On June 9, 2016, The Moscow Times reported that Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Russian city of Belgorod were to be disbanded for being “extremist,” per the local Supreme Court. According to the story, “The Belgorod branch is not the only Jehovah’s Witness group banned in Russia. A Jehovah’s Witness congregation was denounced as extremist in the town of Stary Oskol in the Belgorod region earlier this year. Another group was banned in Obninsk in 2015.”
The story said this city found JWs to be “extremist” because they “tore” families apart and “tried to entice young people into the group.” Other news stories stated that the book, “Save Yourself in God’s Love,” and similar JW writings “propagate hatred toward other religions, linguistic and religious studies experts concluded during court proceedings that lasted for over a year.”
And Jehovah’s Witnesses Are Waiting for What to Happen to You?
Some people have criticized this ban of Jehovah’s Witnesses in these few cities, despite the fact that it’s only resulted in the seizing of some JW property and minor prison terms for certain leaders; everyday congregants are not being rounded up and sent to “re-education camps.” I’m sure prison is not fun, especially not Russian prison, but you might take a step back and consider what Jehovah’s Witnesses are waiting to happen to the rest of the world, including you.
For those not familiar with the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses, they believe that “Armageddon” is actually god’s war with Satan, but during this war, anyone on earth who is not one of Jehovah’s Witnesses will be killed. This is necessary, or so they teach, so that only the “righteous,” meaning Jehovah’s Witnesses alone, can live on a paradise earth. This mass killing is not something to take lightly, as you can see from this illustration. Note the woman in the center with a child in her arms; even children are worthy of death at Armageddon, according to their beliefs.
Stories also abound of Jehovah’s Witnesses gloating about these deaths; if you were raised a JW, you might recall hearing many of them talk about how they were going to live in such-and-such house after Armageddon, when the homeowners were dead and gone.
You can even hear the smug anticipation in the voice of this JW speaker, who is obviously looking forward to when everyone on earth is slaughtered. His tone is beyond disturbing:
So, Jehovah’s Witnesses have absolutely no qualms about looking forward to everyone on earth dying in utter agony, and then they’ll move into your house and wear your clothes and drive your car and sit on your furniture. They’ll put their children in your child’s bed, burn your family pictures, and sleep soundly in your room, or so they imagine. Yet, we should feel sorry for them because a few are facing prison after distributing literature that is nothing short of defamatory (see this post) and because they are having some of their property taken away by the government? That punishment is too awful for them, when they’re expecting and even eagerly anticipating an even worse punishment for you?
It may be easy to say that most rank-and-file members don’t take enjoyment in this teaching; however, keep in mind that Jehovah’s Witnesses must believe, on some level, that everyone who is not in the Kingdom Hall on Sunday will eventually be killed by fireballs from the sky. They study literature with graphic pictures of this belief, without getting up and walking out. To offer them sympathy for prison terms that are the result of outright defamation and because of their harsh shunning practices, when they themselves have no sympathy for people they expect to be burned to death any minute now, is a bit hypocritical, to say the least.
Care and Concern for the Most Helpless Victims Among Them
Another reason why I personally have little pity for Jehovah’s Witnesses is their gross and utter disregard for those who are being victimized in their own religion, especially the children. When I think about how awful it must be to spend time in a Russian prison, I then think back to the elders who gave their testimony during the Australian Royal Commission Inquiry and who showed absolutely no concern whatsoever for child sex abuse victims among them; not only that, but many of the elders seemed flippant, impatient, and even downright angry at being questioned for why they neglected to properly care for such victims:
As I bring out in this post, elders told one victim who was being raped and physically abused by her father that she should “respect” him rather than get angry at him. They send victims home to abusive parents as shown above, leave victims to fend for themselves when being molested, and put pedophiles in positions of authority without any concern for how children will be raped and abused by them; they’re all too willing to risk the health, safety, and well-being of a child for the sake of their own practices and self-righteous indignation, and get angry or flippant when it is suggested that this is not the best course of action.
These elders are the sweet, poor, innocent, quaking, doe-eyed Jehovah’s Witnesses who deserve our sympathy when the shoe is on the other foot, and they themselves need to face an authority figure?
Can you imagine for one minute being a terrified, victimized child, and having to sit in front of these elders and be interrogated and further demoralized by their perverted questioning when you have gone to them to ask for protection from your violent, abusive, raping father, or a pedophile elder? My blood boils just thinking about it. Can you imagine, then, people giving those elders sympathy when they’re called up on the carpet by authorities outside the religion?
Child molestation victims aren’t the only ones being hurt by this religion; you can read this post and note how children are almost routinely beaten, smacked, paddled, and otherwise put through humiliating and horrific physical “discipline,” often for something no more bothersome than not being able to sit still through long, dull, drawn-out meetings that bore most adults. Even if a child is not raped or molested, this type of physical abuse can have long-lasting effects that damage them for decades, if not a lifetime. Jehovah’s Witnesses encourage women to stay with abusive husbands, with no understanding or sympathy for what it means to be subject to degrading verbal and mental abuse, much less actual physical beatings. (See this post.)
During this year’s summer conventions, Jehovah’s Witnesses stressed the need to shun those who aren’t Jehovah’s Witnesses, including family and ones who are simply inactive from the religion. One video showed how a young woman’s parents wouldn’t even take her phone calls (see this post). Because she was a drug dealer, child abuser, or murderer? No, because she disagreed with their religion and dared to live her own life.
At one of the conventions, Jehovah’s Witness governing body member Anthony Morris told the story of a “young fella” who died because he refused a blood transfusion, calling him a “good example of faith,” and the audience applauded. They applauded. The boy died, and the audience was proud of his “example.” I’m sure they weren’t happy that he died, but they certainly weren’t ashamed of martyring him for their religion either. (See this post.)
Jehovah’s Witnesses do not deserve sympathy for being “picked on” by big bad Putin; I can only shake my head when I hear otherwise, especially from supposed activists against the religion. Jehovah’s Witnesses are eagerly awaiting the time when everyone outside their religion is burned to death by their “loving” god. JWs care very little about the suffering of the child abuse victims in their Kingdom Halls who are in their own nightmarish prisons of existence, nor do they care much for the victims of domestic violence whom they encourage to stay in such abusive homes. They don’t care about the shunned ones who are also in a mental and emotional prison of loneliness and isolation. They care very little about the children who have sacrificed their very lives on the altar of their flawed policy on blood, or for those who have sacrificed everything about their life while waiting for that elusive “new system.”
Yet, how dare anyone pick on the JWs and make them face a little punishment for their actions?
What they do to others or want to see happen to the world is “righteous,” but what Russia is doing to them is “persecution” and a violation of their “human rights”?
The hypocrisy of anyone complaining when the JWs are simply going through a small, and I do mean small, sampling of what they put so many of their own congregants through every day, and what they expect to happen to the rest of the world any minute now, is absolutely blinding.
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