However, to say that ALL JWs refuse blood because of fear of discipline is simply not true. You can't paint all with a such a broad brush.
I never claimed all JW refuse blood because they fear the fallout l, and that is not the point either. My point is: (1) the Org is pressuring people into refusing blood, and that should be stopped.
(2) The JW's who would have refused blood even if the Org would say you can accept it, are still free to do so if the Organization's no longer exists (as long as they don't pressure others to do the same).
I assume you can agree with both of these points.
Since when have government bans been effective in stopping JWs from promoting their message?
Taking out one crime boss will only make the next one take his place. Yet we fight crime anyway. So why is this relevant?
In my opinion bans in this information age might very well have a different effect than they had decades ago.
Anyway, if a ban is not the answer, what is? Educating the people about JW? I think education should complement the ban, but it will also be perceived as persecution and Satanic influence.
Would you propose governments ignore all extremist groups instead?
They will possibly face real pain. Persecution, possible jail time, public humiliation and ridicule, beatings, constant searches and scrutiny from the authorities
I don't think anyone here advocates beatings, humiliation and ridicule from the government. We're discussing a ban on specific literature and a legal entity here. For the sake of discussion, assume this ban would be in place in a bit more civilized country like France or Germany.
If you break the law, for religious reasons or not, the consequences are there.
Everyone is free to believe whatever they want, even in Russia. Is it so hard to worship your God without a specific forbidden magazine issue or book? Do you really have to preach that everyone but JW will be killed or that you should not answer the phone when your ex-JW daughter calls?
Now I do see there is an issue in Russia. They are not very good with human rights. Apparently they are trying to get rid of any non-orthodox religions.
There is a thin line between trying to fight extremism and stepping on the rights of non-orthodox or non-traditional groups or individuals.
We can agree this is not an easy case either way.