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Benton County Man Arrested: Fires 19 Shots At Jehovah’s Witnesses

Police say a Centerton man fired multiple gunshots at Jehovah’s witnesses after asking them to leave Saturday.

John Lee Baldwin, 35, now faces a felony charge of aggravated assault.

The three Jehovah’s witnesses were in the process of leaving and heard Baldwin say from his front door, “Get me my 9,” according to a probable cause report.

As they drove away that’s when Baldwin allegedly started shooting.

In an interview with detectives, police say Baldwin admitted to firing about 19 rounds.

133 Responses to Benton County Man Arrested: Fires 19 Shots At Jehovah’s Witnesses

  1. Joanna McGinn Reply

    September 29, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    I know they can be annoying, but if you asked them to leave and they are leaving , you do NOT get to shoot them… no matter what… (but it sounds like he COULD have used some sort of message… like ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER!!’ He’s obviously not the brightest bulb in the pack.

    • Jim Mason Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      They come to our neighborhood. They are nice people. This fellow must have emotional problems.

      • rosa

        November 4, 2013 at 3:14 pm

        He probably knew that Jehovah witnesses have child molesters that are protected by The Two witness rule. They are allowed to be around children unsupervised. gooogle it.

      • Candy Turner

        November 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm

        Rosa ~ That’s an interesting statement. What is the source of your information? Are you referring to Deuteronomy 19:15 – “No single witness should rise up against a man respecting any error or any sin, in the case of any sin that he may commit. At the mouth of two witnesses or at the mouth of three witnesses the matter should stand good.”

  2. zanynursedee Reply

    September 29, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    needs to be prosecuted for attempted murder if any of the shots were INDEED fired AT THEM , their vehicle. My God what is this world coming to??????

    • P F Reply

      September 29, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      While they can be annoying, they are a peaceful people. They were LEAVING!

    • Jim Mason Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      He admitted firing the shots at them. Even if he didn’t aim directly at them he should be prosecuted.

  3. Brianzzz Reply

    September 29, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    They deserved it. They probably repeatedly came to his house, harassing him, like they do everyone, and they were trespassing. Especially in that area, I count this on par with self defense. They have got to stop this, I would not have shot at them, but filed a harassment lawsuit against them and filed a restraining order,

    • KCR Reply

      September 29, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      Sounds like you need to listen to their message, you obviously need God in your life.

      • A. Self

        October 2, 2013 at 6:15 pm

        Amen KCR

    • Emily Reply

      September 29, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      My God be with your hateful heart, do you ever think it might be God’s way of talking to you? Do you ever thinking all the prayers you have been doing God is trying to answer you? Maybe there is something in your life that make you sad or no longer happy with, and God trying to say I here. Wow, there is so much in life to be stressed and sad about, but not for someone knocking on your door to give you a message of hope.

      • judy turner

        September 30, 2013 at 9:17 am

        you are so right Emily. We are trying to do what Jesus said to do. Matthew 24:14 this good news will be preach in all the world and then the end will come.Romans 10:14-17..its says how then shall they call on him whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard ? and how shall they hear without a preacher? and how shall they preach except they be sent? as it is written How beautiful are the feet of then that preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things. 17: says so faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.18: says : but i say ,Have they not heard? yes verily, their sound went into all the earth and their words unto the ends of the earth. and if they knew Jesus will rule from heaven to the earth for a thousand years and then hand the kingdom to his father. Boy if they only could see thru the scriptures how peace is possible. hope others read this comment.

      • mandy lmx

        October 1, 2013 at 8:47 am

        Beautiful. Gave me chills.

      • Kathy Durrum

        October 1, 2013 at 4:15 pm

        It’s obvious that some don’t realize we are lovingly there on their behalf, spreading the word in a life saving mission at Jesus’s command(Matt 28:19).
        If one just says they are not interested, we leave. After all, we are looking for interested sheep, not goats.

    • Dawn Reply

      September 30, 2013 at 9:27 am

      Not true Brianzzz, if you really knew anything about Jehovah’s Witnesses, you would know that they will not enter property that has a no trespassing sign. You can also tell them to not come around anymore. Mistakes may be made and they come back but shooting at a leaving car is uncalled for. While you may not approve or appreciate them knocking on your door, if you took the time to understand why they do it you might be a little more tolerant. Do you seriously think its easy getting up early and knocking on strangers doors? Especially when you know most aren’t going to be interested. It’s done because they sincerely care for all people and feel they have a life saving (that’s your life) to share. They also do it out of love for God. Maybe you might listen one day to them instead of treating them as pests.

      • Kathy Hannaman

        October 2, 2013 at 3:50 pm

        So true! Where else can you learn what the bible has to say at at a time you can choose!

      • A. Self

        October 2, 2013 at 6:22 pm

        Dawn, nicely said. It is not easy to meet strangers and let them know that God has a purpose for Jehovah’s Witnesses to preach and that is for all mankind to have an opportunity to learn about him and to have a better life.

    • Candy Turner Reply

      September 30, 2013 at 10:19 am

      If one of Jehovah’s Witnesses comes to your door and you positively never want them to return, you simply ask them to put you on a “No Call” list and they will not come back to your house when they visit the neighborhood. You can also put a note on your door asking them not to return. The down side to that is they have inside information on God’s plan “to bring to ruin those ruining the earth” so that those of us who don’t like the way things are going can live in peace and harmony … and you won’t get that information.

      • Graham

        October 1, 2013 at 9:44 pm

        Please allow me to share that Our God, Jehovah wants people to live. This one of the main reasons why we go door to door, looking for people who still have a love for God and His word the Holy Bible.

        Thank you my sister for the response to the various comments. No need for violence, people only need to say and I repeat, I do not want or have a desire to speak with you, “people” and they are added to our “DONotCall list. But please be advised that we will check with the householder once a year only to see if they feel the same way. Now that’s love for our neighbors.Sign me, Regular Pioneer in Los Angeles, California!!!!

      • Rosslyn Lim (@rosslyn1037)

        October 14, 2013 at 7:58 pm

        Very good point, what you said at the end of your comment, Candy!

      • Candy Turner

        October 14, 2013 at 10:41 pm

        Rosslyn ~ Anyone that accepts our message will benefit. Unfortunately some don’t want to hear it. I know because I was one of them. I eventually accepted the message because of the kindness of the messengers. It was obvious that my rejection made them sad, not angry. I always try to keep that in mind. Being approachable makes it much easier for someone to let their guard down and give us a chance to show them the benefits that the Bible describes. Jesus looked on people that turned a deaf ear to his message as lost sheep. For us to do otherwise would be an insult to the example he set for us. Stranger things have happened than for someone who was once opposed to change their mind and become a messenger themselves. :)

    • Maggie C Reply

      September 30, 2013 at 11:43 am

      Brianzzz I just hope you don’t own a gun or can’t borrow one…

    • Haley Reply

      September 30, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      What sort of person are you for saying that an innocent person trying to speak about the bible with their neighbors should be shot?? Jehovah’s witnesses are simply going door to door speaking about Jesus Christ and our hope for the future. After all Jesus said that his true followers would be persecuted by people like you! You should be ashamed of yourself!

    • Dina Reply

      September 30, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      You are ignorant. Seriously, filing a restraining order for harassment? Do you know what harassment is? Haha My family are JWs and I’ve never known ANY of them to harass ppl. The ppl asking for money on the side of the road are more annoying than JWs. Go Google the meaning of harassment and what constitutes a restraining order!!

    • bc Reply

      September 30, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      wow, they deserved it??.. if u ask them to leave they leave..no one deserves to be shot at. wow!

    • Ramona Reply

      September 30, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      They do not harass people. If asked to leave they do in a peaceful manner. They are the most peaceable people on earth. If all were Jw’s there would be no wars.

      • Bob

        February 1, 2014 at 7:38 pm

        Most people do not want strangers knocking on their door unannounced. Jehovahs Witnesses do not respect this simple principle. It does not matter if they think it is for peoples own good or that they think that God wants them to. The act is disrespectful.

      • Candy Turner

        February 1, 2014 at 9:19 pm

        Before I became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, I felt harassed when someone came to my door and knocked repeatedly or rang the door bell more than once. As a result, that’s something I’m very conscious of when I’m in the ministry. If they just knocked or rang the bell once and left a magazine or tract, I only considered it an inconvenience because I had to hide until they left. (Not their fault – my own immaturity) Being a peaceable people encompasses more than just not going to war, engaging in politics or fighting City Hall. It also includes not being on the defensive when someone is not in agreement with our activities. Aside from Jesus, if anybody had a right to be on the defensive, it was the Apostle Paul, but he always conducted himself in a respectable and humble manner. That’s why I try to make it a point to be considerate of everyone’s right to accept or reject the message I’m delivering. I’m trying to follow in the footsteps of those who set a fine example for me.

      • Candy Turner

        February 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm

        I’m not going to argue that point because it’s a personal opinion and nobody has a right to deny you the right to have one. If you absolutely do not want Jehovah’s Witnesses to call on you, you can put a sign on your door requesting they skip your house, or you can request from the next Witness that does come that they record on the territory card that you be listed as a “Do Not Call.” However, as someone who once felt as you do, I want to encourage you to explore why Witnesses consider it a duty and a privilege to call on their neighbors, even though we don’t always get a pleasant reception. Our website is http://www.jw.org

    • Gwen Shearon Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 8:27 am

      1 Cor. 16:9, Romans 12:18, 1 Pet. 2:21, 1 Pet. 3:8, 1 Tim. 1:5, 1 Tim 2:3-7, Romans 1:14-17, John 15:19, Matt 24:14, just to name a few.

    • gremlinjr Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 9:16 am

      Brian … Man YOU SOUND like a STUPID IDIOT ! .. I hope People TREAT YOu like that .. Since I’m Sure You’ll say what a Nice Guy You are ..
      People LIKE YOU are the Reason We need a Better Form of GOVERNMENT ! . The One Without People like YOU In IT ! ..
      I agree with the People Below .. You Need God in your Life Not the Father you want , satan .. He is a liar and a Murderer..

      • troy

        October 1, 2013 at 11:30 am

        THE BIBLE SAY TO LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR . WE WOULD NOT WANT THE SAME TO HAPPEN TO HIM . BY BEING ARRESTED WILL KNOCK SOME SENCE INTO HIS HEAD . YOU’AL HAVE GIVEN GOOD ADVICE , BUT NEVER LET US BE LIKE HIM . JEHOVAH , IS A GOD OF LOVE , AND WE SHOW LOVE , THAN WE FOLLOWING BIBLE COUNSEL. MAY ALL HAVE A GOOD DAY

      • Candy Turner

        October 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm

        Troy ~ I’m glad you clarified that animosity should not be met with more animosity.

    • Jim Mason Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      We live in a country where freedom is guaranteed. Even if what we say is considered objectionable by someone else. Take you for example. Saying these people ‘deserve it’ (deserve to be shot at with a deadly weapon) makes you look like a real fool, a bad neighbor, and, god forbid, and terrible parent, but you do have a right to say what you did.

      The Jehovah’s Witnesses never say mean, hateful, spiteful things. They are peaceful and actually very nice.

    • Big Poppa Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      No one has the right to shot at anyone no matter what religious belief you may have,beside is it so wrong to do the work that Jesus himself said for Christian to do.If more people live by the bible the world would not need guns and laws.

    • CBT Reply

      October 2, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      Well if you read your constitution they were not trespassing! You are only trespassing if you have a NO TRESSPASSING sign up.

    • Linda Reply

      October 2, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      No one deserves to be harassed or shot at…ASK them to leave an NOT come back, they
      will respect that….

    • david Reply

      October 2, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      Just a thought what if you or your kids or a loved one took a stray bullet and died. Hate if you want I guess but 19 deadly bullets were fired into a neighborhood with kids, moms, dads, grandparents all of which could have died all because a guy is mad about his door being knock on, who never posted a no tresspassing sign. And according to you that is perfectly ok, so think about the person you love the most bleeding out from a gun shot, remember while you are holding them in your arms as they choke and die. It is ok because those bullets were fired in self defense while I guy was shooting at peace loving people with there backs to him, that left immediately upon his request. What is wrong with you.

      • Dawn

        October 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm

        Good point David. He probably won’t respond but I hope Brian is beginning to understand that we are peaceful people. I can’t help but think that these 3 Witnesses were probably sisters, considering the time of day. How threatening can 3 sisters be? Although, as we all know the word of God is sharper than any double edged sword ;-)

    • Candy Turner Reply

      October 3, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Brianzzz ~ It might surprise you to know that many of Jehovah’s Witnesses had your same mindset at one time. Various circumstances caused them to have a change of heart and actually adopt the teachings that they had been so bitterly opposed to previously. I was one of those. I had many friends who were religious, but the topic was off limits, which is obviously not the case with Jehovah’s Witnesses. It’s not just a name. It’s what they do – bear witness to Jehovah’s name and purpose.
      My defining moment came when I picked up a popular magazine that had a cover article about Jesus not being born on December 25. I called my friends who attended church and asked them if they knew this. Some did. Some didn’t. None cared. I considered myself a religious person, but it dawned on me that I couldn’t be a spiritual person unless I went to the source to get answers to my questions. I began to examine teachings and beliefs and doctrines and compared them to what the Bible said.
      All of my friends who attended church could recite the Lord’s Prayer. None of them could tell me what it meant for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. None of them could tell me how or when Psalms 37:11 would be fulfilled … “the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.” Jehovah’s Witnesses answered those questions for me directly from the Bible.
      Jesus instructed his followers to preach the good news about the kingdom in all the inhabited earth before this oppressive, demeaning, callous, hateful world we live in comes to an end. The kingdom will make way for an earth restored to paradise conditions. God’s will will be done on earth as it is in heaven. There will be no guns because everyone will be meek and gentle and display Godly qualities. That’s definitely good news, and that’s why Jehovah’s Witnesses repeatedly knock on people’s doors. I’m glad they knocked on mine one more time.
      Jehovah’s Witnesses want everyone to know about the opportunity to live peacefully with all their neighbors. Jehovah doesn’t force anyone to choose life in paradise, but wants everyone to know it’s available. It’s a privilege for us to spread that message.
      (Daniel 2:44) “And in the days of those kings [governments] the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be brought to ruin. And the kingdom itself will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms [governments], and it itself will stand to times indefinite.”

      • S Taylor

        October 10, 2013 at 5:54 pm

        What an outstanding witness you just gave! Thank you so much, Sis!

      • Candy Turner

        October 10, 2013 at 6:52 pm

        Thank you so much, S Taylor! The message itself is beautiful, and I’m so happy to have been given the opportunity to share it.

    • Tina Marie Reply

      October 8, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      They are extremely nice with such a good heart.You should be ashame of your heartless soul. They are very educated people who know their bible and just doing Gods will and commandment which it speaks about this in the bible @ Mattew 24:14 maybe you need to read your bible more often. You should listen and maybe you will learn something!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Rosslyn Lim (@rosslyn1037) Reply

      October 14, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      Would you file a harassment lawsuit against Jesus?? They are following his example of preaching!

    • seaann Reply

      December 12, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      No it is not harassment it is a command from the Maker of the Universe and His son. Genesis 1:1
      John 17:3

      Jesus said : “All authority has been given me in heaven and on the earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded YOU. And, look! I am with YOU all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.” Matthew 28:19,20.

      Making the time to come to our neighbors is an act of love.”You must love your neighbor as yourself” Matthew 19:19.

      If a no trespassing sign is posted it is honored. If a person does not wish us to call, simple request that. You will be placed on a do not call list.

      Jesus was clear on instruction: Matthew 10:12  When YOU are entering into the house, greet the household; 13 and if the house is deserving, let the peace YOU wish it come upon it; but if it is not deserving, let the peace from YOU return upon YOU. 14 Wherever anyone does not take YOU in or listen to YOUR words, on going out of that house or that city shake the dust off YOUR feet. 15 Truly I say to YOU, It will be more endurable for the land of Sod′om and Go·mor′rah on Judgment Day than for that city.

      As far as the laws are concerned that battle has already been fought in the highest court and won.
      Over 200 cases won by Jehovah Witnesses, that even you benefit from.

      No! we will not stop until Jehovah and Jesus say to stop. This world is coming to an end. The warning is being given for those honest hearted ones who want to live in God’s New World so close at hand. Revelation 21:3,4

      Noah preached and warned people for more than 50 years. Eight people went into the ark. God shut the door. Genesis Chapter 7.His work, His Business,it will culminate when HE(JEHOVAH)(Psalms 83:18) says so.

      Agape

  4. dan Reply

    September 29, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Brianzzz … if you do not want Jehovah’s Witnesses from coming to your home, simply ask them to list your address as a DO NOT CALL. They have learned to not cast pearls before swine.

  5. james whitten Reply

    September 29, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    • CA Sunshine Reply

      September 29, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      James Whitten, that is an incorrect source for information, JW.org is the religions official website.

  6. ashley gray Reply

    September 30, 2013 at 3:11 am

    Well my husbands family are witnesses . And even tho im a different religion I would never do anything like that . We may have our diffirances. But I still love them. My husband and I have a daughter and she loves them very much. People believe in there own religions and u cant knock that. Yes back when my husband and I got to gather when my son was 3. I didn’t really like them coming to my door. But u have to grow u Of that. I would never down them for that. Its their religion and the way they grew up. Any how I just want my in law’s to know, no matter what ,we’re all family. And I will always love them!

    • HS Coven Reply

      September 30, 2013 at 4:49 am

      Just another bogus religion worshipping an invisible man. They should deliver the mail for free!!

      • Jim

        October 5, 2013 at 4:33 pm

        HS Coven – - Just another ignorant person attempting to look ‘cool’ making comments about something you are totally illiterate about. You should actually learn something about it & then see what your opinion would be once you knew enough to have an opinion worth listening to.

      • Candy Turner

        October 5, 2013 at 8:59 pm

        Who is the invisible man?

      • Tina Marie

        October 8, 2013 at 10:43 pm

        You should read your bible @ Matthew 24:14 and you where it speaks of this good news of the kingdom will be preached ! This is a commandment from God! They are doing Gods will . Maybe you need to read your bible and learn something . We are apart of a neighborhood association which our neighbors absolutely love these good hearted folks! Very loving and kind to be out doing Gods will to save your heartless life. You might wanna listen if you had any sense! !!!!

      • Rosslyn Lim (@rosslyn1037)

        October 14, 2013 at 8:12 pm

        Do yourself a favor…ask Jehovah’s Witnesses themselves WHY they go from door to door, instead of asking other uninformed people or going to websites where people talk nonsense about them because they too are ignorant of the facts.

    • Jim Mason Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      Well said Ashley. You sound like a good person.

    • Terrance Reply

      October 5, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      I love it Ashley

      • Princess Pace

        October 8, 2013 at 10:47 pm

        We love them to. My friend lost her only son and these people have such a good heart and gave her comfort and encouragement like no one else could. Very nice and kind hearted individuals.

  7. Linda Reply

    September 30, 2013 at 7:48 am

    A lot of the constitutional freedoms you now have is because Jehovah’s Witnesses won them for you in the Supreme Court. Go ahead, put the remote down, and look it up.

    • mandy lmx Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 8:53 am

      Very true Linda.

    • cherayle Reply

      October 2, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Thanks Linda for that timely and informative piece on our rights fought by means of the persistance of the Jehovahs witnesses. That was a very nice article. Next time they knock, I think I’ll answer.

      • Suzanne T.

        October 8, 2013 at 10:58 pm

        So true…. Such loving and kind hearted individuals . We always listen to them and so do most of our neighbors. They are very well educated and know their bible so well. Like the lady above Tina Marie said they are not harming anyone by doing Gods will and commandment @MMatthew 24:14 Preach the Good news of Gods kingdom. That is exactly what they are doing and that is what they are told to do! I am a RN who works all the time but always love to talk with them when they stop by our home . Such loving and caring people.

    • Gail Lawnicki (@micnicki) Reply

      October 2, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      Whoot! Yes! Jehovah’s Witnesses have fought for freedom of speech for all US citizens..

    • Yvonne Reply

      November 25, 2013 at 1:20 am

      So true Linda!!!

  8. Linda Reply

    September 30, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Why Jehovah’s Witnesses’ victory is a win for all of us

    Inside the First Amendment

    By Charles Haynes
    Senior scholar, First Amendment Center

    06.23.02

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    The Jehovah’s Witnesses have done it again.

    This week they chalked up their 48th Supreme Court victory – an extraordinary line of cases that have significantly expanded First Amendment protections for all Americans.

    Something about proselytizing by the Witnesses inspires state and local governments to keep passing laws aimed at shutting them up. If you’re not a Witness, you may not be too concerned about how “they” are treated. (Maybe you’re even a bit irritated by all of those knocks on your door.)

    But remember this: If the government can restrict the freedom of one faith, it has the power to restrict the freedom of any faith – or all faiths.

    As long ago as 1940 Jehovah’s Witnesses successfully challenged a Connecticut law that required them to get a license “to solicit” before distributing their literature and asking for donations on public streets. In striking down that law, the Supreme Court applied the First Amendment’s free-exercise clause to the states for the first time.

    But the battle was far from over. More than 60 years (and many lawsuits) later, the Witnesses were still in court – this time fighting a Stratton, Ohio, ordinance requiring all door-to-door “canvassers” to get a permit from the mayor.

    The lower courts sided with the town, ruling that the ordinance was a valid “content-neutral” regulation that didn’t interfere with anyone’s First Amendment rights.

    But in an opinion handed down on June 17, the U.S. Supreme Court saw it very differently. In a rare display of agreement, eight of the nine justices voted to strike down the Stratton law as an unconstitutional limitation on free speech. As Justice John Paul Stevens explained in the majority opinion:

    “It is offensive – not only to the values protected by the First Amendment, but to the very notion of a free society – that in the context of everyday public discourse a citizen must first inform the government of her desire to speak to her neighbors and then obtain a permit to do so.”

    Note what this ruling doesn’t mean. Cities and towns may still regulate commercial activities and solicitation of funds by people going door-to-door.

    But Stratton’s law went much further. Requiring a permit to canvass for any “cause” would make anonymous political speech impossible – and would surely have a chilling effect on people advocating unpopular causes or minority religions.

    Of course, people have a right not to listen – and to close the door. But the government shouldn’t have the authority to decide who gets to knock on the door.

    So two cheers for the Supreme Court.

    The third cheer is reserved for the day (probably in the distant future) when the Supreme Court restores full protection for religious liberty.

    Yes, the ruling in this case protects the speech rights of Jehovah’s Witnesses and anyone else going door-to-door for a variety of causes. But the Court continues the pattern of the last decade of treating religious expression like other forms of speech.

    “Free exercise” has become the stepchild of the First Amendment. The Court appears to be saying: We’ll protect your right to practice your faith, but only if you frame it as freedom of speech or – in the case of distribution of religious tracts – freedom of the press.

    Perhaps this was not the case for the Supreme Court to restore stronger free-exercise protection. Since the ordinance in Stratton covered so much speech, the Court could easily strike it down without revisiting the debate about the special status of religious expression under the First Amendment.

    But the Court can’t duck the question forever. Religious practice and expression is much more than a question of free speech or press.

    Consider the Witnesses. They don’t go door-to-door because they think it’s a good way to spread their message (or because they enjoy all of the nasty comments they get). They do it because they’re convinced that God commands them to preach the “good news” from “house to house.”

    That’s why Jehovah’s Witnesses keep fighting these laws (and also why they successfully fought for the right to opt out of the salute to the flag in public schools). They are exercising their freedom of conscience – the freedom to do what they believe they must do out of obedience to God.

    True, in the majority opinion Justice Stevens mentions that “it is more than historical accident” that so many of these cases are brought by Jehovah’s Witnesses, because “door-to-door canvassing is mandated by their religion.”

    But the justices don’t reaffirm the freedom to follow the dictates of conscience – as our nation’s founders put it – as an inalienable right protected by the free-exercise clause of the First Amendment. And they neglect to say that the city of Stratton or any other government may not limit that right without a compelling reason to do so.

    The weakening of “free exercise” protections by the Supreme Court over the past decade is a disturbing trend. But who’s paying attention? Until it hits home (and it rarely does for members of large and powerful religions), most people don’t think much about the First Amendment.

    That’s why we all owe the Jehovah’s Witnesses a debt of gratitude. No matter how many times they’re insulted, run out of town, or even physically attacked, they keep on fighting for their (and thus our) freedom of religion. And when they win, we all win.

    Your questions and comments are welcome. Write to:
    Charles Haynes
    The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center
    1101 Wilson Blvd.
    Arlington, VA 22209

  9. Linda Reply

    September 30, 2013 at 8:10 am

    So, you’re welcome.

  10. Valerie Reply

    September 30, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Great explanation, Linda! Foremost among the rights Americans hold sacred is the freedom to worship as we choose…we also remember that religious liberty is not just an American right; it is a universal human right to be protected here at home and across the globe. This freedom is an essential part of human dignity.

  11. Lanette Reply

    September 30, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Jehovah is gods Name Psalms 83:18, people don’t want to know what the bible say and most people don’t read their bible. Satan don’t want no one to know about Jehovah (God), I’m not a Jehovah witness but I have studied with them, everything they tell you is backed up with a bible scripture. It seems to me a lot of people claim to be a Christian but don’t believe in God unless their God is not the same God in Psalms 83:18.

    • Gail Lawnicki (@micnicki) Reply

      October 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      Thank you, Lanette. Please consider studying again.

    • Suzanne T. Reply

      October 8, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Absolutely right!

  12. Linda Reply

    September 30, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Jehovah’s Witnesses alone, have BIBLE truth. Go to BIlly Graham, the Pope in Rome, the Dali Lama, the Muslims! the Hindus, the Buddhists for whatever ……but if you want to understand the Bible, you MUST go to Jehovah’s Witnesses. You start with the theme of the Bible at Genesis 3:15, the FIRST prophecy uttered by Jehovah God. You end in Revelation where the theme (God’s Kingdom) restores what Adam lost: everlasting life in paradise on earth. Everything in between teaches unique aspects of that theme: you either support God’s Kingdom and live, or you reject God’s rulership over your life, and die. No part of you floats off to some other “life”. You cease to exist, just like Adam did not exist before he was created. The choice is yours to make, but remember when you close that door on us, you are really closing the door on a comprehensive, complete, FREE understanding of the letter addressed to YOU.
    And the angels hear what you say as we depart, and report your response to the one who will judge. Have a nice day.

    • Candy Turner Reply

      September 30, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      The attitude of the person presenting the message carries more weight than the message itself. That’s why Satan keeps transforming himself into an angel of light. Would you be more apt to take a rose from someone that told you they loved your smile, or from someone that called you an idiot? Our message should always be presented in such a way that it’s more appealing than Satan’s.

    • kay Nelson Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 12:38 am

      Heaven and earth will be destroyed!! That’s what my Bible says. No, you definitely don’t go to Jehovah’s Witnesses to find the truth and how to go to Heaven. The Kingdom was established on the day of Pentecost, which is the church. Study your Bibles, folks.

      • brenda

        October 1, 2013 at 8:26 am

        If heaven is to be destroyed, how will you go there?

      • Candy Turner

        October 5, 2013 at 9:01 pm

        Kay – I’m curious about your statement that heaven and earth will be destroyed, and to not to go to Jehovah’s Witnesses to find out how to go to heaven. There are a few scriptures you could have been referring to as far as your statement about heaven and earth being destroyed: (Isaiah 65:17) “For here I am creating new heavens and a new earth; and the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart.” (2 Peter 3:13) “But there are new heavens and a new earth that we are awaiting according to his promise, and in these righteousness is to dwell.” (Revelation 21:1) “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more.” Was your intent to refer to a transformation of sorts or to the actual ‘destruction’ of heaven and earth? Basically, what I’d like clarification on is how people will go to heaven if it’s going to be destroyed. Thanks!

      • M Green

        October 5, 2013 at 10:33 pm

        Kay Nelson: The Bible also says at Ecclesiates 1:4 that the earth is standing forever. So it seems to me either the Bible is contradicting itself or your interpretation is incorrect. Looks like you have some research to do.

      • Candy Turner

        October 5, 2013 at 11:31 pm

        M Green ~ Yes, research is essential. I think of the Ethiopian eunuch who was sitting in his chariot reading from Isaiah, and Philip was directed to approach the chariot and ask the eunuch if he understood what he was reading. The eunuch said, “Really, how could I ever do so, unless someone guided me?” So Philip sat down with him and helped him understand the passage he was reading. (Acts 8) Research coupled with loving direction is the key to understanding. No one can ever learn everything there is to know about the Bible, of course, so I still research even though I now have a much clearer understanding of many Bible truths. I’m glad someone patiently helped me understand the scriptures.

  13. Linda Reply

    September 30, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Nothing carries more weight than God’s Word. Nothing.

    • Candy Turner Reply

      September 30, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      You’re absolutely right. That’s why the messenger doesn’t have to throw his or her weight around when presenting the message. The Bible speaks for itself and receptive ones will be drawn to it if our presentation is seasoned with salt, not salty.

      • Linda

        September 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm

        When clearing out the temple, Jesus was a bit salty. He was incensed at what was occurring, as I am, knowing that innocent doves are being shot at.
        have a nice day.

  14. Sam Reply

    September 30, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Google facts about Jehovah’s Witnesses. Always get both sides of a story and apply logic when you make your decisions. Research the history of any religion, starting at the beginning and you’ll see which has “the truth”, as they all claim.

    • Candy Turner Reply

      September 30, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      Great advice! Matthew 7:17-23 sets the precedent ~ Every good tree produces fine fruit, but every rotten tree produces worthless fruit; a good tree cannot bear worthless fruit, neither can a rotten tree produce fine fruit. Every tree not producing fine fruit gets cut down and thrown into the fire. Really, then, by their fruits you will recognize them. “Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’ And yet then I will confess to them: I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness.” So, the objective is to attach ourselves to the “tree” producing good fruit (behavior, principals, attitude).

  15. Dean Georgatos Reply

    September 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    most of the comments here are insane….love is the answer for many of mans woes…not religion… Stop judging people because they dont want your brand of faith….

    …I DONT HAVE TO PREACH MY RELIGION, I LIVE IT!!!

    • Candy Turner Reply

      September 30, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      You’re on the right track … John 13:35 ~ “By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love among yourselves.”

    • dave Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 9:15 am

      To preach the word is to live it. Matthew 24:14 Roman 10:14,15

    • Paris Hilton Reply

      October 8, 2013 at 11:57 pm

      No one is forcing any religon on you and any one else . You have a mine of your own if you don’t want the truth then take it or leave it! Let people like us enjoy the privilege of listening to the bible message. We have our own region but have always listen to everything that’s presented to us when they come to our door. Check your bible if you read one you will for fact see that they always prove themselves right when it comes to knowing their bible! Simply because what they are speaking is not insane but if you know your bible it is the truth . As a person earlier Tina Marie and several others said we as humans not just them but all christians have been instructed and order by the father in the heavens to preach the good news @ Matthew 24:14 and they seem to be the ones doing as they have been commanded so they don’t seem to be just speaking it but living it as well! Seem to me that they are the ones doing as commaned by God you just have to love people who put God 1st. Don’t be a hater.

    • Rosslyn Lim (@rosslyn1037) Reply

      October 14, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      Jesus said at Matt. 28:19, 20: Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you.”

      So, if are LIVING your religion, then you would be obeying Jesus command here.

  16. Dean Georgatos Reply

    September 30, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    And you bunch of cowards…I left my full name….I dont hide….

    • High Priest Coven 12 Reply

      September 30, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Hold on JW nut cases, let cover a few things first. Does god really want you out there preachin??????

      “I permit no woman to teach or have authority over men; she is to keep silent.” Timothy 2:11

      “But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head…” 1 Corinthians 11:5

      Does your face turns purple when you hear of the “atrocities” attributed to Allah, but you don’t even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in “Exodus” and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in “Joshua” including women, children, and trees!

      If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints?” — 1 Corinthians 6:1 NIV)
      Sorry Supreme court does not count

      Can one pray in public? (Matthew 6:5-6) Jesus condemned public prayer. (1 Timothy 2:8

      Matthew 6:5-6 condemn public prayer and command people keep it a secret.

      Stop going house to house!!!

      • N. Goins

        September 30, 2013 at 4:42 pm

        Well sir what about Matthew 28:18-20 what about that commandment there the point that Jesus commanding us to go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son,and of the holy spirit

      • Candy Turner

        September 30, 2013 at 5:05 pm

        You’re definitely a thinker and someone who studies their Bible. Those charged with oversight of a congregation are described in the Bible as being males. The 12 apostles of Jesus Christ were all males, and those later appointed to be overseers and ministerial servants in Christian congregations were males. (Matt. 10:1-4; 1 Tim. 3:2, 12) Women are counseled to “learn in silence with full submissiveness” at congregation meetings, in that they do not raise questions challenging the men in the congregation. The women are ‘not to speak’ at such meetings if what they might say would demonstrate lack of subjection. (1 Tim. 2:11, 12; 1 Cor. 14:33, 34) Thus, although women make valuable contributions to the activity of the congregation, there is no provision for them to preside, or to take the lead by instructing the congregation, when qualified men are present. But may women be preachers, proclaimers, ministers of the good news, outside the congregation meetings? At Pentecost of 33 C.E. holy spirit was poured out on both men and women. In explanation, the apostle Peter quoted Joel 2:28, 29, saying: “‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I shall pour out some of my spirit upon every sort of flesh, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy and your young men will see visions and your old men will dream dreams; and even upon my men slaves and upon my women slaves I will pour out some of my spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.’” (Acts 2:17, 18) In like manner today, women properly share in the Christian ministry, preaching from house to house and conducting home Bible studies.—See also Psalm 68:11; Philippians 4:2, 3.

      • Dawn

        September 30, 2013 at 5:56 pm

        The Bible doesn’t condemn public praying, the condemnation is on those who are being showy & hypocritical. They make sure everyone sees them praying, they are loud, boisterous and showy. However, in private they are hypocrites, acting contrary to God’s teachings.
        But the bottom line of this is the same for all who believe in something, and let’s face it, we ALL have a belief. I respect your right to be the High Priest of a Coven. You can believe whatever you choose and that’s fine with me, but give me the same respect. You don’t have to agree with my beliefs but you should afford me the same common courtesy I give you. There is never any need to shoot at one of us, if you are not interested, ok. You’re allowed to not believe. It’s not like we aren’t used to people having a different opinion.

      • Candy Turner

        September 30, 2013 at 6:07 pm

        Well put.

      • h07

        September 30, 2013 at 6:10 pm

        Its completely obvious that you sir are the nutcase :p I am not a jw but you are taking scriptures out of context re-read your bible and do some research :) have a good day all

      • Sheila

        September 30, 2013 at 8:43 pm

        Psalm 68:00 NIV

      • Sheila

        September 30, 2013 at 8:51 pm

        High Priest Coven 12: my last post didn’t post correctly post correctly, you need to read your bible psalm 68:11 shows women would be preaching…. I see you used the NIV so you need to do research before you post… Matthew 24:14 shows the truth about gods kingdom would be preached as a testimony or “witness” use the “dictionary” to all the nations and then the “end” will come!!! do your research and pray for gods direction and holy spirit to help you, if your sincere he will help you!

      • Jim

        October 5, 2013 at 4:49 pm

        LOL – - High Priest Coven 12 – - your misuse of scripture rivals that of Satan in his use of scripture when tempting Jesus. Was he looking over your shoulder as you were typing that, perhaps guiding your fingers on the keys. You’re not uncommon. There are a lot like you who twist and take scripture out of context to attempt to make it appear to be saying something totally different than any honest person would KNOW it to be stating.

    • Gail Lawnicki (@micnicki) Reply

      October 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      I’m not hiding. Cowards don’t get up early in the morning to talk to strangers, in an effort to share a positive hopeful message. Some people are searching for answers..

    • BoB , Becky, Brad, Brett , Bruce, Brice Ragan Reply

      October 9, 2013 at 12:19 am

      You seem to have a very sad life within yourself! I agree with everyone else read your bible and stop hating on good people who are just doing what we have all been told to do! Don’t hate if you don’t have the love to educate people! As for cowards…. You are only considerd a coward when you hide from speaking the message to others by holding Gods word in and and not sharing the message@ Matthew 24:14 . Thoses people have proven they are nodoubt lovers of God by following his command to preach ! Everyone we are all associated with happen to truly have genuine love for them and anyone who has the kinda love they have to teach us for free . I said FREE! Heck If you don’t want to hear the truth coming straight from the bible then maybe you are the one insane! Like everyone else STOP BEING A HATER ! GET A LIFE !!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. Tucker Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 6:10 am

    They don’t believe in the Son of God our Jesus who died from us

    • tucker Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 6:15 am

      sorry died for us

      • Dawn

        October 1, 2013 at 6:33 am

        We absolutely believe in Jesus Christ. There is no salvation except through him. People think we don’t believe in Jesus because we do not believe in the trinity. Jesus is our Savior, our reigning King, he is the mediator between man and God. Next time a Witness comes to your door ask him about this, don’t just say things that really aren’t true. Ask & you will find the truth.
        But again, this isn’t about our beliefs. It isn’t about whose right or wrong. This is about everyone’s right to choose their own belief. You don’t have to agree with our beliefs but you should give us the respect and allow us to worship God in the way we seem fit.

    • MaggieC Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 8:43 am

      Tucker, I don’t know where you heard that… It is not true.. Please go to JW.org and see what we do believe… Please don’t tell people that we don’t believe in the Son of God, Jesus who died for us!

    • BoB , Becky, Brad, Brett , Bruce, Brice Ragan Reply

      October 9, 2013 at 12:25 am

      They do believe in God! They have no doubt proven that in all the scriptures that we have allowed them to share with us from our bible . Sorry that is lie! They believe in both the father and the son! They do know their bible. Let the truth be told!

  19. Linda Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 9:05 am

    It’s hard to overcome ignorant arrogance.

  20. troy Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    one thing about Mr Baldwin , he will have plenty of time to think it over , you can never tell , he might become a J.s W. and from some of the comments i’ve read , there a lot of people who need to dust their Bible’s off and start reading , time is getting short.

    • mandy lmx Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      So true. If you are wondering about even one single thing here. Look it up in your Bible!

    • BoB , Becky, Brad, Brett , Bruce, Brice Ragan Reply

      October 9, 2013 at 12:30 am

      Before it’s to late is right!

  21. Linda Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    News you can use…….

    digitaljournal.com/article/287219?doredir=1

  22. Linda Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Yes Troy! good point. Mr Baldwin is no more guilty than was the Apostle Paul who approved of the murder of 1st century Christians. He recovered spiritually, as can Mr. Baldwin.

  23. (Brittany) Faye Dunagan Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    My family are Jehovah’s Witnesses. I was raised as one and even though I am not one of them anymore, I will still stand up for their rights! I do not believe anyone should be shot at just because they get on your nerves or have different beliefs as you! If we did that the human race would be extinct. My family does not approve of my ways in life and even though it saddens them, they have never been rude or shunned me. Everyone is different and no one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes (even Jehovah’s Witnesses). I know it can be a little irritating when your woken up early in the morning on your only day off but think about the nerves they have to build up every day to go out and knock on a strangers door knowing that most people will be rude and slam the door in their face. In my younger years I too went out in “field service”, it took a lot of courage! I ran into many rude people myself at just 10 years old. These people only want to help you! Can’t you take a minute to tell them not to come back instead of shooting at them? Maybe even listen to what they have to say? Who knows if what they say might apply to what is happening to you in your life… I’m not asking anyone to bend over backwards, all I’m asking is have a little compassion for other peoples hopes and dreams. Isn’t that what we all want?

    • Dawn Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      Very nice Brittany, thank you for your kind & loving words.

    • mandy lmx Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      Beautifully said..

    • BoB , Becky, Brad, Brett , Bruce, Brice Ragan Reply

      October 9, 2013 at 12:28 am

      Well said. We all agree!

  24. Blue Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    apparently youve never talked with them. mayb u should get ur own personal thoughts insteady of spreading misinformed rumors!

    • (Brittany) Faye Dunagan Reply

      October 1, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      Who are you replying to Blue?

  25. Linda Reply

    October 1, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Actually, the people that Jehovah’s Witnesses are searching for, ,,,,,,are searching for us.

  26. Andrea Reply

    October 8, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    (Tear)…..that was beautiful Candy. I also thank Jehovah for not bringing this wicked system to it ruins yet! Matt 24:13 says “But the one who has endured to the end will be saved”. There are many more lost sheep to be found and our Father is a patient GOD who does not desire any to be destroyed (2 Peter 3:9). So we continue knocking on doors as Jesus commanded with Jehovah’s holy spirit guiding and directing us all the way in this life-saving work, seeking out those lost sheep in order to provide them with an accurate knowledge of the bible which can lead them to everlasting life.

    • Candy Turner Reply

      October 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      Thank you, Andrea! … I so relate to ones I meet in the door-to-door work that respond with, “I’m not interested.” I’ve found it often translates into, “I don’t have enough information to have developed an interest.” Reflecting on my past feelings, I’m often able to discern the thought behind the response. What I meant back then when I said, “I’m not interested” is “I’ve examined all the religions (except yours) and have heard all the opinions, and it’s too confusing, so I’ll just form my own.” The only problem with that is I couldn’t always back up my opinion with fact. That can get uncomfortable. Enduring to the end is a lot easier when the end means the beginning of God’s Kingdom and the end of the current “kingdoms” that are wielding their oppressive authority over us. Preaching the good news of the Kingdom is a big job and I love being a part of it. I needed good news, even if I didn’t realize it! I go to each door with the attitude that the person behind it is also waiting to hear good news. This is an exciting time we’re living in!

      • BoB , Becky, Brad, Brett , Bruce, Brice Ragan

        October 9, 2013 at 12:43 am

        You all should be applaud for what you’re doing to help so many people . Our family notice in the bible @ psalm 83:18 Where it says that Gods name is Jehovah. You all are the ones who carry that name after him. Very impressive. You should be well love and hated by no one since you are the ones who carry the name of God the higher power . That name is very powerful!

  27. Candy Turner Reply

    October 9, 2013 at 11:52 am

    After reading all the new comments posted, it’s evident that most people are aware that the good news is to be preached worldwide until God’s kingdom government replaces existing ones, as is brought out at Matthew 24:14. If everyone was going to accept that message, there would be no need to preach. Some people will not accept our message and will actually hate us for bringing it, as verse 9 brings out. It is their god-given right to accept or reject it. Many people rejected Jesus’ message. Many rejected the message of his apostles and disciples. It would be arrogant on our part to think everyone we preach to should listen attentively and accept our message. We are commissioned to preach. We are not commissioned to be judge and jury. If we do not get a good reception when we go to someone’s door, we should politely exit. Because of the respect I was shown when I boldly rejected the Witnesses, I eventually distinguished the manner in which they presented their message in comparison to other religious people I was acquainted with. The attitude and behavior of the Witnesses set them apart. All I knew at first was that I wanted to surround myself with people that at least attempted to take on the personality Christians SHOULD display. Knowledge followed. It is my desire that everyone I speak with makes the choice to learn about Jehovah and his son, Jesus, and the wonderful life just ahead on this beautiful planet made just for us. Under Kingdom rule, everyone’s life will be peaceful. Everyone will be friends. Those who have died will have the opportunity to enjoy it with us. If that prospect is not appealing to someone, I respect their right to reject it. That includes not speaking abusively of their decision, but showing them the same respect I was shown.

    • BoB , Becky, Brad, Brett , Bruce, Brice Ragan Reply

      October 9, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      That is so true. Well said.

    • BoB , Becky, Brad, Brett , Bruce, Brice Ragan Reply

      October 9, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      Some will reject your message but as I see it for the few that do they are rejecting the message from God not you all. Our family always listen and my daughters will be starting a study soon. For those who don’t listen they will be judge by God . So thank God for good, kind hearted people like you.

      • Candy Turner

        October 9, 2013 at 8:24 pm

        I’m not sure who to address this to, so I’ll just say The Ragan’s. You’re so right – we’re simply the messenger. I realize if I went to the door as an Avon representative, I’d get a much different reaction. But Jehovah’s Witnesses should not accept the ministry without accepting the consequences, which amounts to frequent rejection of their message. We prefer to get the opposite reaction, but when we don’t, at no time should we display a belligerent or defensive attitude. That never enhances our message or honors Jehovah’s name. Jehovah is looking for meek ones to take possession of the earth (Psalms 37:11), and it appears your family is striving to develop that quality. I look forward to meeting all of you and becoming friends in the beautiful paradise earth we’ll soon be gifted with.

  28. Linda Reply

    October 9, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Here in Texas, most people, MOST, are genuinely polite, and when not interested, simply tell us so, we thank them for their time, and depart.

    • Candy Turner Reply

      October 10, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Linda ~ I’m with you. I’ve never felt threatened by anyone. When I consider what the apostles went through, meeting up with a grouch doesn’t shake me. On several occasions I’ve even had someone come look for me to apologize. You never know what provoked a person to respond gruffly. They may have just gotten bad news or been up all night with a sick child. Leaving them with a pleasant impression paves the way for a good conversation for the next person that knocks on their door.

  29. maine Reply

    October 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    http://Www.jw.org.
    this will explain everything

    • WOW Reply

      November 22, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      In June 2012, the Superior Court of Alameda, California, ordered the Watch Tower Society to pay $21 million in punitive damages, in addition to compensatory damages, after finding that the Society’s policy to not disclose child abuse history of a member to parents in the congregation or to report abuse to authorities contributed to the sexual abuse of a nine-year-old girl.[363][364] A subsequent motion in September 2012 resulted in a reduction of the punitive damages to $8.61 million.[365] The Watch Tower Society appealed the revised ruling, and the case is ongoing.[366]

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  32. Charles William Reply

    January 17, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    If someone was driving home after dark and they saw your house on fire and they came pounding on your door resulting in a saving of life Would they receive a thank you or get out of here accompanied with profanity and shots?
    We live in a stressful World, if some one showed one how to live a stress free life they should be thankful. So, It’s good manners to be polite.

  33. Carlo Reply

    February 3, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    I’m a Jehovah’s Witness I’m only 12 and I’ve encountered many actions they have done like that I got scared in my arm trying to get stabbed and I was only 10 many more but just to painfull to tell

    • Candy Turner Reply

      February 4, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      Carlo ~ You can probably really relate to ones like the apostle Paul who endured many hardships. It’s unusual to find someone so young that has witnessed so much aggression in the ministry. Your faith must be very strong, and you set a fine example for other young ones to keep looking forward to the prize set before us.

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