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November 14, 2018

Leah Remini Launches Nazi-like Attack on Jehovah’s Witnesses

Leah Remini and her understudy, Mike Rinder, on Tuesday launched Season 3 of their notorious Aftermath series on A&E Networks, designed exclusively to attack people of faith and now targeting the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a Christian religion with millions of followers worldwide.

Hitler and Goebbels visiting a German film studio
Hitler and Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels (far right) visit a German film studio in January of 1935. (Photo from German Federal Archives)

Throughout its 12-year reign of terror, the Nazi Party persecuted Jehovah’s Witnesses. Members were imprisoned for refusing to swear allegiance to Hitler, salute the swastika, join the Nazi party, or allow their children to join the Hitler Youth.

They were tortured, persecuted and killed for refusing to renounce their faith. Thousands were sent to concentration camps where many died through torture, hunger, disease or execution.

“Anyone who knows the history of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Nazi Germany can see that Leah Remini, and her very own version of Goebbels, Michael Rinder, are engaging in Nazi-like propaganda and the dehumanization of members of a religious faith,” said International STAND Director Edward Parkin.

Disney serves as part owner of A&E Networks, which has aired Remini’s anti-religious show since its launch in November 2016. By the end of Season 2, the show’s viewership had crashed to well below half its original audience.

In spite of such recent displays of hate, most Americans today extend themselves to embrace others regardless of differences in culture, color and creed.

“One has to ask why A&E, and its parent company, Disney, would even consider running a show with such a blatant message of hate,” said Mr. Parkin.

Since 2012 alone, more than a dozen mass killings have taken place in U.S. houses of worship, across a spectrum of religions.

In spite of such displays of hate, most Americans today extend themselves to embrace others regardless of differences in culture, color and creed.

“As Scientologists, we take this embrace to heart as it is enshrined in our Creed, and so we stand for all faiths and stand by Jehovah’s Witnesses in the face of this attack,” Mr. Parkin said, noting that STAND members, alongside millions of others, subscribe to the immortal words of Pastor Martin Niemoller:

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

“Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

“Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

“Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

In spite of modern-day anti-religious horrors, and the discrimination perpetrated by Leah Remini, A&E and Disney, STAND remains resolute in its conviction that good will prevail over evil.

The last photo of the entire Kusserow family, circa 1935, who were Jehovah’s Witnesses persecuted by the Nazi regime. Wolfgang Kusserow, third from left, was beheaded at age 20 for the practice of his faith. (Photo from US Holocaust Memorial Museum website, courtesy of Waltraud & Annemarie Kusserow)
 


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