Saturday, June 28, 2008
Jehovah Witnesses Can't Vote?
While glancing at MSN's home page after checking my hotmail I couldn't miss the huge link with Serena William's face next to it stating why don't Jehovah's Witnesses vote. This is something that is definitely new to me. I love learning about different religions. In fact, I almost thought about majoring in religious studies at one point. I think throughout my whole life I've had one friend who was a Jehovah's Witness. I know that they don't celebrate birthdays or holidays like Christmas but, I never knew that Jehovah's Witnesses aren't suppose to vote. According to the MSN article because of John 17:14 and other passages in the Bible, in that verse Jesus says of his followers:" They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world."Jehovah's witnesses have interpreted that statement as a call to remain neutral in all political matters.(In some of the sect's literature, members are described as "representatives of God's heavenly kingdom"; thus they are obligated to stay out of local political affairs and keeping with the behavior of ambassadors.) Witnesses also refrain from serving in the military, running for public office, and pledging allegiance to the flag. This to me is just another dumb ass control mechanism. It always amazes me when I learn about more insane stuff that people seem to actually believe in. I don't care if I was a Jehovah's Witness or a witch, I'm not going to not vote because some old ass book seems to say that I shouldn't. When are people really going to wake up? Most people follow these religious books and rules closely because they think they're going to live some glorious afterlife once they die but, nobody can truly say if that's a guarantee. You know why? Nobody has ever came back from the dead and said "Yo, I died and went to heaven. Everything in that book was true." Nobody can prove that these so called afterlifes and so called paradises exist because it's all based on after you die. As far as voting, this is stuff that you know for sure that it's going to affect you. It's going to affect you now. So, I can't understand why someone would not vote because they're a "representative of God's heavenly kingdom". Get the fuck out of here. Call me a religion basher, a peasant, a heathen, or whatever you may choose but, I know that I have common sense. I'm not going to believe in a bag of bullshit. Every day more and more religious people begin to look like they have no common sense.