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  1. Jehovah's Witnesses from East Texas will attend their semiannual circuit assembly at the Carthage Civic Center Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and 5. The theme of the circuit assembly is "Maintain Love for Jehovah!” from Matt. 22:37. Jehovah's Witnesses from Kilgore, Carthage, Whitehouse, Nacogdoches, Bullard, Lufkin and other communities will attend Saturday's session, while Jehovah's Witnesses from Longview, Marshall, Lindale, Mineola and Tyler areas will be attending Sunday's session. The public talk, Do Not Lose “the Love You Had at First,” will highlight the program each afternoon at 2:55 p.m. The event, which will start at 9:40 each morning, is free to the public. http://www.kilgorenewsherald.com/stories/circuit-assemblyset-this-weekend,108710
  2. Harry W. Wyatt, 74, of Brookings, passed away Feb. 27, 2017, surrounded by family and friends at his home. Harry was born Dec. 3, 1942, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, to Harry and Madeline (Thomas) Wyatt. He lived in Worcester, Massachusetts, El Cajon, California, La Mesa, California, and Grand Junction, Colorado, before moving to Brookings one year ago. Harry married Sheryl “Sherri” Smith April 14, 1984, in Idyllwild, California. He worked at various occupations throughout his life, mostly as a machinist. Harry was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. His greatest joy came from serving God in the congregation and in the community. All who knew him will remember his good sense of humor. He enjoyed beachcombing and garage-saling. Survivors include his wife Sherri of Brookings; son and daughter-in-law Sim and Kere Wyatt of El Cajon; brother and sister-in-law Milton and Terry Wyatt of Carlsbad, California; sister and brother-in-law Heather and Bret Roberts of San Marcos, California; sister-in-law and her husband; Cindy and Jerry Marrington of Brookings. Also surviving are five grandchildren. Harry was preceded in death by a son Michael Wyatt; a sister Sandra Wyatt; and his mother Madeline. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses,1208 Ransom Ave. in Brookings. Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net. Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel. http://www.currypilot.com/obituaries/5110089-151/harry-w-wyattdec-3-1942-feb-27-2017
  3. ‘She was demonized’: Nicaraguan woman dies after being thrown into fire in exorcism ritual Outside a church in a remote part of Nicaragua last week, a pastor and a group from his congregation stood around a bonfire for a prayer, their eyes closed and hands raised. A 25-year-old woman needed healing, and through a divine revelation, a church leader claimed to have instructions to build the fire to cure her. They stripped the woman naked, tied up her hands and feet and hurled her into the flames, Nicaraguan police said. She was consumed by the fire and suffered first and second degree burns over 80 percent of her body. The woman, Vilma Trujillo Garcia, was then left in a ravine near the banks of a river, where her 15-year-old sister found her nearly nine hours later, according to local media. She was transported to a hospital in the Managua, the nation’s capital, and remained in critical condition for several days before dying early Tuesday morning, Vilma González, a spokeswoman for Nicaraguan national police, said in a news conference. Police arrested Juan Gregorio Rocha Romero, the church’s evangelical pastor; Esneyda del Socorro Orozco, the church leader; and three other people in connection with the Feb. 21 attack. Speaking to local press, the pastor denied that he had burned the woman, saying that she decided to burn herself because “she was demonized,” he said, adding that she had fallen into the fire after a demon had been expelled from her body. There were a variety of theories on why she was singled out, none of them substantiated by authorities: That she was mentally ill, that she had committed adultery and that she had attacked people with a machete. The death of the Trujillo Garcia, a mother of two children, ages 2 and 5, shook the Central American, predominately Catholic country and prompted outrage from human rights activists, who called for tighter control over religious sects in the country. Vice President Rosario Murillo called the death “truly regrettable,” adding that it reflected “a backward situation.” “A sister who was martyred by members of her community, something that cannot, should not be repeated!” she said. Pablo Cuevas, a spokesman for Nicaragua’s Human Rights Commission, told the local newspaper La Prensa that in some isolated parts of the country lacking government leadership, “people take justice into their own hands.” “It is incredible that these things can happen today, there has to be a review by the authorities into all the different denominations and religions,” he said. “We can’t have things like this happening.” Juanita Jimenez of the Autonomous Women’s Movement (MAM) told local media that the “act of barbarity” was an example of fanaticism and misogyny. “Apart from the religious aspect, nothing justifies an act that is as cruel as burning a woman, putting her on a fire with the help of other people who you have used religion to manipulate,” Jimenez said. Some activists also called the death a severe case of “femicide,” or the killing of a woman by a man because of her gender. Latin America overall has the highest femicide rates in the world, Reuters reported last year. An organization called “Voces contra la Violencia,” or “Voices against Violence,” counted 345 deaths of women between 2012 and 2017, in a country of just over six million inhabitants. According to a police investigation, the pastor arrived at the house of Trujillo Garcia on Feb. 15 and took her to his church in order to give her a “prayer of healing.” She remained in the church through Feb. 21, the day that she was allegedly thrown into a bonfire. In a statement to police, church leader Orozco, said: “God has made me a revelation, that they should make a campfire in the courtyard of the church and that a group of brothers should take the sick woman and tie her up near the fire and perform a prayer so that the demon will leave the body of the sick and go into the fire.” When Rocha Romero, the pastor, spoke to reporters, he said, “it’s not that we were going to burn her,” according to local newspaper La Prensa. “She suspended herself and fell into the fire,” he claimed. “And when we were praying we saw that she was on fire.” The Assemblies of God, the church body to which Rocha reportedly belonged, issued a statement denying that Rocha Romero was one of its leaders, the Associated Press reported. Herenia Amaya, a women’s rights advocate who has been advising the woman’s family, told Univisión that Trujillo Garcia presented “mental health problems,” prompting the pastor and congregation to take her to the church. Particularly in remote areas of the country lacking in government leadership, Amaya said, “pastors and religious leaders dominate the community with apocalyptic ideologies that the devil will come.” She added that the woman’s family now feels unsafe, fearing that the pastor’s community will retaliate against his detention. The woman’s family lived in the impoverished mining township of Rosita, about 300 miles northeast of Managua, the capital. Her husband, Reynaldo Peralta Rodríguez, said his wife was taken to the church last week when members thought she was possessed after she allegedly tried to attack people with a machete. The husband called the group’s actions unforgivable and painful. “My wife was not demonized,” Peralta Rodríguez told local reporters. “What they did to her was witchcraft.” “They killed my wife, the mother of my two little ones,” he added. “Now what am I going to tell them?” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/03/01/she-was-demonized-nicaraguan-woman-dies-after-being-thrown-into-fire-in-exorcism-ritual/?utm_term=.849ff1fa31ce
  4. Newswise — LAWRENCE — In the 1980s the Unification Church spent millions of dollars on cultural and political programs designed to improve the church's image. The religious group's activism, especially its alliance with conservative political leaders, garnered criticism from some who claimed the new religious movement's actions became too involved with politics and stepped over the line of the separation of church and state, laid out by the First Amendment. A University of Kansas researcher who studies new and alternative religious movements in the United States said these types of questions have repeatedly followed organizers of new religious movements, particularly because the public often immediately meets them with skepticism. "The First Amendment protects the free exercise of religion, but what does that mean?" said Tim Miller, professor of religious studies. "There are a lot of different interpretations of it. And groups have always pushed at the boundaries of the First Amendment. Those issues are still going on today." Miller is author of an essay of case studies on new religious movements and politics in 20th century America. It was published recently in the volume Religion and Politics in the U.S., edited by Barbara A. McGraw. "One part of my interest in new religious movements is they give you a good look at what the boundaries of practice are," Miller said. "The mainstream groups tend to define the mainstream and its practices, the mainstream being such groups as the Catholic Church or the major Protestant religions. Their practices are mostly just accepted. If you want to find out what the boundaries are, you have to look at the fringe groups." It's an important question for the function of a democracy because new religious groups crop up all the time as they have throughout American history, he said. They also often begin as groups that are socially marginal. "Some don't last very long. Lots become defunct, and some last for a long time. It's difficult to overcome a negative stigma," Miller said. "Nearly all start out facing a terrific burden of suspicion and hostility. A lot of people are just skeptical, if not downright hostile, toward anything that's new. It's different. Therefore, they don't like it." The Church of Scientology for years fought with the Internal Revenue Service about losing and then regaining its tax-exempt status, a case that brought to the forefront the question what the government considers to classify a movement as a religion, Miller said. Many times, difficult questions of religious freedom for these groups play out in litigation. "The ultimate arbiter of those things is the Supreme Court," Miller said. "And change of personnel on the court can make a real difference in a decision." He highlights the 1943 case, West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, in which justices 6-3 decided the free speech clause of the First Amendment protected students from being forced to salute the American flag and say the Pledge of Allegiance in school. Jehovah's Witness members had objected to their children being forced to salute or pledge to symbols based on their religious beliefs. The Barnette decision reversed a 1940 case, Minersville School District v. Gobitis, also involving children of Jehovah's Witnesses, that instead found the proper recourse for dissent was to seek to democratically change the school's policy. Three justices had left the court between the two decisions, likely allowing for the change in the outcome. In other cases, the courts have drawn certain lines and overruled the argument that a given set of religious practices was protected as free exercise of religion. The Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints Church was raided repeatedly by state and local authorities for its practice of polygamy, for example. Mainly, Miller said these case studies illustrate the importance of the First Amendment and what it means to the function of a free society. "The American people by and large are pretty supportive of the First Amendment. If you ask people in the abstract about the separation of church and state, most people will indicate they support it as well as the free exercise of religion," Miller said. "Those ideas are not so controversial, but what does it actually mean and does it extend to everyone? That can be a different ball game and an entirely different matter." http://www.newswise.com/articles/new-religious-movements-often-test-boundaries-of-the-first-amendment
  5. Lillie Mae Darkis, 79, of Parsons passed away at 9:22 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at Parsons Presbyterian Manor. She was born June 17, 1937, in Pittsburg to Frank and Thelma L. (Chandler) Canada. She grew up in Parsons where she attended school. On March 3, 1953, she married Pruitt Manier. He preceded her in death on April 18, 1961. On Sept. 11, 1976, she married George D. Darkis. He preceded her in death on Aug. 8, 1995. Lillie worked as a cook in Parsons at the Golden Drumsticks from 1964 to 1970, Don Divine’s Restaurant from 1971 to 1978 and later at the Parsons Country Club. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Parsons. Lillie enjoyed playing cards, knitting and in earlier years bowling. Survivors include a daughter, Nora Manier, of Parsons; two grandchildren, Chrinda Smith and Jessica Moss; a brother, Tony Canada of Parsons; and numerous cousins. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Thelma Bryant; two brothers, Michael David Henry and Johnny Canada; two sisters, Shirley Dean and Mary Mitchell; and a granddaughter, Courtney Rae Manier. Following cremation, a memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357. Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com. http://www.parsonssun.com/obituaries/article_fdb729ae-fd6e-11e6-a888-fbb9ff1918cf.html
  6. Jehovah’s Witnesses from Saipan and Tinian will attend a circuit assembly at their local Kingdom Hall in Gualo Rai on Saturday, March 4, and the program on that day will be presented in English and American Sign Language. To accommodate the many Tagalog, Korean, and Chinese speaking people in the area, the program will also be given in those languages at the same location on Sunday, March 5. The assembly will feature the theme: “Increase Your Faith in Jehovah!” based on Hebrews 11:6. By means of a series of lectures, interviews, and demonstrations, the program will clearly show that it is imperative that we build our faith and strengthen our confidence in Jehovah God. It will also outline practical steps on how to build our faith and give us a firm resolve and hope for the future. A highlight of the event will be a Bible lecture at 1:30pm titled, “True Faith – What Is It and How Is It Shown?” to be given by Junie Segismundo, a representative from Guam. The program will begin each day at 9:30am. The public is invited and all seats at this Christian gathering are free with no collections taken. We are confident that all present will benefit from this spiritual occasion. For more information about Jehovah’s Witnesses, visit jw.org. (PR) http://www.saipantribune.com/index.php/jehovahs-witnesses-host-circuit-assembly/
  7. Carolyn Joan Sawer, of Carbondale, died unexpectedly in her home on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017. She was 79. She was born in Nampa, Idaho, on January 29th, 1938, to Ernie and Mary Rupert. She was the second of six children, all girls. She grew up on the family's farm and loved working hard with her father in the fields or tending to the animals. She loved animals. As a child she would ride her Shetland pony, Traveler, to Lone Star Elementary school until the 8th grade. She graduated Nampa High School in 1956. Later she went to Boise Junior College where she learned to be a nurse. Starting in 1960 she worked at Hospitals in Boise, San Jose, Seattle and Denver before coming to work at Aspen Valley Hospital in 1965 to 1969. In Aspen she met her husband of 47 years, Kenny Sawer. They were married in 1969 and had 3 children: Jennifer Doreen Sawer (Major) of Carbondale, Shawnee Tyler Sawer, now deceased and Corry David Sawer of Malawi, Africa. Carolyn was a loved mother and devoted wife whose empathy and quiet demeanor made her a mother to many. In 1979 she was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Since then she devoted her life to living as a Christian. Her selflessness and quiet strength balanced the lives of those in her family and those that knew her well. Her faith in the Bible and concern for others compelled her to tell others about her hope for the future. Faith in God was an anchor in her life. She loved the earth and as an old farm girl was happy to dig in the dirt of her garden. She was adventurous and adored the Colorado mountains. She loved to hike, ride her bike and enjoyed skiing with her family. She deeply loved her husband who was her partner in life and in fun. She was willing to follow him on any trail or through any storm. She is survived by her husband Kenny Sawer; two of her children and their spouses, Jennifer and Tony Major and Corry and Kerry Sawer. Her five sisters: Dorthy Williams of Florida, Kay Werre of Utah, Mary Lou Tlucek of Idaho, Diane Eckout of Idaho and Rhonda James of Idaho. Also many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on March 4th at 2pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Lyon's Ridge Road, Carbondale. Afterward a reception will be held at 3:30pm at River Valley Ranch barn. For more information please call (970) 379-7636. Send condolences to Ken Sawer, 435 Oak Run, Carbondale CO 81623. http://www.postindependent.com/news/obituaries/carolyn-joan-sawer-jan-29-1938-feb-15-2017/
  8. ST. LOUIS, Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A few years ago, Julie Jones witnessed the respect Mercy employees have for the different backgrounds of others after the unexpected death of a co-worker. This co-worker was from India and of the Hindu faith. Since his family had few financial resources, co-workers raised money to transport his body back to India for a proper burial. They also held a prayer service with his team members, which included a chant for peace performed by other co-workers of the Hindu faith. "It was one of those moments where I felt so proud to be part of Mercy because we helped him have a proper burial and our interfaith prayer offered comfort," said Jones, vice president of mission and ministry at Mercy. As the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the nation serving multiple states, Mercy treats patients and hires employees from diverse backgrounds and religious beliefs. At many of Mercy's facilities, religious texts are available for different religions. Here are several examples of how Mercy has embraced people from different faith traditions and cultures: Culturally and religiously sensitive care: During Ramadan — a month-long period of strict fasting from sunrise to sunset for Muslims — Mercy dietitians have worked with patients to ensure they respect their traditions while receiving the necessary nutrients. Mercy provides advance directives and declination of blood product forms as requested since many Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe in accepting blood products. Prayer requests: A non-denominational Christian woman loved to go to church on Sundays, but was unable to since she was hospitalized and was dying from cancer. Mercy co-workers arranged for her church to come to the hospital and perform a church service. Practicing Muslims are required to pray several times per day. Some Mercy facilities have found designated spaces for patients, families and Mercy co-workers to have a private place to pray. Many of Mercy's facilities offer battery-operated Shabbat candles, which are lit on Fridays before sunset to welcome in the Jewish Sabbath. End-of-life traditions: In one Mercy community, a man of American Indian descent was in the intensive care unit and was dying. The Mercy team arranged to have a medicine man come to the hospital and lead a ceremony with family. Mercy has assisted Buddhist families in the ritual cleaning of a patient's body prior to death. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mercys-history-of-honoring-diverse-backgrounds-300414362.html
  9. Mrs. Normajean Lonkert, 90, of Franklin Twp., formerly North Sewickley Twp., passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2017, in the Heritage Valley Beaver emergency room. Mrs. Lonkert was born on October 12, 1926, in Beaver Falls to the late Henry and Mary Thompson Bischoff. She had attended Beaver Falls High School. Normajean had worked at the Beaver Valley Medical Center in the admissions department as a clerk for many years. She was a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall in Franklin Twp. She also enjoyed reading, and sewing. Mrs. Lonkert is survived by her daughters, Dana (Charles) Altsman of Michigan, Kristina (Robert) Warrick of Franklin Twp., and Elizabeth (Robert) Higgins of Victor, N.Y.; her daughter-in-law, Carol Lonkert of West Mifflin; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren, and her sister, Betty Jane Downs of East Palestine, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Wesley Lonkert, Jr., whom she married on August 25, 1945, and passed away in 1974; her son, John Wesley Lonkert III; her sisters, Viola Moffett and Dorothy Giordano, and her brother, Orville Bischoff. A memorial service for Mrs. Lonkert will be held at the Kingdom Hall in Franklin Twp. at a later date. The funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the SAMUEL TEOLIS FUNERAL HOME INC. AND CREMATION SERVICES, 309 Spring Ave., Ellwood City. The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at teolisfuneralhome.com. http://www.ellwoodcityledger.com/your_news/obituaries/normajean-lonkert/article_4c4d4d40-fd2a-11e6-8936-9be91fc4a942.html
  10. QUEENSBURY — Jeanne M. (Paul) Orleman, 67, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at Glens Falls Hospital after a brief illness, surrounded by her loving family. The daughter of the late George Paul and Loretta Noble, she was born in Glens Falls on Sept. 2, 1949 and grew up in Queensbury. She graduated from Queensbury High School. She married Mark Orleman in 1975 and they had two daughters. They later divorced but remained friends. Her family was very important to her and she always loved getting together and spending quality time together, even if it was the simplest of things. She was especially proud of her grandchildren and always looked forward to the next time she would see or speak with them. She also enjoyed spending time reading and solving puzzles. She was a long standing member of the Glens Falls congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Survivors include her two daughters and two grandchildren; Heidi and her husband, Eric Williams, Nichole and her husband, Brian Shuler and their two children, Aiden and Nora. Jeanne is also survived by three sisters, Lina Rozell, Georgia Bennett and Denise Tatro and her husband, Malcolm; one brother, Peter Paul and his wife, Nancy; her cousins, Dorothea Eggleston and others. Many nieces and nephews inclulde Pam Weivoda, Angie Willis, Theresa Bennett, Lisa Bennett, Tammy Bennett, Jennifer Santiago, Sue Paul, Jessica Paul, Jeremy Paul, Chad Orleman, Chris Orleman, Travis Tatro, Brian Bennett, Kyle Orleman, Kragen Orleman, PJ Orleman and Morgan Orleman. She was predeceased by her parents and her nephew, Keith Tatro. Jeanne was loved by all who met her. She always had a smile on her face and a kind word for anyone she came across. She was the type of woman that would give anything to someone if she thought they needed it. She was a great example for all those in her life. She will be missed immensely everyday. We know if she could she would have stayed with us, but sadly her body would not allow that. Calling hours will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at the Baker Funeral Home on Lafayette Street in Queensbury. Memorial services will begin at 4 p.m. following visitation. A gathering for anyone interested will be held immediately following the services at the Montcalm Apartments Community Room in Queensbury. Condolences and floral arrangements can be sent directly to the funeral home or through www.bakerfuneralhome.com. http://poststar.com/lifestyles/announcements/obituaries/jeanne-m-paul-orleman/article_ed4acec8-a8cf-5a1d-bc13-449bae092d7c.html
  11. The Clean Seas campaign was launched last week, aimed at eliminating major sources of marine plastic and changing shopping habits. The United Nations has declared war on plastic. In an unexpected announcement that emerged from the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali last week, the UN officially launched its ‘Clean Seas’ campaign. The goal is to eliminate major sources of pollution, including microplastics in cosmetics and single-use disposable plastics, by pressuring governments and individuals to rethink the way goods are packaged and their own shopping habits. Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment, stated: “It is past time that we tackle the plastic problem that blights our oceans. Plastic pollution is surfing onto Indonesian beaches, settling onto the ocean floor at the North Pole, and rising through the food chain onto our dinner tables. We’ve stood by too long as the problem has gotten worse. It must stop.” It’s a problem that must be dealt with as aggressively as possible. Scientists say that the equivalent of a dump truck load of plastic is deposited in the world’s oceans every minute, and this quantity will only increase as consumption and population grow, too. By 2050, it’s said there will be more plastic than fish in the seas. The UN writes, “As many as 51 trillion microplastic particles – 500 times more than stars in our galaxy – litter our seas, seriously threatening marine wildlife.” On the campaign website, people can commit to certain actions to combat their personal plastic pollution, such as not using disposable grocery bags, bringing their own coffee cup, avoiding cosmetics with microbeads, and pressuring firms to reduce excess packaging. The campaign’s press release says it will make announcements throughout the year, highlighting advances made by countries and companies to reduce disposable plastics. Some countries have taken noteworthy steps, with ten already signing onto the #CleanSeas campaign. Indonesia, for example, has pledged to reduce marine litter by 70 percent by 2025, and Costa Rica says it will “take measures to dramatically reduce single-use plastic through better waste management and education.” Other nations are turning to taxes on plastic bags. The UN Clean Seas campaign is a good place to start, as it will spread the awareness of a little-known problem much further afield. Awareness, however, is just the first small step. It must translate into real lifestyle changes in order to make any sort of difference. It requires people to think ahead – request no straw with a drink, pack containers and bags when going to the store, trade in the diaper wipes for a washcloth, kick the bottled water habit – and it requires municipal governments to take a strong, often unpopular, stance. Just as microbeads are being eliminated in many places, plastic shopping bags should be, too; or at least the tax should be high enough to deter anyone, say $5 a bag, instead of 5 cents. Every town should have a bulk food store where the use of reusable containers is incentivized. Styrofoam and plastic takeout containers should be made illegal. Places to return packaging directly to manufacturers should be built alongside recycling facilities, based on the successful model of returning wine and beer bottles for refund in the province of Ontario. Schools need to start teaching children to care proactively for the Earth and to live with a reduced footprint, much like the strong anti-littering messages taught in Japan. Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard quotes Wang Yang Ming in his book, Let My People Go Surfing: “To know and not to do is not to know.” Hopefully the Clean Seas campaign will be that crucial first step toward informing greater swaths of the world’s population and inspiring them to further action. http://www.treehugger.com/environmental-policy/un-says-its-time-tackle-plastic-pollution-aggressively.html
  12. CABO ROJO: Los congregación Testigos de Jehová, que en marzo del 2013 lograron que el juez federal Gustavo Gelpí ordenara que se les diera acceso a éstos a urbanizaciones de acceso controlado en el área metropolitana, volvieron a recurrir a ese foro en febrero del pasado año, para que la orden incluya otros municipios de la isla, particularmente a Mayagüez y otros pueblos de la parte occidental de la Isla que no formaban parte del grupo original que figuraba en la demanda. El reclamo incluía a Aguada, Añasco, Cabo Rojo, Guánica, Hormigueros, Isabela, Mayagüez, San Germán y Yauco. Otros pueblos localizados en otras regiones de Puerto Rico fueron incluidos para que se les ordene concederle paso a los Testigos de Jehová a las urbanizaciones con control de acceso para que puedan predicar “casa por casa”. El lunes en la tarde, el alcalde de Cabo Rojo, Roberto Ramírez Kurtz cumplió con la exigencia de los Testigos de Jehová, en una vista efectuada en la sala del juez federal Gelpí, en el Tribunal Federal de Hato Rey, indicando que “ha dado fiel cumplimiento a su orden, entregando a la Congregación los aditamentos electrónicos y llaves que le permite entrar a las últimas 16 urbanizaciones cerradas de Cabo Rojo a las cuales no tenían acceso. Anteriormente, la administración municipal había cumplido dicha petición para unas 35 comunidades cerradas adicionales en su jurisdicción”. En un comunicado de prensa se dijo que el Municipio de Cabo Rojo cumplió con la orden judicial de interdicto permanente emitida por el juez Gelpí el 20 de julio pasado mediante la aprobación de la Ordenanza Municipal 10, Serie 2016-2017. Se indicó que la ordenanza, firmada por Ramírez Kurtz el 20 de septiembre de 2016, le ordena a la Policía Municipal garantizar el acceso de toda persona o grupo de personas que interese ejercer su libertad de expresión en calles y aceras de urbanizaciones con acceso controlado, instruyéndosele que cualquier persona que se rehúse a obedecer una directriz para garantizar acceso, será procesada ante los tribunales de justicia por obstrucción a la justicia. Toda queja recibida por algún ciudadano sobre la denegación de acceso a una urbanización con acceso controlado, deberá ser atendida dentro de los 30 minutos a partir de recibida la querella y/o solicitud de auxilio. La ordenanza le impone a “cualquier urbanización de control de acceso, que mediante la acción y/u omisión de sus residentes, empleados, agentes o administradores, le negase acceso a personas y/o entidades que interesan hacer valer los derechos reconocidos por el Tribunal, será sancionada con multa de $500.00 para una primera violación, de $1,000.00 para una segunda violación; y en caso de incurrirse en una tercera violación, con la cancelación del permiso de control de acceso otorgado por el Municipio, lo cual significará que la urbanización vendrá obligada a remover los portones de entrada o a mantenerlos abiertos al tránsito vehicular y peatonal, las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana”. En su comunicación, el alcalde Ramírez Kurtz agregó que “el Gobierno Municipal ha constatado que copia de la Ordenanza y del interdicto del Tribunal ha sido entregado al representante autorizado de cada urbanización con control de acceso, así como a todo desarrollador de nuevas urbanizaciones con control de acceso que puedan construirse en el futuro. A estos últimos se la apercibe que es su obligación, so pena de revocación de los endosos municipales al proyecto, incluir medidas para garantizar el libre ejercicio de la libertad de expresión como parte de la escritura de servidumbres en equidad”. Nota de redacción: Cabe aclarar que a pesar de que la orden obliga a las urbanizaciones de control de acceso a abrir los portones, en este caso a los Testigos de Jehová, la prerrogativa de abrirles la puerta de su casa y recibirlos en sus hogares es de los residentes, por lo que para eso en particular, no pueden ser obligados. http://lacallerevista.com/comunidad/municipio-de-cabo-rojo-obedece-orden-que-permite-que-testigos-de-jehova-entren-a-urbanizaciones-de-acceso-controlado/37869
  13. Thank you very much @Alan Murdock
  14. La comunidad religiosa se reunirá el día sábado 4 de marzo en la localidad de Colonia Barón para llevar adelante el cónclave denominado para esta ocasión, “Fortalezcamos nuestra Fe en Jehová”. Quienes se reunirán serán la comunidad de los Testigos de Jehová correspondiente al Circuito La Pampa-parte A, según se informó mediante un comunicado de prensa. En dicha asamblea se responderán preguntas como: “¿Por qué necesitamos fe, pase lo que pase? ¿Qué podemos hacer para tener más fe? ¿por qué estamos convencidos que recibiremos beneficios por tener verdadera fe?. El programa dará inicio a las 9:40 horas y finalizará a las 16.15 horas y mediante diversos discursos y escenificaciones se mostrará “como todos podemos repotenciar nuestra fe en Dios”. La invitación queda abierta al público en general que guste ser parte de este encuentro sin costo alguno y no se hacen colectas. Para más información los interesados pueden visitar el sitio www.jw.org http://www.infopico.com/sociales/11806-asamblea-de-circuido-de-los-testigos-de-jehova