Over a month ago, the
Associated Press in Minneapolis reported that counterfeit pills were found at
Prince’s home. Some contained powerful opioid fentanyl, a synthetic drug 50
times stronger than heroin found in dozens of pills. These and other mislabeled
drugs were found in luggage belonging to the late music star. Clearly, JWs
elders knew about Prince's drug addiction problem, but treated him differently
than they did ordinary JWs with addictions because of who he was. However, it's
about time all JWs who are struggling with addiction have mercy shown them
rather than punishment. Why?
Why Did JWs Ignore Prince’s Drug Addictions?
After Prince’s death, George Cook (an elder at the Kingdom Hall where Prince attended JW meetings) was reported to have said the church does not have a problem with Prince’s reported addiction to prescription drugs because “that’s a personal matter.” “Brother” Cook made this statement after Prince’s death in April, 2016 and before the memorial at the Saint Louis Park JW Kingdom Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Many celebrities were in the audience, including some who were also Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The Guardian (August 21, 2016) reported that many powerful synthetic drugs such as oxycodone, fentanyl, lidocaine and U-4770 (a synthetic drug that is eight times more powerful than morphine*) were found in Prince’s home. The presence and the amounts of those drugs strongly suggested that he was absolutely addicted to drugs.
This leads us to ask if the JW elders at Prince’s Kingdom Hall suffer any remorse? They clearly sent a message that money and fame talks when they jumped on the publicity train (with the permission of Watchtower’s leaders in New York) by allowing their “Jehovah’s Witness church” to be “heavily involved in the star’s memorial service.” **
Please note that these same elders, seemingly without any reservation, participated in and managed Prince’s funeral and memorial, and yet some of them with decades of judicial hearings under their belts, have disfellowshipped many ordinary Jehovah’s Witnesses for using or being addicted to cigarettes or opiate drugs. Their actions have resulted in anguish and despair due to their strictly enforced and hard-hearted “shunning” of those addicted to drugs. Rather than “practice mercy” by offering support and encouragement to find treatment for an addiction, they would rather punish those addicted – ostensibly to keep the “organization (Jehovah’s Witnesses) clean.”
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