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  1. Endesa Energia S.A.U. is the largest electricity supplier in Spain and the second largest operator in Portugal. It is a subsidiary of Enel Group. It has more than 10,000 employees serving more than 11 million customers. According to a strictly confidential letter recently leaked, the Spanish Branch of Jehovah’s Witnesses, based in Madrid, has signed a global contract with Spanish energy provider, ENDESA ENERGÍA, S.A.U. to supply power to all of their kingdom halls and assembly halls. The purpose of transferring all of their power needs to one single power supplier is to avail of “very competitive rates”. For all congregations and assembly halls that already have power supply contracts with Endesa in the name of Testigos Cristianos de Jehová, their rates will be reduced automatically. For congregations with alternative names, or for congregations who receive power from other companies, they are “encouraged to follow the published instructions” on jw.org to change their name to Testigos Cristianos de Jehová and/or their supplier to Endesa. As you may understand, the details of this agreement are strictly confidential. For this reason we encourage you not to share them with others. Thank you very much for your discreetness and kind collaboration in this matter. Letter in English (February 18, 2017) Carta en español (Febrero 18, 2017) Carta en español (Octubre 7, 2015)
  2. By Trey Bundy / February 17, 2017 The Jehovah’s Witnesses settled a lawsuit this week brought by a Pennsylvania woman who says the religion’s leaders covered up sexual abuse she suffered as a teenager. The settlement came five days into a trial in which Stephanie Fessler, a former Jehovah’s Witness, claimed the religion’s parent corporation violated Pennsylvania’s child abuse reporting laws by instructing local leaders – known as elders – not to report her allegations to police. According to Fessler, a middle-aged Jehovah’s Witness woman, Terry Monheim, began sexually abusing her when she was 14. At 15, Fessler disclosed the abuse to her parents. Her father was an elder in their congregation. Fessler’s parents informed other congregation elders, who interrogated Fessler and Monheim but failed to report the abuse to police. As a result, Monheim continued to abuse Fessler for another year, according to court documents. In 2011, Fessler, then 22, reported Monheim to police. Monheim eventually pleaded guilty to indecent assault and corruption of a minor and was sentenced to between three and 23 months in prison and five years’ probation. Pennsylvania law mandates that anyone, including clergy, who comes into contact with children during the course of their work must report child abuse to authorities. Fessler’s attorney, Jeff Fritz, said that “out of an abundance of caution” regarding the settlement, he could not discuss details of the Pennsylvania case. “A matter with the Jehovah’s Witnesses has been resolved,” he said. Jehovah’s Witnesses generally are discouraged from interacting with government. But for more than 25 years, the religion’s headquarters – known as the Watchtower – has issued written policies directing congregation leaders not to report child sexual abuse to law enforcement, unless it’s required by state law, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting previously found. The Watchtower maintains a database of alleged child abusers in congregations across the U.S. going back two decades and has violated court orders in at least three California lawsuits to hand it over to the courts. It could provide a road map to thousands of accused child molesters living freely in communities across the country. https://www.revealnews.org/blog/jehovahs-witnesses-settle-lawsuit-alleging-coverup-of-child-sex-abuse/
  3. “You came from behind the cow. انت جي من ورا الجاموسة” - Egyptian expression; used to describe someone who’s not at all cultured or has been exposed to much. “No, I’ve actually never heard of Pink Floyd.” “WTF? You’re coming from behind the cow man!” via Humor
  4. Someone just sent me a scan of the Boonville Advertiser newspaper in which it mentions J.F. Rutherford as a member, and not only just a member but the toastmaster for the inauguration of the Golden Gate Lodge No.91, Knights of Pythias. Also, he was a member of the Woodmen of the World. Although not a "Masonic" organization, it was included in Russell's condemnation of such organizations: the Free Masons, Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, etc., perform certain rites and ceremonies of a religious kind... We place upon one level all of those who have any religious ceremonies, teachings, etc., and consider them all as parts of Babylon ... We admonish the New Creation to have nothing whatever to do with any of these semi-religious societies, clubs, orders, churches; but to "Come out from amongst them, and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing." (`2 Cor. 6:17`)" —1904; "The New Creation", pp. 580-581 Of course, this was in 1899, about 7 years before Rutherford became a Bible Student (JW). But still, this is something about his life that I haven't seen anywhere else on the internet or on the WT history books I have read. Here is the evidence: Boonville Advertiser, Feb. 17, 1899, pg. 1, col. 5.pdf Boonville Advertiser, Jan. 13, 1899, pg. 1, col. 3.pdf Boonville Advertiser, Jan. 20, 1899, pg. 1, col. 2-5.pdf What do you think of this? Here's some info: "A member must be at least 18 years of age, not be a professional gambler or involved with illegal drugs or alcohol, and he must have a belief in a Supreme Being. The oath taken by members:
  5. February 13, 2017 TO ALL BODIES OF ELDERS Re: Memorial and Special Talk Inactive Ones: Please follow closely the instructions in the May 23, 2010, letter to all bodies of elders as you endeavor to invite inactive ones to the Memorial and special talk. As you meet with them, please convey the love and concern of the Governing Body and the local congregation. (1 Thess. 2:7, 8) Offer to help with transportation or to provide any other practical assistance so that they can be in attendance. The 2017 Memorial will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. The 2018 Memorial will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2018. The 2019 Memorial will be held on Friday, April 19, 2019.
  6. 188,000 people have been evacuated in Nor. Cal.! According the Los Angeles Times the following places are open to evacuee's. click here! These places are accepting people regardless of religious affiliation. How many Kingdom Halls are open to the general public certainly there are plenty of them in that area?.... ZERO! Why!?!?!?!!? Here is a listing of all the Kingdom Halls in Northern California feel free to contact them and ask about what they are doing to help the general public, perhaps I am wrong and they can clear up why they are not being listed as an evacuation safe haven. Click Here! Such brotherly love in action!!!!
  7. Last week a new letter for the BOE in Germany was published online. I want to share it with you (poor translation by Google, sorry for that): ____________________ TO ALL SERVICE COMITEES OF GERMAN SPEAKING CONGREGATIONS Singers for recordings in German Dear brothers, Surely, it has pleased you that we have some of our beautiful songs on JW Broadcasting also in German language. To be able to do so in the future too, we would like to ask you for your help in the search for further singers, preferably brothers and sisters with a vocal education. If possible, they should fulfill the following criteria: 1. Age between 20-45 years. 2. A vocal training in jazz or musical would be an advantage. A classic education is helpful, but could be a hindrance for this type of music. 3. Applicants should master the German language so well that the lyrics of the song is good to understand. 4. As with all applicants for theocratic privileges, it should be exemplary promoter recommended by the Service Committee for such a task. We are aware that there may not be many brothers or sisters who fulfill all criteria mentioned above. Therefore, those who are not vocal trained should be considered. To check whether someone is suitable, we need an audio or video recording (Tablet or smartphone is enough). Brothers or sisters who are eligible for this project, should provide their files, contact information or questions that may occur at the following address send: Audio.de@jw.org. If someone is after the examination of the recording for this project in the shortlist the Audio / Video Department comes with the concerned brother or sister in directly contact. We thank you very much for your support and send you cordial greetings. ____________________ So maybe someone wants to share a recording with the brothers in bethel Selters?
  8. Paul Shields said he had not spoken to his 80-year-old mother for two years after being accused of abusing young girls :: He denies the allegations A Jehovah’s Witness accused of sexually abusing three young girls told a court he had been ostracised by the church ever since the allegations arose. Paul Shields, 57, who was living in Guisborough at the time of the alleged abuse, said that no-one within the organisation would talk to him because of the accusations which he insists were untrue. York Crown Court heard that it was Jehovah’s Witness policy for church members to shun those who have wronged in such a way. Even family members who are Jehovah’s Witnesses are told not to speak to the wrong-doer. Shields, who vehemently denies any abuse took place during the 1990s, said even his mother, who is a Jehovah’s Witness, had not spoken to him since the allegations were made in 2014. He had been kicked out of the church by the elders of the Guisborough fellowship following a disciplinary meeting in March 2015. Giving evidence in the witness box on the fourth day of his trial, the married father-of-two said: “I have an 80-year-old mother I haven’t spoken to for about two years. They (the church elders) have even said that my two children shouldn’t speak to me. It was like trashing my life - I have been a Jehovah’s Witness since birth.” The prosecution alleges that Shields abused the girls on a number of occasions after luring them with video games. The CPS claims that Shields - who moved from Darlington to Guisborough during the alleged abuse - sexually touched the girls over their clothes but did not touch them on any intimate areas, although he “came very close”. Prosecutor Andrew Espley said it was not until 2014 that two of the females, who were under-age at the time but are now adult women, reported the matters to police. Shields, who was in his 30s during the alleged abuse, was arrested and charged with three counts of indecent assault, all of which he denied. When asked by Mr Espley why he had written letters of apology to two of the girls after the elders’ decision to expel him, Shields said he thought it would be a way of getting back into the church. Shields, now of Gordon Street, York, admitted he had apologised to the girls but that he had also told them in the letters that “I didn’t think I had done anything wrong”. Mr Espley asked Shields why he said in police interview that he had acted in a “totally inappropriate” way towards the girls. Shields admitted he said this, but claimed there was no sexual aspect or motivation to his behaviour. He said he had suffered a nervous breakdown since the allegations surfaced and had been seeing a psychiatrist. “You were upset because you had finally been caught out, were you not?” said Mr Espley. “No,” replied Shields. The barrister said: “As a practising Jehovah’s Witness, you take very seriously giving oath in the witness box?” “Yes,” replied Shields. The trial continues. http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/jehovahs-witness-tells-how-family-12560536
  9. British Movie about Jehovah's Witness refusing blood transfusion for child
  10. Stephanie Fessler is a former Jehovah’s Witness and a victim of child sexual abuse. On Tuesday, February 7 2017 starting at 11am, she will have a trial by jury in Pennsylvania against defendants Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of New York, the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Inc., Spring Grove Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and her abuser, Terry Monheim. As plaintiff, Stephanie asserts claims against the defendants for negligence, violations of the CPSL and negligent failure to rescue against the defendants who failed to report known abuse to legal authorities which resulted in continued sexual assault and both physical and psychological injuries. Plaintiff also alleges claims for assault and battery against Terry Jeanne Monheim. Stephanie Fessler will be represented by Jeffrey P. Fritz, Esq. of Soloff and Zervanos, P.C. The Trial is expected to last 5 or 6 days and John Redwood from JW Survey will be reporting on the developments each day. Trey Bundy, a reporter with Reveal News, discussed this case in January 2016. Background to Stephanie Fessler’s Abuse Stephanie Fessler was brought up as a Jehovah’s Witness by her parents, Jodee and Kevin. Her father is an elder in the Spring Grove Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in York County, Pennsylvania. At the age of 14, she became friendly with Terry Seipp’s (now known as Terry Monheim) children and would visit them at their home in Hampstead, Maryland. In the summer of 2003, her relationship with Terry turned sexual. Terry at first hugged, kissed (intimately), “made out” with, “humped” and consoled Stephanie when Stephanie became upset over her mother’s mental breakdown due to depression. However, this later escalated to oral sex and digital penetration. Over the next two years, Stephanie was abused at Terry’s home, at Terry’s daughter’s homes, Terry’s place of work and in her vehicle, as well as at Stephanie’s parents’ home. In the summer of 2004, Terry’s daughter, Amber, became suspicious that there was an improper relationship going on between Terry and Stephanie. She raised her suspicions to Stephanie’s mother, Jodee Fessler. When Jodee saw Terry and Stephanie together at the Spring Grove Congregation, she too became suspicious. She searched Stephanie’s room and and found a “love letter” in the form of a card. It was written by Stephanie and mentioned intimate kissing and how much she loved Terry. After showing the card to her husband, Kevin Fessler, both parents confronted Stephanie. Stephanie could not deny the intimate nature of the relationship. Jodee and Kevin shared this information with Eric Hoffman who was a long-time family friend and fellow elder within the Spring Grove Congregation. In turn, this information was shared with Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society and with elders from Terry’s Kingdom Hall, the Freeland Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Maryland. Investigations into Stephanie Fessler’s Abuse In keeping with Watch Tower policy, Eric Hoffman started an investigation to specifically find out information concerning the allegations. In their investigation, they questioned Stephanie only, who was now 15 years old. She disclosed to Eric Hoffman, Neal Cluck and John Ness – the investigating elders within the Spring Grove Congregation – that there was intimate kissing and hugging with Terry. According to Eric Hoffman, Stephanie’s parents were concerned because they believed there was more to the relationship than just hugging and “intimate”, “mouth-to-mouth” kissing. Yet, Hoffman also learned of “an instance or two of momentary touching of the breast”. None of the elders from the Spring Grove Congregation talked with Terry Seipp or anyone in her family. Notably, none of the elders reported any of this information to any legal authorities in Pennsylvania or Maryland. Eric Hoffman admitted that he had information of suspected child abuse involving Stephanie Fessler and never reported it to any legal authorities although there was nothing preventing him from doing so. The elders in Spring Grove Congregation did share what they learned with Terry’s elders in the Freeland Congregation in Maryland. When the elders in the Freeland Congregation investigated Terry, she admitted to intimately kissing Stephanie was was underage. She was told to “stay away” from Stephanie. No report to law enforcement was made, even though the elders in the Freeland Congregation had considered that Terry’s actions were unlawful. Hoffman and Cluck consulted with Watch Tower’s legal department in Patterson, New York. Upon that consultation, they decided against making any report to law enforcement. This decision was in derogation of every published policy and procedure within the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Jehovah’s Witnesses’ procedures require: Reporting if required by law (as is the case in Pennsylvania). Protecting the child from further abuse Encouraging reporting by the victim and in some cases even accompanying the victim. Because the elders never contacted the police or child welfare authorities, the physical and sexual abuse of Stephanie continued for more than a year later. In 2005, Terry’s then husband, Dana Seipp, hired a private investigator to follow Terry (50) and Stephanie (15). Dana obtained photographic evidence of the two together. Dana brought this evidence to the elder’s attention. In September 2005, Stephanie disclosed the abuse again. And again, no report was made to the authorities. It wasn’t until 2011, when Stephanie Fessler was 22 years old, that she ultimately disclosed the abused directly to the police. The police investigated and charged Terry Seipp with multiple criminal violations. Terry ultimately plead guilty to indecent assault and corruption of a minor and was sentenced to prison and probation. Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Liability The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ liability stems from their awareness of Stephanie Fessler’s abuse but reluctance to do anything to protect her. Multiple elders, including Stephanie’s own father, became aware of suspected child abuse and failed to report it to authorities as was their legal obligation to do so as mandatory reporters under Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law (CPSL). As a result, the abuse was permitted to continue, escalate and become even more frequent. In all, acts of abuse occurred on approximately 30-50 occasions over two years. The church of Jehovah’s Witnesses failed to report known abuse in violation of Pennsylvania’s CPSL and their own policies. This constitutes negligence and recklessness. Additionally, they were also negligent and reckless for failing to properly train elders who were totally unaware of their obligations for reporting suspected abuse in Pennsylvania. Rather, Pennsylvania’s CPSL law requires that suspected abuse be reported to legal authorities which the church never did. Further, the church took no steps to protect Stephanie from further abuse. The Jehovah’s Witnesses violated their own procedures in multiple ways including failing to follow these (and other) policies published in their literature: First, the child and other children too must be protected from any further abuse. This must be done, whatever the cost. In many cases the accused molester will have to be confronted. “If a current case of child abuse comes to light in your congregation, elders should do what they can to protect children from further abuse. “Though it is not the responsibility of the Christian congregation to enforce Caesar’s laws, yet the very nature of some crimes demands that they be reported to secular authorities. It may be necessary to encourage the wrongdoer to turn himself in to secular authorities. Before any steps are taken in this regard, contact the branch office. of course, review the latest Society directives on such matters before proceeding.” “Victims of sexual abuse need to be treated with extreme thoughtfulness and kindness. Elders should always do what they reasonably can to protect children from further abuse; follow the Society’s directives on such matters.” “When a member of the congregation is accused of child molestation, the elders should contact the Society’s Legal Department immediately. Many states make it mandatory that elders report an accusation to the proper authorities but other states do not. . . . Still, whether or not the accusation is reported to the authorities, when it is established that a member of the congregation is guilty of child abuse, appropriate steps should be taken in keeping with initial direction from the Society’s Legal Department.” “Of course, children should also be warned about and urged to report to authorities any person making improper advances toward them, including people they know” “The elder should explain to the complainant that he himself might have a duty to report the matter to the proper authorities. If the complainant is a child the elder might offer to accompany him or her to discuss the situation with a parent (but not the alleged abuser) or to one of the above authorities.” Witnesses Expected at Trial Stephanie Fessler (Lancaster, PA) Don Hollingworth (Toms River, NJ) Richard Moake (Patterson, NY) Thomas Jefferson, Jr. (Patterson, NY) Eric Sandoval (Patterson, NY) Detective Sergeant Lisa Layden – fact and expert witness (Spring Grove, PA) Eric Hoffman (Spring Grove, PA) Jodee Fessler (Spring Grove, PA) Kevin Fessler (Spring Grove, PA) Terry Monheim (Hanover, PA) Neal Cluck (Spring Grove,PA) Gary Neal (Freeland, MD) Troy Ruhlman (Glenville, PA) Deborah L. Bauer, LCSW – expert witness (Harrisburg, PA) Corporate Designee regarding the net worth/assets of Watchtower Bible and Tract Society Corporate Designee regarding net worth/assets of Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses Records Custodians for the documents identified in Plaintiff’s Pretrial Memorandum and produced in discovery by your clients. Plaintiff may also call any witnesses identified by Defendants or persons who are rebuttal witnesses. Profile of Jeffrey Fritz, Esq. Jeffrey P. Fritz is an Advocate for Crime Victims. He is experienced in representing crime victims on behalf of survivors of murder, assault, sexual assault and molestation. He has obtained multiple settlements and verdicts of more than $1,000,000.00 and was a member of the Tropicana Casino & Hotel garage collapse trial team, which obtained the largest construction accident settlement in U.S. history, totaling $101 million. He successfully represented multiple victims of former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky in claims against Penn State University for child sexual abuse. Mr. Fritz is a 1996 Cum Laude graduate of Widener University School of Law. He is a member of the bar in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is also a charter member, advisory board member and past president (2010 & 2011) of the National Crime Victim Bar Association, a national organization of attorneys and professionals devoted to obtaining civil justice for the victims of crime. Mr. Fritz is also a member of the American Association for Justice and both the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Associations. He has also been named a 2005 & 2006 “Rising Star” by Philadelphia Magazine and Super Lawyers and “Best of the Best” (Reader’s Choice) by South Jersey Magazine for crime victim representation. Jeffrey P. Fritz has authored several articles regarding civil justice for crime victims in national publications such as Trial Magazine, The Victim Advocate and Victim Voice. He has served as a lecturer on civil justice for attorneys, victims, and victim service providers throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as nationally. He has provided commentary on crime victims’ rights to the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press and has appeared on NBC, MSNBC, CNN, HLN, Fox-29 & truTV. He has trained crime victim service providers in obtaining civil justice on behalf of the National Center for Victims of Crime/National Crime Victim Bar Association. He has also lectured on behalf of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency at their state-wide conference entitled “Pathways for Crime Victims” and has served on behalf of the New Jersey Victims of Crime Compensation Board training other attorneys in civil remedies for crime victims across the State of New Jersey. He has been an invited lecturer on behalf of the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), American Association for Justice (AAJ), New Jersey’s Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) and the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association regarding crime victim representation. By John Redwood http://avoidjw.org/2017/02/stephanie-fessler-v-watch-tower/
  11. Laciana Tinsley /main-photo end ArticlePicture1.pbo Begin Article7.pbo End Article7.pbo start articleparagraph1.pbo WILLINGBORO >> Laciana Tinsley did more than extinguish her relationship with her husband. The 42-year-old Willingboro woman was charged Monday with killing her husband with a fire extinguisher inside their township residence on the first block of Hancock Lane, the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office announced in a press release. Tinsley, a former Jehovah’s Witness, bludgeoned her husband to death by striking him multiple times in the head with a fire extinguisher, prosecutors said. The husband, 74-year-old Douglas Tinsley, was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Monday. Authorities did not immediately release a motive. An autopsy will be performed Tuesday. Tinsley was arrested at the home. She was sent to Burlington County Jail and is scheduled to have her first appearance in court on Tuesday. A public defender who appeared with Laciana Tinsley at her initial court appearance Tuesday said Douglas Tinsley was suffocating his wife at the time. The lawyer claims she was acting in self-defense. In an April 2016 interview with the Trenton Monitor newspaper, Tinsley, a former Jehovah’s Witness, described her longing for a new faith. The mother of three children was baptized with her daughter at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Burlington, the newspaper reported. “I really feel God. I feel a connection; He is real,” Tinsley told the newspaper. “I want to let people in the Jehovah Witnesses become more informed about the Catholic faith. I want to involve people also in the black community.” Monday’s murder marks a rapid pace of homicides in the small Burlington community that boasts a population of over 31,000. In the past month and a half, there have been four homicides in the township. Nasim Byrd, 22, of the first block of Placid Lane, was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on his street on Jan. 15. He died a short time later. On Dec. 13, 16-year old Ibn Perry was shot to death on the first block of Plumtree Lane. Then on Dec. 27, Tariq Mughal, 32, was fatally shot on the first block of Genesee Lane. No arrests have been made in any of the shooting murders. Residents and officials took issue with a Trentonian cover calling the township “Killingboro,” but the bloodshed has been too noticeable to ignore. The Associated Press contributed to this report. http://www.trentonian.com/general-news/20170131/willingboro-woman-kills-husband-with-fire-extinguisher-lawyer-claims-self-defense
  12. A verdict has been reached in the trial of a former teacher’s aide from Lake Worth, he was accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl he met through church functions. The jury of 6 was unanimous-- finding Hugh Murray guilty on all counts. On the third day of the trial against Murray-- just before noon-- a note came from the jury asking to hear the phone call between the 15-year-old victim and Murray -- the state made that recording one of their key pieces of evidence, but there was also a slew of naked pictures, and DNA, all showed Murray and the teen were having sexual relations. The background on the story: Murray and the victim are both Jehovah witnesses and attend the same kingdom hall in the Lake Worth area-- Murray recruited the victim for a congregation coed flag football game-- then started visiting her at her home while her parents were at work or asleep. Ultimately, the girl’s parents did find out --law enforcement was notified and told Murray to stay away, but Murray kept on calling. 40 counts of sexual battery, possession of child pornography--guilty verdicts on all. There was also a charge for extortion-- Murray threatening to show the victim’s parents explicit images. Bond was revoked so Murray is behind bars and sentencing is scheduled for March. http://wjla.com/news/nation-world/jehovah-witness-teachers-aide-sex-scandal-guilty-on-all-counts
  13. see link below: January 19, 2017 TO ALL BODIES OF ELDERS IN WALES Re: Prerecorded Memorial and Special Talk 2017 - Welsh
  14. January 16, 2017 TO ALL BODIES OF ELDERS IN THE UNITED STATES, PUERTO RICO, AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS Re: Real Property Tax Exemption Verification And Annual Real Property Tax Exemption Verification Record and instructions