ataques” recientes contra los Salones del Reino.
      “Qué frustrante es que las personas que encuentran un lugar solemne de adoración, ahora están siendo destruidas”, dijo Snaza a los periodistas el viernes.
      Las autoridades fueron enviadas al incendio del viernes en un Salón del Reino 
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      4440 Braeburn Road, residence complete January 13, 1930. Two months later, the public was introduced to Beth-Sarim in a front-page article in the San Diego Sun titled, “San Diego Mansion — With All Modern Improvements — Awaits Earthly Return of Prophets.” It opened by reporting: “In one of the strangest deeds ever filed in the nation, Rutherford, president of the International Bible Students Association and of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, has put the huge tile-roofed home in fashionable Kensington Heights in perpetual trust for the ancient kings and prophets of Palestine” (emphasis added). The article went on to observe that “Judge Rutherford is intensely proud of the house he has planned and built for David, king of Israel; Samson…Joseph…and others equally as famous in the Bible.” .

      The following January, the San Diego Sun carried another article on Beth-Sarim, “David’s House Waits for Owner.” When the reporter asked Rutherford how he thought the returned princes would look, Rutherford responded: “‘As perfect men. I interpret that to mean…that David, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jepthae, Joseph and Samuel will be sent here to wrench the world from Satan’s grasp, clothed in modern garb as we are, and able, with little effort to speak our tongue.’ Rutherford pictured the arrival of the biblical delegation perhaps in frock coats, high hats, canes and spats.” Rutherford’s booklet, What You Need(1932), depicted the seven “Ancient Worthies,” identified as “Earth’s new rulers,” in more traditional biblical garb. . San Diego, 1930's, is a pivotal time for the JW's. The following year the JW'S got the official name ot "Jehovah's Witnesses",Watchtower bible tract Society. Then began the growth of the vast Jehovah's Witness population in San Diego County.
       
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      By Guest Nicole
      Muchos de los menores describieron las condiciones en las instalaciones de la Aduana y Protección de Fronteras de EE.UU. donde fueron llevados y procesados durante los primeros días después de cruzar la frontera. En los informes solo fueron identificados por sus nombres de pila.
      Timofei, de 15 años, proveniente de Rusia, quien buscó asilo en la frontera con sus padres por sus creencias como Testigos de Jehová, dijo que estaban noche y día hacinados en la sala cerrada y abarrotada, detenidos junto a otros muchachos. Dijo que solo había una ventana que daba a un pasillo vacío y que no tenían jabón en el baño, y que solamente a veces, le daban un cepillo de dientes para uso individual.
      También contó que le ofrecieron darse una ducha al llegar a las instalaciones de San Ysidro, California, pero no lo hizo y el segundo o tercer día allí no le permitieron hacerlo.
      https://www.clarin.com/mundo/trataron-chicos-separados-padres-frontera-relatan-dias-detenidos-unidos_0_SJh7dyam7.html
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      By Guest Nicole
      WASHINGTON.
      Washington condenó este lunes los ataques de la policía paramilitar contra estudiantes universitarios, periodistas y religiosos en toda Nicaragua, dijo el Departamento de Estado de Estados Unidos.
      En un comunicado, el departamento pidió al gobierno del presidente Daniel Ortega que preste atención al llamado de su pueblo para realizar reformas democráticas de inmediato y celebrar elecciones.
      Cada víctima adicional de esta campaña de violencia e intimidación mina aún más la legitimidad de Ortega. Instamos a Ortega a que cese de inmediato su represión contra el pueblo de Nicaragua", dijo en un comunicado la portavoz del Departamento de Estado, Heather Nauert.
      El Departamento de Estado dijo que impuso restricciones de visa a personas responsables de abusos a los derechos humanos o que socaven la democracia en Nicaragua, así como a los miembros de sus familias.
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      By Guest Nicole
      La actriz participó en la Marcha de Mujeres ante el Congreso para exigir el fin de la tolerancia cero con los inmigrantes y la separación de familias en la frontera
      WASHINGTON – La actriz Susan Sarandon fue detenida durante “varias horas” tras la marcha de mujeres de este jueves en Washington contra las políticas migratorias del presidente Donald Trump, informaron hoy fuentes de la organización de la protesta.
      “Susan Sarandon estuvo detenida durante varias horas por participar en nuestra manifestación”,señaló la fuente, que pidió el anonimato.
       
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      El Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos ha encontrado un nuevo grupo de “presos políticos” que defender ante Rusia. Se trata de miembros de la organización religiosa de los testigos de Jehová encarcelados, según se indica desde el medio oficialista ruso RT, por pedofilia y otros cargos puramente criminales.
      “Estamos preocupados por los recientes arrestos de testigos de Jehová en Rusia. Rusia debería liberarlos a ellos y a los otros cien presos por creencias religiosas, muchos de ellos acusados sin fundamento de extremismo”, reza un reciente tuit de la portavoz del Departamento de Estado, Heather Nauert.
      En 2017 el Ministerio de Justicia de Rusia incluyó a los testigos de Jehová en la lista de organizaciones cuya actividad fue suspendida por extremismo. Se concluyó que los incumplen su propio estatuto e infringen la legislación rusa en la lucha contra el extremismo, sobre todo el capítulo III de la Ley Antiterrorista, que define las condiciones de la actividad misionera de grupos religiosos, tal como informa Sputnik News. Asimismo, se dictaminó que todos los bienes de la organización deberían ser incautados a favor del Estado ruso.
      Leer más: http://www.infocatolica.com/blog/infories.php/1806301056-los-ee-uu-piden-a-rusia-que-l
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      By Guest Nicole
      Millones de Testigos de Jehová alrededor del mundo están esperando ansiosos las asambleas regionales “¡Sea Valiente!” para este año 2018. Estas asambleas se celebrarán en varios lugares alrededor del mundo incluyendo en nuestra región el Christian Convention Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses y el Expo Center del South Florida Fairgrounds, de West Palm Beach, Florida.
      Localmente se celebrarán un total de 17 asambleas de 3 días cada una. 10 de ellas serán es español. En estas se nos proveerá refrigerio espiritual, guía y ayuda basadas en la Biblia. Todo ello con el propósito de que podamos afrontar los muchos desafíos y problemas de nuestras vidas hoy día. También disfrutaremos de canciones, videos, discursos, lecturas bíblicas, entrevistas, experiencias y compañerismo. Algunos temas destacados son: una película titulada “La historia de Jonás, una lección de valentía y compasión” y el discurso público titulado: “La esperanza de la resurrección nos da valor”.
      Todas las personas están cordialmente invitadas a asistir. La entrada en completamente gratuita y no se hacen colectas. Las sesiones comienzan a las 9:20 de la mañana cada viernes, sábado y domingo.
      Las fechas para las asambleas serán: Junio 22 al 24, Junio 29 a Julio 1, Julio 6 al 8, Julio 13 al 15, Julio 20 al 22, Agosto 24 al 26 y Septiembre 7 al 9 en el Christian Convention Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses en el 1610 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, justo al este de la I-95, en West Palm Beach. Y en Agosto 17 al 19 en el Expo Center del South Florida Fairgrounds, localizado en 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach.
      http://laguianews.com/2018/06/23/testigos-de-jehova-celebran-asamblea-rebional-sea-valiente/
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      Leer esta nota: http://www.laprensa.hn/mundo/1154308-410/mujer-asesina-a-su-familia-tras-ser-expulsada-de-los-testigos-de
      Mujer asesina a su familia tras ser expulsada de los Testigos de Jehová, según amistades. Una mujer estadounidense de Detroit, Michigan, mató a su esposo, sus hijos y su perro antes de suicidarse el pasado fin de semana, en un caso que conmocionó a esa ciudad, informaron medios locales.
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      BOULEVARD, California, EE.UU. (AP) — Setenta y siete personas que ingresaron a Estados Unidos de forma ilegal fueron encontradas atestadas en un camión cerca de la frontera de California con México bajo un calor sofocante, y el conductor fue encausado por transportar a personas para obtener un beneficio económico, informaron las autoridades.
      Cinco menores estaban entre las personas que fueron halladas el lunes por la tarde en el compartimiento de carga de un camión que estaba pintado de café para asemejarse a un vehículo del servicio de mensajería UPS, de acuerdo con las autoridades.
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      Un agente de la Patrulla Fronteriza que pasaba por la zona se detuvo y le ofreció su ayuda al elemento de la patrulla de caminos, indicó el periódico The San Diego Union-Tribune, citando una denuncia penal.
      Leer más: http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2018/Encuentran-a-77-inmigrantes-dentro-de-un-cami-n-cerca-de-la-frontera-del-estado-de-California-con-M-xico/id-bf9d1bb47cba47a097c6d7d062d26cc5
    • By The Librarian
      At 5:50 AM, the Kingdom Hall parking lot was filled. In less than 6 hours, breakfast and lunch for nearly 400 people was planned, gathered, and successfully served. Only in Jehovah's organization. Shows the importance of being prepared for disasters. Shared by @the__vanimal 
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      l fiscal general del estado de Washington, Bob Ferguson, interpuso hoy una demanda judicial contra la cadena hotelera Motel 6 por facilitar datos personales de miles de huéspedes al Servicio de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE).
      De acuerdo con la demanda, la empresa proporcionó a las autoridades, “voluntariamente” y “de manera rutinaria”, listados de sus huéspedes durante por lo menos dos años, lo que habría permitido a las autoridades proceder a la detención de presuntos inmigrantes ilegales.
      La información proporcionada por la cadena hotelera incluía información confidencial de unos 9,150 clientes, entre la que se encontraban datos como el nombre completo del huésped, su número de la seguridad social y de su permiso de conducir o los datos de la matrícula de su vehículo.
      “La demanda presentada hoy en la Corte Superior del Condado de King establece que Motel 6 cometió miles de violaciones de la Ley de Protección al consumidor y cientos de violaciones de la Ley de Washington contra la Discriminación”, señaló la oficina del fiscal general.
      https://laopinion.com/2018/01/03/a-responder-fuerte-demanda-contra-motel-6-por-dar-informacion-sobre-sus-huespedes-a-ice/
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