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Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t Mourn the Aurora VictimsSubmitted by Jaymes on July 23, 2012 - 10:57 am 62 Comments
Hi guys. As a lot of you know, I left “The Truth” in 2009. I am not disfellowshipped yet, but have no association with the Witnesses. I do though, have various conversations with my mother-in-law, who – even though she has no idea why 607 B.C.E. bears any relevance to her religion – still goes.
Yesterday, she contacted the wife and I and wanted to share the terrible news relating to the Aurora victims. As I am sure you know, 12 people died when a lone gunman thought it prudent to start shooting at everyone during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.
Before I get into the conversation with my mother-in-law, I wanted to let you know that every now and then, the Watchtower Society creeps up and manages to surprise me. I am sure this still happens to you to. Even though I’ve been out of their clutches for three years, I am still startled by the things this cult teaches within its churches (or if you want to use the JW Loaded Language Dictionary – Kingdom Halls).
Prior to my mother-in-law calling, we were watching the news and saw various religious leaders from around the world and from different religions giving their condolences. “Our prayers are with the families of the victims and our hearts go out to them,” said Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams. Archbishop Samuel Aquila and Auxiliary Bishop James Conley of the Catholic Church said “As Catholic bishops, we ‘weep with those who weep.”
What message did the Watchtower Society have? My mother-in-law told us the following:
“At the meeting in the public talk today, the Elder told us about the killings in America. I knew about it because I saw it on the news already. I was very shocked by what he said though. He said:
“Brothers and Sisters, how many times has Jehovah’s Organisation told us to look after our young children? Those that died in the Aurora shootings were out at midnight to watch a film about a vigilante. To my knowledge, no Jehovah’s Witnesses were harmed because no Jehovah’s Witnesses were present. The world puts things out on a plate for us and our children and we are free to take what we want. But Brothers, there are consequences. If the parents of these victims had educated their children theocratically, the shooter would have been staring into an empty auditorium.
“Let us continue educating our children in Jehovah’s theocracy. After all, Jehovah wrote this guidebook for us. He knows what’s best for us and our little ones. So Brothers, keep on the watch, for Satan the Devil uses many cunning devices. Let us make sure we and our children are never engaging in worldly activities. How would you feel if you were one of the victims parents?”
Pardon me if I am wrong, but that was quite a stone cold retort from a religion that says its foundations are built on love.
My mother-in-law went on a bit, but I had heard enough to be truly surprised. So many religious leaders from around the world are leaving their condolences, yet the Jehovah’s Witness hierarchy is using what happened as an example of how to better control its members.
The thing that shocked me the most was that this was a public talk. An outline was given by the Society and the Elder prepared the talk based on the points Head Quarters gave him. Yet he managed to add a whole new section ‘to give a witness.’
Do you now see why people like me refer to the Jehovah’s Witnesses as a cult?
Next time you’re in Aurora, Colorado, walk into a bar, restaurant, or hell, knock on someone’s door and tell them that if the victims were Jehovah’s Witnesses, there would be no victims. If you’re not a victim by the time you finish your sentence, I’ll be pleasantly shocked.
Our hearts go out to the families of the Aurora victims that tragically lost their lives on Friday morning. We hope the injured victims pull through and make a full recovery.