Friday, November 30, 2007

Can I Get A (Jehovah's) Witness?

I don’t know why I’ve suddenly become squeamish. I don’t usually shy away from criticism of religious beliefs that I find objectionable. I guess it’s more that I personally believe that you’re entitled to your beliefs as long as I’m entitled not to have them thrown at me like a water balloon.

So, when the 14-year old Jehovah’s Witness boy died yesterday because his guardian wouldn’t allow him to have a blood transfusion, I was surprised at my conflict. Normally, I would be screaming, ”Stupid Motherfuckers. How can God possibly want you to let a child die because you believe medicine is some sort of voodoo that messes with His master plan?”

But the faith piece threw me off. Then I remembered that Michael Jackson is a devout Jehovah’s Witness. And that man is certainly no stranger to modern medicine.

So, it’s okay to chop your face up and rearrange it for vanity purposes, bleach your skin and buy little white children to call your own, but it’s not okay to have a LIFE SAVING procedure?

That’s not religion. And that’s not faith. That’s just fucked up.

So, for all my Jehovah’s Witness readers (right?), know this: the next time you knock on my door, wheezing from walking your fat ass up the hill to my house, trying to foist off your poorly designed, poorly written, poorly printed on cheap paper proselytizing bullshit, be prepared for a conversation. I want to know why, in the name of God, you let that child die.

Oh! And why you still buy Michael Jackson records.


TJ said...

You got a Jehovah's Witness.

It's terrible that the boy passed away. Really, it is. But people make decisions on what treatments they will subject themselves to everyday. That is a right that each of us has, whether or not others understand the decision.

Jehovah's Witnesses base such important decisions on the principles found in the Bible. There, blood is presented as extremely valuable in God's eyes because it represents the individual's life, and the only allowable use of it is for the atoning of sins. This is why Jesus Christ's shed blood covers over sins.

Christians are told, "For the holy spirit and we ourselves have favored adding no further burden to you, except these necessary things, to keep abstaining . . . from blood." (Acts 15:28-29) It seems the boy understood and accepted the Bible's teaching on the matter and made a conscientious decision to abstain from the transfusion, since the judge allowed his request.

Again, you may not agree with his decision, but even Jesus chose being faithful to God over saving his own life, and many throughout history have celebrated that choice.

And faithful ones always have the hope found in Jesus' words, "For whoever wants to save his soul will lose it; but whoever loses his soul for my sake will find it." (Matthew 16:25) We have the hope of being resurrected from the dead.

As long as the form of medical treatment does not conflict with our consciences, we will happily accept it. And though we refuse blood transfusions, we have been working with the medical field extensively to come up with bloodless alternatives, which are more and more becoming accepted as standard (and even safer) procedures.

By the way, Michael Jackson hasn't been one of Jehovah's Witnesses since the mid-1980s.

Best Regards,

Danny Haszard said...

Jehovah's Witnesses elders will investigate and disfellowship any Jehovah Witness who takes a blood transfusion,to say the issue is a 'personal conscience matter' is subterfuge to keep the Watchtower out of lawsuits.

Many Jehovah's Witnesses men,women and children die every year worldwide due to blood transfusion ban.Rank & file Jehovah's Witness are indoctrinated to be scared to death of blood.

1) JW's DO USE many parts aka 'fractions' aka components of blood,so if it's 'sacred' to God why the hypocritical contradiction flip-flop?

2) They USE blood collections that are donated by Red cross and others but don't donate back,more hypocrisy.

3) The Watchtower promotes and praises bloodless elective surgeries,this is a great advancement indeed.BUT it's no good to me if I am bleeding to death from a car crash and lose half my blood volume and need EMERGENCY blood transfusion.

Know this,the reason that JW refuse blood is because of their spin on the 3000 year old Biblical old testament,modern medicine will eventually make blood donations and transfusions a thing of the past.When this technology happens it won't vindicate the Jehovah's Witnesses and all the deaths that have occured so far.
The Watchtower's rules against blood transfusions will eventually be abolished (very gradually to reduce wrongful death lawsuit liability) even now most of the blood 'components' are allowed.
In 20 years there will be artificial blood and the Red Cross will go on with other noble deeds.

None of these changes will absolve the Watchtower leaders or vindicate their twisted doctrines
Are there dangers from blood?There are over 500 aspirin deaths in USA yearly.
Danny Haszard born 1957 3rd generation Jehovah's Witness

Anonymous said...

Ok get this; I was living in Corpus when Selena was shot and her cousin (everyones related to her down there one way or another)is a nurse at the hospital where they took her after she'd been shot IN THE SHOULDER. Her loving father Abe refused to allow the hospital to give her blood claiming he and the family are jehovah's witness. She bled out, this would normally not be a life threatening injury however..... so answer me this, with Selena coming home to tell daddy dearest he's fired she's moving to L.A to be with Peter Bogdonavich and mainstream into white world pop divahood. Do you think Abe did it God's name?? or did the devil make him do it.....

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What about when you do communion or is that just christianity.

I believe God wants you to do the right thing, and that the bible is just a guide.
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