Hardin Congregation Brief
May 4th, 2021
The Hardin Montana Congregation moves to intervene in reference to the documents requested by the subpoena initiated by the Plaintiffs.
“The Hardin Congregation strongly opposes plaintiffs’ arguments. Further, the resolution of the issues raised by plaintiffs have significant implications far beyond this litigation and could impact the ability of the Hardin Congregation, and the entire Jehovah’s Witnesses faith, to assure its members and elders that communications made with an express expectation of confidentiality will be maintained in strict confidence. Any possible ruling in this case that such communications are not strictly confidential and immune from production would have a chilling impact the
Jehovah’s Witnesses’ ability to practice their faith in accordance with the fundamental tenets, doctrines, canons, beliefs and established practices which ensure its congregants and elders that any communication made with an expectation of confidentiality will be maintained as such.”