Jehovah’s Witnesses accused of smuggling children to avoid transfusions
Did you ever wonder why Jehovah’s Witnesses can’t aceept blood transfusions? Turns out that in 1945, the Chuch basically decided a new interpretation of the Bible was needed, based on their belief that blood is reserved for the atonement of sin only (I guess they don’t know it carries oxygen and fuel to cells), and it is therefore a deadly sin to accept a transfusion, even if it saves your life.
You have to love religion. They just make shit up, and everyone else has to follow; no questions asked. It seems unimportant to the Church that such a rule would cause the death of so many of their own members (I mean, you might as well make taking antibiotics a religious offense too). It’s not a very smart move if you want your membership to grow, but that’s just me.
Here’s a story from the National Post that suggests the Church actively smuggles children away from hospitals to avoid court mandated blood transfusions. Donna Ryder is a former Witness who claims she smuggled children for the church, including one boy who was brought to Mexico for an alternative treatment that ended up killing him. She now feels remorse and has dedicated herself to exposing the Church for all the suffering they’ve caused.
The Church denies any involvement, but it’s not entirely difficult to see just why it might be true. They take a huge stance against blood transfusions, and considering it’s a sin that merits excommunication, is it really such a surprising accusation? I’m not sure if they are systematically smuggling children away from hospitals like Donna suggests, but something very fucking fishy is going on.
What angers me the most is these guys care more about following their stupid rules than they care about sick kids. What a fantastic religion! If you sign up now, you too can enjoy never having the benefit of a blood transfusion. They can’t really be that helpful, right?
(props to James for the link)