Jehovah's Witness Essay

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Jehovah’s Witnesses Gary Davis University of Phoenix REL334/World Religious Traditions II Dr. Devon Smith January 10, 2007 Jehovah’s Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses get their name from Jehovah, which is English version of the name given for God in the Hebrew Scriptures. The word Witnesses is taken from the passage in Isaiah 43:10 “Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord..." Jehovah's Witnesses are a high strength religious group that requires a major obligation from its associates. Witnesses now have approximately six million publishers and pioneers in more than 75,000 congregations in over 200 nations. There are approximately one million Jehovah's Witnesses in the U.S., and just over…show more content…
Following Rutherford's passing in 1942, Nathan Homer Knorr was chosen president. Under his guidance, the WTS significantly increased its publication efforts and published their new version of the Bible that is used mostly by Jehovah's Witnesses. (Religion Facts) Jehovah’s Witness’s refusal to salute the flag, to aid in the war effort, and to vote has caused them to be detested in a number of countries. Witnesses were seriously victimized during World War II, due to their non-involvement in the military and war industries. An enormous proportion of German church members were killed during the Nazi Holocaust. In 1939 Canada entered World War II. One year later, the religion was prohibited in Canada. Children were barred from school; other children were sent to foster homes; followers were imprisoned; men who declined to enter the military were shipped to labor camps. They remained banned in some countries and heavily persecuted in many others. The WTS has contributed seriously to the protection of religious freedom in the US; they won 36 out of 45 religious cases that they brought forth to the US Supreme Court between 1938 and 1955. (Religious Tolerance) The Jehovah's Witnesses have achieved a service to the democratic system by struggling to keep their civil rights. In their fight they have accomplished plenty to secure those rights for every minority group in America.
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