The JW media site recently made an update about persecution in Uzbekistan. http://www.jw-media.org/newsroom/index.htm?content=/region/asia_pacific/uzbekistan/english/releases/intolerance/uzb_e080425.htm
I'm concerned about any kind of religious persecution or actions that limit freedom of religion or freedom from religion. Of course, I agree that the brutal practices of Jehovah's Witnesses are a threat to society. I'm glad that some governments realise that. I just think that religious persecution is wrong and, in the case of Jehovah's Witnesses, probably counterproductive.
I thought it might be interesting to discuss better ways for governments to deal with the antisocial effects of Jehovah's Witnesses. I suspect the best methods may deal with money. For example, instead of forcing them underground, it may be better to allow them to operate as a business in that country and tax them accordingly. Jehovah's Witnesses love persecution, but hate anything that threatens their finances. Instead of of passing laws that limit freedoms, they could pass laws that strengthen the rights and freedoms of victims of Jehovah's Witnesses and other cults. This would make it easier to sue them for pedophilia issues, damages due to the blood ban or institutionally enforced shunning, slander, etc. This would probably be more effective and could raise the county's status as a defender of international human rights laws.
What do you think?