Shunning a loving provision or persecution?
Apparently it depends on who is doing the shunning.
Jackson found the article I was looking for.
Excerpt from the WatchTower 2005 Sept 1 Article “Mennonites Search for Bible Truth”
A few days later, the church elders came to the home of Johann’s family with an ultimatum for the interested ones: “We heard that Jehovah’s Witnesses visited you. You must forbid them to return, and unless you hand over their literature to be burned, you face expulsion.” They had had just one Bible study with the Witnesses, so this presented a formidable test.
“We cannot do as you ask,” replied one of the family heads. “Those people came to teach us the Bible.” How did the elders react? They expelled them for studying the Bible! This was a cruel blow indeed. The cart belonging to the colony cheese factory passed by the home of one family without collecting their milk, denying them their only source of income. One family head was dismissed from his job. Another was turned away from buying supplies at the colony store, and his ten-year-old daughter was expelled from school. Neighbors surrounded one home to take away the wife of one of the young men, asserting that she could not live with her expelled husband. Despite all of this, the families who studied the Bible did not give up their search for the truth.
Notice that the expulsion is labeled as “cruel”. When a JW is disfellowshipped, what happens between him and his JW clients if he is a businessman?
I know a woman who was a professional massage therapist. Before she was even read off from the platform, the elders from her “not judicial” committee called her JW clients and informed them that they should no longer go to her. It was an incredible drop in income.
Anyone who is DF'd, forcibly DA'd or who disassociate for conscientious reasons loses their whole social network overnight. Some lose their jobs as a result. Some are kicked our of their homes.
Why can WatchTower call the expulsion of Mennonites cruel while calling expulsion of JWs a loving provision?
Why is it cruel when Mennonites break ties with a member who changes religion, but it's perfectly fine for JWs to shun another JW who changes religion, or, God forbid, simply disagrees with the Governing Body on a doctrinal matter?