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Friday, April 21, 2017

Russia's Supreme Court on Thursday declared Jehovah's Witnesses, a Christian denomination that rejects violence, an extremist organization, banning the group from operating on Russian territory and putting its more than 170,000 Russian worshipers in the same category as Islamic State militants. The ruling, which confirmed an order last month by the Justice Ministry that the denomination be "liquidated" -- essentially eliminated or disbanded, had been widely expected. Russian courts rarely challenge government decisions no matter what the evidence.

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Human Rights Watch, in a statement issued in Moscow, condemned the court ruling as "a serious breach of Russia's obligations to respect and protect religious freedom."

Rachel Denber, the human rights group's deputy director for Europe and Central Asia, said the decision delivered "a terrible blow to freedom of religion and association in Russia."

Jehovah's Witnesses shuns political activity and has no record of even peaceful -- never mind violent -- hostility to the Russian authorities. But it has faced growing hostility from the state since President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia began his third term in 2012 and put the Orthodox Church at the center of his push to assert Russia as a great military and moral power.

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From what I know of their belief system, much of it is ugly. But they are definitely much more annoying than harmful.

#1 | Posted by Sully at 2017-04-20 04:27 PM | Reply

"Russian courts rarely challenge government decisions no matter what the evidence."

Donnie is werking on that here. Just give him a little time.

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2017-04-20 05:01 PM | Reply

Many of those who make it out of the JW cult are seriously f'd up. It's like getting out of Scientology or FLDS. you don't just walk away from these people.

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-04-20 06:33 PM | Reply

you folks know I hate religion above all things....

But the JW's are not any more wacky than the other religious cults.

#4 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-04-21 10:00 AM | Reply

I knew a young man who had been seriously brain damaged in a motorcycle accident and was not capable of caring for himself. The JW came and picked-ed him up from his group home several times a week and let him hang out at their church, the members were very kind to him. I don't know much about their faith but they did impress me with their kindness. The young man recently passed away suddenly and unexpectedly.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2017-04-21 03:23 PM | Reply

In Soviet Union, Tower Watches you.

#6 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-04-21 03:34 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"The JW came and picked-ed him up from his group home several times a week and let him hang out at their church, the members were very kind to him."

It's a cult, and they wanted his money.

If you try to leave they will turn your own family against you.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-04-21 05:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

JW are a REAL war against Christmas.

#8 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-04-21 06:45 PM | Reply

GREAT !!.....

I may have to post this around my neighborhood....

#9 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2017-04-21 07:58 PM | Reply

What more annoying mosquitos or JW's?

JW's of course.

What more of a danger mosquitos or JW's?

mosquitos of course.

Dictatorships can't stand civilized religions they can't control.

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2017-04-21 08:39 PM | Reply

Putin don't want no witnesses.

#11 | Posted by HanoverFist at 2017-04-21 11:27 PM | Reply

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