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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:20 am  Russian Ban of Jehovah's Witnesses Reply with quote

Jehovah's Witneses in Russia a facing an imminent ban which would criminalize all of Jehovah's Witnessses in the country as "extremists". Jehovah's Witnesses worldwide are presently conducting a letter writing campaign to protest this injustice.

What is your opinion of this move? Should Jehovah's Witnesses be banned from meeting to pray, read their bibles and sing spiritual songs together?

Do you think such a move could be envisioned elsewhere?

If you are non-religious, would you welcome such measures as a move to ultimately eliminate organized religion?



https://www.jw.org/en/news/releases/by-region/russia/jw-mobilize-global-response...


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I'm one of Jehovah's Witnesses, if I were in Russia it would presently be illegal for me to read my bible with my friends or meet to pray with them without running the risk of prison. Are you happy about this?

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Post BBCode URL - Right click and save to clipboard to use later in post Post 132: Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:20 pm
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JehovahsWitness wrote:

I'm one of Jehovah's Witnesses, if I were in Russia it would presently be illegal for me to read my bible with my friends or meet to pray with them without running the risk of prison. Are you happy about this?

I propose that question'd be better asked of the victims of the abuse and then the cover-ups.

But naw, you're cool by me. I've only ever known you to be a kind, and considerate person. I certainly ain't trying to clump you into this wretched clod, but c'mon.

I have me no sympathy for any organization that'd cover up child sexual abuse, religious or not.

Nor do I have me sympathy for someone who'd support such an organization that'd cover 'em up the sexual abuse of a child (anyone really, but here it is, it's childs on this'n).


So, you, yeah, I'd be upset you couldn't carry on*, but as an organization? I see little need in letting such abuser-protectors and cover-uppers exist on 'em the first square inch of my property.


(*It's my firm conviction you'd cuss them folks, if it was y'all could cuss folks for it. Can y'all cuss folks? Or is that judging or such? Serious question, 'cause of y'all Jehovahs I know, I don't think I ever heard me the first one of y'all to do it.)


(And we'll get to the validity of you being you a "witness" later Tongue)

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JoeyKnothead wrote:


JehovahsWitness wrote:

I'm one of Jehovah's Witnesses, if I were in Russia it would presently be illegal for me to read my bible with my friends or meet to pray with them without running the risk of prison. Are you happy about this?

But naw, you're cool by me. I've only ever known you to be a kind, and considerate person.

I have me no sympathy for any organization that'd cover up child sexual abuse, religious or not.



Thank you. I feel the same way as you!


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Post BBCode URL - Right click and save to clipboard to use later in post Post 134: Wed May 09, 2018 12:17 pm
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Post BBCode URL - Right click and save to clipboard to use later in post Post 135: Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:46 pm
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Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide are deeply concerned about their fellow believers in Russia and what this government-sponsored campaign will mean for them emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Philip Brumley, General Counsel for Jehovah’s Witnesses, stated: “The Russian government should stop these abuses and abide by its international commitments to respect human rights and religious freedom. Now that the authorities have shifted from attacking the Witnesses’ legal entities to imprisoning individuals, what is next for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia?”

Read the full article
https://www.jw.org/en/news/legal/by-region/russia/campaign-of-terror-for-jehovah...


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Post BBCode URL - Right click and save to clipboard to use later in post Post 136: Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:06 am
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I will remind you both that the OP is to discuss the present situation of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia. The situation seems to be going from bad to worse.

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Post BBCode URL - Right click and save to clipboard to use later in post Post 137: Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:54 am
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As Jagella has pointed out on another thread, this should be a reason for you to rejoice and be glad:

"We read in Matthew 5:11-13 English Standard Version (ESV):"

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“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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Post BBCode URL - Right click and save to clipboard to use later in post Post 138: Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:14 pm
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JW, in a recent thread, you said the following.

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Jesus didn't commission his followers to push for social change,


Please explain then why you have in your OP
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Jehovah's Witnesses worldwide are presently conducting a letter writing campaign to protest this injustice.

If pushing for social change is NOT what Jesus taught...why are JWs doing it?

You also said

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but there were honest hearted believers who were justified in avoiding persecution if possible. Indeed Jesus said, and I quote ...

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"When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another."- Matthew 10:23


So why aren't Russian JWs fleeing Russia? Have you reminded Russian members of your organisation of this quote, told them that this is what Jesus taught, therefore they must flee?

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Post BBCode URL - Right click and save to clipboard to use later in post Post 139: Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:00 pm
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rikuoamero wrote:
So why aren't Russian JWs fleeing Russia?



We don't interpret Jesus words as a command, the Jehovah's Witness interpretation is that it was an option. This we believe no one has the right to command another what to do in such circumstances.

There are over 170,000 Russian nationals that are Jehovah's Witnesses, they are not all in a position to flee the country. Some have dependent relatives, non-Witness partners or other responsibilities. Others could leave the country but choose to stay as per the Jehovah's Witness interpretation of t
Jesus words.




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Post BBCode URL - Right click and save to clipboard to use later in post Post 140: Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:03 am
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JehovahsWitness wrote:

rikuoamero wrote:
So why aren't Russian JWs fleeing Russia?



We don't interpret Jesus words as a command, the Jehovah's Witness interpretation is that it was an option. This we believe no one has the right to command another what to do in such circumstances.

There are over 170,000 Russian nationals that are Jehovah's Witnesses, they are not all in a position to flee the country. Some have dependent relatives, non-Witness partners or other responsibilities. Others could leave the country but choose to stay as per the Jehovah's Witness interpretation of t
Jesus words.

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"When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another."- Matthew 10:23

That's awfully inconvenient. I know, let's just call this command an 'opinion'.

How is it that JW's are not serving The Watchtower? What the Bible actually says does not seem important. What The Watchtower says seems to be the actual authority of this religion. No?

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