I don't recall the Dub's "bashing" anyone for battling the "forces of evil" in the World Wars
You're not eh? Well maybe you should try reading some of their literature then..................
*** kn34 p. 3 Why Is Life So Full of Problems? ***
During wars, Catholics kill Catholics, Protestants kill Protestants?by the millions
*** g93 4/22 p. 4 Religion?s Role in Man?s Wars ***
professed Christians often go to war against members of their own faith. Thus, Catholics kill Catholics on battlefields
*** g81 6/22 p. 18 Something Was Missing from My Jewish Heritage ***
"In times of war," he answered, "Catholics kill Catholics, Protestants kill Protestants, and Jews kill Jews.
*** yb98 p. 18 Jehovah?s Witnesses?1998 Yearbook Report ***
The Liberian people know that during the years of war, it has been only Jehovah?s Witnesses who have proved to be true messengers of godly peace. While thousands of members of other religions joined armed factions and carried weapons of war, Jehovah?s people were seen everywhere, Bibles in hand, sharing messages of godly peace with war-weary Liberians.
*** g95 5/8 p. 14 It?s No Secret Anymore ***
Catholic and Orthodox believers, while claiming to be Christian, have failed to live up to the loving example of Christ Jesus. Only Jehovah?s Witnesses have maintained their neutrality and refused to learn or practice war anymore. And that is no secret
*** g95 11/8 p. 30 From Our Readers *** Only Witnesses Neutral? Your May 8, 1995, issue ("It?s No Secret Anymore") stated: "Only Jehovah?s Witnesses have maintained their neutrality and refused to learn or practice war anymore." In World War II, of the 11,996 men who refused to fight, only 940 were Jehovah?s Witnesses. I was a conscientious objector myself. The word "only" in your statement was used to paint a false picture that only Jehovah?s Witnesses held to this belief.
P. B., United States
We realize that some individuals have refused to participate in war, and we have acknowledged this in our publications.
(See "Awake!" of September 8, 1987, page 7.
) However, the statement in question specifically referred to the failure of "Catholic and Orthodox believers" to maintain neutrality in Rwanda, Liberia, the Balkans, and other places of recent conflict. Among religious organizations, only Jehovah?s Witnesses have taken a consistently neutral stand.?ED.
*** g94 10/22 p. 7 True Christians and War ***
the religions of the world continue to take sides in war. Catholics keep on killing Catholics, and those of other religions kill either people of their own faith or members of other churches
*** g98 10/22 p. 27 The Catholic Church and the Holocaust ***
More than 50 years after the terrible tragedy of the Shoah,
or Holocaust, the Catholic Church has not yet managed to come to terms with its own history?one of ambiguity and silences, to say the least. But there are some who have never had to take any such step. Jehovah?s Witnesses, a religious minority cruelly persecuted by the Nazis, did not stoop to compromise.
As has been increasingly clear in recent times, in contrast with church members, the Witnesses denounced Nazi brutality
. And it was not just as individuals that they did so. Their official spokesmen and publications also did. (The above statement is really pathetic when you read the letter that Rutherford sent to Hitler telling him that the Witnesses "stand for the same high moral principals as the Third Reich" and denounced the "greedy Jews" as being a major thorn in his side.)
*** g95 8/22 pp. 14-15 Why the Churches Kept Silent ***
True, a few courageous individuals from the Catholic, Protestant, and various other religions stood up against the Nazi State. But even as some of them paid with their lives, their spiritual leaders, who claimed to serve God, were serving as puppets of the Third Reich.
There was, however, one voice that consistently spoke out. Though the news media, by and large, overlooked the churches as major players in the Nazi drama, Jehovah?s Witnesses felt compelled to expose the treachery and hypocrisy of the clergy, with details of their behind-the-scenes collusion. In the pages of the forerunner of this magazine as well as other publications throughout the 1930?s and 1940?s, they printed strong indictments of religious organizations that became Nazism?s handmaidens.
Identifying Christ?s True Followers
Jehovah?s Witnesses are totally different from the religions of the world. Being no part of the world, they take no part in the wars of the nations.