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From: Dorothy Rafuse
Subject: W. Glen How, OC Award

I feel we should all be busy this weekend emailing Ottawa, Canada in protest of W. Glen How's Order of Canada Award (he is a J.W legal counsel at Canadian Bethel) to be presented in the ballroom of the Governor General's offices on November 28th.

*The letter does not have to be long. Simply state in a couple of sentences why you think W.Glen How should not be given this award!

To write and mail, you need no postage if writing from Canada.
The email address is


Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson
Rideau Hall Ottawa, Ontario K1A OA1
Friday, February 23, 2001

Below is my letter to the Governor General which may prove of interest to you. We can each do our little bit. If you do find it in your heart to write, I would like to also read a copy of your correspondence. Blessings to you as we all encourage honesty and faith.

Sent: Saturday, February 24, 2001 5:43 AM
Subject: W. Glen How, OC Award

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson
Rideau Hall Ottawa, Ontario K1A OA1
Friday, February 23, 2001

Your Excellency:
Subject: W. Glen How's Order of Canada Award
I applaud your Governor General's are carrying out your duties with dignity and grace. On one matter I am deeply perplexed, the matter of W. Glen How's appointment to the Order of Canada. I have know Mr. How for 35 years and am aware that he is a legal warrior for the Watchtower organization to which he belongs. The religion of Jehovah's Witnesses has recently been ruled as illegal in the Courts of Moscow in Russia ............their organization is deemed harmful to the Russian State. India this month has ruled that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is no longer regarded by their country as a Charitable Organization because they have no record of it doing any charitable works outside their own group. France is making this organization pay millions of dollars in back taxes, because they falsely claimed to be a charitable organization.

All of this can be documented on the Court Records/ Internet/Newspapers/Television Media.
W. Glen How (because he is a Jehovah's Witness) does:
l) NOT salute the Canadian flag
2) NOT believe in serving in the military army of Canada nor do any J'W's in any nation
3) NOT sing the "National Anthem"
4) NOT honor our veteran's on Armistice Day or wear a Poppy
5) NOT repeat the Canadian Oath of Allegiance
6) NOT vote during our Canadian elections
7) NOT celebrate "Canada Day"
8 NOT encourage a National Spirit
9) Promotes the ideology that all worldly governments will be
destroyed at the Battle of Armageddon coming soon
10) Encourages all within his organization to shun "worldly governments" and to keep "separate from this world".

I therefore cannot understand how he can bring himself to mix in the ballroom with government personnel, accept an honor from the Canadian government to take honor for his work, which was a large percentage only to defend his belief system and the organization to which he is their Canadian chief legal support. His work was carried out in the framework of defending
Jehovah's Witnesses both in Canada and the US. I should know, I WAS a Jehovah's Witness for 35 years.

Although I realize the Order of Canada nominees are selected by a Board, I was wondering if I could be informed who nominated Mr. How.

Thank you for your time, and I wish you well as you continue your good work.
Yours truly
Dorothy E. Rafuse


I think there is some merit in us encouraging a letter writing campaign to Ottawa on this. One letter has already been sent......(below). I plan to write myself.......could you encourage that. Remember we were all told by the Wt. to write 10 letters per day to Malawi years ago to impress them with our protest there. I am outraged and I just wanted to let you know that I just sent the following letter (by mail) today to Ms. Adrienne Clarkson on this matter.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson
Rideau Hall Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1
Friday, February 23, 2001

Your Excellency,
First, I would like to congratulate you on your appointment. I have been meaning to do so for a long time as I hold great admiration and respect for the office of the Governor General. I am writing to you today, however, regarding the appointment of W. Glen How, O.C. as an Officer of the Order of Canada. While I can appreciate the work that Mr. How has done over the years in championing civil liberties, I believe that it is important to remember the context in which Mr. How has performed this, that is, within the framework of an organisation which is
essentially devoted to ensuring a virtually complete lack of personal freedom to its members. The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, Inc., more familiarly known as Jehovah s Witnesses , has caused, for decades now, undue hardships on its members. Of interest to you should be their strong and definite stance on State affairs. They regard themselves as separate from the world and, as such, forbid their members to have any patriotic alliances and feelings whatsoever. Witness children are forbidden from singing our national anthem, adults are forbidden to participate in the electoral process, and both are forbidden to display any
kind of national pride. In such context, it is ironic to see that Mr. How would accept his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada. Jehovah s Witnesses also have strong rules in place in assuring that their members cannot leave the organisation honourably. If a Jehovah's Witness decides to leave that faith, he or she is immediately disfellowshipped (the organisation s form of excommunication) by the Elders of the organization, or he or she is required to make a formal written statement in order to disassociate him or herself. In both cases, the results are the same: fellow Witnesses, be it family or friends, are then forbidden to associate with him or her any further. That stance alone has resulted in vast quantities of broken families, cases of extreme depression often leading to suicide, etc. Finally, the Witnesses stance on blood transfusions has caused, over the years, the needless death of countless members of their community. Interestingly enough, if all such deaths were tallied (which the organization does not do), the numbers would be staggering; indeed, it would easily reach several thousands. There are even documented stories of parents kidnapping their children out of hospitals to ensure, against judge s orders, that their children do not receive blood transfusions and, rather, die quietly, often in hiding, in anonymous hotel rooms. From that standpoint, it is clear that The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, Inc., has killed more members than the average headlines-grabbing cult, be it the Branch Davidians in Waco or even the Jonestown cult in 1978. Sadly, since the deaths occur over long periods of time, they are considered as isolated incidents rather than cult-related mass deaths, which they truly are. The Witnesses have recently
changed their blood policy to make it, by and large, a matter of conscience . While this clears their written rules from any apparent wrongdoing, the fact remains that most Witnesses see a matter of conscience as an unspoken interdiction. The number of deaths may decrease over the years but the problem will certainly remain. In some cases, Witnesses who have
recently accepted blood transfusions have been deemed to have renounced their faith, and, consequently, have lost all ties with their Witness friends and families, sometimes with tragic consequences. [He goes on to recommend some books] ... I should mention that I believe that one of the great things about Canada is the freedom that it affords us, freedom of worship included. But sadly, as is the case with the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society Inc., such freedom can sometimes mean that we must watch, powerless, as innocent people are pulled and held into nefarious, destructive cults and organisations. That, in the end, can mean, for them, a tragic and complete loss of personal freedom.

In closing, I must add that while I realise that an Officership in the Order of Canada is seldom revoked, I do believe that Mr. How s recent appointment should be considered with great discernment.

Your Excellency, with warm salutations and great respect, I thank you.