by Eliseo 8 Replies latest watchtower scandals

  • Eliseo

    A new sentence in Norway

    The court has invalidated a disfellowshipping!

  • Tameria2001

    I'm glad she won her case.

  • smiddy3

    I also hope she wins the appeal decision when it comes up.

  • Vanderhoven7

    What about separation of church and state?

  • Xanthippe

    Brilliant! This is the first time a lawyer has won a case against JWs for disfellowshipping someone I believe. They were ordered to pay her the equivalent of £10,000 plus court fees.

    Of course WTS will appeal but it's very interesting. Thanks Eliseo. Watch this space.

  • Gorbatchov

    This is good news.


  • Anders Andersen
    Anders Andersen
    What about separation of church and state?

    As a Norwegian exjw on Reddit explained, this is not really a court. Is a mediation 'court' below the real courts to unburden those.

    From wikipedia:

    Conciliation boards
    A conciliation board is allocated to each municipality. Each conciliation board consists of three lay members and an equal number of deputies elected or appointed by the municipal council for terms of four years. Conciliation boards mediate between disputing parties and are generally authorised to pronounce a verdict. Conciliation boards resolve the majority of civil disputes, but they do not hear criminal cases and participation in their hearings is voluntary.

    So Watchtower will probably just have a judge look at this and get it thrown out..

  • Eustace

    If accurate this is bizarre and psychotic behavior on the part of the congregation, and the Watchtower Society also has a lot to answer for if they actually went along with the congregation's warped idea to disfellowship a rape victim for fornication. Seriously, they couldn't have just told the local congregation not to do that?

    The Conciliation Council ruled that the expulsion of a member by Jehovah's Witnesses is invalid. The woman claims to have been accused of "fornication" after telling about a rape.
    According to the woman, during a meeting with two of the congregation elders, she was informed that she would be expelled due to fornication.
    "The congregation did not contest the actual circumstances, it only invoked religious freedom and hid behind the human rights convention," attorney Håkon Danielsen told VG. "It was very hard for her, she was very down. He does it to get his life back. She has been in this church almost all her life, that's where she has her social network, "he continues.
  • Eustace

    Disfellowshipping a rape victim for fornication even goes against their own rules. And then it goes to a mediator and the congregation doesn’t even dispute that they expelled a woman for the sin of being raped? And then the Norwegian Branch Office inexplicably backs them up by saying they may appeal the decision? 🤔

    VG has been in contact with that ward, referring to the Scandinavian branch office of Jehovah's Witnesses.
    "We have noted that the Conciliation Board has made a decision in the disfavor of Jehovah's Witnesses. We do not agree with the presentation of the case in the conciliation board and their decision. Therefore, we will use legal assistance to assess what to do next, ”writes press spokesman Dag-Erik Kristoffersen in an e-mail to VG.

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