Knocking: Jehovah’s Witnesses and Blood
Because we at NoBlood are deeply committed to the mission to be a knowledge base and center for resources related to blood conservation, avoidance, and bloodless medicine, we are always on the lookout for unbiased and informative articles and other media that would serve to contribute in a positive way to the community of those pursuing similar interests. To that end, we'd like to draw your attention to a documentary entitled Knocking, which will have its premiere broadcast on PBS on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 (see Knocking Documentary Project for detailed information on the documentary). NoBlood has been granted permission from the producers of Knocking to reprint an excerpt from the printed study guide that accompanies the DVD. This excerpt is entitled “Jehovah’s Witnesses and Blood”, and presents an unbiased discussion of the role Jehovah’s Witnesses have played in the development of bloodless medicine. Please note, also, the subheading “Religion and Medicine”, in which it is aptly noted that the Witnesses have not been the only religious group to take exception to certain medical products or treatments.
Our members are invited to read and discuss this article bearing in mind that it is not intended to stimulate debate over the validity or acceptability of religious positions that may be held by our very diverse membership. We trust you will appreciate the privilege NoBlood has been given to participate in bringing to its membership a preview of the documentary ahead of its actual debut on PBS later this year.