If you know his parents are against it, why would you? I always respect the parents wishes no matter how ridiculous I may feel they are. Do you want the child lying to them? If they tell the truth they may not be able to go around others. Which do you feel is best? Seclusion or lies?
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Totally. Anyone who would deprive a child from so many of the greatest joys of childhood simply to indulge their own piety and vanity is not deserving of respect for their parenting methods. Every kid I ever knew who was brought up JW has serious mental and emotional issues, and none of them retained the faith in which they were reared. Try and sneak your friend out of the house for all the holidays you can, and give him as much candy as you can spare.
No, not really because if you do, then you are assisting a young and innocent child to lie to his parents, go against his religion, and from this, he might continue lying to other people because he 'sees' that an adult thinks it's 'ok' to go against his parents wishes.
Except for obvious and generally agreed upon issues of child abuse, it is pretty much impossible to protect a child from his parents---especially when it comes to implementing the practical consequences of their religious beliefs.
I wouldn't go out of my way to accommodate his parents preferences since they have no authority outside of their own house, but I would not deliberately try to expose him that child to experiences that his parents specifically forbid. And I would do that for the child's sake, not for the parents sake.
He will have plenty of opportunities to rebel in a few years.