Bulgarian Nationalists Demand Ban of Jehovah's Witnesses

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Bulgaria: Bulgarian Nationalists Demand Ban of Jehovah's Witnesses VMRO supporters during the protest against the Jehova Witnesses on Sunday. Photo by burgasnews

The Jehovah Witnesses are a dangerous sect and has to be abolished in Bulgaria, the nationalist VMRO party has declared in a letter sent to the Bulgarian press.

The nationalists claim they have nothing to do with Sunday's physical assault on followers of the movement.

On Sunday, five followers of the Jehovah Witnesses were injured in a clash provoked by a rally against their sect, organized by VMRO. The incident happened in the Black Sea city of Burgas, in front of the Jehovah Witnesses House of Prayer.

The attackers were football hooligans, VMRO explains in the letter, stating that the party intended to stage a peaceful protest. However, it warns that accidents like this may follow if the Jehovah Witnesses are not banned.

"If the state does not take measures against the untraditional and dangerous religions, clashes like this in Burgas will continue to happen. The citizens will react on their own when they see that the state is idle," VMRO says.

Meanwhile, the Jehovah Witnesses have said they will approach the Human Rights Court in Strassbourg, as well as the Bulgarian Prosecutor's Office, about the case.

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onebulgarian - 3 May 2011 // 15:03:36

Here is the video of bulgarian television tv7, with english subtitles

GUALHERO - 26 Apr 2011 // 21:49:47

I almost cannot believe my eyes when I read something like this, but then I remember that even the people that participated on that act of violence, and even if Hitler himself were alive now, all of them also could have access to a computer.

But, try to think at least a bit:

If their beliefs are wrong, do they deserve this violence?

Is this act about beliefs or about intolerance and violence?

Is not any law or government in this country, for these "persons" act like this? As if anything matters, but just their opinion?

With this behavior, who are really threats for their country?

Even when the comments of some people were real, do the Witnesses urge their adepts to hit or even kill any other person, like the people on this "protest" did? Is there any real evidence?

If that were the case: why not to carry the issue to the tribunals? Why are the Witnesses approved on more than 200 states? Why on June 10 2010 the European Court of Human Rights unanimous decreed that the Witnesses not represent any threat for a European country?

You can see on YouTube the conduct of both groups, look at this and make an effort to analyze it without any prejudice, and answer this last question: Who really shows an attitude like that of a criminal person who deserve to be banned?

FP - 26 Apr 2011 // 03:07:11

To all who consider themselves Christians - whether Jehovah's Witnesses, Othorodox (Jew, Greek, Bulgarian, etc.), even Muslim(although not Christians). Everyone of these religions believe in one way or another in Jesus, in God and in God's Justice for this world. Yes, it's in all Bibles. If you don't realize that you need to read more. Now, there are very conflicting interpretations from each...some only believe that Jesus was a good prophet, some believe he IS God, some believe that he is God's Son. God knows which religion is correct. Each one of us has been raised by our family, communities and cultures to accept and believe one way or another. Some, decide not to merely accept what they are taught, but look into things for themselves and prove what the Bible really teaches. I have read with happiness, sadness and disgust some of the previous comments. But my understanding is that God is love, and that he wants his children to love one another. Satan on the other hand loves violence and discord...the more war the more hatred the better. I believe that soon what The Bible promises about God doing away with badness will come to fruition. It is imperative for each of us to really love our brothers, whether they are from this religion or that. If we get caught up in futile arguments, what really is gained? Do we feel vindicated?? Better than the other one?? Jesus said that who ever wanted to be the greatest among them must be the minister...and then HE washed the feet of the disciples. What humility! What love to even wash Judas Iscariots feet...the man who would later hand him over to be killed. But that death meant so much for you and me. It was the last request that Jesus asked of us. I know that if my mother died I would do anything to keep her wishes, no matter what. Are we (am I) doing what Jesus asked of me? We all need to ponder his words, and apply his love of people to our neighbours....indeed, the illustration he gave of the Pharisee, the Rabbi and the Samaritan...Samaritans were hated by Jews and yet when one of them fell, a Good Samaritan was there to pick him up and care for him. Would we be willing to do this for someone who's religion we didn't approve of? Now, I'm from the USA and so I don't know what happens in Bulgaria. But I do know a few Witnesses, they are quite nice and don't preach to me. They love their families, and are great to work with...hard workers. They aren't perfect. But neither am I. Their religion is somewhat 'strict', but only in holding high morals values...no adultery, no drugs, no drunkeness, no sex except with wife. I trust the ones I know. They are a serious people. So you may judge their interpretation of Scripture, but remember they are our brothers and sisters here on this Earth that we share.

Nellieherself - 25 Apr 2011 // 21:24:56

"I'm French and I think this video gives a sad picture of your country.

That is Bulgaria?

Shame on you."

Why aren't you watching videos of the French army making fools of themselves in Libya? Morons and cretins comes to mind.

hp - 25 Apr 2011 // 19:12:46

I wonder how much time some people has for attacking some confesions, instead attack poverty, since Bulgaria has a low income (U$ 6.500 a year ) even lower than some latin american countries like Brazil or Chile for example. Also have soccer teams that have won to nobody (they don?t even appear in FIFA best 20 better national teams.
There you get a big homework is if really want to be part of Europe.

BULERICAN - 25 Apr 2011 // 13:27:51

Author: hercules, 25 Apr 2011 08:10:44
Bulgarian Nationalists Demand Ban of Jehovah Witnesses


Shame on you to use the Roma (who you hate so much) as an example for your dislike of the French Jehovah’s

You argue for the sake of it but this time you have come up against people that are passionate in what they believe in and are very well informed.

The whole thing is now becoming personal and boring!!


hercules - 25 Apr 2011 // 08:10:44


Shame on you to use the Roma (who you hate so much) as an example for your dislike of the French Jehovah’s

You argue for the sake of it but this time you have come up against people that are passionate in what they believe in and are very well informed.

The whole thing is now becoming personal and boring!!

BULERICAN - 24 Apr 2011 // 22:47:07

Author: Wulfram, 24 Apr 2011 19:07:18
Bulgarian Nationalists Demand Ban of Jehovah Witnesses

...The video of your actions is very explicit.

I'm French and I think this video gives a sad picture of your country.

That is Bulgaria?

Shame on you.

WULFRAM, (Did you mean Wolfram?)

That which occured in Burgas is deplorable, many have said that here again and again, myself included, people do not treat others in that fashion. It is wrong.

So you are French - - - You only throw the Roma (EU citizens) out of your country, regardless of what they may face in their homeland.

You condemn the whole of Bulgaria based on the actions of 10-15 ?

All in Bulgaria are guilty ?

Well gee you know those French people, they never take a bath, eating cake all the time, and surrender at a single gunshot.

That is France ?

Shame on you !

Wulfram - 24 Apr 2011 // 19:07:18

Shame on you people of Bulgaria !

Whatever the criticisms that you can do to these people (Jehovah's Witnesses), regardless of the reason for your hatred towards them ...

The whole world can see that you have nothing to do with Christ, you are as barbaric beasts.

The VMRO say they were peaceful ...

They say it is the hooligans who attacked the religious.

But with the video I do not see anyone of VMRO tried to prevent the violence.

Do they think people are idiots?

For me, in my opinion, the VMRO are people really dishonest, violent and dangerous.

Some people say that Jehovist are crooks, maybe, but at least they seem far less dangerous than the VMRO. The VMRO in Bulgaria are savages full of hatred and violence. That's what I think after watching the video.

You are full of hatred and violence. You say you love God and Jesus ... but you're filled with lust for murder.

It is obvious to anyone watching your actions and no words can excuse what you are.

Shame on you.

Although Jehovah's Witnesses are what you say ... even if they are as dangerous and detrimental as you say ... how you it gives you the right to behave like barbarians?

What I see when I look at my video, they are peaceful people who do not even try to take revenge, and who are attacked by madmen and criminals.

Shame on you.

You say that Jehovah's Witnesses are dangerous? Yes you say ... but you seem to me far more dangerous and worse than any of them.

After that, you can tell all the lies you want the facts is that you people are violent and dangerous.

The video of your actions is very explicit.

I'm French and I think this video gives a sad picture of your country.

That is Bulgaria?

Shame on you.

kbzas - 21 Apr 2011 // 20:11:24

As far as humanistically speaking all attacks against defenseless people is perpetrating and act against human rights that backed up the ONU’s member. That is the right to profess one’s religion publicly. This is going to be sued in the Parliament of the human rights in the UE.

Jehovah’s Witnesses are peaceful people around 236 countries in the world. They are not alone, they have a huge family and they will join to them in advocating their universal right.

It is a demonstration of cowardice to attack in mass or in pack like wild animals to a group of peaceful people.

kurre - 21 Apr 2011 // 11:26:59

Cruel acts have become daily occurrences. Bombings, terrorist attacks, murders, assaults, shootings, and rapes make up but a fraction of such incidents. Over and over, the news media present graphic reports of atrocities, and many people are no longer shocked to see or hear of such cruelty.

You may well wonder: ‘What is happening to the world today? Has all consideration for the feelings of others and respect for life been lost?’ Why must we live in a world like this?

Then why the atrocities? What makes people act cruelly? Can those who treat others with cruelty change? Will cruelty ever end? And if so, how and when?


How to React to Cruelty
God’s Word offers practical counsel about how to deal with cruelty. Consider how you can apply the following words of wisdom:

“Do not say: ‘I will pay back evil!’ Hope in Jehovah, and he will save you.”—Proverbs 20:22.

“If you see any oppression of the one of little means and the violent taking away of judgment and of righteousness . . . , do not be amazed over the affair, for one that is higher than the high one is watching.”—Ecclesiastes 5:8.

“Happy are the mild-tempered ones, since they will inherit the earth.”—Matthew 5:5.

“All things, therefore, that you want men to do to you, you also must likewise do to them.”—Matthew 7:12.

“Return evil for evil to no one. Provide fine things in the sight of all men. If possible, as far as it depends upon you, be peaceable with all men. Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but yield place to the wrath; for it is written: ‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay, says Jehovah.’”—Romans 12:17-19.

“Even Christ suffered for you, leaving you a model for you to follow his steps closely. . . . When he was being reviled, he did not go reviling in return. When he was suffering, he did not go threatening, but kept on committing himself to the one who judges righteously.”—1 Peter 2:21-23.

Nellieherself - 20 Apr 2011 // 21:48:38


"I think I'll give Bulgaria a miss when booking my summer holidays!"

I am sure Bulgaria will not miss you too much. lol

Nellieherself - 20 Apr 2011 // 21:33:56

"Bulgarian Nationalists Demand Ban of Jehovah Witnesses"

Whatever for? They should be demanding a ban on Islam and gypsies.

Shantee15 - 20 Apr 2011 // 20:29:46

JW's are dangerous??? R U kidding me??? you all just demonstrated who the real dangerous idiots are, and is all on video (thank God!) too much rum has definitely killed the neurones in your brains...btw rum is dangerous, pls issue a ban on rum, hahahaa! Why dont you all look for something more constructive to do and teach your kids, instead of spreading violence...After seeing the video of what you call "an accident" (sure how convenient) I cant imagine how you treat your own families, wives and kids, etc...you are just killing your tourism too, I am definitely not visiting Bulgaria, you should all be banned hahaha!!!

kurre - 20 Apr 2011 // 18:08:50

Do the Witnesses believe that their religion is the only right one?
Anyone who is serious about his religion should think that it is the right one. Otherwise, why would he or she be involved in it? Christians are admonished: "Make sure of all things; hold fast to what is fine." (1 Thessalonians 5:21) A person should make sure that his beliefs can be supported by the Scriptures, for there is only one true faith. Ephesians 4:5 confirms this, mentioning "one Lord, one faith, one baptism." Jesus did not agree with the modern, relaxed view that there are many roads, many religions, all leading to salvation. Instead, he said: "Narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are the ones finding it." Jehovah's Witnesses believe that they have found it. Otherwise, they would look for another religion.—Matthew 7:14.

Do they believe that they are the only ones who will be saved?
No. Millions that have lived in centuries past and who were not Jehovah's Witnesses will come back in a resurrection and have an opportunity for life. Many now living may yet take a stand for truth and righteousness before the "great tribulation," and they will gain salvation. Moreover, Jesus said that we should not be judging one another. We look at the outward appearance; God looks at the heart. He sees accurately and judges mercifully. He has committed judgment into Jesus' hands, not ours.—Matthew 7:1-5; 24:21; 25:31

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