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[Fredric Rice, The Skeptic Tank: The authorship of these files on cults has his or her own motivations for providing them and will contain his or her own bias. What I find typical is that individuals and organizations which report on cults are usually themselves a competition cult yet like to think of themselves as "a religion, not a cult." In actual fact, _ALL_ religions are cults by the primary, secondary, and terciary usage definition of the term. Some of the information you find here is inaccurate and contains urban legend -- take what you find with a grain of salt. If you wish to acquire a copy of the Law Enforcement Guide on Occult Crime, contact myself at frice@stbbs.com or at The Skeptic Tank (818) 335-9601 and I'll forward the address and information you need.] Jehovah's Witnesses [Fredric Rice: Several various brand names of the Christian religion employ "faith healing" to "pray away" their children's ills. Since the human body is capable of healing itself without intervention for a great many things -- even cancer spontaneously goes into remission and disappears entirely in a small percentage of the populace without intervention -- pretending to "pray away" problems still remains a belief in _MOST_ brand names of the Christian religion. Since "faithy healing" is a testable claim, you'll find on The Skeptic Tank many files which talk about "faith healing." For my part, when these come to the door with a child, I invariably ask the child if they're aware that their parents will allow them to die if they get sick in the hopes that I might implant a seed of doubt in thye youth which might some day help them decide to leave when they're older.] Otherwise known as The Watchtower Bible And Tract Society, there are now 4.5 million Jehovah's Witnesses in morethan 100 countries. The most damaging press surrounding the movement concerns its members' refusal to allow blood transfusions to sick children (or indeed themselves) because of their belief that 'drinking blood' is blasphemous. It'sa belief that has led to deaths as well as litigation by hospitals which have tried to prevent Witness children being removed from their care. Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Armageddon is about to happen (it was supposed to in 1914, 1925 and 1975) and thatonly Jehovah's Witnesses will survive. Of those survivors, 144,000 special ones (The Anointed) will go to heaven andthe rest will live in earthly paradise. To turn a Jehovah's Witness away from the door is to turn away the chance of surviving the imminent end of the world and that is the movement's central selling point. The 'Society' was begun in 1879 by a Pennsylvanian businessmen called Charles Russell. He abandoned Christianity,became interested in Eastern religion and joined the Adventists, whose theories about the precise dating of Armageddoninterested him. He was also interested in pyramidology. After Russell's death in 1916, the movement was taken over by'Judge' Rutherford who built a huge house for himself in San Diego and had deeds drawn up holding the property in trustto Noah, Isaac, David, Gideon andJoshua, who would return to earth after Armageddon. Christmas, Easter and birthdays are not celebrated and friendships with those not in the movement are stronglydisapproved of. Members buy Witness literature from their local Kingdom Hall building at a small discount and then sellit door to door. In1984, British Witnesses made £3.3 million from street selling. Many converts, particularly in Britain, supporttheir missionary work by window cleaning. 'You are the whore of Babylon! You are the devil incarnate - back to the pit you stinking vomit. Keep away from us, don't come near us - you will be destroyed just as the Tower of Babel.' - Letter received by a British Witness after leaving the movement. To comment about this Website, our paper and all associated articles, you can mail us at the Observer: bill@dial.pipex.com

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