FYI: Something is going on in Brazil that's interesting

by AndersonsInfo 60 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • AndersonsInfo

    Posted on

    The Federal Public Ministry at Ceara, Brazil, on July 14, 2011 filed a civil action against the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses in the 8th Federal Court for practicing religious discrimination against former members. Prosecutor Nilce Cunha Rodrigues has taken on official representation of Sebastian Oliveira (Ramos) who, after being expelled from the religion was discriminated against by colleagues, friends and relatives, including his mother, in accord with norms of the Jehovah’s Witnesses who are headed by a Governing Body of the Watchtower Society.

    He had begun attending meetings of Jehovah's Witnesses in 1998 and was baptized in 2001. Because of questioning some doctrinal points of religion in 2009, he was summarily disassociated/expelled becoming a victim of intolerance by those following the religion. Nilce said it was “obvious" that there is an attitude of disrespect for the "rights of human dignity, equality of honor and reputation, freedom of conscience and belief and freedom of association." Further, such acts of discrimination are "intolerable" in Brazil.

    She noted that the Jehovah's Witnesses are inconsistent as they make an effort to relate to people of other religions in order to indoctrinate them in going from door to door, but they do not do so for anyone who leaves or is expelled from them. A former member "will suffer actions of hostility and rejection by the same group that had welcomed him before when he was practicing a different religion."

    The prosecutor’s assessment is that the intention of Jehovah's Witnesses is to "inflict hardship" on ex-members "as punishment because they have strayed from the teachings that the organization considers as truth handed down directly by God to the Governing Body." She said that this is a case of violation of Article 5 of Brazil’s Constitution which accords all citizens equality before the law, without distinction of any kind.

    She has asked the court to prevent Jehovah's Witnesses from prohibiting former members from living with their families. The essence is that religious entities can not preach intolerance via any medium, including orally. She has also asked for the application of a daily fine of $ 10,000 for each identiable case of disobedience, a monetary amount equivalent to $6,348.40 in U.S. dollars.,2272960/mpf-entra-com-acao-contra-igreja.shtml

    RELATED NEWS: Nilce Cunha Rodrigues, a federal prosecutor in Brazil and the author of a Public Civil Action, that is a lawsuit, against the Watchtower Bible And Tract Society as well as the Bible and Culture Association of Fortaleza (local Jehovah's Witnesses group in Fortaleza), a city in northeastern Brazil, has appeared in a highly enlightening interview for the first time on Daily TV (Diario TV), an affiliate of Brazilian Global TV Network on August 6, 2011. The following tape (just click the link) first shows Sebastian Oliveira Ramos, a Brazilian ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses in Fortaleza who got the lawsuit started along with peaceful protesting against the extremist type of shunning practiced by Jehovah’s Witnesses the city and area. He and other Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses exposed the violations of the Constitutional rights of Brazilian civilians on billboards in northeastern Brazil, held peaceful rallies and street marches.

    Brazil's Constitution says citizens have the right to Freedom of Association. This includes the right to both join and also quit an organization including a religious one without being punished for doing so. The Constitutions and Charters of many other nations say citizens have such rights, but citizens must sue to truly have and keep those rights time to time, something most Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses do not appear to have the time or money for. But with encouragement such as this development in Brazil, that situation will likely start to change for the better.

    After the segment featuring Sebastian Ramos, the tape shows the interview with the prosecutor or attorney general. She appears so informed that she could pass for having been an Ex-Jehovah’s Witness. This may not be the end of the Watchtower Society in Brazil but it may be the start to the end of a lot of Watchtower’s ability to cause such intense discrimination against former Jehovah’s Witnesses. Readers who do not know the Portuguese language can still understand a lot from Sebastian’s holding forth of his sign against discrimination and the intense nature shown by the Prosecutor’s during the TV interview: Congratulations to all our Friends in Brazil, and please keep up the good work!

  • Glander

    This is going to be one to watch. Thanks, Barbara.

  • agent zero
    agent zero


  • discreetslave

    Bookmarked. Thanks & Barbara

  • thetrueone

    This situation of religious prejudice against people who were at one time members of the JWS,

    only to have a change of mind and move on to another religious faith, always appeared unlawful as religious freedom

    and hatred toward religious indifference placed upon on individuals in countries that have these laws in place.

    This includes the United States where the WTS/JWS is based.

    Forcing people to shun their immediate family members is particularly disturbing.

  • carla

    Thank you for posting this!

  • ziddina

    Goody goody goody goody!!! Thanks for posting this!!

    I sure hope that the Russian and French governments are watching this case...


  • Lore

    On the one hand I'm happy that Brazil is doing something about this obviously evil practise.

    On the other hand I think everyone has the right to preach any kind of intollerant crap they want. To prevent them from instructing witnesses to shun family members is in fact a violation of basic human rights that I don't want to see violated. And I can't support the Brazilian government in this.

    But if anyone is gonna get their human rights violated, I'm glad it's the witnesses.

  • sizemik

    I've seen a couple of articles reporting street protests in Brazil over the last few years . . . so this is not a suprise.

    I salute the Brazilian people for not tolerating it.

    Every individual that has been victimised by this psychological barbarism will be cheering it on.

    Thanks very much for the post Barbara . . . we can always rely on you.

  • skeeter1

    The freedom of religion should include the freedom to leave a religion without the religion destroying your personal and business life. Good work.

Share this