Things society interferes with
Here's one that surprised me: Under fornication........ artificial insemination.
Fornication it-1 863
- bestiality - w83 6/1 p.25
- incestuous marriage - w78 3/15 p.26
- artificial insemination – g74 8/8 p.28
The WTBTS is not only on the backs of their followers but also between their legs!
Sporting events. If the national anthem is played while a JW is in attendance, a JW had better make a scene by sitting down or otherwise, ensure they do not show support for their nation. A JW is not expected to favour any particular team as that would be considered nationalistic.
Greetings to others. Even though not celebrating, when other people offer a holiday greeting such as Merry Christmas, Happy New Year or Season's Greetings, a JW is not to offer the greeting in return.
Trivial Language. Even the most trivial of words can be an issue. A JW cannot refer to the Bulletin Board at the back of the KH as such but must say 'Information Board'. A JW cannot say 'Bless You' or 'Good Luck'.
Words: Words are changed so the old word is not appropriate and a JW using it may be criticised and counseled for doing so. 'Kingdom Ministry' changed to 'Our Kingdom Service' now changed to _____? 'Back Call' changed to 'Return Visit'. 'The Society' changed to 'Organization'. 'The Group' such as where JWs meet for field service changed to 'Rendezvous'. A JW party is called a 'Get Together'. Some word definitions are changed from that commonly recognized (see 'Lie' or 'Lying').
Christianity: JWs are not free to practise Christianity as they understand Jesus specified or as their conscience allows, but must conform to the changing dictates of the self appointed Governing Body.
I would question Father’s Day as that is only a very recent celebration as far as I am aware (commerce cottoned on to it not existing and given the commercial success of Mother’s Day....) I don’t even remember it being a thing at school in the 70s and 80s, only Mother’s Day. It is celebrated there on 18th June. Here in Spain on 19th March.
My Dad is not a JW but my mum is and I always give my dad a card and a gift. I’ve never had any grief about it. My mum queried it as she is über JW whilst I’m a PIMO and I said it’s no more pagan than wedding anniversaries that JWs love so much.
According to The Telegraph in the UK: (link)
The idea originated in the USA and has been officially celebrated there on the third Sunday in June since 1966.
The exact origins of what we now know as Father’s Day are disputed, though we do know the movement for a day which celebrated fatherhood began roughly 100 years ago.