Editorial in newspaper on disfellowshipping

by InquiryMan 6 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • InquiryMan

    A Norwegian regional newspaper published an article on a circuit assembly day of JWs (including a photo) some weeks ago. Following that, a DF woman was interviewed in another article.

    Following up on that, this editorial was written and published .


    Translaed by means of googlet translate (have no time to translate myself)

    Ostracized as an unbeliever
    Shadow Side of Jehovah's Witnesses say that this religious sect has not changed.
    A month ago had Saltenposten a report from a convention of Jehovah's Witnesses had in Fauske.
    It showed the sunny side to this religious sect.
    Saturday came the other side of the movement forward. It is a terrifying story of a woman who has left the Jehovah's Witnesses.
    Which led to her being ostracized.
    We have heard such stories before. Of families split, and parents who do not want to know of their children. A little hell on earth.
    Plus a prediction that it gets even worse when the unbeliever dies.
    In that sense, the woman who told her story Saturday confirmation that Jehovah's Witnesses have not changed.
    Behind a pretty facade hides a nasty side.
    People must be allowed to have their religious convictions, no matter how naive it may appear in an enlightened world, where most have received a scientific explanation.
    As long as they preach about a loving deity.
    Far worse is it when religions legitimize the right to torment and tease other people, physically or mentally.
    There should be a criminal offense.
    Physical terror is easy to denounce. But psychological terror is not any better. It can also destroy people.
    Expulsion is psychological terror whether it happens in the schoolyard or in religious communities.
    Fundamentalism we take distance from, whether it is based on Christian, Muslim or other religious faiths.
    In today's society in which several religions meet, tolerance is particularly important.
    Arthur Arntzen, better known as Oluf {Norwegian comical figure} has many times repeated his message that swearing never started any wars.
    Unlike religions.
    The Norwegian Church has over the last hundred years has evolved to become a national church which preaches tolerance and charity.
    Other Christian communities are far behind.
    Jehovah's Witnesses are one of them. They refuse even to respond to criticism, they rise above it. Their interpretation of the Bible is their guide.
    That it has become a straitjacket that destroys the lives of other people, they refuse to put up with.
  • TheWonderofYou

    Good reference. Thanks.

    Where faith is trampled down, family ties are cutted, truth is recurved to lie, love is extinguished, you must not be silent.

  • DesirousOfChange

    The right side of the page is cut off by ads and makes it impossible to understand the full message.

    Can I fix this?


  • FayeDunaway
    I could only read the left side as well, but it seems like a great editorial!!
  • Quarterback
    I hope it has some impact
  • InquiryMan

    Try to open this up in e.g. google chrome / google translate


  • InquiryMan

    A read did send in the following letter to the newspaper a couple of days later:


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