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Rwanda : An Inspiration for Africa

Rwanda, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, the Singapore of Africa as it’s referred to, is rebranding itself as an economic miracle. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has praised Rwanda as a nation to admire for its economic progress even though it has few natural resources as is the case with Singapore. This economic progress is becoming ever more evident when one looks at Kigali (capital of Rwanda).
Kigali is a modern city with new buildings of glass and steel with remarkable cleanliness. Shopping malls and hotels are booming in Kigali with demand outstripping supply when it comes to housing. A new airport and rising rent prices show progress. Extreme poverty has gone down. People are living longer and earning more. Rwanda is having an expanding services industry and moving towards a cashless society. How was so much success achieved? Many Rwandans point to one man, Paul Kigame.
Rwanda in 1994 When talking about Rwanda, the genocide of 1994 is not easy to overlook. It was termed as one of the greatest crimes of the 20th century. Extremist Hutus murdered more than 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus mostly by hacking the victims to death using machetes. Government institutions, schools and banks were closed. Businesses were looted and the government itself did not function for several months. Buildings, roads and airports were destroyed. The 1994 genocide left Rwanda a totally destroyed country.
Paul Kagame-led Rwandan Patriotic Front defeated the Hutu government army and took power in the country. Kagame formed a government with the Tutsis. A fear of retribution led to an exodus of Hutus leaving the country. This was the state of the country when Kagame inherited it. Rwanda was in chaos. But it had to have economic growth to outshadow the devastation of the genocide. Economic growth was harder with the fact that Rwanda had few natural resources and no seaport.
Paul Kigame – Lee Kuan Yew of Africa
Kagame is a Tutsi (victims of the Rwandan genocide). He was a rebel leader at the time of the genocide and resumed the war in 1994 and won it. After being the Vice President and Defence Minister of Rwanda for six years, Kagame became the President in 2000. Even in the six years before becoming the President, Kagame was the de facto leader of Rwanda. Kagame prioritised national development putting great efforts to transform Rwanda into a middle income country by 2020. The government has focused heavily on healthcare, education, services and tourism.
Rwanda is dependent on a stable government and peace as the lack of these two can bring in the ethnic divide which led to the genocide in 1994. So Kagame is a strong leader and is referred to as a pillar of strength. Certain human rights groups have accused him of being undemocratic and suppressing the media. But many in Rwanda have agreed that a strong leadership is needed to keep Rwanda stable. He is very popular in Rwanda and has been called a miracle man.
Kagame has introduced a new amendment after a referendum allowing him to run for president for a third term. The amendment does have a two-term limit but it does not take effect until 2024. So theoretically he can be president till 2034. Many would welcome this because of the stability brought by Kagame as his government has focused on economic growth over communal disharmony. Rwanda is still a poor country with most people living in rural areas but this is changing rapidly and the government has to continue.
Rwanda of today
The Rwanda of today is totally different to the one in 1994. Over 80% of the refugees have returned to Rwanda as Kagame has brought stability and confidence to the country. Many Rwandans who fled the country and became successful abroad are reinvesting in the country. Rwanda has a higher percentage of female representatives which is well above the world average and women are allowed to own and inherit land unlike in certain other African countries.
Rwanda has rich soil and even though 75% of the population lives in rural areas, it requires food to be imported. The Kagame government has bet on services and tourism to grow the economy. Poverty has decreased and around a million people were taken out of poverty in the last five years alone. Infant mortality rate has dropped a lot and so has dependency on foreign aid.
Forgive and forget
None of this could have been possible if not for the peace between the Tutsis and the Hutus. Rwandans as a whole made a wise decision to forgive and forget. Two decades ago, the Tutsis and Hutus were fighting each other to death. Today, they are doing joint ventures in businesses. Business partnerships between the Tutsis and Hutus are common. They prefer to partner with someone from the other ethnicity if it is good for business as now Rwandans put business before communal disharmony. Tutsis and Hutus are seen playing sports in the same team. The government has worked hard to bring communal harmony and remove division based on ethnicity. This has worked miracles for Rwanda.
Rwanda moves forward
Rwanda beats its neighbours in every kind of development. The World Bank in 2013 itself ranked Rwanda as the second best place to do business in Africa in its Doing Business Report. Kagame wants to turn Rwanda into a high tech hub for Central Africa. Carnegie Mellon University moved into Rwanda and offered masters in IT and electrical engineering.
Another industry was the Arabica coffee industry which was destroyed after the genocide. Rwanda could not compete with countries like Brazil on quantity so the Rwandan coffee industry changed its strategy to focus on quality and today Rwandan coffee is found in cafes in the West. Like Singapore, Rwanda is doing its research and finding a way out of difficult situations which is remarkable.
In 2016, Marriot opened its first hotel in Rwanda seeing it as a transportation, logistics and services centre for Central Africa. The 254-room Marriot in Kigali enhances Kigali’s reputation as a regional hub for conventions and conferences.
Rwanda is a fast growing economy with a vision to become a cashless, service based economy with an efficient bureaucracy, business-friendly environment, good infrastructure, good education, healthcare and is a rising tourist destination. It has the potential to attract investments as it is undervalued. If it continues to have the same stability, peace and vision of the government, it can be an inspirational story for the world. A story of a devastated country with few resources and no seaport which made it to the top.
By Talal Rafi
Originally published on DailyFT on 15th October 2018
Rwanda : An Inspiration for Africa
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Submission To the Jehovah's Witnesses preaching in front of George R Brown...
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Author ulmamatter
Subreddit /houston
Posted On Wed Aug 30 16:49:52 EDT 2017
Score 713 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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You should be ashamed of yourselves.
Sitting outside a shelter in need of volunteers to help feed and cloth the people devastated by the hurricane not doing a god damn thing but handing out magazines.
That's it, nothing else to say I was just shocked that they weren't there to actually do any good. So un-Texan.

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Author benheath
Posted On Thu Aug 31 01:44:28 EDT 2017
Score 3 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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I know what you mean. I don't think we get anywhere by vilifying them, because that only feeds their notion of separation and persecution. On some level, I feel sorry for them.
That said, I'm not against honestly criticizing them. Especially if they're doing this. If they can't see through what they're taught, if they can't see the forest for the trees and the people around them in immediate need, what else can we say about them?
They should know better? But how can they.
This is why honest criticism is important. Right now, I'll bet you, there is a JW reading this thread and trying to reconcile his/her beliefs and allegiances with the humanistic need to help others who may have lost everything.
Cuz I know it bugged me.
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Author MsOedipaMaas
Posted On Wed Aug 30 20:45:48 EDT 2017
Score 28 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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Self-serving. Cults usually serve someone/something in a twisted way...and that someone(s) are the ones who get the ultimate satisfaction. In this case, reports of child sexual abuse are so wide spread from the JW ranks, that it almost seems to me like they have found a way to make ideas of sin and guilt work for them in a closed system that is self-perpetuating (victims grow up to become abusers).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jehovah%27s_Witnesses%27_handling_of_child_sex_abuse
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Author 3rdCoastTexasToast
Posted On Wed Aug 30 18:43:02 EDT 2017
Score 75 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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They're not as outspoken as WBC, but they have many of the same viewpoints. I was raised a Jehovah's Witness & I promise you, they are not good people. The way they view the outside world & their lack of respect for their own communities, military, government & the people who protect them & allow them to even think the away they do is absurd. They smile in your face & talk among each other about how you're "worldly" & they will save you one day. They actually think they are better than everyone else.
Everything to them is bad. Holidays are bad. Sports are bad. You're bad. There's a lot of "no".
They scare their kids with threats of demonic possession. They believe that Satan was cast down upon the Earth & demons still walk the earth disguised as other people like you & me. The demons are also hiding in stuffed Rudolph plushes, Halloween socks & Valentine cards & can be released into your home if you bring tainted items in.
The way they raise their children causes lasting damage. Many are home schooled & not allowed to associate outside of their church, which may limit their interactions to their families & the few children within their congregation. What's strange is it's up to the family's discretion as to how far they take the rules & most children are extremely oppressed.
It's difficult to outgrow all of the brainwashing they do & it's hard to find yourself as an adult. It took me a full decade to think for myself without the influence of their opinions clouding my thoughts. I still will not shop at thrift stores or garage sales because it's ingrained in me to be afraid of tainted items.
Fuck that cult masking as a religion. Nobody needs them parading around right now.
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Author myjahhurts
Posted On Thu Aug 31 02:30:12 EDT 2017
Score 2 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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Jehovah's Witnesses view charities as an extension of Satan. (Reference will be posted later).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lqTaDAGucQ
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Author 33TLWD
Posted On Thu Aug 31 02:09:04 EDT 2017
Score 15 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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Actually they have an entire disaster relief committee, and they're doing Lots of work with rebuilding the homes. And taking care of people in need.
Can you clarify whether they're providing physical relief (food, water, blankets, shelter) to ANYONE in the community-- 99.9% who are non-Jehovah's Witnesses?
Are any of their churches in the Houston area currently serving as shelters to ANY member of the community (no matter their religion)?
Can you clarify whether they're rebuilding homes of any non-JWs?
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Author cashmeowsighhabadah
Posted On Wed Aug 30 23:22:30 EDT 2017
Score 12 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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Normally I would agree with you. But the Watchtower corporation is a cult. And a particularly dangerous one at that. When Jonestown produced 900 dead ones, it instantly became the cult model to look for. But a recent study showed that a realistic estimate of people who have died because of it's rules on blood since the 60's number up to 33,000 people.
On top of that, you are not allowed to leave the Jehovah's Witnesses. If you one day decide to leave, your family is required to shun you. Those are just some of the cult traits it has and there's many more. In fact we have a subreddit called /exjw where you find that everyone who leaves suffers a great deal emotionally and mentally. Being a former member, I can attest to it to.
Trust me, this is nothing but instructions they are following from a multi billion dollar corporation.
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Author synergistali
Posted On Wed Aug 30 20:50:23 EDT 2017
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You're telling me that all the JW's are like this. Come on now. Most of them are good people who want to "save" others. Obviously, I don't like that christian religions seem to breed child abusers, but we can't paint every christian with the same brush (or whatever that phrase is). So I am sticking with my original statement of good intentions, badly misguided.
You've heard first hand experience of traumatic events, so it's understandable that you won't have any flexibility when it comes to JW's, just as someone whose parents were killed by US soldiers in Afghanistan will not have any flexibility in their hatred for the US.
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Author FadingTruth
Posted On Wed Aug 30 20:06:36 EDT 2017
Score 11 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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"Evidently it appears that the two denarii paralleled the modern day magazines of Jehovah's Witnesses, the Watchtower and Awake. How loving it is for us to give "two denarii" to all who we meet in need! -Watchtower"
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Author zach_wizzle
Posted On Thu Aug 31 00:27:25 EDT 2017
Score 3 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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They do have JW's organized and already helping ones in Houston from different states let alone the Houston area. Every national disaster they provide food, housing and other necessities not just here but internationally.
The cart is meant for ones to take something to read. No one is pushing out magazines or handing out anything unless someone shows interest.
Why hate on a group of people that you don't know the full story on?
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Author synergistali
Posted On Thu Aug 31 01:51:15 EDT 2017
Score 2 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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I know what you mean. I don't think we get anywhere by vilifying them, because that only feeds their notion of separation and persecution. On some level, I feel sorry for them.
Agreed. How would you feel if someone ridiculed and vilified you for believing in something you were basically born believing? It's not the way to address these types of ideologies.
That said, I'm not against honestly criticizing them.
Honest is the key word here. 40 kids outside of the convention center are some kind of monsters (I was having a long conversation with someone else in this thread who seemed to think they were, but they deleted a bunch of their comments, idk why)? I think not. They are just misguided people who could benefit from hearing from someone like you. So what I'm saying is that it's not honest criticism of most JW's to call them monsters. It would be honest criticism to tell them that they are misguided because of X, Y, and Z.
So I'm with you when you say you want to honestly criticize them. 100%. But the severe judgment on me and JW's is also misguided, imo.
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Author Firemanz
Posted On Thu Aug 31 09:09:41 EDT 2017
Score 3 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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I was doing research about different religions a while ago, and sat down with one of the elders of a local JW kingdom Hall. He happily told me "as much good as I have done in life, I've already accepted the fact that I won't be going to heaven because the quota is already filled. " Then why try at all? According to their religion, the JWs that don't make it to heaven get to the same place as non believes that do good deeds. What's the point?
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Author 33TLWD
Posted On Thu Aug 31 02:18:31 EDT 2017
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They do have JW's organized and already helping ones in Houston from different states let alone the Houston area.
Are these JW volunteers helping ANYONE who needs "food, housing and other necessities"-- no matter what their religion is (or isn't)?
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Author tryinghard
Posted On Wed Aug 30 20:06:58 EDT 2017
Score 12 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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A very fair comment has just been deleted about the fact that people are arriving at centers to volunteer but being turned away right now [Edit: this is not true, was merely quoting someone else on here], so perhaps that's why JWs are preaching outside instead. Even though the comment was deleted, I'd still like to address it from the point of view of a former Jehovah's Witness.
Even if that were the case, what message will a Doomsday Cult like the JWs be sharing in Houston today? I could summarise the message here, but such is the inappropriateness of it that I can't bring myself to do it. They're not there to preach love or to show compassion or solidarity with the victims; they're there with a message designed to strike even more fear into people whose lives have just been devastated. They're not preaching, they're preying (note: not praying) because that's what JWs are trained to do.
We're talking about a group of people who are routinely encouraged to do things like: write letters to the families of deceased strangers to try to recruit them into the religion. (It's true, anyone can Google this.)
JWs outside shelters with nothing more to offer than a piece of Watchtower literature are there -- first and foremost-- to fulfill the self-serving agenda of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. JWs themselves are not necessarily bad people; they have been heavily indoctrinated to perform such tasks, and the pressure upon them to do so only increases with each dreadful world event that takes place.
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Author infinitivephrase
Posted On Thu Aug 31 00:56:07 EDT 2017
Score 9 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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I have had several students from JW families over the years. The emotional abuse is very, very prevalent. It breaks my heart and makes me furious for them.
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Author FadingTruth
Posted On Wed Aug 30 19:46:34 EDT 2017
Score 105 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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144,000 just to be accurate.
/exjw for anyone needing help and support getting out
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Author yoloswagislyfe57
Posted On Wed Aug 30 17:18:15 EDT 2017
Score 288 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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not a JW but they believe that helping someone's life while on earth is useless because the end is near. all they care about is "salvation". they pride themselves in not doing relief work. its really sad
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Author 3rdCoastTexasToast
Posted On Wed Aug 30 21:31:29 EDT 2017
Score 15 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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Demons = Jehovah's Witnesses #1 fear
I was legit terrified of demons as a child. I'd lay in bed & imagine them lurking in my room, looming over me as I slept. Worried. "Did I accidentally take a candy cane from school home?" All of the stories you hear growing up didn't help. Everyone I knew claimed to have experienced demons at some point. Never saw anything convincing myself, but I was terrified as a child of the idea of it happening to me.
My biggest beef with JWs is how they raise their kids. I had so many negative thoughts warping my fragile little mind. I'm sorry you went through that too, but it's cool to chat with someone who relates. I'll have to check out the /exjw sub sometime.
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Author FreeSpeech12
Posted On Fri Sep 08 22:09:59 EDT 2017
Score 1 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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Yes they do. If you go to the site, jw.org and put in the search, Disaster relief you will find countless stories. We always help the community financially as well as continue to do our preaching work.
Thank you for your question! Here a just a couple of links. I have been associated with the witnesses since the very late 70's. We have always contributed to the communities we are located in during all disasters, small OR large. If you look at the site, NEWSROOM, by region. You will read about many disasters in countries you probably have not heard of. We do to those too.
We provide physical work, supplies, water, medical needs, re-housing. But honestly, if news sources reported this story, would anyone read it? No. Even those who are donating now, if you are not a big STAR or something, it is simply not newsworthy.
We continue the preaching no matter what. But that is NOT an indication that we do not support community help as needed. We are commanded to by Jesus Christ. To 'love our neighbor as we love ourselves.'
The first time I head of what we do when disaster strikes was the genocide in Rwanda. Also Malawi. Amazing stories. Yes, we gather our members and take them in. But imagine if all faiths did that? In some areas they had more donations than they needed so they donated them to local charities to support the community. We clean-up, we send supply trucks and planes as needed.
But honestly, this is simply not newsworthy information. So often people assume we do not. I hope your church or organization is helping too! I am sure you are or you would not have posted this.
Thank you and we all need to keep working, praying and helping those in need.
https://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/faq/assist-with-disaster-relief/#?insight[search_id]=b09ca80a-9faa-4312-b76a-c6d02fbce285&insight[search_result_index]=0
https://www.jw.org/en/news/releases/by-region/philippines/typhoon-haiyan-relief-update/
https://www.jw.org/en/news/releases/by-region/philippines/typhoon-haiyan-storm-victims-new-homes/
https://www.jw.org/en/news/releases/by-region/japan/video-clip-702012006/
https://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/activities/help-community/disaster-relief/
https://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/activities/help-community/video-philippines-typhoon-haiyan-survivors/
https://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/activities/help-community/video-clip-hurricane-sandy-relief
https://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/activities/help-community/video-alberta-flooding-2013/
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Author FadingTruth
Posted On Wed Aug 30 19:52:15 EDT 2017
Score 4 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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I agree with most of what you said, except the demons disguised as humans walking around. Not a thing.
JW's are a cult, but hyperbole will only reinforce the stereotype of "apostate lies."
I'm glad you were able to escape. It has messed me up too (I was an MS) and am trying to heal
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Author karnata
Posted On Thu Aug 31 00:51:14 EDT 2017
Score 30 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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I had two toddlers during Ike. The neighbor across the street was JW, and they went out and found milk for the kids like an hour away and kept it in their generator-powered refrigerator for us. They were good people. Good neighbors.
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Author is_it_fun
Posted On Wed Aug 30 17:58:08 EDT 2017
Score -22 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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A lot of JW's I know have the common sense not to do this shit, just letting you know. They may be a cult but they're not a monolith like WBC.
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Author tryinghard
Posted On Wed Aug 30 19:01:34 EDT 2017
Score 25 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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Ex JW here. How on earth did the Watchtower interpret this as "just hand them a magazine"?
"When [the Samaritan] saw him, he was moved with compassion, came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. He set him on his own animal, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, and gave them to the host, and said to him, 'Take care of him. Whatever you spend beyond that, I will repay you when I return.'
Dreadful behaviour.
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Author BearPup
Posted On Thu Aug 31 01:33:10 EDT 2017
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Jehovah's witness folks have a general holier than thou attitude which really doesn't help their cause.
Please pray real hard so you won't get your preaching, useless asses beat by some pissed off person that lost everything in the flood.
When that happens, you'll have a hard time finding a new kind of witness for your cause...
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Author kittyportals2
Posted On Thu Aug 31 14:34:30 EDT 2017
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JW's MUST preach and evangelize, or their kingdom hall will excommunicate them. At the same time, they will be shunned by everyone in the kingdom hall. They must serve a certain number of hours, and no excuses are accepted. They believe that Jesus is not God, he is a god, the firstborn of creation. Obviously, they don't accept blood products for themselves or their children, which can and does result in their death. They believe that each person gets a certain number of points for each good act. They do not celebrate birthdays or any holidays. They are widely considered to be a cult, and are not a Christian faith, since by definition a Christian is monotheistic, thus believing in the trinity.
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Author thesquarerootof1
Posted On Wed Aug 30 22:08:02 EDT 2017
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This cartoon is hilarious for those who have not seen it. Yes, it was made by JW's https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnk52bU92oE
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Author WikiTextBot
Posted On Wed Aug 30 20:45:54 EDT 2017
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Jehovah's Witnesses' handling of child sex abuse
Cases of child sexual abuse take place in Jehovah's Witnesses congregations, as in other secular and religious organisations. The Watch Tower Society states that the "incidence of this crime among Jehovah's Witnesses is rare". The organization officially denounces all kinds of sexual abuse, and an independent 2009 study in Norway concluded that the rate of sexual abuse among Jehovah's Witnesses was not higher than that in general society.
The Society's child abuse policies have been published in Jehovah's Witnesses' publications, although more specific guidelines are only made available to elders, or on request.
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Author tapdancingiguana
Posted On Wed Aug 30 18:55:37 EDT 2017
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Not saying you're wrong but our kingdom hall and the ones in our area were not nearly that bad. Sure they are nuts and it took me years to leave because of the ex communication rules but maybe, just maybe, you were around some baaad people in the halls. Im in no way for them, but to compare them in the slightest to WBC is a little intense.
Edit: alright guys, sorry I said anything at all. I guess my experience was different. When I was part of it (garden oaks because apparently it does make a difference) we did give back but I haven't seen anything as of late but to be honest I haven't looked. My baaaaaad. Also, I've been out for around 15 years.
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Author synergistali
Posted On Wed Aug 30 21:06:48 EDT 2017
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Talking about the dudes in front of the convention center, they have good intentions. I can't speak for JW as a group and their group ideals.
The road is hell is paved with good intentions.
Yea agreed. The road to heaven is also paved with good intentions.
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Author cashmeowsighhabadah
Posted On Wed Aug 30 23:15:58 EDT 2017
Score 7 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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I used to be a Jehovah's witness. I promise you they are not doing it because they care about you. It is a tactic. We were trained on it.
I left the JWs two months ago after 24 years in. It's been a nightmare. It took me two years to get out. Ask me anything.
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Author darktigress
Posted On Wed Aug 30 18:13:15 EDT 2017
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Oh my god. I was raised as a JW and sadly, this doesn't surprise me. They will soon start knocking on doors citing a bible scripture saying that in the end of times natural disasters become more common. I know because I remember doing that after the tsunami in 2005 😞 They will help their own people...but they won't help the general public. Hypocrites.
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Author synergistali
Posted On Wed Aug 30 23:01:18 EDT 2017
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I think what I was trying to get across was misunderstood. What are intentions? They are what you hope to achieve by taking some action, right? So the JW's outside of the convention center (not talking about all JW's, cause I don't know enough to do that) were trying to to "save" other people. They truly believe that their religion is the correct religion and that others who don't follow their religion will be sent to hell. Okay so tell me, is it bad for them to try to prevent others from going to hell. You may not agree with their religion, but you can agree that they have good intentions, but are misguided.
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Author synergistali
Posted On Thu Aug 31 01:15:40 EDT 2017
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Hey thanks for your insightful reply.
So I can concede that they weren't there with the greatest of intentions, but let me ask you, were their intentions to cause some sort of harm?
They should know better. Whatever misguided motivations they may have, that's unfortunate, but they should know better.
They should know better? But how can they. You probably know better than anyone how deeply rooted a religious belief is. They can't not due their duty. I mean, are you still in good terms with your old JW friends or your JW family? I'm assuming if it's like the Westboro Baptist Church the answer would be no. That's how strict they stick to their beliefs. So I don't think we can say that they should know better. They literally think they are making the world a better place, which is why I attributed good intentions to them.
And let me be clear, I don't think having good intentions means you're doing the right thing, which is what every other reply I got seems to be thinking. Literally, I only meant that they have good intentions. That's why I qualified it by saying they were misguided, with which you seemed to have validated me for saying the same.
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Author veganveal
Posted On Wed Aug 30 20:57:12 EDT 2017
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Jehovah's Witnesses do not to respect military & are not allowed to say the pledge or even put their hands over their hearts.
I'm an atheist. I think we could do without military worship and the pledge is creepy.
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Author 951753951753
Posted On Thu Aug 31 10:43:55 EDT 2017
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You might want to update the link to www.JWFacts.com with the S so that it connects.
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Author AngelLions
Posted On Wed Aug 30 18:48:34 EDT 2017
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From the Jehovah's Witness Monthly publication:
May 2017 Watchtower Magazine page 7 paragraph 19:
Like the neighborly Samaritan in Jesus's illustration, we want to help suffering people, including those who are not witnesses. (Luke 10:33-37) The best way to do so is by sharing the good news with them. "It is important to make clear right away that we are Jehovah's Witnesses and that our primary mission is to help them spiritually, not materially," notes an elder who has helped many refugees.
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Author MsOedipaMaas
Posted On Wed Aug 30 20:37:46 EDT 2017
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No. they are a cult and I had a friend who grew up in a JW witness family and was molested by church members on a regular basis. It went to court and everything. They do not have good intentions in my book. If their not brainwashed themeselves, then they are doing the brainwashing.
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Author cultkiller
Posted On Thu Aug 31 14:31:05 EDT 2017
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I can already tell you are a JW by your manner of speech. "Helping ones in Houston" only JWs talk like that. hah!
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Author meadow_rose
Posted On Thu Aug 31 18:58:40 EDT 2017
Score 1 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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I was raised as a JW when I was younger. We went to meetings, conventions, and I had weekly bible study. The heaven part is true, but they believe that those that are baptised in the religion that are not chosen to go to heaven will stay on earth and live forever after armageddon. They believe there will be eternal peace on earth at that point.
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Author FreeSpeech12
Posted On Fri Sep 08 19:45:12 EDT 2017
Score 1 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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https://www.jw.org/en/news/releases/by-region/russia/officials-honor-jehovahs-witnesses-outstanding-community-service/
We also are there for another reason. Yes, we do preach to the end, in good times and bad, as commanded to do in the bible by Jesus Christ. We also want to make sure ALL of our members are located. If they have not been located yet and end up there, they will see the magazines and identify themselves to the people. From there, they will contact the relief committee that is already there working. This person will then be taken in. To a house. We take our brothers and sisters INTO our homes during these situations. What actually are the other religions doing? Have any religions come to collect their members and remove them to volunteer housing that other members have offered for FREE?
They have beds, clothes, food, utilities, appliances and TV. Why? Because we take one another in. The people abandoned in the stadium and such are where the questions should be. Why have their religions, all whom are larger than us not come for their members? Please call your religion. If you church is wiped out, call the organization nearby. Ask them to help you organize a program like we have for your people of your faith. Please!
We are a small religion, truly we cannot provide homes for ALL of the people in Houston. But we will get all of our members secured. We are already cleaning and re-builidng for our members first, and also NON-witnesses. We clear roads, supply medical needs, clean water, food, every need will be met. Are we large enough to re-build the whole city and take care of all of the people? No we are not. BUT, we will provide for as many as we can. NO witness will be left at that stadium or in a relief center. W
We have been honored around the world for community service. We clean-up and help at disasters, more so than most religions would even consider. We know EXACTLY the names, phone numbers and addresses of our members. We also advise them to keep an emergency 'GO' bag in case they must evacuate. We also voluntarily can give the name, phone number and address of ANYONE were we may go should a disaster strike. Witness or not. We locate everyone. We will search for them as needed. We take ALL of our members into our homes. We are not required too. But we do. This is the 'love amongst themselves' that Jesus spoke about as a marker of true christians.
This link is about a volunteer group of 70 witnesses that organized to clean up streets Russia after a wind storm. One man that CAME there, a Danish citizen, to HELP to do the clean-up, the government arrested and put him in jail for attending a meeting of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia.
He has NOT been released and they are arresting witnesses, rounding them up, burning down their houses. IN the meantime, Putin, ordered an award to them for their outstanding community service for doing this job. Yet has one of the workers who came there just to help, in prison facing 5 years jail as they are now being persecuted in Russia.
This religion has gotten community service awards in many countries around the world. The accusations that they do not help the community are false. However, we do gather out people FIRST out of disaster. We work until we locate them. WE take them into our homes.
The sad part of this story is that there are people of MANY religions in that convention center. Why have the members of your faith not come to take you in? Jehovahs witnesses are active in helping one and other and the community. Those who are saying otherwise are not correct.
Those in the area, who want to help, take those people food, toiletries, toilet paper anything. Books, magazines. Anything to help them. But don't expect to find many witnesses there. As soon as we locate them, they will be offered housing from other witnesses. This is what you should do.
Go to your own church and organize a drive to take IN the fellow members of your church. Is that not what christians should do? They will help. In far more ways and in re-building and cleaning of MANY situations in Texas. We always do! Keeping my brothers and sisters in my prayers as well as the people of Texas and the other areas that are hit. This is a tragedy. Concentrate on being positive please and offer actual help yourself is a good place to start!
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Author FadingTruth
Posted On Wed Aug 30 18:40:31 EDT 2017
Score 12 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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Sadly, this isn't surprising considering how JW's are advised to "help" refugees.
(The pic is obviously a parody, the quote at the bottom is real)
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Author MsOedipaMaas
Posted On Wed Aug 30 21:04:52 EDT 2017
Score 3 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/jehovahs-witnesses-religion-christianity-religious-group-what-is-it-like-a7214966.html
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Author jw-ashkenazi
Posted On Wed Aug 30 22:36:05 EDT 2017
Score 10 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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I'm a faded JW who was a ministerial servant which would be close to being would commonly called a deacon I guess.
I wasn't raised or born in as a JW either. I got caught up in their 'truth.'
these JWs are doing as instructed, not by Jesus, but by the Watchtower and Tract Society. they have good intentions but instead of doing something like assisting where needed, they are putting WTS priorities ahead of being good Samaritans.
it is a cult.
I recommend checking out www.jwfacts.com and you can see the actual information from previous WTS publications. the sub exJW has experiences of past members and those still in.
the official WTS/JW web site is JW.org.
edit: link and word
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Author somethingsghotiy
Posted On Thu Aug 31 13:15:52 EDT 2017
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What a ride on that last part.
In middle school, I stayed the weekend with a school friend when my dad had to go out of town. They were JW and had some kind of convention/gathering to go to on that Saturday. They asked my dad's permission to take me along and promised no attempts at conversion or proselytizing would take place, and he acquiesced.
It was unusual. One of the big things that happened was some kind of play being put on and it covered a lot of the same ground I learned growing up as a Christian, but just alternate versions of certain events and figures. Christian fanfiction, heh. My friend and I spent most of the time buried in coloring books her mother had bought us, anyway. As she explained it: "we don't have to pay attention, we just have to go."
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Author 33TLWD
Posted On Thu Aug 31 02:16:07 EDT 2017
Score 7 as of Sat Oct 07 16:07:51 EDT 2017
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They just came to my parents house that was under 3 feet of water and removed all the furniture and take out all of the sheet rock. All under 4 hrs.
Are your parents Jehovah's Witnesses, or close friends or family with Jehovah's Witnesses?
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