Changed icon for denomination='jehovahs_witness' #75

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Jehovah's Witnesses do not use the cross so it should not be the icon used for Kingdom Halls.

This is a matter of respect for the Jehovah's Witnesses, a cross is inappropriate. From that denomination's publication "watchtower":

"Jesus did not die on a cross. He died on a pole, or a stake. The Greek word translated "cross" in many Bibles meant just one piece of timber. The symbol of the cross comes from ancient false religions. The cross was not used or worshiped by the early Christians. Therefore, do you think it would be right to use a cross in worship? (Deuteronomy 7:26; 1 Corinthians 10:14) {1}"

@brycenesbitt
You're right about the reason there. I didn't want to bring to much religion into the patch, I'd like to avoid a flamewar starting here. :-)

Another reason it's an important patch is that I've found evidence (and indeed I've seen it personally) that Jehovah's Witnesses are intentionally mangling the data on Kingdom Halls in order to avoid the cross icon. It's not malicious, but it means the tags on various place_of_worship POIs tends to be a bit inconsistent. "Hey I added the Kingdom Hall to the map, check it out". "Uhhh... what's with the cross?" ... "Oh wow, I'll get rid of it don't worry."

Ideally all Kingdom Halls will have a religion=Christian and denomination=jehovahs_witness. Then for the name tag language appropriate renderings can be used such as "Salon Del Reino" in Spanish and "Kingdom Hall" in english, this can pretty much be automated by anyone who's interested and would result in very clean data that's easy to search.

Avoiding offensive iconography for any religion or group will improve the correctness and consistency of the data when the human element is considered. So it is indeed worthwhile. Personally I reported this bug over 3 years ago (on the older mapnik) and now am at the point where I can fix it myself. It would be nice to see the patch accepted. :-)

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mrwojo commented Oct 18, 2013

Is a file missing from this PR? The .points queries in project.mml need to select denomination.

@mrwojo
You're right, bad form to do a pull request without testing the change first. This should be closed and resubmitted once I've done due diligence on it.

@donaciano donaciano closed this Oct 29, 2013

matthijsmelissen added a commit to matthijsmelissen/openstreetmap-carto that referenced this pull request Oct 18, 2014

Don't render a cross on place of worshop with denomination=jehovahs_w…
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* This resolves #1058

Thanks to @donaciano for the initial version in #75.

matthijsmelissen added a commit to matthijsmelissen/openstreetmap-carto that referenced this pull request Oct 18, 2014

Don't render a cross on place of worshop with denomination=jehovahs_w…
…itness

* This resolves #1058

Thanks to @donaciano for the initial version in #75.
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