Religious and Ethnic Diversity
For this assignment I have decided to pick for religion Jehovah Witness and for race I picked Blacks. I pick Jehovah witness because there are many people that think of them as a bother, a cult more than a religion. I know there have to be more to that religion that all the negative things that I continue to hear. I picked blacks as my race because I feel that is one race that I can best identify with because have gone through some of the same things over the years. Many times people say negative thing about the blacks that I found is untrue and may have been said only because they are often misunderstood.
Jehovah Witness unlike other religions they don’t celebrate Christmas, Birthdays, and Easter. The reason for them not celebrating them is because they are considered a pagan holiday, meaning that they are a man made holiday. They value and celebrate weddings, anniversaries, and when Christ was resurrected. The Jehovah witness believes in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and that is who they worship and teach as well. They go by only what the word in the bible said which means that if it is not the written word they don’t do it or celebrate it, teach it, or practice it.
Jehovah Witness have had to deal with many negative things said about them such as that they are a cult because of what they don’t celebrate but if you look in the bible it never said to celebrate birthdays, or gives an actual date of when Christ was born, or to celebrate Easter. When the Jehovah Witness go out to spread the word by giving there literature called The Watchtower or Awake by going door to door. There have been many times people have cursed them, slammed doors on them, let their dogs out on them, and many other things. In many communities they have asked to build a bigger church but have been denied due to them being Jehovah Witness or have had communities try to get them out of the community all together.
The Jehovah Witness has contributed to the American culture by allowing not only them but all religions to have freedom to practice any religion. The Jehovah Witness has won many court cases in the freedom of religion. Many people don’t know that and of course do not give them they credit that are due for it. The Jehovah Witness have changed the mentally of many criminals and people addicted to drugs or many other things to change their lives and accept Christ in their lives. Unlike many other religions they pay their taxes with no problems, they are not known for legal activities such as stealing money. They are normally the first people to a disaster scene to help the people and rebuild with never asking for money.
Jehovah witnesses have faced just everything especially when it comes to them going door to door to spread their word some people can be flat out rude and disrespectful. There was a time when it was in the Gazette newspaper on November 3, 1979 and the title was “Jehovah Witness Face Discrimination”. The small article talked to husband and wife that are current Jehovah Witness and talks about how people can be very unpleasant when they open the door to them and there have been many times that they were mistaken for sales people. The husband and wife go on to talk about all they want to do is help people get closer to Christ, and know the bible. The wife stated that when they deal with people that are have a lot of emotion they leave in peace, and continue with a smile on their face.
The sources for the Jehovah Witness were the weekly newspapers, the news aired on television. The coverage was little to none but the Jehovah Witness never made a big deal about getting this put out there because all they want to go is get the word out and make sure that someone sees the good in them and they are not looked at as sales people. The Jehovah Witnesses are people that are peaceful and always see a positive out of a negative. There are not many...
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