Jehovah's Witnesses learn that scaring children in Sweden comes with a price - 2019-04-03
What an interesting and odd story coming out of Sweden today. We were alerted to it by a Lloyd Evans tweet, and then spent part of the morning reading translations of articles from the Swedish version of Metro, the free daily newspaper.
It turns out that last summer, Metro ran a series of articles on Jehovah's Witnesses, which was having a big annual gathering in Stockholm. At the event, which was open to the public, about 8,000 people were in attendance, including several hundred children. The audience was shown a slick US-produced film that had an anti-LGBT message, as well as frightening stuff about an imminent Armageddon. Metro quoted an ex-JW who said, "They do not realize how dangerous this is for children."
The ex-member reported the meeting to the State Media Council and to the police. It turns out that because the event was open to the public, a permit was required before showing a film to an audience that included children.