Why would Watchtower fight Stratton Ohio

by John Davis 14 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • John Davis
    John Davis

    Why would Watchtower sue Stratton Ohio, and then laud it over and over in their books? The town doesn't even have 300 people, why would they pick on such a small town. They are promoting it so much at this week's meeting.

  • steve2

    Thanks for your OP John. As I do not know anything about the Watchtower suing Stratton Ohio, could you give me some background context or even a link? Thanks

  • John Davis
    John Davis

    This is from this weeks meeting. Their material

    DECISION June 17, 2002

    COUNTRY United States

    ISSUE Freedom of expression.

    FACTS The village of Stratton in the state of Ohio issues an ordinance that requires anyone engaging in door-to-door activity to obtain a permit. Federal trial and appeals courts hold that the ordinance is constitutional.

    RULING The Supreme Court strikes down the ordinance as unconstitutional and reaffirms the right to free exercise of religion and the right to freedom of expression. The Court notes that the Witnesses explained that they “derive their authority to preach from Scripture.”

    IMPACT Hundreds of municipalities desist from applying similar ordinances to the ministry of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

    This is from Wikipedia


    Stratton is a village in Jefferson County, Ohio, United States, along the Ohio River. The population was 294 at the 2010 census.


    Stratton gained international attention in 2002 when it lost before the United States Supreme Court in the matter of Watchtower Society v. Village of Stratton, a case in which a town ordinance's provisions making it a misdemeanor to engage in door-to-door advocacy without first registering with town officials and receiving a permit violates the First Amendment as it applies to religious proselytizing, anonymous political speech and the distribution of handbills.

  • sparrowdown

    My guess is because WT are bullies and love nothing better than bragging about it if it goes well for them.The battles they lose you never hear about.

  • John Davis
    John Davis

    Even one of their smaller assemblies has like at least 3 or 4 times the whole population of that town.

  • skin

    Promotional proof to make the R&F believe that WT are winning all and every court battle.

    As brought out at this meeting, This is clear proof that Jehovah is controlling these court outcomes. How else can WT win these Supreme Court trials with Satan's rulers (the courts), under the control of Satan's world?

  • stuckinarut2

    True humility it seems....(sarcasm alert)

    Boasting like this is just so petty. So they won a small town issue. Big deal.

    They lost in a massive country : RUSSIA

  • zeb

    Why do they pick on a small town ? because the wt are outright bullies that's why. Yes they have crushed the ant while the run like hell from the Bear.. and that is Put-in things into perspective!

  • Vidiot
    skin - "Promotional proof to make the R&F believe that WT are winning all and every court battle."

    Hasn't the Org - in the past - claimed that reports of a regime's failures are stronger proof of its legitimacity? :smirk:

  • waton

    small towns can't afford big attorneys. easy pickings.

    wt also won a victory against Boisbriand Qc, that tried in spite of prior Canadian supreme court rulings to regulate "publishers" in it's territory. Victory celebrated by David Splaine playing a grand set up for him in the foyer of the kh.

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