And eventually, when the ban is lifted, the JW’s are still there and are often some of the most energised and faithful JW’s on the planet.Thus all one has to show for the weeping mountain of human torment and blood soaked misery caused by a ban is the same JW organisation, right back where it was, often stronger and more faithful than before. Enacting a ban is not a magic “make-cult-go-away” wand.
Now, ask yourself: If you were a JW, are you more likely or less likely to associate with those you consider hostile to your faith in this situation?
If you think your JW family is shunning you now, just wait until a ban hits and they vanish off the face of the Earth.
These are probably the three most harmful practices that the Watchtower organisation is guilty of. Granted, there are many more problems in Watchtower, but few are of quite the same magnitude. Stupid but not something that warrants an FBI investigation.
The deliberate refusal to report child abuse to the authorities.
The most obvious answers to problems are not always the right ones, and the recent actions by the Russian Government, which looks set to ban the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses, are sadly just going to make a bad situation worse. As someone who is very aware of the awful damage Watchtower’s teachings can inflict, and who agrees that something urgent needs to be done at the Governmental and legal level, why on earth would I oppose a ban? Firstly such a ban is deeply unethical, for reasons well articulated by JW Survey founder Lloyd Evans here, Secondly it won’t work.