French tax of Jehovah's Witnesses hinders rights: court

30th June 2011, Comments 28 comments

European rights judges said Thursday that France had interfered with the religious freedom of Jehovah's Witnesses in imposing a supplementary tax assessment on gifts by its faithful.

The Association of Jehovah's Witnesses claimed that the French government was trying to repress their activities by imposing in 1998 a tax assessment that amounted in total to 45 million euros ($65 million), covering the period from 1993 to 1996.

According to the most recent information submitted by the French government, the amount claimed from the Jehovah's Witnesses was more than 57.5 million euros, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said in a statement.

The judges noted that the supplementary taxation "had concerned the entirety of the manual gifts received by the association... the main source of its funding."

Consequently with its operating resources cut, "it had no longer been able to guarantee to its followers the free exercise of their religion in practical terms," the court said.

"There had therefore indeed been interference in the applicant association's right to freedom of religion," it said.

The Jehovah's Witnesses movement, which claims to have more than 17 million followers worldwide with 250,000 in France, identifies itself as a Christian religion with its beliefs based solely on the Bible.

The judges also declared that the gifts had been taxed under a law that was too imprecise.

However, there is no final ruling yet as the judges did not rule on the demand to annull the taxation, restore the amounts seized -- some 4.5 million euros plus interest -- and pay damages and expenses.

The court said that those questions would be dealt with later in light of any supplementary observations by the parties and/or an eventual agreement between them.

© 2011 AFP

28 Comments To This Article

  • Jsalinas posted:

    on 24th December 2012, 05:03:18 - Reply

    Jehovah Witness are christians who want to serve Jehovah and Jesus. We do so by obeying his word. We are not a cult.
  • Laura Climer posted:

    on 12th September 2012, 21:51:44 - Reply

    I have a sister-in-law (my Brother died a Babtist Christian) She refused to take him to his own church because he refused to go to the Kingdom Hall with her. He was too weak to drive
  • john s posted:

    on 13th August 2012, 01:26:36 - Reply

    Hi Ralph I read your comments and found them very interesting I am a JW and feel that I must point out that the court cases that the witnesses have undertaking in connection with the freedom of worship and the attempts to limit the lawful rights of citizens to choose whether the have a belief or not, is a protection for other religions who benefit from the successful legal cases that the witnesses have been involved in and in this day and age were people feel powerless to resist the encroachment of the state in their affairs. so rather than being a selfish action by the witnesses it is beneficial to all those who cherish the freedom to believe or not. I am sure you as an individual see many injustices that need correcting but are powerless to change things and some times when some one stands up and questions the decisions passed by our lawmakers whether Religous or secular . it gives hope that things can be altered ... sorry to go on Ralph but you sound like a reasonable person so i thought i would explain how i see it regards john
  • Stevie B posted:

    on 31st July 2012, 12:43:38 - Reply

    I have been studying various denominations, including Scientologists, Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses in depth. The saddest and most troubling common thread that run's through them all, is that the heirachy or governing Council of each religion supresses the freedom of their members to information - especially the candid truth of the respective history of each religion. On the subject of JW's, it's members are ignorant of the facts concerning founder members such as Charles Russell and Judge Rutherford. The real life histories of these individuals are not disclosed to members and the members are NOT encouraged to study the lives of these important founding members, and what is even more perplexing and disturbing is that the control of members is so complete, that they find nothing unusual, controlling or wrong with this.
    It is a form of mental 'conditioning' that so affective, that members reading this will even disagree that they are discouraged from 'rumaging' around in or showing an active interest the real history of those revered by their own leadership by any other source than the scant and sanitised material printed in their own publications.

    This is true of Scientologists, Mormons and several other groups I have studied and is a common thread running through lots of smaller religions. I find this kind of control unneccessary and shameful. There should be nothing to feared from learning the truth about one's own religion, and personally, I cannot imagine any intelligent, otherwise well informed individual willingly having what they can and cannot learn 'controlled' and actually being complicit in their own ignorance.
  • Ronald posted:

    on 13th July 2012, 08:37:19 - Reply

    To put a finer point on the details:

    According to our 2011 Service Report (found in the 2012 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses):

    (a) the peak number of publishers of Jehovah (-people that are doing the actual witnessing) is 7,659,019;

    (b) the average home Bible studies (-majority of whom are for merely interested ones) conducted each month is 8,490,746;

    (c) the number of newly baptized Witnesses for the 2011 Service Year is exactly 263,131.

    Sincere individuals are invited to ask any of the individuals, belonging to the above numbers, the truth. The truth about their beliefs and practices. It is encouraged that they demand from the Witnesses the Scriptural bases for believing and doing so. Bible discussions pertaining to all topics outside our Kingdom Halls and Bible instruction pertaining to all facets of life inside our Kingdom Halls are all free of charge.

    "We think it proper to hear from you what your thoughts are, for truly as regards this sect it is known to us that everywhere it is spoken against.” (Acts of Apostles 28:22) These community leaders in first-century Rome set a fine example. They wanted to hear from the source, rather than from outside critics alone.

    Similarly, us, Jehovah’s Witnesses, today are often spoken against, and it would be a mistake to expect to learn the truth about us from prejudiced sources. So we will be pleased to personally explain to sincere individuals our principal beliefs.

  • NOT A J.W. posted:

    on 13th July 2012, 05:21:17 - Reply


  • Jerry G posted:

    on 20th July 2011, 20:55:13 - Reply

    Robin C Morgan is apostate Jehovah's Witnesses
  • telson posted:

    on 20th July 2011, 10:00:15 - Reply

    Jehovah's Witnesses are known among other things from their magazines Awake and The Watchtower and also from working from door to door. Usually, these people go in pairs and soon start to speak about the coming kingdom on Earth that they think will happen soon. Other subjects of conversation can be things like the divinity of Jesus, Christmas, or the question of what comes after death, for example. Generally, if a person who invites them to his house is not acquainted with the Bible, he does not have much to say to these things of which the witnesses so convincingly speak.
    But are the doctrines of the Watchtower Society and Jehovah's Witnesses really as correct as they believe or is this only an incorrect view? Below, we will try to search for an answer to this question, to which also the powerful heading refers. If you are a Jehovah's Witness, it is worth your while to study and consider these in the light of the next chapters.

  • well thought out posted:

    on 16th July 2011, 00:41:24 - Reply

    Back and forth, back and forth, what do you have? Some will listen, some will not. Anybody can say anything, i.e. 1 thru 55 above. Where is
    the proof? If you have not spent serious fact finding time studying the
    word of God, not man, you actually are not saying anything. But it does not matter. You will not listen and that is fine, Adam and Eve did not listen
    either. Say what you will, Jehovah will judge, not you. You can take my things but never my faith. You can take my life but you can never seperate me from the love of the true God, Jehovah.
  • Jehovah lover posted:

    on 8th July 2011, 22:33:05 - Reply

    Steve Klemettit the JW troll posting against the Watchtower has about a hundred different user names and actually has the gall to count his field service time posting.Steve Klemetti is apostate to the Watchtower but also harasses EXJW's yet is not disfellowshipped so go figure.....
  • oh brother posted:

    on 8th July 2011, 19:43:35 - Reply

    jwgirl, you forgot one.

    56. For exaggerations, twisted statements and melodrama from a former witness who's unhappy not getting his own way, please see 1-55.
  • JWGirl posted:

    on 7th July 2011, 11:37:54 - Reply

    55 reasons Jehovah’s Witnesses will never be reformed
    by Frank J. Toth

    1. Teaching that true Christianity is an organization instead of a way of life
    2. Claiming salvation is dependent upon belonging to the JW denomination
    3. Claiming that the organization speaks for and is controlled by Jehovah, thereby equating the organization with God himself

    4. Centralizing authority in an organization instead of letting Christ be the head of each Christian
    5. Claiming that the “faithful and discreet slave” is the “anointed class” rather than each individual Christian who shows himself or herself to be responsible and obedient to Christ
    6. Teaching that the early Christians were led by a governing body

    7. Teaching that Jesus appointed the “anointed remnant” as his true church in 1919
    8. Viewing the so-called “anointed” class (actually, the governing body) as God’s channel and prophet
    9. Placing WT literature above the Bible

    10. Frequently taking Bible texts out of context in order to build support for the organization’s man-made teachings and procedures

    11. Teaching that Jesus returned in 1914 and is “invisibly present” since then
    12. Teaching that Jerusalem was destroyed in 607 BCE when no historical records confirm this and the actual date is believed by nearly all historians to be 587 BCE

    13. Falsifying the fact that Charles Russell predicted for 1914 the end of the world, not Christ’s return
    14. Lying about a so-called “increase” in earthquakes, warfare, famines, persecution, etc., since 1914
    15. Contradictorily condemning military organizations and frowning upon JWs who choose alternative service in lieu of military service while the headquarters organization at the same time owns stock in a military product organization (REGI)

    16. Taking a conflicting stand with regard to the United Nations, claiming that it is the “wild beast” of Revelation that leads all nations in a fight against God and Christ at Armageddon, but signing on as an NGO member and publishing articles that present the UN in a favorable light
    17. Teaching that it’s wrong to celebrate birthdays and all holidays
    18. Teaching that Abraham and the faithful men and women of old are not among the holy ones who will rule with Christ in his Kingdom
    19. Interpreting Jewish restoration prophecies as fulfilled in “the anointed remnant”

    20. Teaching that the Scriptures are directly addressed only to “the remnant of anointed ones”
    21. Teaching that only the “anointed” must be born again
    22. Teaching that the “great crowd” are not begotten or anointed by the Holy Spirit

    23. Teaching that the “great crowd” are God’s grandchildren and not his sons and daughters
    24. Teaching that the “great crowd” are not members of the bride of Christ
    25. Teaching that Jesus is not the mediator between God and the “great crowd” of Revelation chapter 7

    26. Teaching that the resurrection of the “anointed” precedes the resurrection of the “other sheep” and that it has already begun
    27. Teaching that only “anointed” JWs will receive immortality in the resurrection
    28. Inviting only the “anointed” to partake at the memorial

    29. Claiming that spiritual food comes from the “anointed” class whereas nearly all the writers of WT publications are members of the “other sheep” class

    30. Creating a climate of fear by authoritarianism
    31. Controlling what individual JWs may read of Bible-related publications that are not produced by the WT Society
    32. Arrogantly pretending that the JW organization maintains higher standards than any other religion and proclaiming publicly that all other churches are members of Babylon the Great

    33. Forbidding attendance and participation at other churches
    34. Class distinctions such as “governing body,” “anointed remnant” and “great crowd of other sheep”
    35. Class distinctions such as publishers, auxiliary pioneers, regular pioneers, special pioneers, circuit overseers, district overseers, Bethelites, Governing Body, etc.

    36. Prohibiting women from serving in any meaningful role in the congregation while expecting them to do the bulk of the work in “field service”
    37. Constantly prodding the membership by means of literature, meetings and conventions to do ever more and more in the service of the organization, promoting an atmosphere where many feel their best is never good enough

    38. Setting dates for Armageddon and thereby urging the membership to abandon normal living, this often resulting in the ruination of health and family life, as well as creating employment and financial hardships

    39. Teachings that lead the members to believe righteousness and salvation can be earned by devoted and loyal support of the organization’s slavish programs
    40. Keeping meeting attendance and field service records as a gauge of an individual’s spirituality
    41. Organizationally requiring no blood transfusions instead of letting it be a matter of conscience, thereby cruelly informing all members that they will be shunned by the organization if they accept a transfusion that might restore health following a life-threatening accident or illness

    42. Allowing their own infants and children to die instead of allowing doctors to give them necessary blood transfusions
    43. Teaching that the “congregation” of Matthew 18:17 is the body of elders
    44. Holding heresy trials and disciplinary hearings in secrecy from the rest of the congregation
    45. Withholding information that would be helpful to persons who have been accused of wrongdoing

    46. Conducting heresy trials of members who have doubts or who think differently upon the Scriptures
    47. Defining apostasy as against the organization instead of against God
    48. Being quick to disfellowship instead of making efforts to restore persons who have done something wrong

    49. Unnecessarily and abusively shunning members even for minor infractions such as smoking or not complying with the whimsical directives of elders, thereby causing personal and family turmoil that often results in immense guilt, shame, fear, depression, bitterness, hatred, murder and suicide
    50. Prohibiting fellowship with disassociated persons who show no inclination toward causing dissension

    51. Showing favoritism by advising innocent victims to “leave it to Jehovah” instead of the elders taking decisive action to deal with some members who have been accused of harmful wrongdoing.
    52. Ignoring or minimizing clear evidence of child molestation and other abuses simply because only one witness is available to testify against the member accused of such serious wrongdoing
    53. Covering over and hiding damaging facts about the JW organization

    54. In many cases, neglecting the care of their own sick and elderly members who no longer have the strength and energy to attend all the meetings and to be regular in “field service” as they did for most of their lives
    55. Blatantly lying to the public by declaring to news media that members may leave the organization at any time, of their own free will and without any repercussions from the organization

  • Margarett posted:

    on 4th July 2011, 18:37:05 - Reply

    The integrity of a tree can be accessed by examining its leaves. A proper readout of Jehovah's Witnesses integrity can be accessed by examining the pages of our publications. Regards

    PS: This seasons "leaves" will suffice, but if you feel you need to delve into our history, you'll find a blessed quest for truth. Let us share.
  • Erin posted:

    on 4th July 2011, 06:17:32 - Reply

    Kenneth - ask anyone you come across - when did you feel more pressured to give money, the last time you attended church or the last time a Witness came to your door. You make me physically ill with your "gasp" lying implications.
  • Kenneth posted:

    on 3rd July 2011, 09:25:39 - Reply

    Theocratic warfare alive and well, hardened psychopaths no qualms about making made up fraudulent claims and then going and counting their field service time posting here online lying for Jehovah.

    Makes me gasp!

    Do you have a JW Kingdom Hall in your area? What are they noted for except door to door recruitment asking for donations of money?
  • Peter Blanchette posted:

    on 3rd July 2011, 08:17:39 - Reply

    Jehovah's Witnesses the religion of shill and sockpuppet even the *disfellowshipped* coming out advocates for the Warchtower.
  • Michael posted:

    on 2nd July 2011, 18:34:25 - Reply

    I am a 'disfellowshipped' Jehovah's Witness (x-communicated). I have not made strides to come back in the last 10 years. However, putting aside the scripture quotes, it is well known that Jehovah's Witnesses do in fact have a 'relief aid' effort at all natural disasters. Typically when a natural disaster strikes, a letter is sent to each Kingdom Hall (in the US) indicating the impact, what can be done and if anyone wants to volunteer to help please do X. I probably won't go back but I must defend the truth of the organizational facts. For the JWs that aren't hypocrites and follow exactly what they organization officially teaches, they they indeed are a good people. However, many of us in the world have met so many hypocrites in the faith that we make a false pretext against them all.

    With regards to France, it isn't just about JW's but any religious group that works off gifts/donations. The large scale impact would be felt across the board. The judicial system looks at first to the initial group impacted but also the long term effects of the rulings and the initial reason for the law. From a legal standpoint it was probably the correct decision because even the definition of the law is in question due to its vagueness of limits.

    It would be good for anyone to review cases in American law around the 1st amendment. In law school many JW cases are reviewed because they were the ones in the courts and defending many aspects of the constitution. Even if you are catholic, Muslim, agnostic or even atheist...your right to choose and exercise or not exercise your faith has been defended by this group...cult or not. If they come to your door and you don't want them, ask to be on the 'do not call list' or just close the door. Just make sure you get the facts about any organization before you attack it. This story is about the law and how it impacted a group. The focus is the law so read it, imagine the downstream effects and follow the case.
  • JG posted:

    on 2nd July 2011, 06:27:07 - Reply

    We are seven million active ministers. The number isn't inflated. We stop counting people who don't preach, and we are very careful about keeping track.

    I think we had something like 18.7 million attend the observance of the memorial of Christ's death last year. Perhaps that's the number they are using with which to estimate.

    That number, however, isn't relevant to anything. We invite everyone in the neighborhoods near our congregations to come and join us, so we're not saying that are membership is the same as all our visitors.

    And we do not count dead people and people who came to a meeting once 10 years ago like many other faiths do. As I said earlier, the seven million are active preachers.

    We publish all the numbers in the Watchtower magazine, available publicly and with the widest distribution of any magazine on earth, for anyone to reference as they see fit.

    Also check out for information formatted for the media. You don't have to take mine or any one other person's word for it. Look it up yourself.

    Someone also mentioned turnover. The poster's estimate is a long way from accurate, but we are a faith that requires strict obedience to the morals and dictates of the Bible. That's not for everyone and we know it. Jesus said it would be the few who want to seek truth. Most will want to seek their own opinions.

    It's normal and we understand. But please don't make up stuff about us. It's not fair and it's not true. We are strange enough as it is. Just stick with true and confirmable information and you'll do just fine talking people into staying away.

    And we are not a cult any more than the Catholics are. Please try to be more sensitive. A cult generally follows a man, like, say, the Pope. We follow a man named Jesus. All Christians are suppose to follow him. So call all of us cults, or none.

    I hope that makes sense to you all, and that it clears things up a little.
  • Michael Gru posted:

    on 1st July 2011, 16:54:57 - Reply

    Launching this attack on Jehovah's Witnesses was stupid from the get-go, but allowing such a ridiculous breach of human rights to go all the way to the European court does nothing but reinforce a stereotype of the French as arrogant and self-involved.
  • Robin Morgan posted:

    on 1st July 2011, 05:56:37 - Reply

    A side by side comparison of cults and Jehovah's Witnesses exposes the agenda of the people who misunderstand the work and zeal of JW's. We live the Bible. We do the work Jesus commanded. Where did he command that we set up a huge organization to help the poor? His work was that of preaching God's Kingdom. One of the last things he told his disciples was to PREACH. Matt. 28:19-20 In going door-to-door we help people directly each day. Teaching people Bible principles exceeds any philanthropic work. Even so, we help the communities we live in, like the recent devastation of Joplin, Mo. We don't blow a horn before or after we help others. God bless you.
  • rgp posted:

    on 30th June 2011, 22:35:40 - Reply


    Were you involved in any relief efforts when hurricane Katrina hit? Or Ivan? Or Andrew? Or Rita?
    Have you gone to Japan to help? or Haiti?
    What about to Alabama, Georgia, or Missouri after the tornado devastion just lately. Or to any of the recently flooded area in the US?

    If you were able to help in any of these disasters, or any others, you should be commended.

    Jehovah's Witnesses are in all those places right now, doing relief work and spending millions while doing it.

    There are several permanant disaster relief groups set up all around the US that stay ready constantly to react to any major disaster. Hundreds of thousands of Jehovah's Witnesses around the world participate in disaster relief efforts. They are among the first to arrive and usually among the last to leave. All the materials they provide are actually, really donated, not charged for....EVER.

    We don't get the publicity at these situations because we don't seek it. However, the government officials know us well (and in the US especially FEMA knows the Witnesses), and in almost every major disaster that has happened for many many years now, they have come to know us better.

    If you simply want soup kitchens, think about this old saying,..."give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime". Jehovah's Witnesses prefer to teach people how to fish. Over many years they have spent billions and billions of volunteer hours doing this work. Those they teach can then they help feed others. Far more effective, wouldn't you agree?

    As for schools, Jehovah's Witnesses have the biggest school in the world...over 7 million ACTIVE teachers. (The 7 million figure is an accurate figure, we only report members who actively participate, not those who are not active or who are no longer Witnesses...and the 80% figure is pure fiction..where did you get that from? If that figure was accurate there would have had to be over 35 million witnesses in our organization......simply not true). However, over the past decade there is usually around 250,000 - 300,000 people annually who become Jehovah's Witnesses. We are growing, adding about a million or so every 4 - 6 years, not losing people at an 80% clip. And over the past decades the Witnesses have conducted millions and millions of Bible studies around the no charge.

    So, I'll ask you the same question I asked Ralph Bennoit..Would you like to know the REAL truth about Jehovah's Witnesses?.

  • rgp posted:

    on 30th June 2011, 22:02:52 - Reply

    @Ralph Bennoit

    I have also observed thousands of indivduals who have become better husbands, wives, parents, and neighbors because of the donated educational efforts of millions of Jehovah's Witness volunteers around the world. The churches and governments of this world do try, with various programs, to get people to break free from so many kinds of self destructive behavours. However, most of the time, the people who staff these groups are getting paid, sometimes very, very well indeed.

    Most so called "non-profit" organizations in the US are only required by law to pass on only 10-15% of the money they collect to the people or groups they are supposed to be helping. Who gets the rest of the money? Isn't it obvious? Are you OK with this level of "volunteer" or "non-profit" help? Do you find it ethical, or even truthful?

    Jehovah's Witnesses, however, charge NOTHING for ANY of these services. They perform them because they want to. Last year alone, well over 1 billion hours were spent by over 7 million volunteers helping people to improve their lives. No money whatsoever is charged for this service. The hundreds and hundreds of millions of pieces of educational literature that have been distributed (at no cost to the persons receiving them) around the world over just the past few years were written by volunteers, printed by volunteers, distributed by volunteers, and the information in them taught by volunteers.

    Do you know of another single group or organization, religious or non-religious, anywhere in the world with such a record?

    Would you like to know the REAL truth about Jehovah's Witnesses?
  • Barbara posted:

    on 30th June 2011, 21:47:43 - Reply

    Jehovah's Witnesses boast 7 million members and not the 17 million cited and these 7 million are self-reporting inflated statistics.
    They have the highest loss 80 percent turnover of members who leave.
    Belief system is based on man made doctrines adapted from Scripture like most religions.
  • Barbara posted:

    on 30th June 2011, 21:44:24 - Reply

    As predicted the first commenter post the facts and along come the Watchtower corporation propaganda shills.Do you know of or ever heard seen of any public charity from the Jehovah's Witnesses in your village city?

    Where is this good JW public charity? No soup kitchens,no homeless shelters,no hospitals,no schools.
  • rgp posted:

    on 30th June 2011, 21:27:26 - Reply

    Dear @Ralph Bennoit,

    ..."They took everything from many followers including lots and lots of money..." "....They ripped off millions..."

    I have been a JW for about 40 years, I have met thousands of Jehovah's Witnesses from many places around the world, and I have never known one single individual get taken for their money, or met anyone who was forced to hand over money or possessions that they didn't want to give.

    Let's see.... They have no paid ministers , officials, secretaries, office staff, or labor force anywhere in their entire organization,( not even their governing body). There are no mansions owned by the leaders, no jet planes, no yachts, no island retreats. There are not even any collections taken at their meetings, no tithing, no mandatory monetary donations of ANY kind...EVER. Even their Kingdom Halls and most of their larger Branch facilities are usually built by volunteer construction workers by the tens of thousands worldwide who gladly donate their skills and time toward these projects.

    I have, however, personally watched this organization many times over the years (first hand) give away millions, millions, and more millions of dollars in relief funds when disasters strike in the form of temporary shelter, food, medical help, clothing, building materials, and on and on......asking nothing in return! I have personally observed thousands of volunteers come from hundreds or even thousands of miles away to volunteer their time, energy, and personal resources to help people in disaster zones (they pay their own way, all expenses, and get no pay in return)...over and over again, through disasters such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, etc., too numerous to mention over the past several decades. (Check out their activities right now in Haiti, Japan, Alabama, Georgia,
  • A, Jay Styles posted:

    on 30th June 2011, 20:53:01 - Reply

    Mr Bennoit,
    I am so sorry you are bitter about something but, the facts are thaat we don't think we are the only ones that are to be in paradise earth, anyone that is willing to learn the truth about Jehovah God and his only begotten son has that oppertunity like John 17:3 says "Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." New International Version (NIV) please remember we are at your door because we love you and want you to receive all the knowlege needed for eternal life.
  • Truth posted:

    on 30th June 2011, 20:30:13 - Reply

    @Mr. Bennoit. I commend your zeal for exposing wrongs. However, can you quote your sources for this information? Jehovah's Witnesses back up every statement with a quote from the Bible or a secular source. Hence, if you're attacking them, I would expect you to at least use the same methods of this "cult-like" group to prove a point. I would also encourage you to pick up any history book that discusses the Catholic religion and see what it has to say about their conduct over the years. If we were really afraid of bad PR why would we bother taking our "lawsuits for fraud" to court where all of our alleged dirty laundry would be open for public record? In fact, we're one of the few religions that come TO YOU to discuss our beliefs. If persons choose to turn us away and come to their own conclusions, we respect their exercising the free will bestowed upon them by Jehovah God. Keep questioning things Mr. Bennoit, but make sure your efforts are not being misdirected.
  • Ralph Bennoit posted:

    on 30th June 2011, 18:50:06 - Reply

    Jehovah's Witnesses controversy in a nutshell:
    Cult-like hard core apocalyptic fundy Watchtower is an 1870 splinter group from the William Miller *great disappointment* fallout.
    They have kept followers on the edge of the seat and drained them dry after pinning all their hopes and dreams on the always just around the corner post armageddon *paradise".

    They took everything from many followers including lots and lots of money.NOW bloated with wealth... all they can do is stagger around and shoot critic messengers and say the Catholic church was worse with it's atrocities and exaggerate some of the few beneficial JW legacies.
    They ripped off millions most who just grew old and died so can't say anything back now.
    The A number one fear of the Watchtower is bad PR and lawsuits for fraud,just like Scientology same lawyers same spin doctors same shills same everything.