Ive was studying to become a Jehovah's witness for about 7 months up until about a month ago. Most of this was after I heard all kinds of stories about JW doctrines, one of the worst is the so-called "scream rule" which basically is this : If a woman (or male 2 I guess) is being raped they must scream for help. sounds reasonable but then there's cases when a rapist will put a knife to your throat, or a gun to your head and threaten to kill you if you make noise. But even then they expect the victim to scream and if they do not? Then the organization holds that a victim actually CONSENTS if they refuse to scream, even under threat of death! Worst of all, sadly this is in the bible: dueteronomy 22:23 ( Although its interesting that the same scripture goes on to mandate that the rapist MARRY their victim (this is considered a favor to her I guess ). Insanity at is finest. I can't believe I almost joined this nonsense. Would anybody ever want to die instead of being raped? I know I would want to live no matter what.
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To me, it's born of unevolved attitudes and conclusions about rape, many religions have taken a long time to change their attitudes and some have not changed yet. It ALWAYS used to be the woman's fault and if she didn't object strenuously enough, it was seen as consent. I would choose rape over death, but then I was raised to believe that it isn't the ultimate sin I can never recover from, some women are taught that and would rather die.
Personally, (and no offense) I have never been very impressed with the Jehovah's beliefs/treatment of women- did you know only men actually get to go to heaven? Women stay on earth for a kind of less-then-heaven-better-than-hell world with the unworthy men while all the sinful go to hell. To me, if a religion already believes I'm inferior and have no chance of getting salvation, why in the world would I want to join? I don't really support any organized religion because they all tend to have contradictions and rules that don't make sense to me, although many have very good ideas as well- I just don't want to be forced to follow the ones that I feel are wrong.0
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