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WATCH: This creepy video instructs Jehovah’s Witnesses to shame their own children into depression

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In a disturbing video being shown to Jehovah’s Witnesses during their regional conferences this summer, parents of independent teens and young adults are instructed to shun their children when they are unable to bring them to heel within the strict confines of the church’s rules.

The video, uploaded to YouTube, is in Spanish only but with English subtitles, shows that by cutting off all contact with children they will suffer and become depressed –which hopefully will bring them back to “Jehovah.”

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In the video a young woman named Sonia is “disfellowshipped” from the church for apparently carrying on an affair with her boyfriend.  After being told she is being cast out of her parent’s home because she might be a bad influence, Sonia is seen with dark circles around her eyes, alone, depressed and watching late night television.

The church uses the Biblical lesson of Aaron whose two sons were killed by Jehovah and then were told, “not to express sadness so that the whole nation could see that they agreed with the divine decision.”

Wanting their child to “return to Jehovah,” the parents refuse all contact with their daughter who falls into a deeper depression wishing they would talk to her.

Watch the video below via YouTube:

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(H/T the Friendly Atheist)


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IMPEACHMENT: House announces two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump

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At 9:07 AM ET Speaker Nancy Pelosi began a press conference to announce the House will draft and vote upon this week Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump. Those articles are abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Calling it a “solemn day,” the Speaker thanked the six committee chairs who have been engaged in the impeachment inquiry, and gave special thanks to the late Chairman Elijah Cummings.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler dsaid Trump “endangers” the Constitution and American democracy.

“Today the House Committee is introducing two articles of impeachment charging President Donald Trump of high crimes and misdemeanors.”

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What the Roman senate’s grovelling before emperors explains about GOP senators’ support for Trump

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Unhinged leaders, dynastic intrigue, devastation and plunder: For 15 years I have been researching and teaching the ancient historian Tacitus’ works on the history of the Roman Empire. It has rarely been difficult to find echoes of the history he describes in current events.

I’m not the first person to make this observation.

In a letter dated Feb. 3, 1812, retired President John Adams wrote to fellow retiree Thomas Jefferson about Tacitus and his fellow historian, Thucydides.

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Economist Paul Krugman: Trump’s ‘white nationalist regime’ is terrible for American Jews

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Most of President Donald Trump’s inflammatory speeches are designed to energize his hardcore MAGA base, but occasionally, Trump will try to persuade non-Republican, non-MAGA voters that no matter how much they dislike him, they have no choice but to vote for him — otherwise, “socialist” Democrats will harm them economically. Liberal economist Paul Krugman, in his December 9 column for the New York Times, notes that Trump made such an argument when he addressed the Israeli American Council on Saturday night, December 8. Not only was the speech anti-Semitic, Krugman asserts, but also, Trump failed to make a convincing argument for why Jewish voters in the United States should support him.

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