Interesting comment on PZ Myer's blog post about the latest issue of Awake, the JW's magazine.


"You have no idea how misogynistic it is. It is literally horrifying what they tell women. Back when I was a witness my older sister got married to a guy when she was 18 (no pre-marital sex means ALOT of 18-20 year olds get married), turns out he was an abusive clod. For years and years this went on, they had 3 kids (three little girls, poor little things don't stand a chance), and the entire time he would slap her, hold her down, wrestle her. She would go to the Elders of the congregation. Their advice? He needs to work on being more christ like, and she needs to work on being more submissive. If she obeyed him more, he'd have fewer temptations to beat her.

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"It should be noted that divorce is a sin under their biblical law, and should she divorce him she would be ex-communicated and shunned for doing so."

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Comment by George on September 7, 2010 at 12:51pm
(Just to clarify: this isn't me writing, it's just copied directly from the linked blog because I thought it deserved to be read. I'm putting quotes around it)
Comment by Brian on September 7, 2010 at 12:43pm
[quote]It should be noted that divorce is a sin under their biblical law, and should she divorce him she would be ex-communicated and shunned for doing so.[/quote]

I'm going to have to correct this. Divorce, strictly by itself, is not a sin. There is only one legitimate "grounds for divorce" according to the JWs: Fornication. This usually refers to any kind of sexual activity outside of marriage, but can also include sex acts within the marriage they consider to be "perverted." But even if the grounds for divorce are not met, a divorce can still happen without any punishment, as long as both parties either get back together at a later date or remain single for the rest of their lives. Divorce isn't the problem, it's divorce and remarriage without grounds that results in shunning. Your sister wouldn't have been disfellowshipped because of her divorce. It would only have happened if she got involved with someone else afterward. Granted, your congregation might have taken a stricter view, but according to the organization, only a divorce without grounds followed by the divorced JW getting involved in a relationship afterward can result in a disfellowshipping.

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