Jan 11, 2022

CultNEWS101 Articles: 1/8-9/2022 (Jehovah's Witnesses, Legal, Child Abuse, KKK)

Jehovah's Witnesses, Legal, Child Abuse, KKK

Shaw Local News: Judge shields some records of Crystal Lake Jehovah's Witnesses committee in child abuse probe
"A judge on Thursday partially granted the request of two elders of a Crystal Lake congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses to shield some church records from prosecutors who have alleged they failed to report child abuse.

The McHenry County State's Attorney's Office sought records created and kept by a committee of Jehovah's Witnesses leaders ahead of the trial of Michael Penkava, 72, and Colin Scott, 88, who each face a count of violating reporting provisions, a Class A misdemeanor."

" ... The allegations stem from statements prosecutors said were made to the elders in 2006 about crimes committed by Arturo Hernandez-Pedraza, who a McHenry County jury found guilty of sexually assaulting and abusing a young girl for 13 years. He was sentenced in December 2019 to 45 years in prison.

The state's attorney's office claims Penkava and Scott should have disclosed the reports of child abuse they heard about Hernandez-Pedraza to law enforcement or child welfare officials.

But the elders and their defense attorneys said they were made aware of the child abuse through a spiritual confessional process that allows congregants to admit wrongdoing in confidence."

TRT World: New cult: Young Americans practice spirituality on TikTok
" ... A recent report on Vox explained that many young Americans feel helpless in front of evil and they pick narratives that have simple answers to their fears.

Evelyn Juarez, 25-year-old TikToker from Dallas with 1.4 million followers, made a video on the tragedy at Astroworld, the Travis Scott concert last month where eight people died and more than 300 were injured. She didn't cover the incident itself but the supposed 'satanic symbolism of the set'.

Many of her videos reveal an interest in true crime and conspiracy theories — the Gabby Petito case, for instance, or Lil Nas X's "devil shoes," or the theory that multiple world governments are hiding information about Antarctica.

One of her videos from November suggests that a survey sent to Texas residents about the use of electricity for critical healthcare could signify that "something is coming and [the state government] knows it."

Her beliefs are reminiscent of many others on the  Internet, people who speak of "bad vibes", demonic spirits, or a cosmic calamity looming just over the horizon, one that the government may be trying to keep secret.

Internet religion!

Juarez said she was raised Christian, although at the age of 19 she began to have a more personal relationship with God outside of organized religion.

Today, she identifies more as spiritual, as an increasing number of young people do, many of them working out their ideas in real time online.

They might act almost as prophets or shamans, spreading the good word and guiding prospective believers, while others might just lurk in the comments."

First Coast News: KKK members embedded in Florida law enforcement
" ... An Army veteran from Jacksonville recently infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan, and all the while he wore a wire for the FBI. In his time undercover Joseph Moore found out that the KKK has deep ties to many Florida law enforcement agencies."

"Moore explained that the acts of the Klan go beyond the typical violence associated with the organization. He says that the KKK has members in the city, county and state levels of law enforcement.

"I can tell you that none of these agencies have any control over it," Moore said.

Moore has video of a meeting with a now-former prison guard who was conspiring to murder a black inmate as retaliation for the inmate's actions against another prison guard, who is in the KKK."

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