Scholar is stilled screwed up. He's still trying to read with his blinders on.
Board silent about BIG NEWS???????????
It really wasnt big news, it was Good information. But it wasnt earth shattering and i doubt that it'll get half of the attention the child abuse scandal did. I dont even blame the person who first started the post. I think it was just blown out of proportion.
Oh... THAT "big news."
While I do see the import of this journal's essay on blood and jw's, I stil fail to understand the "big" part of it and how it even qualifies as "news" in the first place.
The whole child abuse issue is simple apostates in their desperation trying to make something out of nothing for they delight in creating controversies and making mischief. The Society is well aware of any such problems and has the matter in hand and will comply with any legal changes that countries see fit to implement in order to remove this dreaded scourge from society and its families. Perhaps if countries did more to remove pornography from their citizens or educating the people according to Bible education then many such social evils would be minimized.
The Society of Jehovah's Witnesses is the only group in the world that has committed itself by means of its organization, people and resources to international Bible education which seeks to bring good news of God's Kingdom as a permanent solution to the world's problems but to elevate the morals of people.
If apostates believe they have found a better good news or the Truth then they should energize themselves in doing the Lord's will at this time and do that work instead of throwing stones and mocking those who are doing the Lord's work.
"Perhaps if countries did more to remove pornography from their citizens or educating the people according to Bible education then many such social evils would be minimized."
Scholar, you are aparently unaware of studies proving that the prevalence of available pornography in a society significantly reduces the occurance of sexual crimes.
As I understand, the BIG NEWS tidal wave is picking up steam. The snail mail copies of the Journal of Church & State's article are just now starting to arrive, and all are just now beginning to digest it. I got mine, and there are about 18 misrepresentations in it! It's a fabulous, and a must read. Here's what www.ajwrb.org had to say. Just look at the misrepresentations in the bullets below!
**** Jehovah's Witnesses, Blood Transfusions, and the Tort of MisrepresentationWriters: · Joseph Priestley, The Theological and Miscellaneous Works of Joseph Priestley, vol. 2, · Eusebius of Ceasarea, The Ecclesiastical History, Book V · Tertullian’s The Apology of Tertullian—Chapter IX” (Merton College, Oxford for Parker & Co 1890); · Paul J. Voogt et. al., “Perioperative Blood Transfusion and Cancer Prognosis,” Cancer · John S. Spratt, MD, “Blood Transfusions and Surgery for Cancer,” The American Journal of Surgery · Tarter, “Blood transfusion and infectious complication following colorectal cancer surgery,” 790 · · Altman, M.D., “Scientist Fear that a Paras! ite Will Spread in Transfusion” New York Times · Altman, MD., “Quandary for Patients: Have Surgery, or Await Test for Hepatitis C?” New York Times, · Bruce Lambert, “4 Cases Found of Rare Strain of AIDS Virus—Standard Test Fail to Detect the HIV-2,” New York Times · Jerry Kolins, MD and Leo J. McCarthy, MD, Contemporary Transfusion Practice (American Association of Blood Banks 1987) · , and , Contemporary Transfusion Practice · P.J. Howell and P.A. Bamber, “Severe acute anaemia in a Jehovah Witness,” Anaesthesia · James A. Stockman III, MD., “Anemia of Prematurity Current Concepts in the Issue of When to Transfuse,” Pediatric Clinics of · B. Kaufman, “A Single-Center Experience of Renal Transplantation in Thirteen Jehovah Witnesses,” Transplantation Court Cases · Parham v. J.R., 442 584 (1979) (US Supreme Court). · In re Hofbauer, 47 N.Y. 2d 648 at 655 (NY Ct. of Appeal 1979) (’s ) The essay, “Jehovah’s Witnesses, Blood Transfusions, and the Tort of Misrepresentation” does not stop here, but furthers by critically analyzing the Watchtower Society’s current blood policy misrepresentations surrounding the scope of allowed blood products, including hemoglobin and Factor VIII, and autologous blood transfusions, an issue that www.ajwrb.org has repeatedly shown. The essay’s author, Attorney Kerry Louderback-Wood, wrote this essay after the loss of her elderly mother due, in part, to the Watchtower Society’s blood doctrine. She dedicates the essay to all the children who were harmed by the Watchtower Society’s blood policy! She wrote this essay in the hopes of saving one life. Like the first tobacco cases and Catholic church sex scandal cases, Kerry Louderback-Wood does not expect the first Jehovah’s Witness blood case to easily win. But, this essay is meant to look at where the law could go, if the State were to hold the Watchtower Society’s “freedom to misquote secular material” over the very lives of its citizens. This essay is a must read for anyone facing the blood issue; including followers, doctors, and legal professionals. You may order your essay, “Jehovah’s Witnesses, Blood Transfusions, and the Tort of Misrepresentation” though the Journal of Church and State.
An essay entitled, "Jehovah's Witnesses, Blood Transfusions, and the Tort of Misrepresentation," found in Baylor University’s peer reviewed Journal of Church and State’s Autumn 2005 issue, exposes the vulnerability of the Watchtower Society to tort claims because of the religion’s misrepresentations of secular writers. This cutting edge legal essay critically examines one of the religion’s main publications dedicated to the blood doctrine, How Can Blood Save Your Life?. How Can Blood Save Your Life? dedicates pages to the thoughts of secular writers on the benefits of abstaining from blood. As late as December 2005, the Watchtower Society’s Kingdom Ministry recommended that its followers use How Can Blood Save Your Life to teach their children about the blood doctrine in order that their children will be able to articulate their stance in court. The essay details the misrepresentations in How Can Blood Save Your Life, by analyzing the following quotes against the original author’s (or court’s) words to determine if they are taken out of context to the point of creating a dishonest secular argument that bolsters the Watchtower Society's religious belief.
Here's what wickipedia had to say
The question of blood
- Main article: Jehovah's Witnesses and blood
Although Jehovah's Witnesses do not take "whole blood" in any form including whole blood transfusions, and despite not donating blood, as they believe it must not be stored, they may according to the conscience of the particular individual accept derivatives of blood. Medical Care and Blood - Jehovah's Witness Official Website This includes Hemopure, which is made from cow blood, and PolyHeme, a substitute derived from hemoglobin, a protein found in red blood cells. The Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, provides a detailed list of these specific distinctions.
The refusal of blood transfusions is a significant issue among medical professionals and others concerning Jehovah's Witnesses, especially when it involves minor children. In some countries, laws may impose limitations on physicians on the ability to withhold or withdraw blood transfusions or blood therapy from minors, particularly in life-threatening situations; parents who have prevented children under their care from receiving blood therapy in life-threatening situations may face prosecution. Courts have ordered transfusions for some children, often the very young; in other cases they have respected the declared choice of an under-age minor who is able to defend his or her own beliefs to the court in a manner that reflects a mature understanding and without undue influence from the parents.
Pursuit of medical alternatives to blood transfusion in cases involving Jehovah's Witness patients, including the use of erythropoietin to boost the red blood cell count, has afforded opportunities for medical advancement in the field of bloodless surgery. 
A peer-reviewed essay entitled, "Jehovah's Witnesses, Blood Transfusions, and the Tort of Misrepresentation," found in the Autumn issue of Baylor University’s Journal of Church and State, published December 13, 2005, discusses the potential vulnerability of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ legal corporations to significant claims for compensation because of the religion’s possible misrepresentation of the medical risks of blood transfusions. According to the essay, constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion do not remove the legal responsibility that every person or organization has regarding misrepresenting secular fact. If actual court cases follow the legal argument suggested by this essay, the total awards to those who have lost relatives as a result of the doctrine could easily total hundreds of millions of dollars, crippling the organization financially. The Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses has decided to now issue a new directive on blood to all congregations from January 2006, and this replaces the 1995 directives, which are to be removed from organizational files and "be destroyed". Skeeter1
As I understand, the BIG NEWS tidal wave is picking up steam. The snail mail copies of the Journal of Church & State's article are just now starting to arrive, and all are just now beginning to digest it. I got mine, and there are about 18 misrepresentations in it! It's a fabulous, and a must read.
I was wondering if anyone had gotten theirs yet & the reaction. I'm waiting on mine.
Scholar, you are aparently unaware of studies proving that the prevalence of available pornography in a society significantly reduces the occurance of sexual crimes
Nonsense. Where are these so-called studies?
daniel-p: "Scholar, you are aparently unaware of studies proving that the prevalence of available pornography in a society significantly reduces the occurance of sexual crimes"
yaddayadda: "Nonsense. Where are these so-called studies?"
"...The most dramatic decrease in sex crimes was seen when attention was focused on the number and age of rapists and victims among younger groups (Table 2). We hypothesized that the increase in pornography, without age restriction and in comics, if it had any detrimental effect, would most negatively influence younger individuals. Just the opposite occurred. The number of juvenile offenders dramatically dropped every period reviewed from 1,803 perpetrators in 1972 to a low of 264 in 1995; a drop of some 85% (Table 1). The number of victims also decreased particularly among the females younger than 13 (Table 2). In 1972, 8.3% of the victims were younger than 13. In 1995 the percentage of victims younger than 13 years of age dropped to 4.0%."
As for the REAL reason sex crimes are commited:
"...sex offenders generally reported sexually repressive family
backgrounds, immature and inadequate sexual histories and rigid, conservative attitudes
towards sexuality. During adolescence they had less experience with erotica than other
groups. As adults, sex offenders seemed to catch up with other categories, but did not use
pornography more frequently than others; and sex offenders did not differ significantly from
other adults in their reported arousal or reported likelihood of engaging in sexual behaviour
during or following exposure to pornography."
I do not like pornography - I am not trying to defend it - I just want the facts straight. There is no correlation between legally availabel porn and the occurance of sex crimes and in some cases (as seen above in the Japan study) it has shown to reduce them. I would advise you, yaddayadda, to not call something nonsense just because you don't like the sound of it.
I would advise you, yaddayadda, to not call something nonsense just because you don't like the sound of it.
Yep. Nonsense is a pretty strong word.