Russka

December 18, 2016.  About Me.  One day last week I wrote that, last Sunday, I purchased two books from Barnes and Noble bookstore.  I had planned to purchase only one book but when I saw a book titled Paris the Novel by Edward Rutherfurd and a book titled Russka The Novel of Russia, also by Edward Rutherfurd, I couldn’t decide which one to purchase, so, I purchased both.  Then it was just a matter of deciding which book to read first.  Both books have many pages.  It will take quite a few months to finish reading the books, both books are larger than regular size novels, and a lot more pages—Paris, 805 pages; Russka, 945 pages.

I am interested in reading the history of France (although of course the book is a novel) to see if I can better understand why the French government so viciously persecuted my brothers.

France

Prior to World War II, the French government banned the Association of Jehovah’s Witnesses in France, and ordered that the French offices of the Watch Tower Society be vacated.[Note 1] After the war, Jehovah’s Witnesses in France renewed their operations. In December 1952, France’s Minister of the Interior banned The Watchtower magazine, citing its position on military service.[23] The ban was lifted on November 26, 1974.[24][25]

In the 1990s and 2000s, the French government included Jehovah’s Witnesses on its list of “cults“, and governmental ministers made derogatory public statements about Jehovah’s Witnesses.[Note 2] Despite its century of activity in the country, France’s Ministry of Finance opposed official recognition of the religion; it was not until June 23, 2000 that France’s highest administrative court, the Council of State, ruled that Jehovah’s Witnesses qualify as a religion under French law.[27] France’s Ministry of the Interior sought to collect 60% of donations made to the religion’s entities; Witnesses called the taxation “confiscatory” and appealed to the European Court of Human Rights.[Note 3][Note 4] On June 30, 2011, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that France’s actions violated the religious freedom of Jehovah’s Witnesses by demanding 58 million euros in taxes.[30]

Jehovah’s Witnesses in France have reported hundreds of criminal attacks against their adherents and places of worship.[Note 5]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_Jehovah’s_Witnesses#France

[Likewise, Russia.]

Soviet Union

Jehovah’s Witnesses did not have a significant presence in the Soviet Union prior to 1939 when the Soviet Union forcibly incorporated eastern Poland, Moldavia, and Lithuania, each of which had a Jehovah’s Witness movement. Although never large in number (estimated by the KGB to be 20,000 in 1968), the Jehovah’s Witnesses became one of the most persecuted religious groups in the Soviet Union during the post-World War II era.[90] Members were arrested or deported; some were put in Soviet concentration camps. Witnesses in Moldavian SSR were deported to Tomsk Oblast; members from other regions of the Soviet Union were deported to Irkutsk Oblast.[91] KGB officials, who were tasked with dissolving the Jehovah’s Witness movement, were disturbed to discover that the Witnesses continued to practice their faith even within the labor camps.[92]

The Minister of Internal Affairs, Viktor Semyonovich Abakumov proposed the deportation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses to Stalin in October 1950. A resolution was voted by the Council of Minister and an order was issued by the Ministry for State Security in March 1951. The Moldavian SSR passed a decree “on the confiscation and selling of the property of individuals banished from the territory of the Moldavian SSR”, which included the Jehovah’s Witnesses.[91]

In April 1951, over 9,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses were deported to Siberia under a plan called “Operation North“.[93][94]

Importation of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ literature into the Soviet Union was strictly forbidden, and Soviet Jehovah’s Witnesses received their religious literature from Brooklyn illegally. Literature from Brooklyn arrived regularly, through well-organized unofficial channels, not only in many cities, but also in Siberia, and even in the penal camps of Potma.[95] The Soviet government was so disturbed by the Jehovah’s Witnesses that the KGB was authorized to send agents to infiltrate the Brooklyn headquarters.[96]

In September 1965, a decree of the Presidium of the USSR Council of Ministers canceled the “special settlement” restriction of Jehovah’s Witnesses, though the decree, signed by Anastas Mikoyan, stated that there would be no compensation for confiscated property. However, Jehovah’s Witnesses remained the subject of state persecution due to their ideology being classified as anti-Soviet.[97]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_Jehovah’s_Witnesses#Soviet_Union


The Vyborg City Court, where Judge Roman Yuryevich Petrov assigned the Center for Sociocultural Expert Studies to analyze the Witnesses’ New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures.NOVEMBER 28, 2016
RUSSIA
PART 3

International Experts Discredit
Russia’s “Expert Analysis” in
Identifying “Extremism”
 

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This is Part 3 of a three-part series based on exclusive interviews with noted scholars of religion, politics, and sociology, as well as experts in Soviet and post-Soviet studies.ST. PETERSBURG, Russia—Jehovah’s Witnesses and their literature have been subject to court-appointed analysis by the Center for Sociocultural Expert Studies in Moscow. One study was completed in August 2015 and was used as the basis for an ongoing case against the Witnesses’ New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, while another study is pending.
Dr. Mark R. Elliott

Highly regarded experts inside and outside of Russia debunk these studies. One such scholar, Dr. Mark R. Elliott, founding editor of the East-West Church and Ministry Report, observes: “State-approved ‘expert’ witnesses on religious questions, including those who disapproved Jehovah’s Witnesses’ scriptures, typically lack expertise and credibility as they issue ill-founded ‘opinions’ on matters of faith.”
Dr. Roman Lunkin

Specifically addressing the Center for Sociocultural Expert Studies, Dr. Roman Lunkin, head of the Center for Religion and Society at the Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, notes that “not one of the experts has a degree in religious studies and they are not even familiar with the writings of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Their analysis included quotes that were taken from information provided by the Irenaeus of Lyon Centre, a radical Orthodox anti-cult organization known for opposing Jehovah’s Witnesses, as well as many other religions and denominations.”


Dr. Ekaterina Elbakyan

“Unfortunately, I would have to agree with Dr. Lunkin,” states Dr. Ekaterina Elbakyan, professor of sociology and management of social processes at the Moscow Academy of Labor and Social Relations. “It is true that in Russia today religious expert studies are often performed by people who are not specialists, and are made-to-order, so to speak, where an expert is not free to state his true findings.”

Dr. Elbakyan, who participated in two trials in Taganrog and was present as a specialist-expert in the appellate court in Rostov-on-Don, further explains: “I saw with my own eyes the video material on the basis of which Jehovah’s Witnesses were charged with extremism. Twice I gave a detailed commentary in court explaining that this was a typical Christian religious service and had nothing to do with extremism, but the court did not take the expert opinion into consideration. It is impossible not to see this as a clear and systematic trend toward religious discrimination. As long as this trend continues, there are, of course, no guarantees that believers will cease to be classified as ‘extremists’ because of their beliefs.”

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(https://www.jw.org/en/news/releases/by-region/russia/expert-analysis-identifying-extremism-discredited/ , some of the federal agents who’re pretending to be Jehovah’s Witnesses gave me permission to post this information, cc all Mormon attorneys)

 

December 18, 2016. About Me.  At first I couldn’t decide which book to read first, then I decided to read Russka first, because my Russian brothers (and my Russian sisters, too, of course) are enduring severe persecution.  My heart is burning burning burning, so filled with love, the flame of Jah.  (Song of Solomon 8:6-7)

Song of Solomon 8:6

King James Bible
Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death;
jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death;
ardent love is as unrelenting as Sheol. Love’s flames are fiery flames– the fiercest of all. 


American Standard Version
Set me as a seal upon thy heart, As a seal upon thine arm: For love is strong as death;
Jealousy is cruel as Sheol; The flashes thereof are flashes of fire, A very flame of Jehovah.
Douay-Rheims Bible
Put me as a seal upon thy heart, as a seal upon thy arm, for love is strong as death,
jealousy as hard as hell, the lamps thereof are fire and flames.
Darby Bible Translation
Set me as a seal upon thy heart, As a seal upon thine arm: For love is strong as death;
Jealousy is cruel as Sheol: The flashes thereof are flashes of fire, Flames of Jah.

http://biblehub.com/songs/8-6.htm
New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures-With References
“Place me as a seal upon your* heart,+ as a seal upon your arm; because love is as strong as death is,+
 insistence on exclusive devotion+ is as unyielding as She’ol* is. Its blazings are the blazings of a fire, the flame of Jah.
https://www.jw.org/en/publications/bible/bi12/books/song-of-solomon/8/

 


http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/paris-edward-rutherfurd/1113818213

Quite coincidentally, this week the Mormon Church of Satan began advertising Two Runs of Stone historical novels:


(185th Annual General Conference talk summaries, photos (178 photos), Mormon church Deseret News, April 4, 2015, http://m.deseretnews.com/photo/765670802 )


(185th Annual General Conference talk summaries, photos (178 photos), Mormon church Deseret News, April 4, 2015, http://m.deseretnews.com/photo/765670802 )

 Two Runs of Stone is a thrilling historical fiction portraying Victorian Denmark and a wealthy milling family caught in a whirlwind of politics, monarchial and religious oppression, amid philosophical awakening and new thirst for basic human freedom. Take a trip in time thru the grandeur of Copenhagen; sail the deep and powerful fjords of Scandinavia on billowing wind-ships; ride on velvet and leather upholstery in horse drawn carriages and surging locomotives; feel love blossom in wooded parks; walk the lush countryside waving golden grains ripe for the windmill’s blades; finally listen as cannons roar, muskets fire and bayonets flash amid thick smoke on muddy battlefields. Meanwhile, observe as a breath taking necklace handcrafted by a master jeweler weaves a common thread throughout a saga rich in human spirit.
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=two+runs+of+stone+%2Cpaperback


(185th Annual General Conference talk summaries, photos (178 photos), Mormon church Deseret News, April 4, 2015, http://m.deseretnews.com/photo/765670802 )

Two Runs of Stone is an epic in historical fiction set in the late 1800’s and is the result of fifteen years of concerted effort. Actual journals of some of the women and men who lived and died during the era provide the foundation of the work, not to mention their Danish, English, and American ancestors.
Two Runs of Stone is an epic in historical fiction set in the late 1800’s and is the result of fifteen years of concerted effort. Actual journals of some of the women and men who lived and died during the era provide the foundation of the work, not to mention their Danish, English, and American ancestors. In volume two, Two Runs of Stone—Windships America, we follow Peter and Maren Jensen, Claus and Gunda Wangsgaard, and a few hundred Danish Saints as they meet up with English members led by one Trevor Wells on their way to Zion via windships and riverboats. Join Torkil Olsen whose unfaithful wife opens an entirely new world of possibilities to Catherine Jensen’s head miller and close friend. And go with Catherine Jensen herself, as a visitor from the past literally transforms her life! The gospel of Jesus Christ is exploding all over Scandinavia and England as volume two opens! Here’s to good reading.
https://www.amazon.com/Two-Runs-Stone-Windships-America/dp/153978519X/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1481999458&sr=8-3&keywords=two+runs+of+stone+%2Cpaperback 

https://www.amazon.com/Two-Runs-Stone-Windships-America/dp/153978519X/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1481999458&sr=8-3&keywords=two+runs+of+stone+%2Cpaperback

Sometimes, one night can last a lifetime

There were three things Sylvie Jones didn’t expect to happen when she took a weekend trip to Chicago:

1. Finally kicking her boyfriend, Alan, to the curb (he seriously deserved it).
2. Meeting a sexy and wealthy stranger named Heath, and being mistaken for a paid escort.
3. Not correcting Heath’s error and … a little of this and a whole lot of that later, Sylvie’s taking an airplane flight of shame all the way back home (she isn’t really ashamed—the night was too incredible for that).

None of these three unexpected events might have changed her life if it weren’t for two more surprises which arrive nine months later—twins, Jadyn and Quentyn! Sylvie doesn’t know for sure who their father is, but who cares? Her children are all hers and she can raise them all by herself.

This might have been the end of the matter, except for one final thing: Heath. He can’t forget the incredible night he spent with a special lady in Chicago. He’d seek her out, but he doesn’t know her name. She dashed off like Cinderella, not even leaving a shoe behind as a clue to her true identity.

He vows to find her. And Heath Collins, reclusive billionaire, always gets what he wants, no matter how long it takes. Getting the lady and twin baby boys, however, may be more than he bargained for.

A romantic comedy with a touch of steam, this is a standalone sequel to “Billionaires Don’t Like Nice Girls.” Approx. 70,000 words.
(Mia Caldwell, https://www.amazon.com/Heirs-Billionaire-Those-Fabulous-Jones/dp/1530713846/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482002124&sr=1-1&keywords=two+heirs+for+the+billionaire )

Joseph Smith, Jr. (December 23, 1805 – June 27, 1844) was an American religious leader and founder of Mormonism and the Latter Day Saint movement. When he was twenty-four, Smith published the Book of Mormon. By the time of his death fourteen years later, he had attracted tens of thousands of followers and founded a religious culture that continues to the present.

Life in Missouri (1838–39)

By 1838, Smith had abandoned plans to redeem Zion in Jackson County, and after Smith and Rigdon arrived in Missouri, the town of Far West became the new “Zion”.[93] In Missouri, the church also took the name “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints“, and construction began on a new temple.[94] In the weeks and months after Smith and Rigdon arrived at Far West, thousands of Latter Day Saints followed them from Kirtland.[95] Smith encouraged the settlement of land outside Caldwell County, instituting a settlement in Adam-ondi-Ahman, in Daviess County.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Smith

FOR THE RECORD.  The Mormon church is NOT the church of Jesus Christ. The Mormon church Jesus Christ is counterfeit, an impostor, Satan in disguise!  The Mormon church is the number one ENEMY of Jesus Christ.  The Book of Mormon is the number one ENEMY of God’s Word the Holy Bible.  The wrath of Jehovah is upon the Mormon Church of Satan.  cc all Mormon attorneys

Two Runs of Stone is an epic in historical fiction set in the late 1800’s and is the result of fifteen years of concerted effort. Actual journals of some of the women and men who lived and died during the era provide the foundation of the work, not to mention their Danish, English, and American ancestors.