Posted by: becketfund | March 9, 2008

UK: New Guidelines May Threaten Jehovah’s Witnesses Charities

LONDON – Jehovah’s Witnesses are concerned that new guidelines could threaten the operation of their charities in the UK, Religious Intelligence reported on March 9, after the country’s Charity Commission decided that charitable organizations risk losing their special status if the charity’s “detriments” outweigh its “public benefit”.  The Commission’s 91-page report details “one possible example of this type of detriment…is the refusal to allow medical treatment, or the taking of medicines, on religious grounds.”  Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that giving or receiving blood is wrong, basing their views on passages in the Old and New Testament.

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