January 15, 2018

CultNEWS101 Articles: 1/15/2018

Scientology, Jehovah's Witnesses, Waco, David Koresh

"Joy Villa, an outspoken Scientologist who most notably revealed her MAGA dress after the elections during last year’s Grammy Awards, discussed her possible run for Congress in 2018 as well as her past political affiliations, her recent allegations against former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, and her association with Scientology."

"For nine years, Tatiana was a member of a strict religious group.She claims she wasn’t allowed to celebrate holidays or birthdays, or get an education, and felt isolated from family and friends."

"Tatiana says she wasn’t born religious but claims her husband, Robert, a devout Jehovah’s Witness, used her innocence about the religion to pressure her into becoming a member. But four months ago, she left the religion and now wants her husband to leave, too."

"In this video, JT is interviewed by Daniel in an in depth discussion about whether or not Jehovah's Witnesses do their own critical thinking or actually subcontract it out to the governing body of Jehovah's Witnesses."

"Lady Cee and JT then discuss the interview and share their own personal experiences on the topic."

Dozens of confidential documents apparently leaked from Jehovah’s Witnesses archives appeared online Tuesday, providing a rare window into how the religion’s child abuse policies favor accused sexual predators at the expense of the victims.

FaithLeaks, a group pushing for more transparency in religious organizations, posted the documents in tandem with a story published by Gizmodo.

The documents detail the accusations of two sisters who say they were sexually assaulted by their father when they were growing up in the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion. One says her father tied her down and molested her. The other says her father raped her repeatedly over a period of years.

Most of the 33 documents are letters between local leaders and the religion’s global headquarters in New York — The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. They show how the alleged perpetrator was able to attend a congregation with one of his alleged victims, in violation of a restraining order, while leaders admonished a member for reporting the violation to police.

"Adams said Koresh told them they had to have sex with him in order to go to heaven. He targeted girls as young as 12, she claimed. Some of whom became pregnant."

"I was so frightened … that this thing may happen that I started to flip out, I guess."

"To get it over with, she went to his room at 3am one day."

"But Koresh was enraged, telling her God made his sexual selections for him."

"He woke up all members of the cult and began yelling at her – before deciding she had to be isolated, she claimed."

"She spent four months locked in a 3 by 2.4-metre room, fed from a bowl."

"Adams said the experience "messed up" her mind."