A criminal court in Ghent is called to examine how the Jehovah’s Witnesses deal with some of their ex-members. They maintain they just follow the Scripture.
The Court of Ghent should rule on whether policies towards “apostate” ex-members are discriminatory and incite to hatred. We believe they don’t.
Interestingly enough, tax-based crackdown on spiritual movements started in France and Taiwan in the same year, 1996.
Data show that they are the #1 target of religious intolerance worldwide. A seminar and two special journal issues explored the question why.
Survivors of sexual abuse have every right to be angry. Sometimes, however, they should consider whether they are not used again, this time to support anticult campaigns.
Both official reports and media often confuse “institutional” abuse in religious settings and abuse happening in families that happen to be religious.
The two Northern European countries commissioned reports on the issue that were largely publicized, but both their methodology and conclusions are objectionable.
Did the Australian Royal Commission report really uncover hundreds of “hidden” cases? Or was a religious minority unfairly targeted?
A report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom describes persecution of the Witnesses as a global phenomenon.