WEB Notes: Jehovah’s Witnesses get a bad rap for their door to door knocking. But that is exactly what we are all commissioned to do, share the Gospel. Unfortunately, they have many, many false teachings as all of the other religions do. “Extremist” though? What makes them more “extreme” than any other religion? Regardless of denomination it is tough to see Christian brothers and sisters booted from nations like this.
Russia’s Supreme Court has banned the Jehovah’s Witnesses, declaring it an “extremist organization” and ordering to hand over its property to the state. The Christian group says it is planning to appeal the decision.
Delivering the verdict on Thursday, Judge Yury Ivanenko ruled that all 395 branches of the religious group on Russian territory are subject to disbandment and the property is to be forfeited to the state.
In the run-up to the ruling on its liquidation, based on a lawsuit filed by the Russian Justice Ministry, the Jehovah’s Witnesses group has repeatedly found itself in trouble with Russia’s anti-extremism legislation. In October last year, a lower court notified the organization of a looming ban if it did not stop engaging in what it considered extremist activity. In January this year, the warning was upheld by the Moscow City Court.