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About Jehovah's Witnesses (WTS)

Note: Please don't send us abusive Emails that
attack the WTS. This section is about the WTS;
It is not an official Jehovah's Witness website.


"The worldwide [Jehovah's Witnesses] organization is directed by an unpaid governing body serving at the international offices in Brooklyn, New York. It uses the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of publish literature, supervise global evangelizing, and organize conventions and schools for the ministry of Jehovah's Witnesses." 1

This essay is one of many dozens of essays on Christian denominations. It is published by the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance which is not related to either the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society or the Jehovah's Witnesses.

We receive an enormous number of complaint Emails critical of our description of the Jehovah's Witnesses as a Christian denomination. Many Christians have a much more restrictive definition of the term "Christian" than we do. Before sending us a complaint Email, please read our essay on the diversity of definitions of the term "Christianity"  Also please note that we do not respond to abusive or obscene Emails which unfortunately form the majority of Emails on this topic.

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Topics covered in this essay:

bullet Introduction: Overview, History, Religious Texts, Organizational structure
bullet Major beliefs
bullet Predictions of the end of the world as we know it
bullet Homosexuality
bullet Same-sex marriage
bullet Practices:
bullet Major practices
bullet Disfellowshipping members
bullet Medical teachings:
bullet Past opposition to vaccinations
bullet Blood transfusion and related procedures
bullet Conflicts:
bullet Opposition to the Witnesses; copyright; persecution in France; NGO status at the UN
bullet Persecution in Nazi Germany
bullet Oppression from 1998 to now in Russia

bullet Ban on activity in Moscow, Russia during 2004
bullet Child sexual abuse:
bullet Church policies and examples of abuse
bullet Reactions by church leaders, members, an advocacy group, etc.
bullet Witnesses' resources on the Internet

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Reference used:

  1. "Who are Jehovah's Witnesses," Office of Public Information of Jehovah's Witnesses, at:

Publications of the WTS & splinter groups:

bullet Three official Jehovah's Witnesses' web sites have been consolidated into a single site at

bullet PDF files of books, pamphlets and other publications related to the Jehovah's Witnesses and covering the interval 1872 to 1959 have been placed online at the "Theocratic Library." See:

bullet "Dictionary of J.W.ese: The unique language of Jehovah's Witnesses" is online at: The definitions of common words as used by the WTS and other Christians differ. There are also many uniquely WTS terms listed.

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Copyright 1996 to 2015 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written on: 1996-SEP-29

Last updated on: 2015-JUL-31
Author: B.A. Robinson

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