The Russian court has banned the “Jehovah’s Witnesses” and ordered the organization to handover its property to the government. Not good!
I don’t have sympathy with the “Kingdom Hall’s” doctrine, but I do worry about this move by the Russian government because this move is being made under the guise of the Jehovah’s Witnesses being an “extremist” organization. According to the linked-story:
“Russian authorities have put several of the group’s publications on a list of banned extremist literature and prosecutors have long cast it as an organization that destroys families, fosters hatred and threatens lives.”
I can honestly say several things about the way I feel when it comes to the people who do a lot of door-knocking, but one thing I can’t say when it comes to Jehovah Witnesses’ (unless Russian Jehovah Witnesses’ are extremely different from their American counter-parts) is that they make me think of “extremism” in relation to national security. I believe their position on certain things such as blood-fusions are unwise, but to describe them as a group who threatens lives because of such a position is as unwise as the original point-of-view. And those pamphlets don’t self-destruct when you remove them from your door!
If the Jehovah’s Witnesses can be “outlawed” in any sense of the word then I am afraid such a mentality could easily be targeted at anyone who teaches differently from the Eastern Orthodox Church or the current nationalistic mindset … including individuals who seek to be viewed only as a Christian and member of the church which predates the Eastern Orthodoxy.