Religious Extremism Trial: Russia Convicts 16 Jehovah’s Witnesses

Taganrog City Court convicted them of extremist activity for holding and attending peaceful religious meetings. The decision sets an ominous precedent.

Source: Religious Extremism Trial: Russia Convicts 16 Jehovah’s Witnesses

 

I recently received an email from my brother, in Colorado, who is himself a Jehovah’s Witness.  Now I know the Russian’s allow some Christian religions to practice there.  The extremist part I can understand.  The part of this I don’t understand is what is it about the JWs that the Russian consider extremist?  That is, after all, what they were convicted of..   Though I was unable to find any kind of explanation of what they consider extremism…

I don’t know what you think about the JWs but I find this hard to understand.  They pay their taxes, though they will not serve in a military, nor take part in government, as they, from my understanding, do not believe that corrupt government of man can run the world..  Looking around I can kind of see the point.  On the other hand if we were to give up our government, no matter how incompetent they may be we would just have uncontrolled anarchy, rather then the partial anarchy to seems to grip the world now.

While I am not a big supporter of religious organizations, I do believe they should have the right to worship in their own way, as long as it doesn’t infringe, or damage, other people rights, and I respect those who can live by their beliefs, unlike people such as the Westboro Baptist Church, or New Gingrich who cheated on two of his three wives and then married the girlfriends.

The JWs were one of the groups that was rounded up by the Nazis in WWII, as they refused to serve in the German services, and so many of them were exterminated in the concentration camps.

We might not believe everything they believe but, we should respect and support their right to worship.

Thank,

That Joe Guy.

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