Org's National Flag Contradict

by The Searcher 8 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • The Searcher
    The Searcher

    The Org sanctions elders in Chile to hang the national flag from Kingdom Halls annually, but has a problem with Rwanda's law for newly-weds to hold a flag as they get married.

    "Jehovah’s Witnesses in Rwanda, and as a worldwide organization, express concern for human rights violations as outlined above. They respectfully request the government of Rwanda to take the necessary steps to: Permit Jehovah’s Witnesses to take the marriage vows in civil ceremonies or oaths without being forced to hold the national flag;"

  • Saintbertholdt

    Hi Searcher,

    The Org sanctions elders in Chile to hang the national flag from Kingdom Halls annually

    Got any more information on that?

  • joe134cd

    This is just a guess but I think the Wt reasoning behind it is.

    Chile= there is no ceremony involved in hanging the flag up. The government requires that public buildings display a flag in which Wt complies.

    Rwandan weddings= This is involved in the ceremony there for they are doing an act of allegiance to a country.

    Hey I know it's a pretty screwed way of thinking. If anyone could elaborate that would be good.

  • The Searcher
    The Searcher

    Here you are Saint!

    JOE - Don't U.S. citizens have to sign an oath of allegiance on their passport?

  • steve2

    So does that mean Rwandan JW couples will have to live in sin or burn with desire unfulfilled? Oh, the issues over which Christians are persecuted!

    But wait: How come its okay to adorn your Kingddom Hall property with your national flag, but not hold it in your hands during a wedding ceremony? What makes one contamination free and the other not?

    Weddings the world over are formalized with the exchange of gold rings - a practise that orignated among - shock, horror! - pagans.

    Get me out of a religion that picks and chooses what it will force me to make an issue over.

  • BluesBrother
  • Iown Mylife
    Iown Mylife

    "Hey hon, would you run outside and snag the national flag off the side of the KH and hold it while we get hitched - then I'll stick it back on there while you change out of the wedding dress."


  • Vidiot

    "The cognitive dissonance! It burns!!!"

  • _Morpheus
    In the usa thhey use the phrase "by the power vested in me by the state of ____". The only rationale behind "marriage" is the legal aspect which is to say the official government sanction of the union. If the government, in order to sanction the union, has a specific requirement regarding the flag then whats the issue..? Its the same as ole geoffy saying "make reporting mandatory". Sensless

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