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UPDATE: JZK, Inc. v. Glen Morgan & the Freedom Foundation

JZ Knight News, Press, Yelm and Thurston County Issues

At an initial hearing Tuesday, May 21, JZK, Inc. requested a temporary restraining order, essentially asking the judge to call a “time out” on the behavior of Evergreen Freedom Foundation (EFF). Judge Settle declined to do so this early in the proceedings.

“We were surprised at this ruling today [May 21, 2014], but pleased that Judge Settle warned the defendants that further dissemination would not be without risk,” said Mike Wright, Legal Affairs Manager for JZK, Inc. “While the judge was unwilling to grant this emergency request, he did allow an expedited track to a hearing on a preliminary injunction in a few weeks so he could study the matter in more detail,” Wright said.

Wright concluded, “The efforts by the Freedom Foundation to engage in partisan attacks and their attempts to disenfranchise voters while wrapping themselves in a flag is the antithesis what they claim to represent. Just last week, their managing editor wrote in his blog about Pope Francis ‘it is impossible to legitimately redistribute what belongs to someone else.’ Yet today, they claimed otherwise with JZK, Inc.’s proprietary property.”

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JZK, Inc. sues Freedom Foundation

JZ Knight News, Press, Yelm and Thurston County Issues

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

JZK, Inc. has filed a complaint, No. 3:14-cv-05410, and request for a temporary restraining order against the Evergreen Freedom Foundation (EFF) and Glen Morgan, EFF’s Property Rights Director, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington at Tacoma. JZK, Inc. did this to protect the proprietary video materials that Morgan and EFF have unlawfully disseminated. The case has been assigned to Judge Benjamin H. Settle with an initial hearing set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 21.

On May 6, 2014, Morgan submitted verbatim copies of JZK, Inc.’s proprietary video materials to the Thurston County Commissioners in violation of state and federal law. Morgan told the Commissioners that EFF was also disseminating the private videos to 3,200 other officials in the state.

Morgan and EFF have expressly refused to respect JZK, Inc. and JZ Knight’s private property and legally protected interests. This is a curious stance for an organization that purports to promote the protection of private property rights. Their website proclaims, “From works of art to loaves of bread, people produce the things because they are able to own and use resources. …The Freedom Foundation stands up for property rights and property owners in Washington State.”

JZK, Inc. welcomes the opportunity to resolve this matter short of litigation. But to do so, EFF and Mr. Morgan must be willing to respect JZK, Inc.’s private contracts and JZ Knight’s right to own and use her property as she sees fit.

The EFF website states, “Government exists to protect rights, including the rights to own and use property.” That government protection also extends to those with whom EFF disagrees.

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JZK, Inc. and David McCarthy settle lawsuit in New Zealand

JZ Knight News, Press, Yelm and Thurston County Issues

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

By mutual agreement, the parties filed a joint memorandum with the High Court of New Zealand in Auckland notifying the court of a settlement and asking the court to issue an order by consent of the parties. At the parties’ request, the trial set for May 26, 2014 has also been cancelled.

Under the agreed order, McCarthy is permanently restrained from disseminating proprietary video recordings of information and techniques taught at Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE) including the videos that were at issue in the case.

“We have never disputed David’s right to lawfully criticize,” said Mike Wright on behalf of RSE. “We recognize that not everyone agrees with our philosophical model or our training. It is not meant to be for everyone.”

McCarthy, who lived in the Yelm area for many years, has been an outspoken critic of RSE since 2004. JZK, Inc. only filed suit in February 2013 after McCarthy posted portions of several private videos on YouTube and elsewhere. The complaint for copyright and contract violations was filed in New Zealand where McCarthy now lives.

Wright concluded, “Dr. J. Gordon Melton, a preeminent world religious scholar, studied RSE for several years. After careful study and exhaustive research, Melton concluded that the teachings of RSE represented a resurgence of early Christian Gnosticism. In addition to coordinating the research of other scholars, he wrote a book about his experience and conclusions. Complimentary copies of his book, Finding Enlightenment, are available at the JZ Rose store in Yelm for anyone who wants to read an objective analysis of RSE.”

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Yelm newspaper heralds defense of JZ Knight

JZ Knight News, Press, Yelm and Thurston County Issues


NVN Editor/Publisher Michael Wagar
Photo credit: The Chronicle,
Centralia & Lewis County, WA

The Yelm-based weekly Nisqually Valley News (NVN)newspaper heralded the defense of JZ Knight from RSE students and the Thurston Democrats in their Friday, May 9th print and online edition:

- RSE Students Defend Knight, Ramtha
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- “Students stand-up with letters to local newspaper supporting RSE”
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- RSE student letters referenced in preceding story
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- “Thurston Democrats Chair Calls JZ Knight ‘Democrat in Good Standing”
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– Three terrific Letters to the Editor:
* “Why Not Start Working Together as a Community?”
By Lucy Jeanne
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- “JZ Knight an Asset To The Nisqually Valley”
“JZ Knight has been an asset to this community, donating large amounts of money to our EMS system. We all benefit from better fire and medical attention.”
By Deb Voyles
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- “Eventually Justice Will Be Served Against Vigilantes”
By JZ Knight
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JZ Knight: the legacy of Billy Frank, Jr.

JZ Knight News, Yelm and Thurston County Issues

Picture on easel of Gov. Dan Evans for whom the award is named, Billy Frank, Jr., Congressman Norm Dicks and Nisqually River Foundation Chair David Troutt,
October 24, 2012, co-sponsored by JZ Knight.
Photo credit: Mary Hasken Photography

On the sudden passing of Nisqually Tribe fishing activist Billy Frank, Jr.:
Billy Frank, Jr., leaves a lasting legacy for the Nisqually people and all of those living in the Nisqually River’s watershed. His commitment to tribal fishing rights and the protection of our natural resources will forever be preserved for future generations in the restoration of the salmon habitat.

We grieve with all of our friends and neighbors of the Nisqually Tribe. Billy’s dedicated advocacy for our region will always be in our hearts. Upon hearing of his passing at the Ramtha School of Enlightenment South Korea event, JZ Knight said, “He was a dear man to me.”

He is remembered and greatly loved.

JZ Knight
and Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment Staff & Students
Yelm, WA

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JZ Knight responds to NVN Editorial

JZ Knight News, Press, Yelm and Thurston County Issues


JZ Knight addresses Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment students, November 7, 2013

JZ Knight’s exchange with Nisqually Valley News (NVN) Sports Editor Tyler Huey was published and released in their print edition Thursday, April 17, in response to his opinion column.
“You should know and be glad you attended Fresh Air II and what you have been taught at RSE about physics.”

“YOU GO TYLER…SMILE,
TAKE YOUR OPINIONS LIKE A MAN!”

To read JZ’s letter in the NVN, click here.

Dear NVN Editor,

Sports Editor Tyler Huey’s April 4th column said “Belief Is a Powerful Asset for Everyone,”
and that “The notion of Ramtha being real seems silly” and that “Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE) appears to be a cult.”
In correspondence with one of my staff, Huey said, “No credible scientists believe the assertions taught of quantum physics,
and how one can literally predict the future and change your reality.”

Yet he received a published paper link to the American Society for Psychical Research co-written by the then-foremost leading parapsychology researcher in the US, Dr. Stanley Krippner, describing how I allowed him to conduct 3 PUBLIC tests on my body in 1997 to demonstrate if science supported my channeling Ramtha was authentic. Who would allow that public testing to occur if not genuine? Krippner publicly said “[JZ Knight] is not a fraud,”

Huey was also shown quotes from two of the greatest scientific minds of the 20th Century about the validity of quantum physics taught at RSE:

1. “I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness.”
Max Planck, one of the founders of quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918.

2. “The first person to suggest that quantum theory implies that reality is created by human consciousness was not some crank on the fringes of physics, but the eminent mathematician John von Neumann.
In his quantum bible [Mathematische Grundlagen der Quantenmechanik or The Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics] …, the most influential book on quantum theory ever written, von Neumann concludes that, from a strictly logical point of view, only the presence of consciousness can solve the measurement problem.”
Physicist Nick Herbert

I asked Huey if in his opinion there is no scientific basis for Ramtha, then what is his opinion on creationism, the talking snake story in Genesis
and that the world according to Christian belief is only 6,000 years old?
Where is the scientific basis for these stories?
And, how DID Cane & Abel have children? Who did they marry?

He responded, “I do not believe in the talking snake story; I do not believe in God; I do not believe the universe, living organisms, etc., originated from divine creation; I believe in evolution and science; I believe anyone who thinks the Earth is 6,000 years old is like an ostrich who sticks its head in the sand, follows a book that was written thousands of years ago, and ignores modern-day facts that have disproven many things they believe to be true. Perhaps I am wrong on some accounts, but that is what I believe.”

I said,
“Great answer.
WE BELIEVE THE SAME!
And we let folks believe whatever they choose,
even in talking snakes and a 6,000 year old earth”.
That you and your newspaper solicit community debate is an important role in fostering understanding in our community.
I acknowledge Sports Editor Huey for his views on science supporting the knowledge of our world today. And, on this we agree:
“Belief Is a Powerful Asset for Everyone.”

JZ Knight

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“I urge you to know.”

Yelm and Thurston County Issues

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Statement regarding the tragic death of RSE student Fiona Regan

Yelm and Thurston County Issues


Fiona Regan

Ms. Knight has released the following statement expressing her sorrow and that of her students.

Statement from JZ Knight

We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Fiona Regan that has occurred in our tranquil rural community.

Fiona was enrolled in her first Ramtha School of Enlightenment (RSE) Beginning Retreat in her home country of Ireland in March 2008, then travelled to events on the Yelm, Washington, campus and subsequently moved to the area to be close to the School she loved and the friends she met here. We are disheartened at the loss of any of our students, but to lose them in a sudden death is a greater shock.

Knight said, “I consider all the students in this school so very unique, rare, and such a gift to their family, friends, and community that the loss of such a precious student as Fiona hurts my heart. We share in the grief with Fiona’s family, fellow students, her friends, coworkers, and neighbors. Fiona’s unexpected death affects us all, and many lives will be affected because of her untimely passing.”

We support and honor the request of Fiona’s family and friends in refraining from speculation and social-media gossip so they are allowed to grieve without adding any more pain and heartache, as they wish to maintain privacy during this difficult time.

JZ Knight

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JZ Knight accepts Chamber’s Award

JZ Knight News, Press, Yelm and Thurston County Issues, Yelm Economy


2013 Yelm Chamber Award honorees:
Tom Dewell, JZ Knight, Joseph Bravo, Jason Witherow, Michael Wagar, and Ronelle Funk.
Photo credit: Barbra Kates Photography, www.barbrakates.com

On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, JZ Knight accepted the Yelm Chamber of Commerce 2013 Business of the Year award in the “50 or more employees” category at the Forum luncheon meeting’s award ceremony. Yelm Chamber Executive Director introduced Knight’s award and Mayor Ron Harding was on hand to make the presentation and shake hands with each of the winners, followed by Chamber President Ronelle Funk adding her congratulations to the winners, as well. Funk reported this was the first year that Chamber members sent in their nominations for award winners, where formerly the Chamber’s Board selected the annual recipients.

Knight and Nisqually Valley News Publisher/Editor Michael Wagar brought their entire staffs to the luncheon presentation, which added to camaraderie of the monthly meeting.

The complete list of 2013 Honorees:
Business of the Year (0-5) Allstate Insurance, Ronelle Funk
Business of the Year (6-10) Nisqually Valley News, Michael Wagar
Business of the Year (11-20) Jason’s Greenhouse, Jason Witherow
Business of the Year (21-49) McDonald’s of Yelm, Joseph Bravo
Business of the Year (50+) JZK, Inc., JZ Knight
Non-Profit, The Rotary Club of Yelm, Tom Dewell, President
Chamber Volunteer of the Year, April Sage, KeyBank
Citizen of the Year, Cecelia Jenkins, Yelm Chamber Executive Director

This 2013 Yelm Chamber of Commerce Christmas Extravaganza Award went to JZ-Rose, tied with Tim’s Pharmacy.
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Happy Thanksgiving from JZ Knight

Yelm and Thurston County Issues

Click here for the message JZ Knight.

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