So what would have happened if nobody had voted ?

I am always at something of a loss to understand the principle of wit Jehovahs Witnesses do not vote.
I have worked with many JW's over the years and have taught plenty too and I think almost without exception they have all been truly lovely people. Now I know they say ' God's law is supreme' and this is given as the reason that they do not vote. But just how useful is the bible as a set of rules for society ?
Does the bible stipulate where 30mph zones should in ?
Does the bible state which company should who a waste contract ?
And in this case, as the newspaper picture shows, who in North Norfolk would have been able to grant planning permission for a new meeting hall if everyone had done as the Jehovahs Witnesses do and not voted ?
Clearly having beliefs is a good thing and it is nice to govern your own life by them, whatever they are, but surely we all accept that as a part of society, we all have a responsibility to make decisions and those decisions are best made by people who can be selected by the people (and rejected if necessary), so they are at least accountable, because as far as I can see, a two thousand year old text fails to answer questions on planning law, parking permits and dog litter bins !


Tom Papworth said...

I managed to convince a JW to sign my Green Tax Switch petition, once, so clearly there is hope.

(BTW: You might want to give this post a proof-read. It looks like you might have been typing on a Blackbury).

Ellee said...

Actually, this is a very good point. I wonder whether they struggle to survive like to CoE, both financially and with members.

Norfolk Blogger said...

Yes, it was actually done on my Sony Ericsson phone, but I've now proof read it from home and made ammendments. Thanks.

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

During the recent elections, I met a man, a JW, who said that he was votting for God. I told him that God wasn't on the ballot paper and he asked why not. I suggested he couldn't find the ten signatures!