Talk:Jehovah's Witnesses

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Inaccuracies and stuff[edit]

Hiya, I just want to add that there is some info in this article that is inaccurate and/or a bit behind the times of modern JW beliefs. There's also a lot of incorrect and/or out of date stuff in this Talk page. I'll talk about a few of the more major things in the article, I won't at the moment go into much of the Talk page stuff.

-Drugs that work on the brain are fine, if not illegal / well known to be harmful in folk culture / being abused. No smoking; alcohol in moderation or in balance is fine.

The text was intended to refer to illegal drugs, maybe that was unclear. I do know that hypnosis is still off the table, so that paragraph should have been modified instead of removed. --Tweenk (talk) 03:48, 5 November 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. Hypnosis hasn't been talked about for quite some time, probably 20 to 30 years (guessing / remembering). In that time psychology has developed a helluva lot and hypnosis has somewhat moved under the umbrella of psychology more than other things. With these developments I would say it might not be 100% clear to all modern witnesses exactly where to stand on hypnosis, although many do revert to older tradition. A newer 'official' view may never come about, or at least not yet - modern thought in some areas has moved more in a direction of making a personal decision based on principles and investigation. (talk) 08:23, 5 November 2014 (UTC)

-The heaven people are not 'better' or 'gained it' somehow through more merit. They just have a different, like, 'yearning'. If you don't yearn for that, you know you're not one of em. The thought that they are 'better' is nearly 100 years out of date.

-I distinctly remember the meeting/announcement seriously saying clearly we do not want to cover up or hide something like abuse, and you can report to authorities and the elders should know too. We don't tolerate bad stuff, we are told we have a responsibility to keep the congregation clean if we know of serious wrongdoing in any member, and people who've had a problem in that way, if current would face big consequences, and if time has passed still would be ineligible for nearly any situation of trust or authority. Our info for kids teaches selfprotection, boundaries, to tell adults if something isnt right, etc.

Every Christian group will say this, but the reality can be very different, especially when the accusation is directed at a high-ranking member. --Tweenk (talk) 03:48, 5 November 2014 (UTC)
Sure. I want to be clear though that the things that were previously written were absolutely unrepresentative of our views, and my own personal experience and lifetime has shown me that bad stuff has not been tolerated or hidden - no matter who the person was. That's the experience I've had and the legacy of JWs where I live. (talk) 08:23, 5 November 2014 (UTC)

-Many things about evolution and chronology in biology and stuff, we now kinda have more of a view that we are just not entirely sure of certain things and how things fit together and exactly when or what happened. We just do believe that stuff exists because a creator decided it to, and we believe that a lot of stuff that has come under the banner of "evolution" or "noncreation" or "how life began spontaneously" has had a changing, developing, or uncertain nature and we expect that to continue.

-There has been a definite change in viewpoints re: the bit where it talks about expectations of the levels of time spent in study and activity and stuff- where if not at that level, you would be considered spiritually weak. Actually, In my whole lifetime it has always been understood that different people have different circumstances - although certain things are encouraged. But anyway, there has been actual printed stuff more recently on this- that officially, people are officially going to have different amounts of time and energy to spend; do the best you can; have balance in your life.

There mighta been a few other things but I'm tired. :P Most of the actual article apart from these things, seems reasonably accurate-ish... But the 'Questions to ask a JW' are pretty irrelevant... I've never heard of a lot of it... Maybe sometimes people speculate or think of possibilities, or maybe that happened more frequently a long time ago.

We believe we don't exactly know some stuff and probably won't perfectly understand everything anytime soon.

I think there will always be moments/info where something will be encouraged, but there will always be other moments/other info acknowledging other sides of a matter. At the same time some people keep reading various stuff, stay up to date, pass on current stuff... while others are busy or whatever and their thought process might not update as much, might not keep as up to date with developing thought as fast, might keep thinking or saying some old-school stuff for a while...?

I think also there's definitely an element where an individual's thinking or expressing might not be in absolute isolation from the cultural background or personal limitations they've got at a given time. Hearing what a JW from the bible belt or a republican state of the USA might first think of to say on a topic, could possibly feel a bit more fundamentalist or conservative sometimes? (I don't know, i'm not from the USA). Some JWs could have times of not learning or thinking or expressing well. Japanese JWs have had a tendency to be kinda hardcore, superconscientious, stricter in interpretations, shame-fearing; Aussie JWs do often have a laid-back bent. Family and friend groups and individuality are factors too.

Things do change and develop a lot, quite fast really sometimes - also we are imperfect individuals, and theres certainly a chance that somebody could be a bit weird in explaining something (or a bit weird generally). A conversation you had with a JW 5-10 years ago (or something printed - but probably less so), might be out of date on a topic.

(Edit - after making this talk section I changed / deleted the main glaring inaccuracies in the article. I think I left in any references they were supposedly based on though. I added a lame joke to try to balance out the loss, hopefully somebody can think of a better one) (talk) 22:52, 4 November 2014 (UTC)

The Article says they rely on English Translations of the bible, but they do have a book that has both hebrew and english translations. It is a somewhat rare-ish book, but I have seen a copy(I'm pretty sure it is a watchtower published book).LogicMaster777 (talk) 17:04, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

Glossing over[edit]

The article seems to gloss over the fact that the organization has a "secret" book for "elders" that defines actual rules, as opposed to the doctrines that are just there for PR. For example, cooperation with with law enforcement in cases that could "harm" the organisation is highly discouraged. Child abuse(regular beatings) itself is actually a staple of their faith, and sexually assaulted children are told to stay quiet unless they want to "deny salvation to hundreds of people by shaming the only true Organisation of God". Internal "persecution" is theoretically in order, but it requires two JW witnesses to be present at the moment of the crime. - Unsigned by

This is true, and it needs to be inserted into the article - with good sources, of course. Reverend Black Percy (talk) 00:13, 9 December 2015 (UTC)

"this is literally how the church depicts God"[edit]

It just an art piece? It's also cropped in such a way that makes it look more silly than it really is... I see nothing special here... Carpetsmoker (talk) 15:58, 20 October 2015 (UTC)

Actually, it's taken from one of their recruitment/conversion pamphlets (that they hand out when accosting people at home in order to convince them that this is some legit theology) as well as hand out at their respective Kingdom Halls called "Good News From God!", more specifically under the section "Who Is Jesus Christ?" in which we're told that, quote: "After Jesus died, God restored him to life as a spirit person. (1 Peter 3:18)". This is the motif that the picture shows. At which point Jehovah literally sim salabims Jesus, as shown here. I'm currently studying at the Faculty of Theology at Uppsala University and am writing a study on JW. I actually hold in my hand the paper-printed, sacred brochure in which this hilarious display is found. So I added it. It's silly as all hell, Carpet. Reverend Black Percy (talk) 17:20, 20 October 2015 (UTC)
My point is, I don't how it's different from Michelangelo's painting of the Sistine Chapel and many other works of religious inspired art which break the second commandant and depict God. Carpetsmoker (talk) 06:13, 21 October 2015 (UTC)

Weren't they persecuted by the Nazis?[edit]

I'm sure they are still trying to capitalize on that in some sort. another Jewish conspiracy by (((Laurogeita Hamabost))) (talk) 14:48, 12 July 2016 (UTC)

Well, I guess they sorta are, but they were persecuted (obviously quite unfairly) by the nazis, and were sent to concentration camps. They may be cooky but they suffered through the worst at the hands of the nazis. So as far as actual credit goes to Jehova's, that's a solid point. It's not much considering how nuts the sect is, but it's certainly true. Reverend Black Percy (talk) 17:28, 12 July 2016 (UTC)
IIRC, their persecution was due to them being staunch conscientious objectors as their religion commands. Typhoon (talk) 13:42, 13 July 2016 (UTC)
That is correct, as I recall. Reverend Black Percy (talk) 14:02, 13 July 2016 (UTC)
Same.--JorisEnter (talk) 14:11, 13 July 2016 (UTC)
Shouldn't we mention that in the article? another Jewish conspiracy by (((Laurogeita Hamabost))) (talk) 15:17, 13 July 2016 (UTC)
Seems relevant enough. A good source would come in handy, though.--JorisEnter (talk) 15:20, 13 July 2016 (UTC)

Psychiatric illness section[edit]

Er... why is that here? The source isn't that amazing either. I don't see a reason to even have this section aside from trying to stigmatize mental illness or insinuating connections that don't exist. "Although persons with emotional problems tended to join the Witnesses, the Watchtower teachings and its subculture clearly adversely affected the mental health of those involved." Source says "The study does not shed light on the question of symptom or defense mechanism, but suggests that either the Jehovah's Witnesses sect tends to attract an excess of pre-psychotic individuals who may then break down, or else being a Jehovah's Witness is itself a stress which may precipitate a psychosis". Not the same thing. --It's-a me, Lgm sigpic.png LeftyGreenMario!(Mod) 18:04, 9 July 2018 (UTC)


The "fighting-words" doctrine, for the uninitiated, was used to legitimize the Heckler's veto. Chaplinsky was preaching his variant of The Gospel when a crowd of people gathered and attacked him. Instead of arresting the law-breakers or dispersing the mob, the town cop arrested Chaplinsky. SCOTUS then went a step further and validated the mob by affirming Chaplinsky's arrest. So the poor sap, unlike Barnette, doesn't stand as an example of liberty but rather one of oppression. Fortunately in the years since that decision, and despite several opportunities, SCOTUS has consistently refused to entertain any fighting-words arguments.

"In 1942 the Supreme Court held that the government could prohibit 'fighting words' — 'those which by their very utterance inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace.' The Supreme Court has been retreating from that pronouncement ever since. If the 'fighting words' doctrine survives — that's in serious doubt — it's limited to face-to-face insults likely to provoke a reasonable person to violent retaliation. The Supreme Court has rejected every opportunity to use the doctrine to support restrictions on speech.[Emphasis added] The 'which by their very utterance inflict injury' language the Supreme Court dropped in passing finds no support whatsoever in modern law — the only remaining focus is on whether the speech will provoke immediate face-to-face violence."

("How To Spot And Critique Censorship Tropes In The Media's Coverage Of Free Speech Controversies." Popehat, Accessed 02 Nov. 2020.)

Another good source on this issue:

See case summary and syllabus at Oyez,

I would like to see a devoted article to Chaplinsky, but I fear I am not up to the challenge. I would simply copypasta and plagiarize bodily, but at least I would show good taste by citing reputable sources. Uniblab (talk) 01:38, 3 November 2020 (UTC)