This disturbing two-minute animated video – created by Jehovah’s Witnesses – is teaching children homophobic values, and informing them that LGBT people “can change”, and must be enlightened.
The video is part of a series on the organization’s website called “Become Jehovah’s Friend,” which targets children and explains the religion’s values by applying them in real-life situations.
In Lesson 22: One Man, One Woman, a young girl talks to her mother about friend having two mummies.
Sighing with disappointment, the mother expains
People have their own ideas about what is right and wrong – but what matters is how Jehovas feels. He wants us to be happy and he knows how we can be happiest. That’s why he invented marriage the way he did.”
She quotes two Bible verses as proof and says “Jehovah’s standards haven’t changed.”
On getting into heaven, she says:
It’s kind of like going on an airplane. What would happen if someone wanted to bring something on the plane that wasn’t allowed? It’s the same with Jehovah. He wants us to be his friend, and live in paradise forever, but we have to follow his standards to get there.”
The mother tells her daughter that Jehovah commands her to “leave behind” the things he does not allow in order to get in to heaven, and that means her friend Cassie’s parents, who “can change” with enough convincing.
While Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t condemn homosexuality outright, much like the Mormon church, it mandates that gays and lesbians must remain celibate and actively suppress their same-sex desires.
Under the religion’s doctrine, LGBT Jehovah’s Witnesses risk “disfellowship” or miscommunication, and can be shunned completely from their families and communities if they come out.