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  2. Stephen Hawking

    Wow! He lasted until age 76! Anyone know if his wife who left him is still alive?
  3. Theocratic Schools

    TO APPLICANTS FOR THE SCHOOL FOR KINGDOM EVANGELIZERS 2015-School-For-Kingdom-Evangelizers-G-14-E[1].pdf
  4. Theocratic Schools


    Evidently this is just JW Propaganda. The real truth about "The Truth" and their loveless ungodly ways: There isn't a lot of JW happiness in Michigan USA:
  6. JW Triple murder-suicide shatters quiet of Keego Harbor

    Friends: Jehovah's Witnesses shunning drove Keego Harbor mom to murder-suicide An apparent triple murder-suicide involving four family members left residents of the small town of Keego Harbor stunned and searching for answers. Wochit At 45, Lauren Stuart appeared to have it all. A successful husband. Two college-educated kids. A modeling portfolio. And a charming home in Keego Harbor with a heart wreath on the door. But behind the seemingly idyllic life, friends say Stuart struggled with the anguish of being ostracized from the religion she and her husband had been raised in. About five years ago, Stuart and her husband left the Jehovah's Witnesses, a Christian denomination that has been criticized for its strict indoctrination and for its practice of shunning former members. Friends and others believe that struggle with being shunned may have driven Stuart to do the unthinkable. Last week, Stuart shot and killed her husband and two adult children, and then killed herself. Police found the bodies Friday morning while responding to a call from a concerned relative. The tragedy sent longtime family friend Joyce Taylor reeling as she and others say they believe the murder-suicide was the result of shunning by the Jehovah's Witnesses. She said the Stuarts left the religion more than five years ago because of "doctrinal and social issues." According to Taylor and several other former Jehovah's Witnesses who talked to the Free Press, when someone leaves the religion, a drastic shunning takes place: No one inside the religion, even parents, are allowed to speak to the departed again. Taylor barged into a Kingdom Hall meeting in Union Lake over the weekend, stood on a chair and lambasted the gathering. “Excuse me everyone, My name is Joyce Taylor ... Two days ago, four people died as a result of your shunning process," Taylor said, while batting away members and yelling at them. "Five years ago you people pulled your support from this small family, the only support they had was you people. You turned them away and you shunned them." "For what?!!," she screamed loudly. "Because they wanted to raise their children as they saw fit.” According to Taylor, Lauren Stuart and Daniel Stuart, 47, wanted to send their children to college, but the religion forbids that. They did so anyway. Their son Steven, 27, excelled in computers, just like his father, who was a data solutions architect for the University of Michigan’s Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care. Bethany, 24, excelled in art and graphic design. "All they wanted to do was raise their family the way they wanted to," Taylor told the Free Press on Monday, saying the Stuarts were ostracized by their parents and everyone in the Jehovah's Witnesses community when they left. "They were shunned every way possible. If Lauren went to the grocery store, they didn't look her in the eye," said Taylor, a former Jehovah's Witness herself. "When you are raised a Jehovah's Witness, they choose your friends. They choose who you associate with. And if you go against that, they will dis-fellowship you, or shun you." The Free Press called the Union Lake Kingdom Hall on Monday, but no one answered. Multiple phone messages were left with the elders of Kingdom Hall, but none of the calls were returned. Messages to the Jehovah's Witnesses national headquarters also were not returned. Lauren Stuart, 45, of Keego Harbor (Photo: courtesy, Brittni Beversdorf) Taylor, who last saw her friend a week before she was found dead, said she doesn't know exactly what drove her friend over the edge. She believes that her friend was battling some kind of personal problem, but felt so alone in the world because of being ostracized by her former religious community that she did what she did. "She worshiped Danny. Danny worshiped her. They were like hand in glove. But she was very concerned about Dan. He was prone to depression and she was always worried about him," Taylor said. She later added: "She was in emotional distress ... she felt alone. I was her lifeline." According to interviews with friends, neighbors and employers, Lauren Stuart, after leaving the Jehovah's Witnesses, appeared to be set on making a new life for herself. She contacted modeling agencies and photographers to see whether there was a market for older models like herself. She also worked as a part-time personal trainer at the YMCA in Farmington Hills a few years ago and cleaned houses. This is how she referred to herself in one online post: "I love acting and modeling. I am a very passionate person and it reflects in my work. I am adventurous in nature and so I like a wide variety of acting and modeling experiences. I enjoy learning new things especially with good direction. ... Life is an adventure and my goal is to die knowing I did the things I wanted to do." Bernadette Strickland, director of the John Casablancas modeling studio in Plymouth, was among those who gave Lauren Stuart a shot at modeling. "I remember her because she had enrolled in our workshops. She was very nice. She asked a lot of questions," said Strickland, who recalled Lauren Stuart being happy and having a good life. "She looked like she had a great family and she was very attractive. She kept herself up so well," said Strickland, adding she was "very sorry" and shocked to learn of what happened. New Haven photographer Brittni Beversdorf had similar memories. She said she met Lauren and photographed her in 2012. At the time, she said, Lauren and her husband had just bought their home in Keego Harbor and Lauren was excited about renovating it herself. "She was very friendly," Beversdorf said, noting she was "shocked" to learn of the woman's tragic death. Taylor said that she last saw Lauren Stuart a week before she and her family were discovered dead. "She came over to my house. we had tea, coffee and talked," Taylor said, noting her friend gave no signs that she was about to do something terrible. She said Lauren talked about her kids and expressed excitement about her husband being involved in a project at the University of Michigan, where, she said, he was helping develop a software program that helps detect heart attacks. "She was talking about the business he was hoping to get going, how much she was looking forward to it. We talked about that, our kids," Taylor recalled. And then came the phone call. A week later, a mutual friend called Taylor and told her about the murder-suicide. "I couldn't believe it. I just couldn't believe it," she kept saying. Keego Harbor police declined comment, saying only that the investigation is ongoing. This is not the first such incident. In 2001, the shame of being thrown out of the Jehovah’s Witnesses drove former Michigander Christian Longo to murder his wife and three young children in Oregon. Authorities said his financial troubles triggered his expulsion from the religious group, which then triggered the killings. In 2014, a family of four was found dead in their South Carolina home in a murder suicide carried out by the father, who was a devout Jehovah’s Witness. All four were shot in the head. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/02/19/keego-harbor-jehovahs-witness-mom-triple-murder-suicide/351559002/
  7. Painful Deceptions

  8. Another One Bites the Dust

    Oh! Let's go! Steve walks warily down the street With the brim pulled way down low. Ain't no sound but the sound of his feet, Machine guns ready to go. Are you ready, hey, are you ready for this? Are you hanging on the edge of your seat? Out of the doorway the bullets rip To the sound of the beat Another one bites the dust Another one bites the dust And another one gone, and another one gone Another one bites the dust Hey, I'm gonna get you, too Another one bites the dust How do you think I'm going to get along Without you when you're gone? You took me for everything that I had And kicked me out on my own Are you happy, are you satisfied? How long can you stand the heat? Out of the doorway the bullets rip To the sound of the beat [Chorus] Another one bites the dust Another one bites the dust Another one bites the dust Another one bites the dust There are plenty of ways that you can hurt a man And bring him to the ground You can beat him, you can cheat him You can treat him bad and leave him when he's down But I'm ready, yes, I'm ready for you I'm standing on my own two feet Out of the doorway the bullets rip Repeating to the sound of the beat
  9. Scott Hamilton (Taran Killam) and Tara Lipinski (Cecily Strong) cover U.S. Men's Heterosexual Figure Skating, a competition to find straight figure skaters in case of boycotts in Sochi due to Vladimir Putin's anti-gay stance. [Season 39, 2014]
  10. Late Night Show in the Netherlands, broadcasted 8 february 2018Item about child sexual abuse within community of Jehovah's WitnessesEnglish subtitles included
  11. JW Triple murder-suicide shatters quiet of Keego Harbor

    He could still be forgiven by Jehovah. Manasseh was reinstated as king after killing his sons. So their is biblical precedent. All their sins are now forgiven since they have all died. Their next thoughts will be in Paradise. And the story even mentions the spouse as preaching the good news to her neighbor. ... so by her good works her spouse will be saved if he became an unbeliever at some point. Which in this case he had to have at the last moment. Except the dog. We will never see him again in Paradise.