....shouldn't Christian religions of all persuasions be accountable as well?
If this is insulting, it isn't meant to be. But think about it. Former JW's all the time come here on this forum and others to hold the Governing Body accountable for teaching lies and holding on to a history, a tradition if you will, that embraces leaders like C T Russell and J F Rutherford, both of whom taught things that are almost entirely rejected by JW's today. In Rutherford's case, he was coincidentally a low life human being, an adulterer, an alcoholic, etc.
So I do think it fascinating that some who leave JW's will join other Christian religions, and then not be honest about the sordid history of these religions. Like the Catholic Church. (too may points to go into with them, how about the Inquisition and the threats on Galileo for starters). The Protestant Reformation was also, uh, not cool to our liberal democratic sensibilities today.
Our liberal, democratic sensibilities. It's so important to acknowledge, generally speaking, where we have progressed today and how we view religious excess. We don't tolerate the suppresion of women, the persecution and execution of homosexuals, or killing somone for the simple offense of reading of the bible in a language not Latin. Or the support of Hitler. (sorry Pius XII) How about the Inquisition? Whose accountable for that?
That IS HISTORY. Certified. Can't run from it.
I just find it fascinating that former JW's to this day will come to this board and demand accountability to the leadership of JW's for their past hypocrisy. While pointing out (rightly so) that such hypocrisy proves that JW's don't have the truth, there are many of the same who will leave JW's and join another Christian religion with a much older, sordid history of brutality and religious abuse.
It's difficult to defend. I think at the very least that it is not 100% honest to bash JW's and at the same time not acknowledge the history and associated problems with older Christian religions, who did similar, often worse things while claiming to commit such crimes in the name of god and Jesus. (and the holy spirit...)
Just a thought. And as Terry says, your mileage may vary.