Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower Investigated by Charity Commission

UPDATED 10 APRIL 2015 – As of 9 April 2015 Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of Britain and the Manchester New Moston Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses have lost all appeals and attempts to prevent an investigation by the Charity Commission for England and Wales into their activities.

In June 2014 the Charity Commission for England and Wales announced an investigation into Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of Britain and a number of congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses. On 22 December 2014 the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower lodged a Notice of Appeal against the investigation (Appeal Number CA/2014/0023)  with the intent of preventing the Charity Commission investigating their charity status and activities. The appeal lodged by Watchtower and Jehovah’s Witnesses was outside the six month statutory time limit. On 23 December 2014 the Tribunal issued directions in relation to the late lodging of the appeal giving the Charity Commission until 13 January 2015 to provide a response to the Tribunal as to whether they accept the late appeal.

Documents Relating to the Investigation

NEW New Moston Congregation v Charity Commission – Tribunal Decision (09 April 2015) – pdf

NEW Charity Tribunal Rejects Watchtower’s Application to Appeal – Decision (02 April 2015) – pdf

NEW Watch Tower v Charity Tribunal Ruling (02 April 2015) – pdf

Watch Tower v Charity Commission – Tribunal Decision (14 January 2015) – pdf

Watchtower v Charity Commission – Tribunal Directions (23 December 2014) – pdf

Watchtower v Charity Commission – Tribunal Directions – 23 December 2014 – pdf

Press release Charity Commission announces investigation into Jehovah’s Witnesses (10 June 2014) – pdf

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High Court Ruling Stops Children Attending Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall

A New Zealand High Court Ruling has prohibited two children from attending the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses and engaging in the activities of Jehovah’s Witnesses for the purpose of protecting the children from exposure to the religion. The ruling permits the two children to attend birthday, Easter and Christmas celebrations. The ruling prevents the mother from taking the two children out “witnessing”.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses Ordered To Pay $13.5 Million In Child Abuse Case

Documents relating to the court hearing available for download –

Declaration of Gerrit Losch (Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses) – 4 February 2014 – pdf

Lopez – Judgment filed 10-29-14 – pdf Lopez First Amended Complaint filed 03-01-13 – pdf

Motion to Amend to Allege Punitive Damages 2-5-1 – pdf

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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY ZALKIN LAW FIRM Superior Court Judge Joan M. Lewis has entered a judgment against the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc. (Watchtower) for $13.5 million in punitive and compensatory damages in a civil lawsuit filed by the Zalkin Law Firm on behalf of a victim of sexual abuse who was a child member of the Linda Vista Spanish Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1986. Irwin Zalkin led his firm’s team of sexual abuse attorneys in this case.

The case involved child sexual abuse by alleged child molester Gonzalo Campos within two local San Diego congregations of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Zalkin Law Firm filed this civil lawsuit in February of 2013 (Case No: 37-2012-00099849-CU-PO-CTL). The plaintiff, Jose Lopez, was a minor child whose family was active in the congregation at the time of the alleged abuse.

“Mr. Lopez has suffered for years as a result of this abuse and we are pleased that he will finally receive justice and compensation as a result of Judge Lewis’ strong ruling against the Watchtower,” said Irwin Zalkin, attorney representing Mr. Lopez. “This ruling may hopefully awake the Jehovah’s Witnesses leadership to the standards of morality and care for children that our society demands.”

Judge Lewis entered a default judgment against the Watchtower, the corporate head of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, after it refused to obey court orders to produce any documents they may have regarding the problem of sexual abuse of children within congregations of the Jehovah’s Witnesses throughout the United States. In addition, Watchtower also refused a court order to produce the longest serving member of its governing body for a deposition. Both the Fourth District Court of Appeals, and the California Supreme Court rebuffed Watchtower’s efforts the reverse Judge Lewis’ orders on these matters. Despite the decision of the Appeals Court and the California Supreme Court, Watchtower still refused to produce the documents or the witness.

California law permits the court to strike the answer of a defendant that refuses to abide by a court order and to enter a default judgment against them. After giving Watchtower every opportunity to comply with her order, Judge Lewis issued the terminating sanction and entered a default judgment against Watchtower. She then ordered the Zalkin Law Firm lawyers for the victim to prove their case by putting on evidence to support the allegations of the victim’s complaint.

After hearing six days of testimony and presentation of written evidence, Judge Lewis was satisfied that the Plaintiff had more that adequately proved his case. Accordingly, she issued a judgment in favor of the Plaintiff in the amount of $13,500,000.00 that includes an award of $10,500,000 in punitive damages intended to punish Watchtower for its reprehensible conduct.

The case itself involved an alleged serial child molester by the name of Gonzalo Campos, who confessed to this molestation in a deposition which was part of the evidence in this case. At the time he sexually abuse the plaintiff, Jose Lopez, in 1986, who was only 7 years old, he was an ordained minister of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and had already abused four other children. Evidence in the case showed that Elders of the Linda Vista Congregation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses were aware as early as 1982 that Campos was a child molester but chose to take no action against him. Further evidence showed that Church leaders did not report him to law enforcement, they did not warn other parents of the congregation, they never checked to see if he might be abusing other children of the congregation, they allowed him to give Bible study to young children and ultimately recommended him to Jose’s mother as someone Jose should study Bible with.

According to the evidence presented in the case, after Campos spent months grooming Jose and sexually molesting him, Jose reported the molestation to his mother. She and her mentor, a senior female member of the congregation, reported the sexual abuse to a congregation elder appointed by Watchtower. That elder and another elder confirmed that the sexual abuse occurred. Both Jose’s mother and her mentor were told by church leaders not to say anything that it would get handled. Nothing was done, and ultimately, Jose and his mother disassociated themselves from the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Case evidence presented in the trial further showed that despite the reports and confession by Campos of abusing a child in 1982 and Jose in 1986, he was allowed to remain in the congregation and over the next twelve years was actually elevated up the organizational ladder ultimately becoming an elder himself in 1993. During this time frame he has confessed to sexually abusing at least eight children.

Documents and testimony in the case showed that elders and the Watchtower took no action for almost a year after receiving a written complaint in April of 1994 from a mother of one of the victims whose son was molested by Campos in approximately 1984. During this time as an elder, he continued to abuse young Jehovah’s Witness children. Even after he was expelled as a known and confessed child molester, he was reinstated within a few years without any warning to parents of children within the congregation.

“Rather than reaching out to victims with support, the leadership of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in this case treated the victim as an adversary”, said Zalkin, who has filed cases in five other states on behalf of other Jehovah’s Witnesses childhood sexual abuse victims. “This court ruling is a clear condemnation of the disgraceful conduct of this organization, conduct that is totally contrary to what one would expect from a religious institution that promotes itself as living in the Truth.”

The Zalkin Law Firm With offices in San Diego and New York, The Zalkin Law Firm (www.zalkin.com) is one of the premier sexual abuse and personal injury law firms in the country. The firm’s lawyers have represented hundreds of survivors of childhood sexual abuse and achieved groundbreaking results in numerous high-profile clergy abuse cases across the United States.

The Zalkin Law Firm has aggressively represented hundreds of survivors of child sexual abuse, including former Boy Scouts. The firm has negotiated over $200 million in settlements in Catholic clergy sex abuse cases. The firm currently has more than 20 active lawsuits against the Jehovah’s Witnesses in five states, representing victims of childhood sexual abuse.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses Falsely Linked To Islamic State

The following news interview was reported in the English language version of Pravda.Ru on 8 October 2014…

The UN Security Council unanimously, which is a rare occasion during the recent years, adopted a resolution on the fight against terrorism. Pravda.Ru interviewed executive secretary of the Presidium of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, Araik Stepanyan, about old and new threats in the Middle East and in the whole world.

“Why did Russia support the United States? Not that long ago, there was heated debate on the USA’s interference in the internal affairs of Syria and Ukraine. In fact, the United States wants to destroy Russia by the hands of Ukrainian fascists. Yet, Russia supported the States. Why so?”

“Russia has its list of terrorist organizations. Some of them, included on our list, are not included on the list of the United States. They consider them fighters for freedom and democracy and support some of them. Russia calls for the coordination of databases of terrorist organizations, so that they are clearly considered as terrorist organizations for the whole world. In this case, it would be possible to catch members of such organizations and bring them to trial, rather than simply bomb sovereign states. Russia voted for coordinated legal international action.”

“Is the current bombing of ISIS in Syria a start of the operation that will then proceed to the destruction of Bashar Assad?”

“ISIS has everything. It has members from Jehovah’s Witnesses, from archaic Judaism, from the criminal world … That is, they built a fine, universal and simple ideology. The main idea of ​​it is the false understanding of the end of the world. To be saved, one needs to unite and go to the end of the world together. In another world, they will have beautiful women, etc.”

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