Finland :Justice Minister against Judicial Committees

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The Finish Minister of justice  Anna-Maija Henriksson has for the first time today expressed concerns about the way Jehovah’s Witnesses operate their own judicial committees and the way they penalize their own members in many ways in violation to the Finish Judicial System .She reportedly said that “There is NO ROOM for two judicial systems in Finland.” The Ministry of Justice became aware of the Jehovah’s Witnesses practises by another local organization by the name  UUT, which main objective is to support  victims of religion in Finland.

The UUT which for some time has been in touch with the Finish Government in relation to the disciplinary practices of the Watchtower ,has also called on  Justice Minister Anna-Maija Henriksson to run a more thorough  investigation on the practices of the hierarchy of the movement that seem to contradict its charitable status in Finland.

The story started when UUT was approached by a group of 18 former Jehovah’s Witnesses that had been the recipient of harsh punishments by the internal judicial committees system of the Watchtower .The UUT was surprised to discover the extent of ostracism and humiliation that offending church members are going through when they break any of the many laws and regulations of the Watchtower .

The Finish Minister didn’t commit to a direct comment on the judicial committee practises of the church, but did say that Finland already has a well established judicial system.The following is her poignant comment :

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Anna-Maija Henriksson is also one of the first European Ministers that realizes that the penalties the Watchtower inflicts upon it’s members are not within the acceptable range of  fundamental rights and freedoms that Finish citizens enjoy and expressed her surprise that a charitable organization such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses can engage in this behavior that has for so long being hiddden from the general public.

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The minister proceeded to advise all ex communicated Jehovah’s Witnesses to file a complaint with their local police if they believe that they their rights have been violated in accordance to . She commented that the Finish Courts are responsible in deciding  whether or not the organs of a religious group are operating legally or illegally.

Henriksson said that Justice Ministry officials will look into the UUT report in greater detail next week.

The matter also falls to the Ministry of Education and Culture, which is responsible for freedom of religion legislation and matters relating to religious groups. Henriksson said she also plans to discuss the matter with the minister responsible for church matters, Päivi Räsänen.

 

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  1. Jabbar Fazeli, MD
    May 26
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    Thank you for this story.

    Why can’t we take the same tact in the USA?!

    Law suites based on human rights violation and parallel judicial system by the Watchtower organization, based on the Finland precedence, would be a new avenue to tackle their abuses.

    • Santiago Piscador
      December 28
      Reply

      I may be ineducated and simple minded, but I don’t see how anyone can believe what you say about your subject above when you don’t explain that these former JW’s, or as you write, “a group of 18 former Jehovah’s Witnesses that had been the recipient of harsh punishments by the internal judicial committees system of the Watchtower”, which is a false statement because it is not by any ” system of the Watchtower”, that they are disfellowshipped from the Christian Congregation base on Bibile principles found at 1 Corinthians 5:1-13 ” It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. ¶ For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, to deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. ¶ Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump ? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us : therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness ; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. ¶ I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators : yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters ; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner ; with such a one, no, not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without ? do not ye judge them that are within ? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.” Also at Titus 3:10,11 “But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law ; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is a heretic, after the first and second admonition, reject ; knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself. ” These so called former JWs knew way before they became a JW, that they were well aware of these Bible commands and agreed to these at their public baptism what the consequences would be if they were unrepentant in committing any gross sin that would bring reproach on God’s Word the Bible. But they also knew if they were repentant and turn from practicing sin that they could be reinstated. Being humble is the key to God’s loving discipline, and they knew this as well before they wanted to be associated as a JW. Hebrews 12:11 “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous : nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby .” Everyone knows that there is one legal judicial system in every government that have their own laws that they are subjected to. They were born into these Finland laws, (or what ever government they live under), they were not given free will to choose for themselves if they agreed to them or the penalties if they broke them, and in religion there is a Spiritual, or Biblical set of laws, commands, or principals when not obeyed that the members, who of their own free , subjected themselves to willing and willing accepted the loving Spiritual/Biblical discipline if they were not truly repentful. They can always come back, but their own pride gets in their way. Man must be humble before God to receive forgiveness as mentioned above.
      If they tried this in the USA, then you might as well tear up the “Bill of Rights” and “The Constitution of the USA”, and “The Declaration of Independence”!

  2. Santiago Piscador
    December 28
    Reply

    I may be ineducated and simple minded, but I don’t see how anyone can believe what you say about your subject above when you don’t explain that these former JW’s, or as you write, “a group of 18 former Jehovah’s Witnesses that had been the recipient of harsh punishments by the internal judicial committees system of the Watchtower”, which is a false statement because it is not by any ” system of the Watchtower”, that they are disfellowshipped from the Christian Congregation base on Bibile principles found at 1 Corinthians 5:1-13 ” It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. ¶ For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, to deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. ¶ Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump ? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us : therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness ; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. ¶ I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators : yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters ; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner ; with such a one, no, not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without ? do not ye judge them that are within ? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.” Also at Titus 3:10,11 “But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law ; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is a heretic, after the first and second admonition, reject ; knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself. ” These so called former JWs knew way before they became a JW, that they were well aware of these Bible commands and agreed to these at their public baptism what the consequences would be if they were unrepentant in committing any gross sin that would bring reproach on God’s Word the Bible. But they also knew if they were repentant and turn from practicing sin that they could be reinstated. Being humble is the key to God’s loving discipline, and they knew this as well before they wanted to be associated as a JW. Hebrews 12:11 “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous : nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby .” Everyone knows that there is one legal judicial system in every government that have their own laws that they are subjected to. They were born into these Finland laws, (or what ever government they live under), they were not given free will to choose for themselves if they agreed to them or the penalties if they broke them, and in religion there is a Spiritual, or Biblical set of laws, commands, or principals when not obeyed that the members, who of their own free , subjected themselves to willing and willing accepted the loving Spiritual/Biblical discipline if they were not truly repentful. They can always come back, but their own pride gets in their way. Man must be humble before God to receive forgiveness as mentioned above.
    If they tried this in the USA, then you might as well tear up the “Bill of Rights” and “The Constitution of the USA”, and “The Declaration of Independence”!

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