NOTE: After a couple of blizzards during the move, we have finally gotten out of our old place. Thankfully, none of my in-laws came right out and suggested that Jehovah was against the move. (That would not have gone over well with me.) The computer is running now, so off we go!
The recent and devastating earthquake in Haiti needs no introduction. We have all seen the heartbreaking and almost incomprehensible images in the news. I am here to tell you about a movement that is being organized by a number of former Jehovah’s Witnesses from around the world.
Just weeks after Russia’s Supreme Court outlawed their literature as extremist, Jehovah’s Witnesses are encountering at least ten times the level of state harassment across the country as before the ban, their press secretary has estimated to Forum 18 News Service.
After 100 years, the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society is moving its headquarters out of Brooklyn Heights and up to Warwick, N.Y. “We have submitted a proposal to the Town of Warwick to build a complex there that we’re calling the World Headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses,” Richard Devine told the Brooklyn Eagle Tuesday. “We have started the land use process there.”
This one might be of particular interest to less secular readers, but atheists can get something from it as well. The author is arguing against the Society’s reasoning on avoidance of birthday celebrations. If you don’t want to read the whole thing, this quote might be worth a look:
Without I as an outsider insisting that Jehovah’s Witnesses practise inflexible consistency, I wish they would present the whole context of the ancient statements before damning the innocent and community-building gatherings of others.
Hey, no giggling back there!
For those who need a refresher, here is the latest redefinition of “generation” from the 4/15/2010 WT: