Over the weekend, at a JW regional conference, Governing Body member Tony Morris (below) told a story of a little boy in a hospital. His doctors told him (when his parents weren’t around) that a blood transfusion was his only hope. Little Josh’s response? He rejected the idea. What a hero!
Oh, and by the way, he’s dead now.
When the audience learned that Josh had basically martyred himself for the faith, they gave him a huge round of applause, which you see at the end of this video:
Morris concludes the story with the line: “And when he’s resurrected, you’ll hear more from him, because Jehovah loves that little fella.”
This is faith-based, modern day child sacrifice.
JW watchdog Lloyd Evans writes:
[The applause comes] despite the fact that a young boy, clearly a product of childhood religious indoctrination, is now dead because of the Governing Body’s stubborn prohibition of a medical procedure on which the bible, for all its prodigious rule-making, is silent. After all, how could bible writers ban something centuries before it is invented?
There is no way of knowing how many Jehovah’s Witnesses, like Josh, have had their lives tragically abbreviated by Watchtower’s blood stance, which only dates back as far as 1945.
Think about what they’re applauding for: a child who died unnecessarily because of an irrational religious rule. It doesn’t get more disturbing than that.
Two quick notes:
1) As with all stories told by pastors without citation, take this one with a grain of salt. We don’t know who Josh is or if he even existed. (Though this situation can and does happen all the time.)
2) I have no problem with adults who choose to abstain from blood transfusions because of their faith. But it’s just awful when a child decides that’s the path for him, too. Doctors should have the legal ability to override those decisions.