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News Bulletin: California Appellate Court Slams Watchtower, Jehovah’s Witnesses Fined, Ordered To Produce Child Abuse Docs
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“Watchtower has abused the discovery process. It has zealously advocated its position and lost multiple times. Yet, it cavalierly refuses to acknowledge the consequences of these losses and the validity of the court’s orders requiring it to produce documents…And, in … Continue reading

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Results of the 2016 Global Survey of Jehovah’s Witnesses
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As I write this article, 2017 is drawing to a close, having witnessed its own fair share of major changes within the Watchtower organization – so much so that the team here at JWsurvey are struggling to keep pace! Over … Continue reading

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News Bulletin: 2017 Film “Apostasy” Premieres in Toronto, Spain, and London
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The beginning of September saw the unveiling of a new film with a unique single-word title: Apostasy. A word which has little meaning or function to most people,  but to Jehovah’s Witnesses, apostasy is Kryptonite.  It is the ultimate sin. … Continue reading

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Jehovah’s Witnesses Release New Child Abuse Reporting Policy: Net Result? – It’s Business as Usual
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In a letter dated September 1, 2017, the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses approved the release of a new Body of Elders letter in the United States, Australia, the U.K., Ghana, and across the globe. This letter is intended to refine … Continue reading

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A Revealing Event: London Conference Highlights Child Abuse Among Jehovah’s Witnesses
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I have sat through many Jehovah’s Witness conventions and assemblies over the years. Without exception, the time always seemed to pass very slowly and, even at my most indoctrinated, I would catch myself counting the hours and minutes before the seemingly … Continue reading

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Banning Witnesses: Making a bad situation worse.
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Shunning. The refusal of blood transfusions. The deliberate refusal to report child abuse to the authorities. These are probably the three most harmful practices that the Watchtower organisation is guilty of. The Unholy Trinity, if you will. Granted, there are many more problems … Continue reading

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Echoes of the 1930s as Governing Body asks Jehovah’s Witnesses to mobilize for letter-writing campaign
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As the threat of a total ban on their activities in Russia looms closer, 8 million Jehovah’s Witnesses have been asked by their leaders, the Governing Body, to participate in a letter-writing campaign protesting the infringement of religious freedoms. A press … Continue reading

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Why It’s Wrong to Ban Jehovah’s Witnesses
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Putin’s Russia has something of a history when it comes to harassing, intimidating and threatening to ban my former religion: Jehovah’s Witnesses. Many are the reports of literature confiscated, of meetings disrupted and of incriminating literature planted by uniformed rent-a-thugs with the aim of … Continue reading

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Must watch: Australian reality TV captures the moment a Jehovah’s Witness mother abandons her son
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Let me start by saying I am not a fan of reality television. Even when the format was relatively fresh and new back in the nineties I found it extremely grating to see people’s lives being gratuitously spilled out on … Continue reading

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News article sheds light on Watchtower abuses in Spain
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One of the things I deeply regret is that, to quote Bruce Willis in the film The Fifth Element, I only speak two languages: English and Bad English. As a result, my knowledge of what is taking place around the … Continue reading

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Bad omens for Watchtower as new Yearbook shows decreases for Canada, Australia and much of Europe
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The 2017 Yearbook is now available on JW.org, and the much-anticipated figures in the “Service Year Report” tell the story of an organization that is haemorrhaging members and barely keeping its head above water. Even in the United States of … Continue reading

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NEWS BULLETIN: Australian Government Issues Report Condemning Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Sexual Abuse Policies
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The criticisms of Jehovah’s Witnesses and their various regulations, from handling of child abuse matters to the prevention of medically accepted procedures such as the transfusion of blood, have resulted in a “smear” campaign against opposers of Witness policies. Those … Continue reading

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