It's beyond my imagination that the JW NWT Bible could be banned in this century. Why does Russia have special discrimination for the JW?
- Tim in '66Lv 64 years agoFavorite Answer
"Why does Russia have special discrimination for the JW?" Likely because JWs are more vocal in their ministry than any other religious group, and leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church in particular are averse to criticism of their beliefs.
"It's beyond my imagination that the JW NWT Bible could be banned in this century."
Very enlightening is the news article dated Aug 10, 2017 at:
where the commentary includes the following:
"In a Vyborg court in Leningrad province, a hearing regarding finding a version of the Bible that the sect of Jehovah's Witnesses...issued to be extremist material has resumed...In Russia there is in effect a prohibition against inspecting sacred texts of four confessions—Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Judaism—for the presence of extremism. Such amendments to the federal law "On combating extremist activity" were introduced by Vladimir Putin in 2015. Therefore the prosecutor's office decided to take a different route and one of the questions presented to the expert analysis touched on the proposition whether the "Sacred Scripture" is the Bible, Quran, Tanakh, or Gandjur . To this question the experts gave a negative answer, citing the fact that the book itself "lacks an indication that it is the Bible."
Among other arguments for finding the [NWT] to be extremist, the experts cite the fact that in the book God is called by the name "Jehovah." Also, in the opinion of the experts, the Bible of the Jehovah's Witnesses does not correspond to the Synodal translation because the "Old Testament" and "New Testament" are there called "Hebrew-Aramaic Scriptures" and "Christian Greek Scriptures." [Yes, those reasons are being used to claim "extremism" on the part of the NWT].
Attorneys for the religious organization do not agree with the conclusion of the experts...The Sova Center for News and Analysis also does not agree with the results of the expert analysis. In their opinion, the New World Translation does not contain signs of extremism. "We generally regard the prosecution of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia on the basis of the anti-extremism articles and the bans of their literature to be religious discrimination," the website of the organization says.
The head of the center, Alexander Verkhovsky, explained to Open Russia that the experts wanted to bring the differences of the Jehovah's Witnesses' translation of the Bible within the definition of extremism. In his opinion, the experts of the Center of Socio-Cultural Expert Analysis are incompetent. "Within the community of experts who specialize in texts and extremist acts...Not only that, their education does not correspond to anything. They simply write any nonsense and for this they are famous. All translations differ. Why this can be in any sense illegal is completely incomprehensible," he said. [end quote]
the report of Aug 9, 2017 includes the following:
"In her new "expert conclusion" of 6 June 2017, N. Kriukova, as expected, came to the conclusion of the existence of extremism in said translation [the NWT] of the Bible! In support of her conclusions she cited the following quote no fewer than 12 times: "God poured down rain of fire and brimstone on Sodom and the neighboring city of Gomorrah. All their wicked inhabitants died." [end quote]
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that there is an agenda in place on the part of Russian authorities to exclude any religious group seen as a threat to Orthodoxy, and despite the fact that Russian commentators [as in the above articles] decry what is happening and denounce as absurd claims of "extremism," those in power in Russia will proceed according to their own mandate, at the expense of common decency and justice.
That the use of the name "Jehovah" in the NWT should be a cause for objection is all the more ridiculous given that the Synodal translation used by the Russian Orthodox Church is based upon the KJV, where it is used 7 times, including at:
"And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them."
"That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth."
One might like to hope that common sense will prevail, but the absence of evidence of extremism in the Russian Supreme Court decision announced on April 20, 2017 shows that common sense and justice are things wanting in the Russian halls of power.
Thanks for your question.
Edit: And, big surprise, the Viborg Court Judge in Russia has ruled to ban the importation of the NWT on the basis that it is extremist, as the report at:
shows. The judge accepted the ridiculous claim that the NWT is not really a Bible in order to evade Russian legislation that prohibits banning of the Bible.
JWs in Russia have 30 days to appeal.
- RicardoLv 74 years ago
They have had a history of dealing psychopaths, they want to keep them at a minimum.
- DavidLv 74 years ago
Well, perhaps it's because you persecute the Orthodox Church?
- UserLv 74 years ago
1) It's beyond my imagination that the JW NWT Bible could be banned in this century.
Probably you are a resident of a nation that legally guarantees freedom of press.
**Many** nations grant no such legal guarantee to their citizens.
I point out that not just the New World Translation is banned. There are several nations that ban ALL Bibles, and several nations other than Russia that ban specific translations of the Bible.
2) Why does Russia have special discrimination for the JW?
Not just for Jehovah's Witnesses. There are several religious groups that Russia legally suppresses.
And...by no means is Russian the only nation to suppress several particular religious groups.
In my opinion, Russia's major complaint against the Witnesses is the anti-nationalist doctrines of the Witnesses. Things like:
- all nations are wicked
- all national governments will soon collapse
- it is a sin to salute the national flag
- it is a sin to join the military
- it is a sin to participate in the political process
These sort of teachings **can be thought of** as treasonous, as attacks against the social order, against the government and against the national well-being, and that is what I think is the view of Russian officials with regard to Jehovah's Witnesses.
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- Anonymous4 years ago
Hitler didn't like the J/W's either and he put many of them in concentration camps. He tested their faith by offering to free them, if they denounced their beliefs, but they refused to do that and many were killed.
- GregoryLv 74 years ago
the jw nwt is not the word of god. it is a false translation of the bible
- Anonymous4 years ago
Freedom of Religion should never go away
- Anonymous4 years ago
Do you remember the Christian crusades or when the pope ordered any group of Christians who didn't adhere to their exact interpretation to be killed? They killed whole cities of people for things like abstaining from meat or using birth control, apparently the streets were ankle deep in blood. At the same time today, you have ISIS killing everyone who doesn't convert to head cutting Wasabist Saudi religion, and the USA who are trying to wipe them off the face of the earth. Russia puts punk bands in jail for playing punk music in church. And it's beyond your imagination they won't allow a door knocking American cult in this environment of fascist terror? Religion as a whole should be banned.
- Anonymous4 years ago
Maybe they are tired of them knocking on everyone's doors.
- 4 years ago
Because they have seen it through.