What’s on my mind? Being called an extremist and knowing that my brothers and sisters in Russia are facing times like the days of Stalin’s Russia.
Russia’s Ministry of Justice Moves to Ban Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia
“The Witnesses could lose properties dedicated to religious worship, almost 400 legal entities could be dissolved, and each of the over 170,000 Witnesses could be criminally prosecuted merely for meeting for worship, reading the Bible together, or talking to others about their faith.
Vasiliy Kalin, a representative of the Administrative Center in Russia, stated: “The profound desire of each of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia is just to be able to worship our God peacefully. For over 100 years, the authorities in Russia have trampled on the guarantees of their own laws, which grant us this right. I was just a boy when Stalin exiled my family to Siberia merely because we were Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is sad and reprehensible that my children and grandchildren should be facing a similar fate. Never did I expect that we would again face the threat of religious persecution in modern Russia.””
The ban may be okay with some. I know many are very anti-JW, but, you might want to think about what it means to worship freely. It appears the EU has no idea the extent to which their legal wranglings could immobilize their work places. The EU is attempting to remove the right to express one’s religion by banning any religious clothing or items of any kind in the work place It would render illegal ANY religious symbol such as a cross, yamaka, ashes on the forehead on ash Wednesday, Indian symbols on the face and more directly a head scarf. You know that cross ya wear around your neck and swear you’ll never take off? Banned, cover it up. Planning on going to services on ash Wednesday then returning to work? Wash off the ashes, can’t do it in the work place, banned. No turbans. Germany, Belgium, France and several others have moved to ban an entire religion from expressing their faith. Banning an entire religion isn’t new, neither are camps and imprisonment. BBC article about EU religious ban is here http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39264845
If you want to know what we actually believe then take it from the horses mouth in over 820 languages and on every continent except Antarctica. What do Jehovah’s Witnesses Believe? on JW.org
BBC wrote another article about Jehovah’s Witnesses. The very first line of the article about the ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia is rather harsh. Yes, we speak to others about peace. We sure do. And we do not go to war under any circumstances. Yes, we will do any non-military civilian service in place of military service where the option is offered. If the option is not offered we still refuse to take up arms. Do you know what this means? It means we won’t kill you.
Jehovah’s Witnesses are committed to and devoted to religious activities, isn’t that what the Bible says to do? To use the word ‘true religion’ as an expression of extremism is all together wrong unless of course you include all other religions who say they have the truth such as Catholics and Protestants, Jews, Muslims, Hindu,… the Amish. If you are in a religious sect and don’t feel the group is teaching you the truth, you may want to reconsider being part of that group.
It’s hypocritical to say that one who feels they have the truth about God are self righteous. If one believes that then perhaps they should also apply it to those who feel they have the truth about politics. People are fiercely political and divided in thought. They think they’re right and are vocal about it, so why can’t religion say the same? Democrats are right and Republicans are wrong. Republicans are right and Democrats are wrong. American is right, the rest of the world isn’t. This leader is right, that leader isn’t.
So, if you feel you know the truth about the Bible and you talk about your faith with others who may need some encouragement then it can be labeled extremism.
What do Jehovah’s Witnesses Believe? on JW.org