We have ALL been there….Relaxing at home when suddenly the doorbell rings or you hear the thud of a knock. You walk to a window and peek out the blinds to see who is at your front door….When all of a sudden, you realize it is a Jehovah’s Witness. So you start doing all these hand motions and fiercely but quietly “SHUSH” the children as you duck and cover behind the closest piece of furniture, with the feeble thought that if you are quiet long enough, then they will leave.
OR…Maybe you’re the person that answers anyway and then must stand there and listen, or struggle to tell them that you’re not interested. Sort of like speaking to a telemarketer.
Either way, we all know the horror of answering the door when a Jehovah’s Witness is standing on the other side. Russia must felt it too, because they just banned the religion, calling it an extremist group.
Obviously, we believe in freedom of religion here in America, so we can’t exactly support this kind of action. However, we can still laugh at how ridiculous it is!
On Thursday, Russia’s Supreme Court deemed Jehovah’s Witnesses an extremist group and ordered the closure of all its chapters. Judge Yuri Ivanenko:
The Supreme Court has ruled to sustain the claim of Russia’s Ministry of Justice and deem the ‘Administrative Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia’ organization extremist, eliminate it and ban its activity in Russia.”
The Interfax news agency reports that according to the Justice Ministry the suspension came because the group was conducting “extremist activity”.
“They pose a threat to the rights of the citizens, public order and public security,” Justice Ministry attorney Svetlana Borisova said.
Borisova claimed the religious group had multiple administrative violations including its representatives spreading “extremist literature”. She also said that the group’s opposition to blood transfusions violated Russia’s health law.
Following the ruling, a Jehovah’s Witnesses spokesperson announced that they will appeal the decision taking the case to the European Court of Human Rights.
The group reportedly has some 175,000 adherents in Russia with 395 local chapters.
Okay, okay….So obviously this wouldn’t happen in America, so don’t get your hopes up. However, I think we can all laugh at how ridiculous this is, even if we do hide from the JWs!
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