Aisleyne was part of religious group

By Emily Nash - June 2006

RAUNCHY Aisleyne attended Jehovah's Witnesses conventions before her glamour model days.

Wearing no make-up or jewellery and in a baggy shirt dress, the 15-year-old looked a far cry from the busty blonde who shocked housemates by parading around wearing only a thong. A former friend said: "Aisleyne was a Witness for a long time, like her mum. She used to go with her to knock on doors, telling people about the Bible.

"She was shy, but like most teens she started to rebel - smoking and taking an interest in boys."

Smoking and sex before marriage are forbidden by the religion.

Those who break the rules are thrown out if they do not repent and their families are ordered to disown them. The source added: "She moved away from the group and was never baptised. But her mum was still involved and couldn't handle her behaviour.

"When Aisleyne decided to contact her dad, he kicked her out. As far as I know they've had no relationship since Aisleyne was 16."

The ex-pal said she couldn't believe it when she saw Aisleyne on Big Brother. "When she was younger she was tall, awkward-looking and flatchested. She's obviously had a lot done to give her this look."

Aisleyne, who went to North Westminster Community School in Central London, had an op to boost her bust six months before joining BB.

She has been branded a "slut-bag" by housemates Grace and Imogen because of her skimpy outfits and apparent dislike of underwear.

Jehovah's Witness felt scared, overwhelmed by transfusion

September 8, 2006

CBC News

A 15-year-old Winnipeg girl said Thursday she never wanted her rights violated again, after she was given a blood transfusion against her will.

The teenager, who is a Jehovah's Witness, said she felt overwhelmed and scared when doctors gave her a blood transfusion in April to treat a flare-up of her Crohn's disease.

The girl, who cannot be named, and her family appeared in Manitoba's highest court Thursday to appeal a previous order that allowed the province's Child and Family Services to force the teen to have a transfusion if doctors deemed it medically necessary.

Three justices with the Manitoba Court of Appeal are deliberating on the matter and a written decision is expected within six months.

"The young woman is arguing that what happened to her was a violation of her rights and she is entitled to have a court determine that question," said her lawyer, Shane Brady, who is with the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.

Most Jehovah's Witnesses interpret literally a passage in the Bible that forbids them from ingesting blood — which includes receiving blood transfusions — as blood is considered a sacred source of life. In some cases, blood derivatives are allowed.

'Managing her disease'

At issue is whether the young Jehovah's Witness should be considered a "mature minor," which could lower the minimum age at which minors can be considered capable of making medical decisions. In Manitoba, minors must be 16 years or older to make such decisions.

Brady said his client is well-informed and has the capacity to make her own treatment decisions without government intervention.

"She's stable. You saw that she was in court. She's attending school. She's managing her disease with medication, as she has for the past two years," he said.

"She has a disease that she wants to continue to manage and the next time she goes to the hospital to meet with her doctors, she wants the state to stay out of her life so she can get best medical care that best respects her religious conscience."

However, the lawyer stressed that freedom of religion was not the main issue in the girl's case, and he did not think doctors discriminated on the basis of her religion.

"Although religion is something in the background, that's something that informed her decision, that's not what this case was about," Brady told reporters.

"It turned around her liberty to decide, because she could've been making the decision having nothing to do with religion."


Man guilty of trying to lure boys for sex


October 23, 2006

Goshen — A 50-year-old Jehovah's Witness has been found guilty of trying to lure underage boys in Middletown to have anal sex with him and pose for nude photographs.

Jesus Cano was detained by Middletown police on June 24. Cano had been handing out a small packet of papers that included a written note, several pictures of his naked buttocks and a name, phone number and e-mail address.

When the aunt of one of the boys called police, Det. Tom Miller posed as the boy, called the number on the card, and set up a meeting with Cano for later that night. When he arrived at the agreed meeting place, police took Cano in and later arrested him.

Cano was indicted on two felony counts and seven misdemeanor counts, two of which were dismissed by Judge Jeffrey Berry ahead of trial.

During the two-day, non-jury trial, Cano's lawyer John Ingrassia tried to show that there was insufficient evidence to prove Cano planned to go through with his intent to have sex of take naked photographs of a minor.

But Berry ruled today that there was sufficient evidence to find Cano guilty on five of the seven counts against him, including the two felonies.

He will be sentenced on Nov. 27. Assistant District Attorney Melissa Ferraro said she will be asking for the maximum of 2 2/3 to 7 years in prison.

Cano is a Mexican national with a valid visa to reside in the U.S. That visa will be revoked now that he's been convicted of a felony, and he will be deported after he serves his sentence.

Gay twins 'Rising' to challenge


Joshua and Jacob Miller didn't want to have to tell their parents they are gay. The whole "coming out" drama with tears and recriminations can be such a cliché.

"I didn't want to have that talk with my parents," Joshua said. "Straight kids don't have to do that: 'We should have a talk. I'm straight.'"

But when you're about to introduce yourselves to the world at large via a reality TV show, family harmony hinges on full disclosure. And when you're raised in the Jehovah's Witness faith, which isn't exactly tolerant of homosexuality, "coming out" can take on a fire and brimstone urgency.

The cameras are shadowing identical twins Joshua and Jacob, who make up the pop duo Nemesis, as they launch their recording career. The seven-episode series, called "Nemesis Rising," premieres tonight at 10 on Logo.

Their official "coming out" to Mom and Dad happened last June (and is shown in the series' second episode), when the Millers, who relocated to Hollywood two years ago, took a trip home to rural Montana. Their mother, Sherry, cried. Their father, Rex, took a long, long walk. But they seemed to accept their sons' revelation as self-evident.

"I still love ya," their dad says. Younger siblings Sarah and Jordan didn't seem the least bit surprised.

"I know from talking to them since we left that they're dealing with it in a cautious way," said Joshua.

Jehovah's Witness doctrine suggests that followers limit their contact with homosexuals, said the Millers. If not, their parents risk being "de-fellowshipped."

"I don't think that they realize the repercussions that this television show could have on them regarding their congregation yet," added Jacob.

Of course, Jacob and Joshua long ago rejected that faith.

"I feel that Jehovah's Witnesses have done a tremendous amount of good," said Jacob. "But I also think they're like every other religion in that they also offer some bad."

"We used to believe exactly like our parents did," said Joshua.

The Miller twins said they found the insularity of the faith alienating.

"They separate themselves and as a result you can't put your finger on what it is, but you can feel it and it's odd," said Joshua. "Their goal in life is to not be a part of the world, and that means they don't socialize with people who are not Jehovah's Witnesses."

The brothers are very much a part of the modern world.

They've landed a record contract with Nashville-based Curb. Their first single, "#1 in Heaven," is already available online, with the rest of the album - to be called "Rise Up," according to the twins - due out soon. They've already made the covers of a number of gay/lesbian magazines. They've been on "The Tyra Banks Show," and today they'll be on MTV's "TRL."

And after the first few episodes of "Nemesis Rising," said Joshua, hopefully the "gay theme will take a back seat to the music."