JW and the UN

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Please, my American friends, I would like to have your opinion on two topics that arose from my reading of the press last night:

1- Do the Jehova Witnesses condenm the UN? And what would this condemnation imply?

2- Do the USA exactly know how many Muslims live in its territory?

-- Enrique Ortiz (eaortiz@yahoo.com), November 10, 2001



-- Enrique Ortiz (eaortiz@yahoo.com), November 10, 2001.


Hello, Enrique. I'll try #2, but I can't give you a great answer.

The following information is provided at a site maintained by the Department of State of the U.S.A.. However, the data are unofficial. I have recently heard that the estimated number of Muslims is believed by some to be greatly inflated. I hope that is true, and I hope that the number decreases sharply soon, as Muslim aliens who are here illegally leave the country, and as Muslim citizens convert to Catholicism.

Estimated number of American Muslims: 6 to 7 million [The U.S. Census Bureau does not collect data on the religion of Americans. There are no precise figures for the number of Muslims practicing their religion in the United States.]
Mosques in the United States: 1,209
American Muslims associated with a mosque: 2 million
Increase in number of mosques since 1994: 25 percent
Proportion of mosques founded since 1980: 62 percent
Average number of Muslims associated with each mosque in the United States: 1,625
U.S. mosque participants who are converts: 30 percent
American Muslims who "strongly agree" that they should participate in American institutions and the political process: 70 percent
U.S. mosques attended by a single ethnic group: 7 percent
U.S. mosques that have some Asian, African-American, and Arab members: nearly 90 percent
Ethnic origins of regular participants in U.S. mosques:
South Asian (Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi, Afghani) = 33 percent
African-America = 30 percent
Arab = 25 percent
Sub-Saharan African = 3.4 percent
European (Bosnian, Tartar, Kosovar, etc.) = 2.1 percent
White American = 1.6 percent
Southeast Asian ( Malaysian, Indonesian, Filipino) = 1.3 percent
Caribbean = 1.2 percent
Turkish = 1.1 percent
Iranian = 0.7 percent
Hispanic/Latino = 0.6 percent
U.S. mosques that feel they strictly follow the Koran and Sunnah: more than 90 percent
U.S. mosques that feel the Koran should be interpreted with consideration of its purposes and modern circumstances: 71 percent
U.S. mosques that provide some assistance to the needy: nearly 70 percent
U.S. mosques with a full-time school: more than 20 percent
Estimated per capita income of Muslims living in the United States: $35,000-$45,000
Average per capita income in the United States: $24,000-$27,000
Number of hits per day on the Los Angeles-based Web site www.islam.com: 140,000
Most of the information above was drawn from the "Mosque in America: A National Portrait," a survey released in April 2001.

St. James, pray for us.
God bless you.

-- (jfgecik@hotmail.com), November 10, 2001.


Hello, Enrique. I'll try #1 now.

The following is part of an article published by the Guardian (a British news source):

[by Stephen Bates, religious affairs correspondent, Guardian -- Monday October 15, 2001]

"The Jehovah's Witnesses have hurriedly disaffiliated from the United Nations within days of a Guardian story in which members accused the sect of hypocrisy for supporting an organisation it has repeatedly denounced privately. After the article last Monday, the organisation's New York based hierarchy pre-empted a UN inquiry by agreeing to dissociate the Witnesses from an organisation which it holds to be the scarlet beast named in the Book of Revelation. The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, as the sect is formally known, has 6,000,000 members worldwide and 130,000 in Britain. It had been secretly affiliated to the UN as a non-governmental organisation [NGO] for 10 years. Recognised organisations are supposed to demonstrate that they share the UN's objectives, but Witnesses are instead told by elders to regard it as 'a disgusting thing in the sight of God and his people' for allegedly aspiring to world tion like Babylon the Great, the beast in Revelation. The sect does not believe in participating in government and initially strove to play down or deny the evidence of the UN's website, which lists it as one of 1,500 affiliated NGOs. Those bringing the evidence to light were accused of apostacy. Disaffiliated members become known informally, like the rest of humanity, as 'bird seed' in line with biblical prophesy of the fate of non-believers, whose corpses will be pecked bare by crows. ..."

Read more on this page (including anti-UN quotations from JW publications). The page is owned by the cleverly named "Watch the Tower," an organization of ex-JWs: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/2919/wtun.html

St. James, pray for us.
God bless you.

-- (jfgecik@hotmail.com), November 10, 2001.

Thank you, John, your posts were very helpful. At the moemtn I have no time to look into the page you metnioned, but eventually I'll get to it.


-- Enrique Ortiz (eaortiz@yahoo.com), November 11, 2001.

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