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originally posted by: angeldoll
Whatever happened to "live and let live"? Now it's 'live the way I want you to, or you and all of your ilk will be banned from society!"
Too authoritarian for my way of thinking.
We have these churches in my town, and they bother no one.
I still prefer live and let live.
While the needs of fellow Witnesses is a priority, Stacy explained their relief efforts extend to many neighbors who are not Witnesses.
"Jehovah's Witnesses don't just help their own people ... But we're going to take care of our family first," explained Stacy, who is a painter and wallpaper hanger in Ottawa.
"If we were working on a roof (of a Witness), and a neighbor asked for help, we would do his roof, too."
On May 31, 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded the Order of “Parental Glory” to Valeriy and Tatiana Novik, Jehovah’s Witnesses from Karelia, who raised eight children, during a ceremony in Moscow at the Kremlin.
The ceremony took place at the Kremlin on the eve of International Children’s Day.
The Order of “Parental Glory” was instituted by presidential decree in May 2008. Russia awards this honor to parents who have raised at least seven children and have shown extraordinary care for their family’s health and education, as well as their physical, mental, and moral development. Families awarded the Order are considered models that strengthen the family institution.
Valeriy Novik, a father of eight, receiving the Order of “Parental Glory” medal from President Putin.
David A. Semonian, a spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses at their world headquarters, states: “We view this award as an acknowledgment that the free Bible education provided by Jehovah’s Witnesses helps parents and their children to be productive citizens not only in Russia but all over the world. We hope that this award presented by President Putin is considered on July 17, 2017, when the Russian Supreme Court reviews the decision to liquidate the Administrative Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.” Source