I really tire of the word games these days. How WT public affairs representatives present things to the media so as to give an impression that is not quite accurate.
Not that they lie mind you, but if someone is led to the same false conclusion, what's the difference, really?
Here's a link to an article posted by Jan G. on H20 regarding blood (again.. ) [url] http://allafrica.com/stories/200010050377.html[/url]
The WT spokesman for the country's comments are interesting.
"There is no policy in the Church which bars anyone from blood transfusion, it is all a personal choice that anyone is entitled to," Samabona said.
While perhaps technically correct in the sense that no one can prevent you from taking a blood transfusion, the reader is left with the perception that its some wacko member that's killing his child and he can take a transfusion if he wishes.
Obviously those who are aware know that the official teaching is that you'll be shunned by family and friends and God will destroy you.
The article reveals this by quoting your average "Joe" Witness, who apparently missed WT PR lesson 101.
But Jason Sakala, another Watch Tower member, supported the parents' decision. He quoted Genesis 9 verses 4-16 to support his views that the eating of blood is forbidden and anyone who disobeys this is disobeying God's law.
"I am in support of the parents because they are using God's words as their guidance. If they decide to do otherwise then they will be disrespectful to God's law," Sakala told PANA.
He added, "putting one's life ahead of God's law is fatal, as Mark 8: 35 and 36 tells us."
All of this is because countries like France view us as a cult and that we DO have cult-like traits. Hence the jumping through hoops to make us look "normal" and free.
Edited by - Pathofthorns on 6 October 2000 7:49:45