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AN IDEA TO DO OR AT LEAST PASS ALONG FOR THOSE WHO CAN: Consider this, wait quietly till the very end of the concluding prayer at a Watchtower meeting, then quickly stand and clearly say "Go to ChristianWitnesses.com." Once the curious get there they can learn tons of information. Watchtowers' brain-washing spell over a lot of people can removed really fast that way.  Your giving the announcement won't be disturbing the peace because the meeting just ended and that's all you have to say, after which you can walk right out the door smiling and happy to know you did your part.  Use a calm but clear voice, no yelling at all.  Also if you prefer to use another site's name such as FreeMinds.org, that's okay too although I think ChristianWitnesses.com is even easier to remember.  An alternative is to hold a sign with "Christianwitnesses.com loves JWs" on it where people inside cars entering and exiting a kingdom hall, assembly or convention will see it.

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Former Jehovah's Witness Sebastian Ramos in Fortaleza, Brazil, father of international protests
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Ex-JW Roberto Di Stefano in Europe
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Joe Emerson in Overland Park, Kansas (USA), spearhead on Facebook.com
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Fearons with friend near Boston (USA)
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Some of the protest letters mailed in western Canada
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Former Jehovah's Witnesses in Brazil
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Angus Robertson of the UK protested Watchtower in a radio interview
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A group demonstrated in Rome, Italy

SHORT NEWS RELEASE (193 WORDS) FOR ANY INTERESTED MEMBERS OF THE PRESS: Numerous former Jehovah’s Witnesses have begun peaceful international protesting under the theme of “Jehovah’s Witnesses Discriminate Against ExJWs.”  Led by Sebastian Ramos of northeastern Brazil, participants are from the U.S., Italy, Canada, Trinidad & Tobago, and the U.K.  Their objective is to educate the Public of their contention that policies of the Watchtower Society over JWs violates not only national laws but also Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Joe Emerson, a U.S.-based helper via Facebook, says the protests are ongoing by a community suffering decades from being institutionally hated by Watchtower and in cruel manner deprived via threat of coercive ostracism from giving or receiving normal contact with family, friends and business associates.  Concern became especially heightened after a 2010-released Watchtower manual revealed moves to clamp down even harder against the community.  He says Watchtower has written that not only those with a vice such as smoking but also conscientious dissenters over beliefs who leave the organization are designated evil “apostates” whom JWs are to severely ostracise and hate or be themselves so treated, and he provides quotes from Watchtower’s own articles:

For additional information, photos etc, see http://christianwitnesses.com/id346.html

(Article above from J Mason Emerson at 913 492-1564)

SUBJECT: INTERNATIONAL PROTESTING
FOR: THE PUBLIC AND MEDIA

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Protesting near Boston (USA)
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Sebastian Ramos, Leading The Battle Against Watchtower Discrimination
Photo of Demonstration in Rome, Dec 1, 2010
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In English: Jehovah's Witnesses, On Entry They Love You, On Exiting They Hate You
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Protesting in Brazil

SOME LARGER PHOTO COPIES ARE FOUND FARTHER BELOW

During late 2010 through 2011 former Jehovah's Witnesses and Friends (Brazil, US, Canada, Tobago & Trinidad, the U.K. etc) protested the Watchtower Society over Jehovah's Witnesses for destroying families and lives. Used were banners like those seen here in photos, sample protest letters with handy addresses, TV and radio news in some nations, especially Brazil and Italy.  The chief objective was to begin making clear to that the Watchtower Society heads over Jehovah's Witnesses promotes cruel discrimination.

These protest demonstrations are done with loving intent and in truth to expose not "shunning" per se which the U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled as permissible, but rather discrimination against an entire class of people, those who have peacefully dissented and left the Watchtower Society over Jehovah's Witnesses and in retaliatory consequence as promoted by Watchtower been cruelly, ostracised by those family members, friends and business associates still remaining with the Watchtower Society over Jehovah's Witnesses.   The fruits of this extreme hate policy have resulted in people sometimes suiciding, often not speaking for decades.

Active Jehovah's Witnesses themselves are discriminated against by their own top leadership at the start of 2011 consisting of seven members of an international board called the Governing Body located currently in Brooklyn, New York.  Watchtower teaches Jehovah's Witnesses to discriminate against former Jehovah's Witnesses in violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as seen here:

Article 18.

  • Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

As writer Stephen E Lucas has noted, "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" is one of the most famous phrases in the United States Declaration of Independence and considered by some as part of one of the most well crafted, influential sentences in the history of the English language.[1] These three aspects are listed among the "unalienable rights" or sovereign rights of man.  Therefore, Watchtower's discrimination also violates these unalienable rights of man.

The extreme nature of Watchtower's discrimination has far more than a dampening affect on both Jehovah's Witnesses and former Jehovah's Witnesses.  It is a tool of tyranny that enables Watchtower for example to utterly snuff out basic constitutional rights in not only the U.S. but nations around the globe, for example the right to vote for better representation.  Using this policy and hate tool also enables Watchtower to coerce all Jehovah's Witnesses to not take even emergency blood transfusions to stay alive, hence the depriving of right to life.

Jehovah's Witnesses deserve as do all citizens in the U.S. and globally to enjoy freedom to exit the Watchtower organization without retaliation.  Currently Watchtower's ploy is to dismissively say "well, they are free to go" without admitting that Watchtower employs follow-up punishment that gravely affects not only Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses but those remaining as active members.  Thus it harms its own members who however are not free to speak out for if they do then they too become discriminated against.

The Watchtower Society similarly seeks to keep hiding behind guise of religious freedom as if it were without natural bounderies while denying such freedom to its members and former members.  The U.S. Supreme court ruled concerning polygamy during the late 1800s that while Mormons have a constitutional right to different views they do not have a right to disobey the law.  Further, common sense shows there are natural, balanced limits on what a religious organization can do in human society as when religious human sacrifices are not permitted under the law of the land, and it is fact that continously the courts have rightly stepped in and protected the lives of children whose lives are imperiled at times in groups such as Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Scientology etc.

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Watchtower, January, 1993, page 19. Can reasonable readers conclude other than this teaches hate?
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The Watchtower, October 1, 1952, page 599 shows consistency of hate over the decades.

In the 1940's attorneys acting for Watchtower won a fine reputation of championing rights for a minority religion but thereafter Watchtower has sought to mute all internal dissent as when for one example Watchtower harmed Bill Bowen and Barbara Anderson after they spoke out against Watchtower's policies weighed heavily for sheltering and protecting pedophiles instead of protecting the children of Jehovah's Witnesses and the Public.  See http://www.silentlambs.org.   And as a further example they are alleged to be into heavy electronic surveillance of people even in the bedrooms, corridors, and parking lots at its world headquarters in Brooklyn and upstate New York buildings.

People deserve the right to believe as they wish even as the law says but it also says they are to obey the laws of the land.  If a religion is not seen to obey the law then the recourse is to existing law, if there is enough money to seek redress via the courts, and if not with the needed money then to protest and demonstrate long enough to educate the Public.  That's what is therefore being done in a very natural way as seen here on this webpage and also in the real-world where an entire class of people are being unlawfully discriminated against.

LETTER IN FROM SOME WHO HAVE PROTESTED WATCHTOWER DISCRIMINATION IN LOS ANGELES

Hi Joe!

Yesterday, a couple of friends and I, in the Los Angeles area, at a local Kingdom Hall, had the opportunity to express our concerns to 3 individuals, who had taken interest to inquire about our signs and the reason why we were there.

"Jehovah's Witnesses break families apart," was the focal point of our conversations with them. The first person had not attended church in 15 years; parked his car right in front of us, took pictures of the signs, and jotted down the site, freeminds, and took my card, for further inqury. Then, he attended the meeting at the Kingdom Hall, out of sheer curiosity. He returned to let me know that he would definitely get in touch with us.

The second person, who regularly attends the meetings, approached us, we talked extensively with him and we left him with a leaflet, to log on to freeminds. The elders begged him to come inside...without success.

The third person lives next to the KH, but would never return. He reason...they break families apart!

We took pictures with my new camera but I will post them once I'm familiar with the features to down load.

During the summer, we will be at the Sports Arena, in Long Beach, to do the same thing.

We hope to get similar results.

Regards,

Victor

PEACEFULLY, LAWFULLY PROTESTING JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES DISCRIMINATING AGAINST EX-JW'S VIA LETTERS, SIGNS, BANNERS ETC 
(Numerous photos are seen by scrolling down the page; if and as more become available more will be added, so return to visit)

Protest led by Roberto di Stefano on Dec 1, 2010
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This protest in Rome was a sign of what was about to happen worldwide
Protestors Led By Sebastian Ramos Of Brazil
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He also suggested the international campaign against Watchtower's Discrimination
DISCRIMINATION THAT DESTROYS FAMILIES!!!
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For banners call Rick Fearon at 508 572-5599

FOR EX-JW READERS: a BBC news woman who interviewed Angus Robertson in the U.K. of Watchtower's discrimination against ExJWs asks for emails with more information so here is her address: emma.britton@bbc.co.uk Tell her your own story and you could also state that you give her permission to publish it in whole or part.  Also try to get your story into other newspapers and not just the major ones but smaller local ones too.

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VIDEO FOR PROTESTING NEAR BOSTON,MASSACHUSETTS (OTHER LOCATIONS WERE IN BRAZIL, THE CARIBBEAN, EUROPE ETC)

The following sign can be copied, printed out, put in the back window of a car, truck or van.  You're welcome.

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES DISCRIMINATE

AGAINST EX-JW’S!

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USEFUL, USABLE PAGE OF GENUINE HISTORICAL NATURE ALSO INSPIRATIONAL FOR THE FUTURE

In December 2010 Roberto di Stefano brought together former Jehovah's Witnesses in Rome, Italy, to protest how Watchtower has Jehovah's Witnesses cruelly discriminate against former Jehovah's Witnesses. 

Even earlier Sebastian Ramos of Italy had engaged Watchtower in a lawsuit as its discrimination violates Brazil's Constitution which is against religious discrimination and for that matter also violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Sections 18; 20, subsection 2). 

When asked by email how friends in the United States could help Sebastian suggested they join in the Day against Religious Discrimination that Brazil has each January 21 starting in 2011. 

Joe Emerson of the U.S. publicized Sebastian's idea on Facebook and the idea quickly inspired many to participate there and in additional lands such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago.

Such international cooperation was also important for promoting still more international cooperation.

This page presents that first ever international protest as the historical event that it was but many future readers are also likely to find it inspirational for their own efforts.  You see, all indications are that Watchtower's severity in shunning and discrimination after leaving Watchtower will become worse.

The protest and demonstrations efforts for justice by Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi were not one-time efforts but encompassed a number of years.  So too, when the final sentence of this effort as an ongoing battle is written, it too shall have entailed much time, sweat and effort, especially so as it is international in scope. 

Non-violent and seeking only that which is just, we can and we too definitely shall be fully victorious.  That's a fact for the Public shall know what's going on.  Every day the discrimination continues, the misleadership over Watchtower destroys the image of their own organization, hurts more people and makes the public even more aware of what they are doing.

Now for some of the afore-said history you too are welcome to learn from and use:

OWN WORDS OF WATCHTOWER SOCIETY OVER JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES SHOW WATCHTOWER TEACHES THEM TO HATE FORMER MEMBERS.  IN CANADA AND MANY LANDS THIS HELPS PROVE WATCHTOWER ACTS AS A HATE GROUP.

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Watchtower, January, 1993, page 19. Can reasonable readers conclude other than this teaches hate?
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The Watchtower, October 1, 1952, page 599 shows consistency of hate over the decades.

SOME MORE PHOTOS OF THE HISTORICAL FIRST JANUARY 21 INTERNATIONAL PROTESTS BY EX-JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES AND FRIENDS. 

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ACTIVITIES BY BRAZILIAN FRIENDS OF U.S. EX-JW'S AGAINST WATCHTOWER'S WORLDWIDE DISCRIMINATION 

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IN ENGLISH http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=pt&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fsaojoaquimonline.com.br%2F21-de-janeiro-dia-nacional-de-combate-a-intolerancia-religiosa  http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=pt&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aguaboanews.com.br%2Fportal%2Findex.php%3Foption%3Dcom_content%26view%3Darticle%26id%3D13144%3A21-de-janeiro-dia-nacional-de-combate-a-intolerancia-religiosa%26catid%3D17%3Areligi%26Itemid%3D194

Photo of Demonstration in Rome, Dec 1, 2010
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In English: Jehovah's Witnesses, On Entry They Love You, On Exiting They Hate You

JUST IN: Farther below are sample leaflets for informing the public and letters-to-editors; Ex-JW Rick Fearon (Lowell, MA) tells me he has banners you can get for the shipping and enough to cover his cost.  You can make your own, get them elsewhere or call him at 508 572-5599

PASS ON THIS OR A LINK TO IT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE PLEASE TO YOUR EX-JEHOVAH”S WITNESS FRIENDS AND FRIENDSHIP GROUPS:

Sebastian Ramos from Brazil is asking for us in the U.S., Canada etc to also peacefully, legally protest against Watchtower on January 21, 2011.  In Brazil that's already an international anti-discrimination day so ideal for Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses and Friends worldwide. 

Those who participate can include at least one sign (or if mailing protest letters text) saying: "Jehovah's Witnesses discriminate against Ex-members! (freeminds.org)"   Randy Watters has freeminds.org and says it’s fine and great for us to have his website included on signs or letters.  Heidi L. Nordberg, Rick Fearon and others are also helping.

Protesting is good all times (including Memorial) but let's please do our part for January 21, 2011, also.  Signs/letters/leaflets about other concerns such as the blood issue (watchtowerlawsuit.com) or Watchtower’s hiding and sheltering pedophiles are also excellent. 

Examples of signs besides the main one (“JWs discriminate against ex-members”): “JW kids are still bleeding to death! (watchtowerlawsuit.com)” and “Watchtower enables pedophiles! (silentlambs.org).”  Bill Bowen of silentlambs and Lawrence Hughes of watchtowerlawsuit appreciate their sites being mentioned too.

If some of you on the East and West coasts in particular would like to be part of group protesting by the holding of banners at busy city intersections or the like, please let me, Joe, know.  Ex-JW friend Rick Fearon has some extra banners he made and while they last will send them to you and others.  I’ve already had people asking for some so please let me know now if you also want some.

And/Or you can also make signs of posterboards, inexpensive butcher paper etc.  Inform the police well in advance of your plans so that they will know and can tell you of any needed requirements, suggestions etc.  Laws can vary locally and from nation to nation and you assume your own responsibility for being informed and how you act.

Although each participating person or group acts on his, her or their own worldwide we all definitely benefit from the encouragement and inspiration from Sebastian Ramos and his friends taking the lead from Brazil, the land with the second largest group of JWs in the world.  Note: Sebastian requests that those who use signs and banners please take photos or videos.  That way if he receives a copy he can show it to people in Brazil (former Jehovah's Witnesses, news reporters, legislators etc), and it will encourage them there also. 

To find myself, on Facebook.com search for "J. Mason Emerson," direct email me at jmasonemerson@yahoo.com and put "PROTEST" in the subject field; or to phone, use 913 492-1564 and ask for Joe.  I’m in Central Standard Time in metropolitan Kansas City in the United States.  Stay peaceful, lawful, and let’s get it done! 

Again, please pass this along.

J Mason Emerson or simply “Joe”
Glad to be part of the larger movement
against Watchtower discrimination and human rights abuses

ANSWERS TO MORE QUESTIONS

Question: Some who are still exiting Watchtower are not yet totally out of it and would like to participate but are concerned that they will be discovered by Watchtower spies, reported and disfellowshipped with permanent loss of socializing with family still in it.  What can be done?

Answer: They can write and mail protest letters or wear masks if they like.  No one should criticise anyone who is acting to save his/her marriage, friendships etc.  

Question: Are there any T-shirts?

Answer: Those and other similar items are good but you will need to find and buy them on your own.  A good thing to put on a shirt for example would be "I marched in protest of Watchtower discrimination against Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses" and/or "JWs discriminate against Ex-members!"

Silentlambs.org has T-shirts, coffee cups, bumper stickers, door stickers etc about itself, and for example Silentlambs exposes Watchtower hiding pedophiles among Jehovah's Witnesses.  Click the following link to see the Silentlambs items: 

http://silentlambs.org/store/index.cfm

Questiion: Where is a good place to demonstrate when there is a group?

Answer: You may think it's in front of a kingdom hall but in this particular demonstration the message is for THE PUBLIC.  Therefore find a public sidewalk where two streets with heavy traffic meet.
 
It is good to have leaflets with a few words on them and a website people can go to for more information.  

In particular if you plan to march on a street you must get prior permission from police.  Contact police well in advance to see if there any restrictions of any sort; but mostly you will find they are more than happy to work with you.  Be prepared with alternative plans if the weather is too bad, especially if in a region of much snow.

Have a restaurant, house or other place where you and others can meet before and afterward to talk about things and exchange ideas etc for another time.

QUESTION: Is it legal to put protest literature in car windshields?

ANSWER: In January 2011 a friend checked with London police and was told it is okay there.  Looking around worldwide in some other places and lands it might be if the cars are not on private property.  However the cars of other people are their property, not yours, and in the United States in many communities even if the cars are in a public location such as along a public street, it's still considered illegal at least in some communities. 

This is true even though at times people come out of a store and find literature in a windshield, as many of us have.  So all in all, it depends on where you are.  Check with police and then you will know for sure.  I have read that throughout the state of New York it's not legal though as said, probably in most all if not all other states it's a community-by-community matter. 

Again, to get a clear correct answer inquire of local police or, say, a city attorney whom you may find at a city hall.

At the historical protest in Rome
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Roberto de Stefano (left with megaphone) with Italian news reporter
DISCRIMINATION THAT DESTROYS FAMILIES!!!
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For banners call Rick Fearon at 508 572-5599

LEAFLET INFORMING THE PUBLIC: The Watchtower Society (WTS) over Jehovah’s Witnesses discriminates and destroys the lives of people who speak against its policies such as hiding and sheltering over 23,000 pedophiles in the U.S. alone and telling JWs, JW kids and the Public they need to not get emergency blood transfusions so that an estimated up to 200,000 JWs and JW kids have died worldwide since 1945.  WTS' own Watchtower magazine (Oct 1, 1993) says those who "reject Jehovah's organization" deliberately choose badness, are apostates (=anti-God); and true Christians (JWs obedient to WTS) must "feel a loathing" toward such enemies of God.  WTS has defended JWs obedient to it in courts but tried to shut up those dissenting peacefully, and people have also lost their families and livelihoods after hateful discrimination called disfellowshipping has been enacted.  Freely make and share copies of this.

A list of some congregations you may write to are farther below on this page!

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The yellow T-Shirts of Sebastian and other friends also inform that Watchtower discriminates

CLICK TO READ ABOUT MAN'S FAMILY RELATIONS DESTROYED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

LETTER TO EDITORS...  IT WON'T REACH ANY UNLESS YOU HELP BY SENDING OR HANDING THEM A COPY

Dear Editor,


On January 21, 2011 Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses and Friends around the globe will be peacefully, lawfully protesting with signs and banners against discrimination from the Watchtower Society (WTS) over JWs.  More details on this event (to be annual) are at christianwitnesses.com where see “DEMONSTRATIONS.” This is not against regular JWs or right to freedom of religion as Watchtower will suggest but rather against the discrimination WTS’s top leaders use to persecute Ex-members of JWs.    We too have rights: the right to Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness without such cruel discrimination thrust on us after leaving WTS.   JWs quitting WTS are shunned so cruelly they have had families destroyed and some have committed suicide.  Human rights groups, workers, churches etc are also welcome to participate in these peaceful, lawful demonstrations.  How?  Inform police in advance, use banners and leaflets on public sidewalks at traffic intersections.  This idea came from Sebastian Ramos, an ExJW leading against WTS discrimination in n.e. Brazil.  The weather will be cold here in the U.S. but we’ll be doing our part too.

Sincerely,




J Mason Emerson
jmasonemerson@yahoo.com
http://www.christianwitnesses.com

Ph 913 492-1564; ask for Joe

 Sebastian Ramos (sebastianramos7@gmail.com)
For more information: http://christianwitnesses.com/id346.html

LEAFLET INFORMING THE PUBLIC IN VARIOUS LANGUAGES:

LEAFLET INFORMING THE PUBLIC: The Watchtower Society (WTS) over Jehovah’s Witnesses discriminates and destroys the lives of people who speak against its policies such as hiding and sheltering over 23,000 pedophiles in the U.S. alone and telling JWs, JW kids and the Public they need to not get emergency blood transfusions so that an estimated up to 200,000 JWs and JW kids have died worldwide since 1945.  WTS' own Watchtower magazine (Oct 1, 1993) says those who "reject Jehovah's organization" deliberately choose badness, are apostates (=anti-God); and true Christians (JWs obedient to WTS) must "feel a loathing" toward such enemies of God.  WTS has defended JWs obedient to it in courts but tried to shut up those dissenting peacefully, and people have also lost their families and livelihoods after hateful discrimination called disfellowshipping has been enacted.  Freely make and share copies of this.

HOJA DE INFORMACIÓN
AL PÚBLICO: La Sociedad Watchtower (Atalaya) sobre los Testigos de Jehová (TJs) discrimina y destruye las vidas de personas que hablan contra sus políticas, como el esonder y proteger de más de 23.000 pedófilos en los EEUU, y dicen a los TJs,  niños de TJs y el Público que no necesitan recibir transfusiones de manera que estima que posiblemente tan alto como 200.000 TJS y   hijos de TJs han muerto en todo el mundo desde 1945.  Su revista La Atalaya en sí (1 de octubre de 1993) dice que los que "rechazan la organización de Jehová" deliberadamente elegir el mal, son apóstatas (= en contra de Dios), y los verdaderos cristianos (los que son obedientes a la Sociedad) tienen que tener "aversión" a tales enemigos de Dios. La Sociedad ha defendido a los TJs obedientes a la Sociedad en los tribunales, pero trató de silenciar a quienes son disidentes pacíficos y personas también han perdidos a sus familias y la vida o sustenos después de la espantosa discriminación despues de la promulgacion de tal discriminación la llamada la exclulsión. Hagan y compartan copias de esto, por favor.

 FOLHETO DE INFORMAÇÃO AO PÚBLICO: A Sociedade Torre de Vigia (STV) sobre as Testemunhas de Jeová discrimina e destrói a vida das pessoas que falam contra as suas políticas, como esconderijo e abrigando mais de 23.000 pedófilos os EUA sozinhos e as Testemunhas de Jeová dizendo, as crianças das Testemunhas de Jeová e do público de que necessitam para não receber transfusões de modo que o estimado para possivelmente ser tão alto como 200.000 Testemunhas de Jeová e as crianças das Testemunhas de Jeová morreram no mundo desde 1945. A revista de Torre de Vigia próprio (01 de outubro de 1993) diz que aqueles que "rejeitam a organização de Jeová" deliberadamente escolher maldade, são apóstatas (= anti-Deus), e os verdadeiros cristãos (os TJ obedientes ao STV) deve "sentir aversão” para tais inimigos de Deus. STS defendeu obediente às Testemunhas de Jeová obedientes a STV em tribunais, mas tentou calar os que que são dissidentes pacíficos, e pessoas que também perderam suas famílias e vidas após a discriminação odiosa chamado desassociação foi promulgada. Faça e compartilha cópias deste, por favor.

SCHEDA INFORMATIVA
AL PUBBLICO: La Società Torre di Guardia (WTS) sui Testimoni di Geova discrimina e distrugge la vita delle persone che parlano contro le sue politiche, come copertura e alloggio oltre 23.000 pedofili solo negli Stati Uniti e Testimoni di Geova dicono I bambini dei Testimoni di Geova e il pubblico non hanno bisogno di trasfusioni in modo che stima come possibilmente alto come 200.000 Testimoni di Geova e dei figli dei testimoni di Geova sono morti in tutto il mondo dal 1945. La rivista Torre di Guardia stessa (1 ° ottobre 1993) dice che coloro che "rifiutano l'organizzazione di Geova"deliberatamente scegliere il male, sono apostati (= anti-Dio), e veri cristiani (gli obbedienti a TJ STV) dovrebbe "avversione" per i nemici di Dio tanto. STS difeso obbediente al obbediente Testimoni di Geova di STV nei tribunali, ma ha cercato di mettere a tacere coloro che sono dissidenti pacifici e persone che hanno perso anche le loro famiglie e la vita dopo l'orribile discriminazione è stata emanata dissociazione chiamato . Creare copie e condividere questo, per favore.

The Internet is still important, however it has no power to move legal and governmental authorities, above all inform about the ongoing discrimination. We have observed that employers do not heed requests via the Internet, is not it? They only answer to our requests when we are seen deployed, actively participating in meetings, public events, etc, etc. It is not possible for an organization like the Watchtower Society to perpetually discriminate against humans worldwide with no reaction whatsoever.  

 Sebastian Ramos (sebastianramos7@gmail.com)
For more information: http://christianwitnesses.com/id346.html

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International campaign against Watchtower's Discrimination in Brazil, U.S. too, Etc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCZPuTEh60U&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHORmXOXMj0&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivDgD3-62dE&feature=related


sebastianramos7@gmail.com

BRASILEIRO EX TESTEMUNHAS DE JEOVÁ LUTA PELOS DIREITOS HUMANOS CONTRA A SOCIEDADE TORRE DE VIGIA SOBRE AS TESTEMUNHAS DE JEOVA.  PEDEM-LHE PARA DAR APOIO.  VEJA COMO.

Sebastião Ramos foi uma Testemunha de Jeová no nordeste do Brasil, que costumava escrever cartas aos editores de jornais na Internet em defesa da Sociedade Torre de Vigia sobre as Testemunhas de Jeová. No entanto, a Sociedade Torre de Vigia desassociado (severamente rejeitadas) ele para fazê-lo porque eles insistem em apenas seus porta-vozes oficiais estão autorizados a fazer isso. Assim, a desassociação é um tipo de excomunhão que afasta as pessoas da família e amigos a tal ponto que algumas vítimas sequer suicidado.
 
Testemunhas de Jeová Outros antigo no Brasil chegou a apoiar a causa contra a Sociedade Torre de Vigia, após Sebastian Ramos iniciou uma ação judicial. Outdoors nas cidades brasileiras estão dizendo o que aconteceu. Não apenas as Testemunhas de Jeová e ex-Testemunhas de Jeová estão interessadas, mas também são cidadãos comuns e atividades de direitos humanos. Os advogados dos réus tentaram bloquear a ação, mas agora está indo em direção ao Supremo Tribunal Federal.
 
O processo movido por Sebastião Ramos afirma que a política da Sociedade Torre de Vigia de desassociação definitivas viola o artigo 14 da Lei 7.716/89 Código, a Constituição Federal do Brasil e da Declaração Univeral dos Direitos Humanos.
 
Percebendo a importância internacional desta edição, Sebastain Ramos pede agora que os leitores sobre ele envie cópias aos editores de notícias e outras pessoas para que elas também sabem o que está acontecendo. efeitos desassociação Testemunhas de Jeová não só antigo no Brasil, mas, sem dúvida, por exemplo, centenas de milhares de pessoas nos Estados Unidos e milhões ao redor do globo.
 
Além dos outdoors, eles também adotaram a campanha de informação para as pessoas nas avenidas e nas praças públicas, utilizado folhetos, distribuídos milhares de exemplares de textos publicados em jornais, utilizado carro de som, e formaram um fórum inter-religioso para os adeptos e participantes a luta contra a desassociação discriminatória.

pessoas desassociado e dissociada agora estão organizados em todos os estados do Brasil na luta por seus direitos. Não é por acaso que os promotores se sentem responsáveis perante o apelo à justiça.

O apoio tem vindo, por exemplo, das autoridades e instituições como a Comissão de Direitos Humanos da Câmara dos Deputados, o prefeito de Fortaleza, vereador João Alfredo, vice-presidente da instituição, e especialmente o cargo de Frei Tito de Alencar ligadas aos Direitos Humanos Comissão da Assembléia Legislativa do Ceará. Seus advogados já se vêem como promotores privados no processo judicial.

Sebastião Ramos diz: "Eu já me sinto vitoriosa por ter denunciado [a violação], como [a] grande afronta à dignidade humana ...... Para aqueles que sofrem com essa violência, uma mensagem: Atenção! Coragem! "Grandes caminhadas começam com pequenos passos." (. Provérbio oriental) Ele conclui um apelo para a nossa assistência, assinando-o como Sebastião Ramos, Servidor Público Federal (UFC): sebastianramos7@gmail.com
 
Então, como você pode mostrar o apoio dos leitores e ajudar? Uma forma é informar os repórteres de notícias no seu várias nações, o mais rapidamente possível. Outra forma seria a de enviar e-mail cartas de apoio para o seu endereço de e-mail e dizendo naqueles que tem sua permissão para mostrar aqueles que outros, incluindo funcionários de apoio a seus esforços e afirmar que sua causa não é apenas para ajudar os brasileiros, mas a si mesmos e outras pessoas do mundo inteiro .

 
BRAZILIAN FORMER JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES FIGHTING FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AGAINST WATCHTOWER SOCIETY OVER JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES.  THEY ASK YOU TO LEND SUPPORT.  HERE'S HOW.

Sebastian Ramos was a Jehovah's Witness in northeastern Brazil who used to write letters to editors of internet newspapers in defense of the Watchtower Society over Jehovah's Witnesses.  However, the Watchtower Society disfellowshipped (severely shunned) him for doing so because they insist only their official spokesmen are allowed to do that.  So disfellowshipping is a type of excommunication that isolates people from family and friends to such an extent some victims have even suicided.

 

Other former Jehovah's Witnesses in Brazil came to support the cause against the Watchtower Society after Sebastian Ramos began a lawsuit.  Billboards in Brazilian cities are now telling what happened.  Not just Jehovah's Witnesses and former Jehovah's Witnesses are interested, but so are regular citizens and human rights activists. The Watchtower Society's defendants' attorneys have tried to block the lawsuit but it is now heading toward the Supreme Court.

 

The lawsuit by Sebastian Ramos contends that the Watchtower Society's policy of disfellowshipping outright violates article 14 of Law Code 7.716/89, the federal Constitution of Brazil and the Univeral Declaration of Human Rights.

 

Realizing the international importance of this issue, Sebastain Ramos now asks that readers about it please send copies to news editors and other persons so that they will also know what is happening.  Disfellowshipping effects not only former Jehovah's Witnesses in Brazil but doubtlessly, for example, hundreds of thousands in the United States and millions around the globe.

 

Besides the billboards, they have also taken the information campaign to people on the boulevards and in public squares, used tracts, distributed thousands of copies of texts published in newspapers, used sound truck, and formed an inter-religious forum for supporters and participants in the fight against discriminatory disfellowshipping.


Disfellowshipped and disassociated people are now organized in all states of Brazil in the fight for their rights. It is no coincidence that prosecutors feel accountable to the call for justice.


Support has come for example from authorities and institutions such as the Human Rights Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, the Mayor of Fortaleza and alderman John Alfred, vice president of that institution, and especially the office of Frei Tito de Alencar linked to the Human Rights Commission of the Legislative Assembly of Ceará. Their lawyers now see themselves as private prosecutors in the judicial process.

Sebastian Ramos says “I already feel victorious for having denounced [the violations] as [a] great affront to human dignity...... For those who suffer from this violence, a message: Heads up! Courage! "Great Walks begin with small steps." (Oriental Proverb.)  He concludes an appeal for our assistance by signing it as Sebastian Ramos,  Federal Public Servant (UFC):  sebastianramos7@gmail.com

 

So how might you the readers show support and help out?  One way is to inform news reporters in your various nations as quickly as possible.  Another way would be to email supportive letters to his email address and saying in those that he has your permission to show those to others including officials in support of his efforts and to state that his cause is not just for helping Brazilians but yourselves and others worldwide.


SEBASTIAN RAMOS LEADS FIGHT WORLDWIDE AGAINST WATCHTOWER'S DISCRIMINATION

(January 21, 2011 is coming!)

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In Brazil the date January 21, 2011 is an international anti-discrimination day.  Those who participate can include at least one sign (or if mailing protest letters text) saying: "Jehovah's Witnesses discriminate against Ex-members! (NAME OF WEBSITE OF YOUR CHOICE)"  Protesting is good all times (including Memorial) but let's please do our part for January 31, 2011, also.   If some of you on the East and West coasts in particular would like to be part of group protesting by the holding of banners at busy city intersections or the like, please let me, Joe, know.  To find me on Facebook.com search for "J. Mason Emerson" or else direct email me at jmasonemerson@yahoo.com and put "PROTEST" in the subject field. If you need a banner I may be able to put you in touch with a friend who has some already made and free or will tell you how to make banners inexpensively, easily.

The photos and vocal tone convey the basic meaning though the words are spoken in Brazilian Portugese; Key Message: join us in battling Watchtower's discrimination!

INTERVIEW WITH SEBASTIAN RAMOS – PLEASE DISTRIBUTE AND POST EVERYWHERE

 

The following is an interview for Six Screens (sixscreensofthewatchtower.com) and ExJWs around the globe.  Sebastian has been leading the battle against the discrimination that comes from the Watchtower Society against ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses in northeastern Brazil, and he includes ideas here for how we in other lands can do the same including special activities on January 21, 2011:

 

1. To begin, Sebastian, can you tell our listeners some things about yourself?  For example, where were you born?  What is your age?  What kinds of work and social causes have you helped with in the past?  When did you and other family members become Jehovah’s Witnesses?  Did you lose a lot of family members after the Watchtower Society disfellowshipped you?

 

Answer: First I would like to thank all who access the Six Screens of the Watchtower, and to thank you for the kindness in contacting and providing this interview opportunity. I was born in northeastern Brazil in Ceará State which is well known abroad for its beautiful beaches. Today I am 52 years old, and from my youth been active in trade union militancy. I am of humble origins, and at age 22, I left my provincial city to come to Fortaleza, the capital of my state. Among other things I have held the position of director of educational policy and unions within the Union of Civil Servants of the UFC – the Federal University of Ceará, when dealing with issues of a social nature. I joined Jehovah's Witnesses in 2001, and among other people conducted a study with a sister who is still there, and that without any doubt is my biggest loss since leaving.  Besides this biological sister, I lost many friends, after all, I was the victim of what is one of the greatest absurdities committed by the Watchtower Society, its hateful discrimination.

 

2. Why did you quit Watchtower?

 

Answer: That’s easy to explain: The Watchtower Society has as one of its main foundations, the total and unequivocal subservience of its members, what they preach and distribute; it does not allow any of its followers freedom to analyze, have their own views, any independent insights, and in everything, and here I must repeat, in everything, everything must be done in accordance with what the organization requires; and here without any fear of making a mistake, I include one’s own thinking, the imagination of its followers. I have always enjoyed writing, I began to publish articles in the Brazilian media, related to biblical themes, and incredible as it may seem, even though in accord with the teachings of the Watchtower Society, was the target of  disfellowshipping. I was under the impression that it was at the direction of the Watchtower Society, that it was afraid of me, of my starting to analyze Bible texts, of my doing so alone, and publishing my results which in the future could identify any contradictions about what they were preaching, the citing of biblical passages, for example, a matter that could be dished out on former members, something totally apart from any divine or human purpose.

                    

3. How have you felt since the disfellowshipping? What was the reasoning for elders in disfellowshipping you?

 

Answer: I felt betrayed, stabbed in the back because all my biblical texts addressed issues from the standpoint of the Watchtower Society, none of them raising questions about what the Watchtower Society preached. My writings reinforced the interpretation of the Bible made by the Watchtower Society. This feeling of betrayal is reinforced when we look back and see my commitment, my dedication, my personal delivery, on behalf of the Watchtower Society, including taking the people to my bosom, a biological sister, among others. I suffered from depression, discouragement, disappointment, and I've been ignored, despised, and finally, suffered the effects of abhorrent discrimination. The elders claimed that I, in writing to the media, was disregarding orders from the Watchtower Society, considering it had already warned me that I should stop the production of such texts.

 

4. When do you believe that the Supreme Court of Brazil will hear this case of discrimination by the Watchtower Society against former Jehovah's Witnesses? For example, do you think it will be more likely to happen in 2011, 2012 or when?

 

Answer: First to clarify what goes on here in Brazil, there is a specific law that criminalizes all forms of discrimination, including of course  religious discrimination. For our laws, the Watchtower Society’s treatment of people, which discriminates against former members, is criminal. That's why the Public Prosecutor (the holder of criminal actions) sees to punishment of those who are charged. Two lawyers for the elders who are so charged scored a judicial victory in my state, but the Attorney General took the case to our Supreme Court, which as it gathers actions throughout Brazil, is overloaded and so I can not predict a date for the matter to be discussed and decided there. Here in Brazil there are many civil and social demonstrations, to praise, support, and applaud the stance of the prosecutor, so we are hopeful that this discussion will shortly be before the staff of our Supreme Court. I have reports that several people are in movement, not just for getting those who discriminate to answer criminally, but also, as may be ordered, to pay compensation for the moral and material damages arising from such discrimination.  In this case, even the Watchtower Society would have to pay damages.

 

5. Ex Jehovah's Witnesses in the United States have also suffered cruel shunning, sometimes harassment, spying and threats. Please tell our listeners a few details about what you and our friends in Brazil are facing from foes there. What kind of pressure have placed on you?
                               
Answer: We suffer all kinds of pressure. Sometimes covertly, sometimes openly. We have reports of former members who had the impression that they were being followed, others noticing anonymous telephone threats. I have suffered direct personal threats and on two occasions, while participating actively in public demonstrations, from entities of the the Ceara Forum of Religious Diversity.  This action to intimidate, at one time or another has contributed to some ex-members giving up their militancy. Recently some Watchtower Society men armed with cameras, were photographing our banners that we had put in some places, as well as inquired of residents as to their motives about the demonstrating, clearly intimidative posturing. Still, we continue distributing leaflets to people in general, leaving them in the windshield of vehicles, at homes, and points of heavy traffic. Many people who receive our brochures, sympathize with our movement and pass around photocopies to others who also distribute them.

 

6. Can you suggest some ways for those of us who are ex-Jehovah's Witnesses in the United States, Europe and other nations to help you on this important issue that affects all ex-JWs around the earth?


Answer: My modest suggestion is that we all unite, combine efforts in order to spread the idea that similar discrimination for any reason whatsoever, is conduct that should not be adopted, much less encouraged. Spread upon the four corners of the planet, we are all, regardless of our skin color, social status, sexual preference, religious preference, language, political inclination, in short, everyone of us is a human being who deserves to be treated as a human, as a neighbor.

 

It isn’t enough to have a cry of revolt here, another there, but we are all victims of discrimination, we have to offer a hand and together with one voice, embrace the planet and shout out: I AM A PERSON, I HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE TREATED AS SUCH, AND I DEMAND THAT RIGHT. And that outcry shall echoe in all minds, in all countries, in all governments in all plenary sessions of international organizations, until one day the United Nations, starts to require compliance with its resolutions related to the theme of discrimination against people around the world.

 

7. Here some ex-Jehovah's Witnesses read and discuss the Bible and enjoy fellowship after leaving the Watchtower Society. We do this based on love instead of having the same opinions about everything.  There are meetings via phone or in house churches. Has anyone already started a similar arrangement in Brazil?  Are Protestant or Catholic churches helping in any way?

 

Answer: This is also going well here. To continue studying the Bible, ex-members meet in homes, churches, others do it alone.  It is certain that there are former members attending Catholic churches and evangelical churches. What I crave is that regardless of where they are studying the Bible, we do not forget that every day, worldwide, people are leaving the ranks of the Watchtower Society, and they are beginning a dramatic experience of depression,  humiliation, psychological torture, putting it into a few words: hateful discrimination.

 

8. The year 2014 will be one hundred years since 1914. We already see the Watchtower acting more and more paranoid here in the United States.  Do you also see more paranoia by the Watchtower Society there in Brazil?

Answer: Paranoia is a constant in the minds of those who direct the Watchtower Society. Some have already guaranteed dates for the arrival of Armageddon, and it never came about. I have a friend who pokes fun at this, saying that he has already had direct contact with Armageddon, and he assures us that we can just forget about her, because she’ll never come. I have no doubt that proximity to the year 2014 will be used to put fear in people's heads in order to get them to join the ranks of the Watchtower Society, where they would be guaranteed security. Incidentally, shortly after a great world tragedy, like the attack of September 11, leaders of the Watchtower Society can gather more people, always under the argument that this or that event, would signal the arrival of Armageddon.

              

9. Not much surprises us these days. Have any of you been followed or been the victims of physical violence? Also, do any of you believe that fanatics favoring the Watchtower Society are using wiretaps?


Answer: No doubt high technology may be being used to track our movements, our ideas, our next steps. The leaders of the Watchtower Society are experienced men who know that a little cry, if repeated several times, can become a great shout, and maybe a flag, to liberate those who suffer discrimination on religious issues. And to avoid damage, there is no hesitation to use whatever is necessary to silence those who dare denounce this crime that has for years been openly perpetrated in Brazil.

 

10. If you have more rallies or demonstrations can you have a friend or friends put a copy of the events as a video on youtube.com, with permission for us to dub it into English and distribute copies to others including news people?
                                            
Answer: Since I started my journey against religious discrimination that is led by the Watchtower, I have always proceded to disclose matters, and I have always made it clear that the material may be freely accessed and disclosed. You of Six Screens of the Watchtower, as indeed with all people interested in the subject, can make use of the material I have posted on the Internet. You can dub it, translate it, and finally, you are authorized to put it out there without restriction.

 

11. Do we have permission to share copies of what you are saying with others? And do we have permission to use it in whatever way seems best to inform people more about what you're doing about Watchtower discrimination against the all of us?


Answer: As already stated, permission for this is total and there’s no concern about material which may be produce related to the topic of discrimination with a religious nature. Incidentally, I am putting at the end of this a presentaton, several links where interested parties can access material related to the subject, including matters related to the one described in this interview, such as published texts, which have signified the wrath of the Watchtower leadership, among other matters.

 

12. We know that things such as posters or billboards and banners cost some money. Do you accept donations of money for help with the costs? Most of us do not have much money, but your cause is our cause too, so if you're accepting such donations, how can people donate to help?


Answer: No doubt production of publicity materials does cost money. In addition to billboards, banners, posters, flyers, and banners, I have used T-shirts, and plan bandanas, caps, badges, stickers and other materials.  Also I travel about a good amount participating in events related to the discrimination of people, often using word of mouth.  Aiming to solidify this trend, lately I've been thinking of creating a corporation, nonprofit, with a board and elected office for the right time, to channel this effort toward promoting awareness that people can not discriminate against others, regardless of excuses.  Yes I accept donations, and thank those in advance willing to work with this fight; for this I provide the account number 799.788-4, agency 2925-4, of the Bank of Brazil, which is in my title. Any transfer of securities may be done in the Brazilian bank branches abroad, and they shall have as their final destination the struggle for this movement.

 

13. Can you tell us some things about some of the other ex-Jehovah's Witnesses helping you with banners, posters, brochures, etc.?  That way we can see and get a better feel for them too.


One a banner with writing about donating blood in front of a blood donation center, two of the people are disfellowshipped. One wearing a white-colored hospital gown, and there’s another who’s well-known, that is Naib Pascoal, who has long participated in a Brazilian forum of great influence among former members of the Watchtower Society, which is at the internet website http://www.extestemunhasdejeová.net and he also maintains a blog that is at

http://extestemunhasdejeova.blogspot.com/

 

14. We know you have an email sebastianramos7@gmail.com Do you have any plans for a website?


Answer: My idea is to create a legal entity, and after that create a site for that entity so as to facilitate the dissemination of material related to religious discrimination.  My purpose is to add strength to the different pages that already disclose material on the subject, creating a space to discuss, disseminate, and share material and ideas on religious discrimination from the direction of the Watchtower Society, such as relevant news, for example. The recent decision by a State Court (Sao Paolo), was to send on for a People's Court a case involving three members of the Watchtower Society who had not allowed a blood transfusion for a 13-year-old girl, the result being that she died.

 

15. How could we develop a coordinated action, globally, against religious discrimination imposed by the WTS?

A good question.  This January 21, 2010, we can start from January 1, 2010, onward, a day commemorated in Brazil against Religious Intolerance, institutionalized by the President of the Republic.  On this day, inter-religious forums promote demonstrations in various state capitals. Last year disasfellowshipped ones took the oportuunity to demonstrate at an important location in the capital of Fortaleza.  We handed out a note to the general population denouncing the social ostracism that the Watchtower Society has prepertrated against ex-members. However, and it would seem obvious, wouldn’t it be a good idea from this point on for us to contact disfellowshipped people whom we are aware of and propose this idea to them?

 

Some Final Thoughts From Sebastian: As I said at the start, I do appreciate the opportunity and the space that was so kindly granted. I call upon those who come to access this material to not be intimidated, not to forget to keep on fighting. Let us unite our forces. The Watchtower Society and the authorities will only heed our groaning when they hear our voices chanting hoarsely in the streets. Seek out social organizations, churches, trade unions, human rights groups, etc ... I am looking at a historic gathering that occured on December 1 in Italy, and I hope to see you very soon. Therefore, in a word: denounce, denounce, denounce in order to end this injustice  .

“What worries me is not the outcry of those who do evil. It is the silence of good people.” (Martin Luther King)

 

Well, Sebastian.  Your bringing the discrimination that we suffer to the attention of the media has already won a great victory!  Please continue to give us information as things change, and stay welcome to see the Six Screens of the Watchtower http://www.sixscreensofthewatchtower.com. Keep waving the flag of victory as we all move forward!  And please never forget that we are all very, very proud of you and our other friends there in Brazil!


Sebastian also notes: See published articles in favor of Watchtower at:

 

blogspot.com/2007/01/religio-no-centro-das-discusses.html

http://www.gterra.com.br/geral/os-clerigos-do-santo-sepulcro-demonstram-o-amor-cristao-6762.html

http://tribunapopular.wordpress.com/2009/02/13/seria-biblico-a-igreja-cobrar-10-de-seu-salario/

http://www.sidneyrezende.com/noticia/24637+musicas+gospel+podem+chegar+ate+deus

http://www.antonioviana.com.br/2009/site/ver_noticia.php?id=51462

 

First text against disfellowshipping: Who has the authority to excommunicate? The following links:

 

http://www.ocurumim.com.br/Noticia.asp?ID=1583

http://www.antonioviana.com.br/2009/site/ver_noticia.php?id=55117

http://www.snn.com.br/noticia/43442/24/quem-tem-autoridade-para-excomungar.html                        

 

Other: Relevant facts that changed the history of Brazil. A look at the matter.

 

http://www.jornaldeitupeva.com.br/noticia.php?id=090806104822

http://saojoaquimonline.com.br/?p=3202


 

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The fourth person at the banner from the left is Sebastian Ramos

   

Social Entities are protesting the decision of the TJCE (Court) - Campaign against religious discrimination hitting the streets


After the first disclosure of the complaint through billboards, made in August, the case has become more visible in society and, in turn, broadened the debate, even among union members, for fear of seeing more workers in the future could be punished by calls to bully them.

The groups that make up the Forum of Religious Diversity at Cearense, once again, resume their campaign for constitutional rights and religious tolerance.  On September 16, Thursday, there was a rally outside the Court of Ceará to reaffirm that the authorities will not give up their fight against religious discrimination under which former members of the Church of Jehovah's Witnesses suffer. During the speeches by their representatives, it was said that magistrates should reevaluate their best decision that suspended the action against the pastors, in view of the fact that the process had been built in the light of a police inquiry, prosecutor, and finally, that the Judge dealing with the complaint is embraced by the 6th Criminal Court. We were privileged to have with us the presence of a dissident couple who came from Sao Paulo to Fortaleza to know more about our movement against religious discrimination that was on the agenda.

After the first disclosure of the complaint through billboards, made in August, the case became more visible in society and, in turn, broadened the debate, even among union members, out of fear that in the future more workers may be persecuted by such bullying. It was no accident that the lawyers of the Office Frei Tito de Alencar, linked to the Human Rights Commission of the Legislative Assembly of Ceará State, said that the extinction of the action results in a risk to organizations of civil society organizations.


To Wit:

"Thus, this Office is made available for any clarifications on the case, manifesting itself in order that Ceare make repair to the mistake that was caused, so that civil society organizations can protect themselves from unlawful acts committed within the Religious Associations and in view that the Brazilian State guarantees to all, in addition to the freedom of worship, equal opportunities to live and relate socially. "

Before the implacement of attorneys who are preparing a petition in order to appeal the decision of the Court, the Religious Diversity Forum of Ceare, through its participants, definitely resolved once more to publicize the event through billboards, to inform society that religious discrimination continues to be applied against the individual liberties of the people.

Two billboards were installed in public areas of Fortaleza on 17/09/210, one in Avenida Santos Dumont. Noteworthy, there is spectacular lighting in that location, and moreover, there are spotlights above the billboard, not counting that the same is near a traffic light. Another billboard was installed at the exit of the Administrative Center of the State Government - Cambeba - where the Court is also located. Additional billboards are being installed at strategic points in the town.

Entities that support the movement: the Forum of Former Jehovah's Witnesses, Religious Diversity Forum of Ceara; DCE - Central Directory of UFC Students; the Afro-Brazilian Cultural Association - ALABGA; UNEGRO – the Union of Blacks for Equality; Afoxé Acabaca; National Secretariat of the Black Movement - PDT; FENEECE: the State Forum of Black Entities of Ceará, among others.

The Stand of the Human Rights Office

In a statement, the Office of Human Rights and Legal Persons, via Frei Tito de Alencar has said it is surprised by the decision of the TJCE ruling for the locking action.

Read the note from the Office of Human Rights in its entirety

NOTICE RE THE CASE OF RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE

The Office of Human Rights and Legal Persons -- Frei Tito de Alencar, linked to the Human Rights Committee of the Legislative Assembly of Ceará, through this note, shows his consternation with the recent decision by the Honorable Court of the State Ceará, in the records of Habeas Corpus Action No. 40832-87.2010.8.06.0000 ordering the closing of Public Criminal Action Public the event of Religious Intolerance promoted by elders of the Church against Jehovah's Witness disfellowshipped members, by preventing them to continue maintaining contact with friends and relatives still persevering in the Church.

The case was brought to this office in November of 2009, when he began investigations into the complaint sought, from the police inquiry, and on April 14 this year, the State Prosecutor promoted complaint, if it be rightly understood in its dealing with the offense described by art. 14 of the Act of Racism (Federal Law No. 7.716/89), which provides: "Section 14. Prevention or impediment, in any form or manner, to marriage or family and social relations. Penalty: imprisonment from two to four years. "

Similarly, the Criminal Judge received the complaint and told the elders to present their defense. Thus, the defendants filed a Habeas Corpus before the Court of the State demanding the closing of the criminal action. This habeas corpus was granted and dismissed on August 31, 2010.

The social repercussions of the case is indisputable, so that it has stirred much visibility in the gathering of testimony from several former members of the religion witnessing the discrimination, as well as through the Interreligious Forum that discusses the theme and the inclusion of the theme in various media .

Certainly, no one raises issue with the criteria for being excommunicated from the Church, nor the freedom of belief or religious interpretation. However, the transcendant fact is clear: being unable to maintain good relations with family and friends because of religious reasons, ie, disassociation from the Church. It is considered therefore that this case fits in its dimensions appropriate to the offense as laid out.

Notice that this deals not merely with two members of the religion, it brings to bear strong psychological pressure and a campaign waged against the disfellowshipped. Moreover, the right to social life and family is Constitutionally guaranteed, and no citizen shall be deprived of its exercise, perhaps by the orders of religious bodies which seek to punish only those who are no longer part of them.

Thus, this Office is made available for any clarifications on the case, manifesting itself in order that Ceara’s justice repair the mistake caused, so that civil society organizations can protect themselves from unlawful acts committed within the Brazilian State and Religious Associations guaranteeing unto all, besides the freedom of worship, also equal opportunities to live and relate socially.

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Signs telling the Public that Jehovah's Witnesses persecute ExJWs

WATCHTOWER SOCIETY OVER JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES HAS MAJOR FINANCIAL DEFEAT IN GERMANY DUE TO POLICIES HARMFUL TO OWN MEMBERS AND ALSO THE EX-JWs THEY DISCRIMINATE AGAINST

Stuttgart - With their "Watchtower" and "Awake" magazines, Jehovah's Witnesses have been able to proselytize in residential areas and pedestrian zones. However they have not been able to convince state level politicians.

For now Jehovah's Witnesses can forget about being put on the same footing as the Christian churches in Baden-Wuerttemberg. The CDU-FDP government in Stuttgart, as our newspaper learned Wednesday, has now definitely decided to refuse state approval for the controversial religious community. "The Cabinet has decided to reject the application Jehovah's Witnesses for the benefit rights of an incorporated boy," said a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Culture, upon an inquiry from our newspaper. "We are in the process, of working closely on this decision with the Ministry of Justice, and will subsequently be serving notice to the Jehovah's Witnesses."

 

The relevant Cabinet decision dated December 20 has yet to be made public.

It is expected that the faith community which claims 28,000 members in Baden-Württemberg, will act against the decision. The last word may have to be from the Administrative Court (VGH) in Mannheim. The state government justified its rejection based upon doubts that the faith community is in known opposition to state in being skeptical or hostile toward it, they not being supposed to even take part in elections. Furthermore, even family members are even supposed to break contact off with disfellowshipped members, by which doing the country is affected, according to a report by the Justice Department, such that "the fundamental right to respect for family life and marriage" and the basic right to religious freedom are affected. Moreover, the religious community by refusal of blood transfusions risks the "life and limb of minor children and young people."

Recognition as a public body would have given advantages to the Jehovah's Witnesses, enabling them to pay less in taxes and administrative fees. In addition, they then would have gone partially out of state control, could even have imposed a church tax and would like the Protestant and Catholic Church have had the right to sit on boards for public service broadcasting.

The expected lawsuit in Baden-Württemberg Germany should get attention across the nation. Twelve of the sixteen states, had to now legally upgraded  Jehovah's Witnesses at their request because they had seen no other recourse, despite their concerns.  The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Education wanted to get involved but met widespread opposition in Parliament.  Also, Rhineland-Pfalz,  Bremen and North Rhine-Westphalia have refrained from giving legal recognition.

Those German states that capitulated, referred to above all, a supposedly ground-breaking decision of the Berlin Higher Administrative Court, by which Jehovah's Witnesses in 2006 had won after almost 15 years of litigation the status of a public body.  According to the state government in Stuttgart, the Berlin-based judges have only partially shed light on inner lives of the community. They have for example waived interviewing those who have left the JWs The Justice Ministry in Stuttgart has done so, however in the course of compiling its report.

 

If the Administrative Court (VGH) in Mannheim reach a different verdict than their colleagues in Berlin, the Jehovah's Witnesses would be deprived of their status, probably in most states again.  However, matters are expected to again take years before final resolution. http://www.jehovahs-witness.net/jw/friends/204965/1/Article-about-the-JWs-German-speaking

COMMENTS: In other words the authorities looked in and discovered Watchtower pressures members to not vote, bleeds some to death, destroys families by cruel discrimination, etc.  It appears that testimony from former members of Jehovah's Witnesses was a major reason Watchtower lost the right to win recognition and with it pay less to no taxed, be able to levy their own church taxes etc. 

ITALIAN

The following is a posting of encouragement from Roberto de Stefano of Italy to Rick Fearon of Massachusetts (USA):

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Well done Rick!

I know, one may feel discouraged by the tiny number of protesters. But what really counts is that these public protests have started.

We in Italy didn’t know earlier last year that there was the Brazilians had decided to organize their protest to take place on January 21st.

We had our in Rome, in front of the Italian Parliament on December 1st. The reason we had it then rather than now is that our objective was to counter a law project which was being examined by the Parliament exactly during that period, in order to prevent its acceptance. That law would give larger freedom to the Watchtower in that country with several added privileges, one of which is collecting 0.8% of the income taxes for the Watchtower “social” values.

We had a chance to give two conferences publicly on the square in front of the Parliament. The first was by Achille Aveta who is a long time dissident, who participated in the translation of Ray Franz, Jim Penton and Carl Olof Jonsson books. I was the second speaker to expose this crime against the freedoms granted by the Italian Constitution and the Declaration of the Human Rights. Reference was made to the Brasilian manifestations and court case which took place already last year, and the court case in Belgium, which after three levels of judgment, as to be re-examined by the appeal court next month of April.

We take these initiatives seriously, as it is only by widening the protest that we will be heard.
This is why, the manifestation in Rome was preceded by TV interviews one of which lasted an hour and was followed by several TV programs to explain why we did hold the manifestation. This has created a reaction from the WT branch office in Rome who wrote to the TV owner trying to intimidate them. But even after this intimidation letter, a new interview took place in the same TV station.

 Thousands of tracts exposing the WT in this discrimination issue were distributed in Rome that day and in the following weeks, on the public squares.  This tract distribution has continued during the month of December and January in other Italian cities.

Not to let the fire die, we plan other initiatives during the year in Italy.
Our next meeting, with people coming from all over the country will take place in March in one of the large Italian cities. We got support even from the local Police Union !

During my conference in Rome, I proposed people to join me in the protest against the WT ostracism during the trial in Belgium which will take place I April. Some of the attendees have expressed their interest, even if this will mean traveling far at their own costs.

I am in contact now with the dissidents in Belgium and in France and will try to get the protest going during the trial.

It is not the NUMBER of people participating in the manifestations that is really the key.
We NEVER had any manifestation in the past, and now, in spite of the relative small number of participants we have had our FIRST one! The fact that we had our fist one give us the motivation to continue, getting more and more attention and participation as people start to be more bold.

This is why we encourage you not to be defeatist and stop even before you start, but to stand up and get together with others who have the same motivation and plan your next move.

I personally believe that we should get our act together internationally, setting up a kind of organized group to start at least by exchanging ideas, plans, experiences and in the long run be a strong entity standing up against the Watchtower.

Expectations need to be managed. No one in its sane mind could expect that from one day to another things will change, nor should we expect to take down the WT.

Our aim should be a clear and loud voice to let the public opinion know about the dangers of becoming a JW. We should not fight the disfellowshipping provision. Any entity has the right to establish its entrance and expulsion procedures and principles. But NO ONE has the right to teach its members to hate their ex members , ostracizing them and discriminating them. At least in Europe this is against the law, but unfortunately when the WT organization has been “recognized” as a religion in most European countries, this issue was NEVER brought up by opponents. The only earlier issues were blood, military service and political elections, but the discrimination issue was never brought up before.

The court cases in Brazil and in Belgium are probably the first ones where “discrimination” is the charge against the WT. I don’t know what the case is in the USA, but if we do not try we will never know.

One of the Friends, Michael, offers the following T-Shirt deal which also helps Lawrence Hughes in the blood transfusions issue.  Click to see:
 

http://www.sodomfallstoashes.bigcartel.com/product/bethany-shirt


Another T-shirt source:
T-shirts at $9.45 for one. Put Ex-JW on one and wear in a mall etc to be found by other ExJWs:
http://www.vistaprint.com/custom-tshirts.aspx?xnav=TsrItem&xnid=aTShirtsApparel+and+Accessories&dng=Apparel+and+Accessories&rd=2


Banners by Ex-Jehovah's Witness Rick Fearon
508 572-5599

Click to join the protesting by writing a letter (addresses provided) or otherwise by signs, banners, radio show etc.  Following are just some photos.  Many more have participated and will participate. 

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Former Jehovah's Witness Sebastian Ramos in Fortaleza, Brazil, father of international protests
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Ex-JW Roberto Di Stefano in Europe
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Joe Emerson in Overland Park, Kansas (USA), spearhead on Facebook.com
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Fearons with friend near Boston (USA)
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Amelia Ashton-Brooke and daughter left flyers on cars in London.
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Some of the protest letters mailed in western Canada
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Former Jehovah's Witnesses in Brazil
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Angus Robertson of the UK protested Watchtower in a radio interview
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A group demonstrated in Rome, Italy

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