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Taganrog Court Convicts Jehovah’s Witnesses for Practicing Their Faith

The judge had scheduled to announce the verdict on July 28, 2014, but he adjourned to the following day. On July 29, the judge read the 100-page decision all day and continued on the morning of July 30.

On July 30, 2014, the Taganrog City Court convicted and sentenced 7 of the 16 Witnesses in Taganrog for attending and organizing their peaceful religious meetings. They were prosecuted merely for carrying out the same religious activity that Jehovah’s Witnesses perform around the world. This verdict sets a dangerous precedent in restricting religious freedom for Jehovah’s Witnesses throughout Russia.

Victor Zhenkov, one of the attorneys in the case, stated: “I fear what the decision portends for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia. Law enforcement authorities in Taganrog and throughout Russia can use this decision in a propaganda campaign to continue harassing and persecuting Jehovah’s Witnesses with the real threat of imprisonment merely for practicing their faith.”

(For related context check out:Today’s Date is July 10, 2014, correct??)

Are Judges judging justly?! (You judge?/You decide?)

Judges Struggle With Their Own Conscience When Required to Ignore Conscience of Others

The presiding judge of the Suwon District Court wept as she read the prison sentence for 21-year-old Chang-jo Im, a conscientious objector to military service. Although the judge had handed down verdicts that day in five other criminal cases without any signs of distress, the injustice of this case moved her to tears. Having no other option, she sentenced this young man, one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, to 18 months’ imprisonment.

In his decision regarding one conscientious objector, Judge Young-sik Kim states: “The justices hardly believe that they are ‘punishing criminals’ when they deal with conscientious objectors.” The conflict he felt caused him to question the validity of the draft evasion statute as a sentencing guideline for conscientious objectors.

“The ultimate goal of protecting freedom of conscience by the Constitution as a fundamental right is to protect individuals’ conscience, which form the basis for human worth and dignity. . . . Though their decision to reject military service does not harmonize with the majority’s idea, it would be difficult to argue that their decision amounts to a serious antisocial or antinational crime that deserves strict sanction by directly invoking the criminal punishment.”–Judge Hye-won Lim, Suwon District Court, February 21, 2013, 2012Chogi2381.

“Deciding the relationship between oneself and others . . . [and] giving serious consideration to the ‘value of human existence’ is an integral process of forming one’s character. It also embraces the decision not to deprive anyone of his or her life, even under an armed conflict. If those [who have made] such decisions are forced to perform the military duty or compelled to take up arms and are invariably subjected to punishment if they refuse to perform such a duty, it would amount to denying their rights and their identity. Surely it violates human dignity.”–Judge Young-hoon Kang, Seoul North District Court, January 14, 2013, 2012Chogi1554.

“There is no sufficient reason to claim that national security will be severely endangered to an extent that it would be impossible to protect human dignity and [the] value of all citizens when a minority, including Jehovah’s Witnesses, . . . refuses to take up arms and perform military training. In fact, the defendant . . . has already refused to perform military duty despite punishment. If the claim [were] sufficiently grounded, national security and human dignity and the value of all citizens would already be in serious danger.”–Judge Seung-yeop Lee, Ulsan District Court, August 27, 2013, 2013Godan601.

Check out the Numbers: South Korea

  • Witnesses sentenced to prison each month for conscientious objection: 40-50

  • Witnesses now imprisoned for conscientious objection: 602

  • Total of Witnesses imprisoned for conscientious objection since 1950: 17,840

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Rescued by Forgiveness

Go ahead… go on..i
DARE!
You…(smile)

ASK ?

Me.

(you know– not having any plugins on this blog or statistical dashboard analytics to read/review…key words to worry/ponder about… keeps me in the “dark!” I’m not afraid of the dark… though, I could be in the dark about any on-line stalkers, huh?)

It’s sad that some misuse/abuse the dark… to exploit others or to carry out crimes against fellow-fragile-life!:(

But, I give You:), any Reader, the benefit of the doubt… You will not misuse/abuse my darkness for your own advantage…PEACE &.THANK YOU!:)

I can write freely cause I don’t know for sure… or rather: I don’t have any plugin(s) “subjectively judging” my writing/thoughts/worth… as to likes or hates or tweets or who(m) may or may not be reading my posts.

Though I have FAITH!

My posts are being read…or

Someone is being

Fed, eh?!:)

HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!….:)

ANYBODY/ANYMIND…out there in virtual reading land reading me… aka as my writing??

IF so…I dare YOU:)

to

leave

me

a question below…. later or now.

Oh, I’m positive, You can think up a variety of interesting questions… for the sake of compassion, however, PLEASE, PLEASE… keep them on the nice/positive/kind side! THANKS a BUNCH!:)

{It would be really FUN for me, IF any reader could stump me with a Biblical question.  How about asking me a biblical/spiritual question… and i’ll try my best to give a reasonable answer.}

Okay: so IF You read my last entry/post: Rescued from Distress, You realize I was heading out the door to make it to a talk…I took some notes as usual.

Did you know ? there is research circulating somewhere that I’ve read..the benefits of hand-writing notes over typing notes during a lecture/talk…that you process/learn better, etc..I use to know short-hand as a teen/young adult..lack of use, I’ve forgotten most of it.. just take long-hand/cursive notes: sometimes direct quotes or just paraphrasing…i write very fast/scribble-lol

So, looking over my scribbles… btw: this talk was given by an older gentleman who works compassionately in the jails…here in FL w/the so-called hardened criminals for the past 3 years… the in it for life-ers…some have killed their wives, etc. He spoke with such respect/affection for these ones he meets with in prison…1 prisoner mentioned that day in and day out same coldness climate and the only thing that keeps him going aka gives him hope is the 2 hour weekly visit by this gentleman and the positive Biblical stuff he shares with him..for those 2 hours, it’s the only “warmth” (compassion) this guy feels in life…” life” in jail/isolated antartica.

Actually… that brought me to tears;(… the stuff he mentioned about the prisoners…I asked him if my kids and I could give them something via him to give to the prisoners: a kind word/letter to not give up hope  or a kids’ happy drawing for some encouragement… he said NO… the gangs inside might misinterpret and could/would kill the prisoner(s) for some infraction. The prison gangs have their own live/comply or die rules, eh?!

(Most abusers of power have their own live-comply-or die rules, huh??)

i heard an AMAZING point/thought on PERFECTION & Forgiveness… that I LOVED!!… will elaborate “later.”

One of the prisoners… who had murdered…was quite upset over something he misunderstood: that he was beyond forgiveness by God because he murdered.  The gentleman shared scriptures with him about how God forgives in a LARGE way…(and there are recorded Biblical examples of previous murderers who were forgiven)… the prisoner’s whole demeanor/attitude changed for the positive!:)

Regardless of our circumstances, it is comforting to bear in mind that Jehovah is as he described himself to Moses—“a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness and truth, preserving loving-kindness for thousands, pardoning error and transgression and sin.” Jehovah has not changed.—Ex. 34:6, 7.

Some may feel powerless to change (for the better/healthier: physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually)… forgiveness rescues us all in and out of prison bars (literal or figurative)!… it changes us… just knowing someone releases You:) from Your offense (of course, that doesn’t always imply release from prison… we still may pay consequence, eh?).. but the peace of mind in knowing you’re forgiven–gives some the motivation/power to forgive themselves and positively move forward to recovery.

Let’s face it… for the most part, most of us muddle through life… non/dis-functioning… we have bodies and minds that just don’t work correctly/Well… eyes, kidneys, pancreas, liver or whatever… mental illness… we may let addiction, anger, fear, greed control us and rule us… bringing us to the grave or guard… prison.

What’s bringing You and Where?!

lol…Teeth and kids… bringing me to dentist and now running out to Park… today.

Later:)

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Finals, Flowers, Farewells

Finals/farewells…last week of virtual and brick n’ mortar learning for the kids here in Port Charlotte, Florida…though, little do they (entirely) realize they will still be (home) schooling over the SUMMER…Summer school ain’t so bad–in Mommy’s relatively relaxed atmosphere…no pressure to perform perfectly, no unrealistic expectations…just expecting them to gradually go from immaturity to maturity at their personal pace of progress.

i say: LET KIDS PLAY…it’s a great teacher, eh?!

Learning/applying principles and not letter of the law type living/learning IS my goal for them….life long learners and agape livers is what we want to achieve.

Do i have enough patience??? to let them learn at their own rate/pace…some days: yes.  some days: no.

{learning takes (some) messes and i’m sorta sick/tired of cleaning up actually (literally & figuratively)…you know, the consistent-non-stop-demands of mom-wife-friend-fragile-life…etc.}

it’s exhausting but ultra-satisfying work…the constant work demands on me….and my family…and the kids…and due to our personal circumstances…

PLEASE People i ENTREAT YOU: kids are kids…STOP!!! TAKING THEIR CHILDHOOD(s) AWAY to PLEASE STUPID STANDARDS of SUPERFICIAL SUCCESS!!

Honestly, i sorta hate grades…i sorta hate marks…aren’t marks aka scars…some teachers just don’t get it/me…i really don’t care about all the tests and grading, etc. aka LABELS and labeling..i am totally HAPPY with whatever my kids learn and whenever they learn it. They are putting forth their best effort.

Mind You, the girls have enJOYed and loved their classroom teachers, etc…and on their own wanted to express appreciation/gratitude/compassion by giving flowers…they were so Happy to pass out a bunch of flowers to the principal et al…including to my surprise: my youngest daughter…who seems to have the ability to see a lot of good in those whom others see not as-much…e.g., a certain cafeteria lady/teacher that can be very strict/and seemingly stern…slightly intimidating to adults too.

YEAH, i want my kids doing well..being kind...being compassionate…but transitory temporary comparisons..i don’t like much. They are doing fine in my value system…REAL FINE. They don’t have to be valedictorian (and)…to have a powerful/positive voice/example to their class.

STOP! DEMANDING ME/US…to conform…i NEVER will……………………..NEVER and will never require my kids to conform to this world’s standards… of whatever.

Compassion/True Agape Love is our standard…VALUE…so:

(metaphorically speaking) i SPIT at so-called academia, i SPIT at so-called media, i SPIT at demand-errrrs/oppressors…i SPIT at so-called success that requires conforming (to the popular course)…partially, cause i have an awful-green head cold -lol and partially cause…they et al… have made me sick and others too…fed up??

Seriously, how can i respect those who have absolutely no respect for compassion and differences of/in learning?!?!

Freedom is NOT forcing kids to so-call pass a one-size fits all test/measurement. (Freedom is the needed flexibility for kids to actually learn according to their individualized abilities.)

i am SUPER PROUD of all that my kids have accomplished despite adversities pecularily their own, constant challenges, putting up with us (their goofy parents and our limitations) and chronic illness in our family…and the perseverance on the part of my 15 year old son…taking a tough course he didn’t like, mountains of work…on topic totally unappealing to him…he just scaled a good portion of HIS Everest yesterday…he pulled basically an all-nighter/all-dayer to finish on time: the course and life lesson of over-coming procrastination & practicing self-discipline!!:) …he has his final exam tomorrow…poor kid and on a SUNDAY.

i LOVE YOU L-P!!!!! Good job son!!!

Anyway, to discreetly let me know…he reached it: his mountaintop… (a boy who plays my heart strings well..with his sense of humor, etc) …walks quietly up behind me, gently places a headset on my ears…and this song playing: ENJOY:)

Go! You Can Do It: SUCCEED: ALL CHAMPIONS OF COMPASSION!!!

No Losers: Fighters of Compassion: Everyday living LOVE!:)

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Crying Babies, Crying Adults

In the middle of the night, a baby cries. Immediately, the mother wakes up. She does not sleep as soundly as she used to—not since her baby was born. She has learned to distinguish her infant’s different types of crying. Hence, she can often tell whether her newborn needs to be fed, cuddled, or otherwise tended to. But regardless of the reason for the baby’s crying, the mother responds. Her heart cannot let her ignore the needs of her child. ~excerpted cl chap: 25 pp. 250-259

Sleep deprivation… requisite of motherhood, parenthood, eh?  Subsisting and functioning with minimal sleep… does to the mind and body what starvation does… going without “enough” sleep is like going without “enough” food…at times–a state of intensity! Like anything else… it tapers off.

In this state of deprivation, one learns a set of coping/managing skills to function… you learn to accept, like and be satisfied with/without….living on snacks… snacks of sleep are like snacks of food.

Snacks of contentment!

You learn to be less picky… you eat what’s available… sleep, well…

I don’t need a bed, soft pillow, blanket for sleep or specific time, place… position.  Hard floor, chair, rock: no obstacles to my sleep; nothing compares to the needs of a helpless baby or caregiving of a sick or suicidal loved one!

l oughta know -lol :)…Mother of 4 born approx.. 2 years apart… tandem toddler(s) and newborn(s) nursing for 10 years… along with a cycling manic hubby…up all night!

(i like night…i like day…sleep/no sleep…states of time manipulation…each demanding/crying out in their specific way.)

Some new-inexperienced parents think… their baby “automatically” knows how and when to sleep.  Yep, I had no idea about the sleep struggles we would encounter.  Not just newborns and their specific eating needs keeping them awake… but “smart” babies, toddlers, kids, adults can’t always sleep… too much stimulus or not enough… thinking, learning brains don’t easily unwind/tire…sleeping disorders and temperature: body and room all contribute to sleeplessness.

Our newborn 10 pounder boy would nurse for an hour then sleep for an hour and would continue this around the clock for the first months… breast milk is easily digestible and he was a big, hungry, growing boy.

The bedtime routine… getting the kids to sleep (and at the same time)… ordeal lasted long!!…1st baby couldn’t sleep…2nd baby/kid slept no problem… best sleep skills. 3rd baby a girl… forget it… now 11 last one to fall asleep every night including last night… but, she has improved.

Hubby found that white noise and their own personal fans… blowing directly on their faces -lol… actually helped them get to/stay asleep.  They eventually… all learned how, where and when to sleep.

Parenting is a different experience for every parent… having extremely talkative, active, monkeys hanging from the ceiling… climbers/explorers and non-stop learners/creators…bouncing around literally every minute and producing/making stuff… artwork, messes from learning, etc… is a challenge to say the least! It’s exhausting;)… though, super thankful they are healthy and happy and can now fall asleep on their own!!

Learning “any” skill or say to fall asleep or learning contentment or positive coping of any kind… takes time and patience and perseverance! It’s just super sad to me that not everyone, every child has a loving, supportive environment in which to learn and grow…and acquire necessary living skills.

Young, old, male, female…babies/adults: we all are in a state of  learning and unlearning… something of need… it’s just not always obvious to others… that’s why we all need lots of encouragement and support in our personal journeys of growth as breathing-fragile-life…our cries must be heard and not ignored!

Most parents want the best for their kids. They want them to learn to make positive choices that don’t endanger or hurt themselves or others… to be happy and successful in their endeavors.

I’ve often wondered… which I want to research about Hitler’s Mom …i’m sure like most Mothers… rocking or holding her new baby for the first time and thinking about what kind of person this little person will become… loving this baby… you never want to think of the “possible” negative… you just have positive hopes and dreams/aspirations for your adorable baby!

Everybody is somebody’s kid.

I believe everyone has a fundamental right to learn and/or unlearn… to learn to live a more compassionate existence and unlearn selfishness… an opportunity for positive change... that’s why I totally believe in transformations of the mind/thinking and behaviors.

I totally believe in reaching out to so-called:

criminals, rapists, murderers, thieves, addicts…aka somebody’s kid cyring/acting out… you name the negative behavior… humans with loving help, support and compassion education can change/unlearn selfishness and damaging habits, thoughts and behaviors… and learn love!

“Love is known only from the actions it prompts.” ~Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words.

Not everyone in jail should be there and not everyone on the outside is accountable-guilt-free. I know compassion education can produce true justice!

People readily recycle aka forgive/rename trash for a useful purpose… yet, they won’t recycle or retrain/forgive people… and why?!?

Just like for whatever “personal” reasons some take a long time to learn to sleep on their own. Some might take a long time to learn compassion… but they should be given the chance to choose and to learn how to choose better or well.

I enjoy reading about AMAZING transformations of compassion many are able to make with loving support, help, education.

For related context please read: Multi-Level-Learning Smart(s) Broad & Granular (aka Partners Rocky & Sandy)

Sadly, not every child has been or will be born to parents who could/will adequately demonstrate or exemplify love.

i LOVE that some prisoners are being treated with dignity and not just ill treated…

Helping Prisoners

Each day, inmates in U.S. correctional institutions write dozens of letters to the offices of Jehovah’s Witnesses, requesting spiritual help.

We respond to such requests, arranging for ministers in local congregations to visit and study the Bible with those in jails, prisons, state hospitals, youth facilities, and substance-abuse facilities.

The results have been encouraging. A man incarcerated in the state of Indiana, who had received a life sentence for first-degree murder, made positive changes in his personality […].

Regarding another inmate who has been held in a large correctional complex in California, the Witness who studied the Bible with him said: “I’ve seen where he’s come from and the progress he’s made. […]

Many inmates have embraced Bible truth, although knowing that because of this, their life could be endangered. For example, some of those who have broken off association with a gang had to be placed in isolation or moved to another facility to ensure their safety.

The life-changing power of the Bible is so outstanding that prison officials are impressed. Some have given certificates of appreciation and official volunteer awards to the Witnesses for their good work at correctional institutions.

Here’s another example i recently read:

Transforming Lives, One Prisoner at a Time

In Spain, 68 prisons receive visits from Jehovah’s Witnesses, and some 600 inmates study the Bible.

One of the Witnesses making such visits is Miguel, who spent 12 years behind bars before he became a Witness. Now he returns to prison each week. His reason? So that others can be helped to transform their lives just as he was.

Over the past eight years, Miguel has studied the Bible with many prisoners. “I feel good about helping inmates in my old prison,” he says. “It really makes me happy when I see their desire to escape from the world of crime.”

When Miguel was four, a drunk driver hit and killed his father. His widowed mother then had to work long hours to provide for the family.

Miguel and his older brother began to skip school and to steal from houses and break into cars. By the age of 12, Miguel was a petty criminal. At 15, he was making big money as a drug dealer. However, his costly heroin and cocaine addiction drove him to steal more and more. From the age of 16, he was repeatedly in and out of prison, and soon he became a hardened criminal. “I was convinced that I would either die in prison or die from an overdose,” Miguel says. “I felt like a fly in a spiderweb.”

But in 1994, one of Miguel’s friends asked a Witness to write a letter to Miguel, who was in prison at the time. From that letter, Miguel learned that God’s purpose is to restore Paradise to the earth. The writer encouraged Miguel to make changes in his life so that Miguel could enjoy the fulfillment of that promise. “His words touched my heart,” says Miguel. “That day everything changed for me, and I decided to study the Bible, though I knew it would not be at all easy.”

Miguel knew this because he was hooked on drugs and tobacco. Both were readily available. His cellmate offered him drugs every day. Miguel constantly prayed for strength to overcome his addiction, and finally he succeeded.

Three months later, Miguel began to share his beliefs with other prisoners. The following year, he was released and got baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He also planned to get married, but then a problem arose. A month before the wedding, a court sentenced Miguel to a further ten years in prison as a result of several pending cases. Nevertheless, after three and a half years, he was released because of good behavior. Finally, the marriage took place. Miguel has never returned to a life of crime.

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