Russia to declare Jehovah's Witnesses an extremist group


tay
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Russia's justice ministry has filed a lawsuit with its supreme court to declare the national headquarters of the country's Jehovah’s Witnesses an extremist organization.

The legal filing is noted on the court's website with no date given for legal action. The group's administrative center in Russia is located about 25 miles northwest of St. Petersburg.

The press office for the Russian branch of the
religion says on its website (external - login to view) that such a declaration, if successful, would “entail disastrous consequences for freedom of religion in Russia" and directly affect about 175,000 followers at more than 2,000 congregations in the country.

"Extremism is deeply alien to the Bible-based beliefs and morality of Jehovah's Witnesses," the statement said. "Persecution of the faithful for peaceful anti-extremism legislation is built on frank fraud, incompetent individual 'experts' and, as a result, a miscarriage of justice."

The Jehovah's Witnesses first legally registered as a religious group in Russia in 1991 and re-registered in 1999, according to the organization's international website (external - login to view).

For almost two decades, however, Russian prosecutors in various localities have periodically sought to outlaw or curb the group, charging it is a cult that destroys families, fosters hatred and threatens lives.

In response to the latest pressure, Vasily Kalin, chairman of the religious group's steering committee, said members simply want to "peacefully worship their God," according to the press office.

"Unfortunately, after more than 100 years in power, Russia violates its own legislation that guarantees us that right," he said. "In Stalin's time, when I was a child, the whole family was deported to Siberia only because we were Jehovah's Witnesses. It's a shame and sad that my children and grandchildren will be faced with something like that. "

Jehovah's Witnesses have come under growing pressure from Russian authorities in recent years, including a ban on distribution of church literature that authorities say violates anti-extremism laws.

Russia seeks to declare Jehovah's Witnesses an extremist group (external - login to view)
 
selfsame
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Why are most people, including most readers and members here, against Jehovah Witnesses?
Although I am not one of them, but that's because they are best among Christians, may be.

That is if they admit God is One: not three, and that Jesus is His servant and messenger: not His son neither is he God Himself ... or else: they are like the others.

But I heard it from Abu Abd-Allah that there is a sect among Christians: Jehovah Witnesses, they admit God is One and Jesus is His servant not His son.

www.quran-ayat.com/universe/i...st_Commandment (external - login to view)
quran-ayat.com/universe/index.htm#First_Commandment
 
Ludlow
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JW'S won't hurt anyone. Not like extremist Muslims. They may interrupt your Sunday football game with a visit but that's about it,
 
Durry
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Russia should smarten up and ban all Muslims from Russia. They are the real threat to Russia.
 
Murphy
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True that. I've never had a JW bang on my door with a severed head in his hands.
 
Durry
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Quote: Originally Posted by LudlowView Post

JW'S won't hurt anyone. Not like extremist Muslims. They may interrupt your Sunday football game with a visit but that's about it,

Actullly a couple of times I had a nice 22 yr old JW babe come to my door, I was about to invite her in so we can have some nice religious discussion on my sofa with soft religious music in the background, then I noticed the old bag in the background standing and waiting for her on the sidewalk,,,,,,,what a let down!!!
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by MurphyView Post

True that. I've never had a JW bang on my door with a severed head in his hands.

Yeah, but those goddam Methodists, ...

Quote: Originally Posted by DurryView Post

Actullly a couple of times I had a nice 22 yr old JW babe come to my door, I was about to invite her in so we can have some nice religious discussion on my sofa with soft religious music in the background, then I noticed the old bag in the background standing and waiting for her on the sidewalk,,,,,,,what a let down!!!

Too bad, you didn't get the chance to chain her up in the cellar like the others, eh?
 
Danbones
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All that just for you?

he should be so sweet
 
Durry
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious CdnView Post


Too bad, you didn't get the chance to chain her up in the cellar like the others, eh?

Nah, I don't have too many old bags down there.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by LudlowView Post

JW'S won't hurt anyone. Not like extremist Muslims. They may interrupt your Sunday football game with a visit but that's about it,

Never on Sunday. Saturday but NEVER Sunday.
 
Murphy
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