These Reforms Would Help Jehovah’s Witnesses (Too Bad They’ll Never Accept Them)

Lloyd Evans, a former Jehovah’s Witness who is now one of the foremost critics of the religion, put together a wonderful list of what Watchtower (the body that oversees the Witnesses) could do to fix the faith.

Some of them are obvious reforms — reverse the position on blood transfusions, ending the absurd “Two Witness Rule” — but others are shocking because it’s ridiculous that the problems have been allowed to go on for so long. (Do the Witnesses really need to be told that child abusers shouldn’t be allowed to go door-to-door to proselytize?)

I realize the Witnesses aren’t going to take this list seriously. It’s not like they haven’t heard these suggestion before. Perhaps the fear is that, if they say something like, “We were wrong about the blood transfusion rule,” followers might wonder what other lies they’ve been told and the religion’s whole foundation would begin to crumble.

But there’s value in talking about these reforms for the people outside the bubble and those on the fence about remaining in the faith. They need to realize the rules they’ve always lived by are crazy. Sometimes, an outsider is the only person who has the ability to say that out loud.

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