Last week a Russian, Sergei Skrynnikov, was charged with “participating in an extremist organization” because he is allegedly a Jehovah’s Witness.
Americans have debated what it means to be Christian in politics throughout their history. Those debates continue today.
Arguments on religious freedom have taken place throughout US history and have landed in the Supreme Court as well. Interpretations have changed over time.
America has been promoting religious liberty abroad since its founding, but there has always been disagreement on what exactly it means.
The Supreme Court appeared divided over claims of religious freedom in the case of a gay wedding. History shows how contentious religious freedom has been in America.
There are over eight million Jehovah’s Witnesses in 240 countries worldwide. They have no political affiliations and they renounce violence. However, they have been easy targets for many governments.
Jehovah’s Witnesses do not report child abuse to authorities. Instead, they convene an in-house judicial committee, which is fraught with difficulty because they rely on a “two-witness rule”.