I have been thinking of dignified ways to raise awareness about the toxicity of the JW religion in my local community.
So, yesterday, I phoned my local Council head office to query the Carts that are set up in several places in our town.
I was very polite and professional, and asked the council clerk if they were aware that a religious cult sets up its propaganda stands on council property near families and children on a regular basis.
"While I am sure they may be very nice people, the group they represent teaches things that appear to me to be in direct conflict with the values and ethics of our local community and council."
"Their initial message seems pleasant, but I know for example, they are a very misogynistic and homophobic group. Thy condemn education and careers. They also promote the idea of keeping separate from all non JWs and community endeavours, and even teach that a mass genocide of people who are not of their faith is imminent. Above all, they have a history of child sexual abuse mishandling and failure to report such to police."
"It just seems that their principles are at odds with the values and ethics of our community, and I wonder if they should be permitted to set up their stands on council land"
The council took this seriously, and launched an immediate investigation into it, and sent out a ranger to approach them and tell them they are not to set up on council land again. The ranger even called me directly to find out more information.
So I just wanted to share this, as it may be similarly replicated around the world?
If we keep it to just a few key points of concern this seems to work. Particularly in this era of community responsibility, governments and communities are mindful of what occurs under their jurisdiction.