An anti-LGBT Jehovah’s Witnesses cartoon tells kids gay people “can change.”
The official website of Jehovah’s Witnesses has published a video titled “One Man, One Woman.” The animated video tells children that same-sex marriage is against God's will and with the help of Jehovah, even LGBT people can change. The video is part of a series called Become Jehovah’s Friend.
The video starts by showing a little girl looking at a drawing of a small girl with her two lesbian mothers. The little girl asks her own mother about the drawing. The mother replies that all the people in this world have their own perceptions of right and wrong. What really matters is how Jehovah feels, he wants all his people to be happy and he knows how people can be happy. There is a reason why he created Adam and Eve, and not Adam and another man.
The mother says marriage should be between a man and a woman, citing passages where Jesus has talked about the value of marriage between a man and a woman. The mother gives an analogy on the importance of marrying straight to reach paradise. According to her, it is like going on a plane. If someone tries to bring something that’s not allowed on a plane, they’ll be denied access to the plane. She then says it’s the same with Jehovah. He will deny entry to paradise for anyone who does something he does not approve of.
She explains that Jehovah wants all His people to live with him in the paradise forever, however, to reach paradise, you have to follow his standards. The little girl then asks her mom about the small girl in the drawing with her two moms. The little girl's mother tells her that they can change, that LGBT people can change.
Jehovah's Witnesses are famous for their door-to-door evangelizing. Their take on LGBT issues is tough. According to Anthony Morris III, a senior member of the Church’s leadership, men are forbidden from wearing tight pants because they are designed by homosexuals.
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The “One Man, One Woman” video generated a lot of criticism against the religious group. A Dutch journalist for PowNed, a Dutch broadcaster which broadcasts television and radio programs on the Netherlands Public Broadcasting system, prompted by the video, engaged the Jehovah leaders for their opinions on homosexuality at a recently held JW convention in town. When they could not provide reasonable answers to most of his questions and when they realized that it is actually making them look bad, the organizers of the convention kicked the journalist out citing the reason as “generating turmoil.”
One of the comments that was generated in the wake of the video goes, “a paradise that requires you to deny your true identity is not a paradise.”