Although American has more freedom, true Christians are still persecuted today.
Jehovah's Witnesses have had to go to court and won over 40 supreme court cases for religious freedom. Just recently for one town in Ohio.
Jehovah's Witnesses are known for making use of the legal system to ensure the free practice of their faith. On June 17, 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Jehovah's Witnesses and against the village of Stratton, Ohio. The 8-1 decision upheld the right of people and groups — religious or otherwise — to go door-to-door without registering their names and addresses with local authorities. In 1940 the Supreme Court ruled in a case called Cantwell v. Connecticut that to require religious groups to obtain a license was a violation of their constitutional rights. The case began after three canvassing Jehovah's Witnesses were arrested and convicted because they did not have a state-required license to solicit funds."
"I was pleased with my purchase of the Knocking DVD. As a child, I remember being persecuted while doing street work in Ohio with my parents in the early 1940s. A mob tried to turn over our car with us in it. Another mob waited for us after our meeting ended. The Police Chief was conveniently out
of town to let so many bad things happen. Your truthful film brought all these memories back again. As outside journalists, you did a good job of telling the truth the way it was."
It happens a lot, it's just not always reported. Not to mention the spreading of slander.
It is a lot worse in other countries:
"ARMENIA: 72 JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES NOW IMPRISONED FOR NEUTRALITY
By Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service
Armenia's Jehovah's Witnesses have complained to Forum 18 News Service that 72 of their young men are now imprisoned for refusing both military service and the alternative service under military control - the highest number ever.
This number could rise still further as the spring 2007 call-up gets underway. "Sentences are getting harsher and are now typically up to three years' imprisonment," Jehovah's Witness lawyer Lyova Markaryan told Forum 18 from the capital Yerevan on 1 May.
"The government is saying nothing about this issue." He says the government should fulfil its obligations to the Council of Europe by freeing all the imprisoned conscientious objectors, halt further prosecutions and introduce a purely civilian alternative to military service."
"UZBEKISTAN: Entire community to be banned?
By Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service <>http://www.forum18.org>
If, as the Jehovah's Witnesses increasingly fear is likely, the authorities strip the last surviving registered Jehovah's Witness congregation of its legal status, the entire activity by the community in the country will become illegal. "This will return us to how it was in the Soviet period, when we were also banned," one Jehovah's Witness who preferred not to be identified told Forum 18 News Service. He said the congregation in Chirchik near Tashkent received a second letter on 13 August warning that it is violating the law, an accusation it rejects. No official was available to explain to Forum 18 why an entire religious community seems set to become illegal. "If the Soviet authorities were not able to prevent Jehovah's Witnesses from practising their faith, this ban won't stop them either," the Jehovah's Witness told Forum 18. Two Jehovah's Witnesses, Irfon Khamidov and Dilafruz Arziyeva, have already been sentenced this year for "illegally teaching religion". Many more have been fined.
Exactly a year after the authorities stripped their community in the eastern city of Fergana [Farghona] of its legal status, Jehovah's Witnesses have told Forum 18 News Service that they fear that registration is about to be stripped from their last surviving registered community - in the town of Chirchik [Chirchiq] near the capital Tashkent. "This means we will be without registration in the whole of Uzbekistan," one Jehovah's Witness who preferred not to be identified told Forum 18 on 21 August. "This will return us to how it was in the Soviet period, when we were also banned."
Under Uzbekistan's harsh controls on religion, legal status is vital for a religious community to be able to carry out any activity at all. Those leading or participating in unregistered religious activity risk fines or imprisonment."
This is going on all over. Not to mention the 1000,s of Jehovah's Witnesses that were imprisioned in concentration camps during WWII due to not joining Hitlers army or Heiling Hiter.
· 1 decade ago