Fædrelandsvennen – 13th June 2018 – Page 29
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Fædrelandsvennen (Norway), Wednesday, June 13, 2018 – page 29
On Friday and Saturday, the newspaper fired two violent broad sides against Jehovah’s Witnesses.
It was all about the organization’s attitude to society’s justice system versus internal procedures in the churches, including exclusion. Criticism against JWs based on personal experiences was unfolded. From respect for the difficult circumstances of these people, I will not pour more salt into the wounds by quoting from the interviews. I’m exclusively addressing the journalists and the editors.
Even in cases of strong emotional overtones one must expect a minimum size of civilized logic. In one case, JWs were criticized for practicing exclusivity in the second, not having excluded quickly enough. One has to know what it is to accuse an organization before using war types and fifty times more black print than normal.
Exclusion is an instrument that exists in Norwegian society. Exclusion from political parties has already been tried legally and the court has been reluctant to overcome internal affairs. An open debate on the subject is legitimate, but not with the means Faedrelandsvennen uses.
I nevertheless give the newspaper honors for including a small bunker of factual information. On page 28 in the Friday newspaper we find the column ‘FACTS’. Here it is clear that JWs largely allows its members to use the public justice system.
The editor is surprised that ‘people who have experienced … abuse and lawlessness want to return to the church’. Well – may these people not really perceive their time in the church as lawless and oppressive? Could it be that they eventually did not feel so good in the secularized society, where the Bible and God are regarded as deprecated anachronisms (as the editor of the newspaper expresses) and where the educational syllabus of primary school defines human race as an animal species whose progress is due to the strong survival at the expense of the weak. Could it be that they actually want to return to an environment that still recognizes basic ethical norms, such as that infidelity is a mistake and that sex apart from marriage is unfavorable, partly because it easily leads to unwanted pregnancies and trauma in connection with the abortion problem.
Perhaps they were simply happier when they were in the congregation and lived according to the principles they have always believed in.
BJØRN RUNE HOLTAN, Kristiansand
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