Sunday, February 22, 2009
Terrific little YouTube video by a woman who left the Jehova's Witnesses explaining calmly and rationally how shunning (a ban on social intercourse) creates an ongoing connectedness. "The Jehovah's witnesses have essentially kidnapped my family". Many of the people who argue for discipline would assert this is the point. Discipline is supposed to prevent people from not being confronted. But of course by creating this life long negative relationship churches are going to come for criticism. They prevent people from moving on in their lives. This is a short video but I think this woman is extremely articulate and authentic in presenting her case for why she is involved in the anti Jehovah's Witnesses movement. And while she sees her problems as specific to the church it would really apply to any church with community that was closed, has a strong tradition of discipline and enforced the ban on casual social intercourse between members and the excommunicated.