Some JWs have been persecuted. Some people of any group (race, nationality,
economic level, religious
choice, age level, political party, even music pref-
erence) develop and rationalize an ingroup-biased, "hooray for us--bash
selfishness about their priority group in relation to others, including JWs
leaders, and some JWs followers (the
leaders don't go door to door) have gotten
the bad end of that in return, too.
The Watchtower outlooks on worldliness
In the most notable time and place for the JWs leaders' stance to be put to
the test, JWs wouldn't fight for
the Nazis or "heil" Hitler, then again most
lived in the U.S. and wouldn't fight against them or pledge allegiance to the
flag, for liberty and justice for all, either. The JWs leaders' expanded
rules about worldliness are so inflexible
and exclusivist that JWs followers
weren't even allowed to help fight the Nazis out of harm's way by joining the
Christian movement. If anything, any converts they made were talked
out of fighting the Nazis.
Rutherford, from his mansion in San Diego, sent the followers door to door
with his damnation of all not Rutherford
till Hitler's men were sent to harass
the JWs. Hitler didn't target the JWs for extermination as he did regarding
Jews, but wanted the JWs to stop criticizing his political party and the
religions of many of his constituency. Basically,
he just wanted Rutherford to
stay out of politics which shouldn't have been hard for someone that was honest-
neutral to do.
Then Rutherford did something profoundly dumb in terms of both claiming the
righteousness of an elite 144,000
(p.1a) and of taking strategic care of his
followers. In Feb.9 and Oct.7, 1934 letters to Hitler, Rutherford at once
tried to cozy up to Hitler's party and anti-Semitism, and threatened Hitler that
if He didn't call off his men,
Rutherford would have messages that were critical
about Hitler in the JWs tracts sent door to door and Hitler would be
(see the "Timeline of JWs leaders in regard to human government, war, propagan-
da, and persecution" on p.6).
JWs went to prison camps, where some died, and the rest shared Rutherford's
tracts and books underground.
Ironically, current JWs leaders want credit for having protected the follow-
ers with their stance of political
neutrality (see the listing for 1996 on the
timeline on p.6), and to bash Christendom (meant in a derogatory way) for having
Hitler. Actually, Rutherford took a stance that was preposterously
elitist and inflexible (144,000, etc.), couldn't
keep his mouth shut about poli-
tics, which very un-144,000-ishly included support for the Nazis and their no-
anti-Semitism, threatened Adolf Hitler that Rutherford would make Hitler
the target of the sort of bashing propaganda JWs
literature has always been in-
famous for, and the fathead got a bunch of JWs killed. Most Christians did
Rom.13:1-5 duty and sent the military after Hitler's troops and stopped
their onslaught, no thanks to Rutherford.
"Satan himself knows that his days as world ruler are fast running out. Hence,
he is making a desperate,
all-out effort to corrupt humans beyond reform, just
as he did prior to the Flood of Noah's day. (Genesis 6:1-5; Jude 6)
'Woe for the
earth and for the sea,' says Revelation 12:12, 'because the Devil has come down
to you, having great anger,
knowing he has a short period of time.'" ("The
Watchtower," Oct.15, 2001) http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2001761?q=god+the+father&p=par
The JWs leaders created a regimented antipathy toward governments, other than
to call all of them Satanic,
to be patient with the status quo and wait for
God's kingdom, which also meant they didn't rebel against segregation in
U.S.A. (see 1952 on the timeline on p.6), didn't rebel against apartheid in
South Africa (other than having an integrated
stadium assembly for JWs), etc.
Some would go through persecution to gain followers to Jehovah's love...which
leaders teach is strictly found by way of buying and spreading the JWs
Some people may think the JWs don't take part in the military because of some-
thing about the Golden Rule
and "love thy neighbor." That's an easy mistake for
people who haven't followed JWs leaders' literature to make since
it's more pop-
ularly known that some non-JWs use such reasons for deciding not to serve in the
military, although that
interpretation verses justifiable defense is debated.
It would help to not read the JWs tracts, too, which aren't exactly "love thy
neighbor" oriented, unless you
want to call damning everybody else to hell love.
Part of the JWs leaders' 'centric exclusiveness means more people to
tion out and around to, which the JWs leaders like to express with blanket prop-
aganda which doesn't doesn't
indicate love for others but being anti-others.
Read some to the corresponding others sometime and see.
Actually, the JWs leaders don't teach pacifism. They're to be peaceful gener-
ally but can defend their
spiritual brothers and sisters (JWs) from attack due
to their view of John 15:13. ("The Watchtower," June 1, 1968, p.347)
trying to understand the JWs leaders' stance by way of more commonly known paci-
fist's interpretations of certain
Bible verses may mischaracterize what the JWs
1975 "Should You Defend Yourself?" "The situation may be such that the only
thing a person can
do is to use whatever is at hand to protect himself or oth-
ers. As a result, the attacker may receive a fatal blow.
From the Scriptural
standpoint, the one acting in self-defense would not thereby incur bloodguilt."
1975, p.28) http://www.jwfacts.com/watchtower/war.php
Russell taught that human government and non-Russell religion (practically all
of it) was ungodly. The
Bible Students were originally allowed to serve in the
military but discouraged from using weapons on anyone. Russell
wasn't so strict
about fellowship but was elitist about himself and salvation (he started the
Watchtower leaders' rule
of claiming to be of a literal 144,000, etc.).
In 1929, JWs Pres. Rutherford had Rom.13:1-8 reinterpreted to mean the govern-
ing authorities to obey, usually
interpreted by non-JWs to mean human government
generally when doing good, were God and Jesus. Human government could
said to be led by Satan, the "god of the world" (2 Cor.4:4), so Rutherford could
damn human government unrestrainedly.
That's always been the basic combination of Satan and human government ideas
used by the JWs leaders.
The JWs leaders' overdone idea of worldliness, there-
fore Satanic control of the world, can be seen in how it creates
an irony that
Rutherford's version of Rom.13:1-8 just made seem more ironic: God put the devil
in charge of human government
to be God's servant to do good in the world. Cal-
vin Coolidge, Mayors, Civil Service employees of all types, etc.,
work for Satan
so JWs shouldn't be a part of it no matter what good they do.
Rutherford's version of Rom.13:1-8 should be seen with 1 Peter 2:13-15: "Sub-
mit yourselves for the Lord's
sake to every human institution, whether to a king
as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the
evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God
that by doing right
you may silence the ignorance of foolish men."
In 1935, Rutherford played prophet some more and made clear that his idea ex-
tended to a ban of saluting flags
and refusing to pledge to want what's honor-
able and equitable for the citizenry (p.1a). He had a bad promoter's
trying to get his followers into scrapes, which proved disastrous in Nazi Ger-
many. Soon after he took
over and started making changes, JWs were required to
abide by his rules with strict regimentation.
In 1962, the higher authorities of Rom.13:1-8 were reinterpreted by the JWs
leaders to be human government
again. This just smoothed out some phrasing
ideas, though, since the rules about not being allowed to take part in
ment, due to the JWs leaders playing prophet with an expanded idea of what being
worldly means, didn't improve
but just maintained Russell's prophet-playing pre-
tensions of exclusiveness. The JWs leaders were still not pacifists
government still offered a variety of jobs other than military ones.
Jesus' statement wasn't an answer to a question about politics. He just meant
his followers believe in
God and God's word to not lie, steal, etc.
Matt.13.38 "The field is the world, and the good seed is the children of the
kingdom. The weeds
are the sons of the evil one." "World" here is meant as
it's understood generally, with followers the good seed and
John 15:18,19 Jesus said being worldly is to not follow him. There are those
of the world who hated
him and will hate his followers.
John 17:11,14-19 Jesus said that for his followers to be no part in the world
meant putting faith in
him and preaching about him.
James 4:1-10 gives not being of the world in the sense of believing in God and
not being selfish and inconsiderate.
1 John 2:15-17 Being worldly is to not have faith in the Father but just want
to please yourself with
pride and the things of the world.
Romans 13:1-7 The government does God's work in regulating things, even using
punishment for bad behavior,
so subject yourself to it. (I don't think I'll be
conflicting with anyone's interpretation to add that scriptural
context would at
times indicate that a government could act badly and be an exception to that
brief general statement.)
Matt.4:8-10 The idea of the devil as being able to offer the world to Jesus
represents the "world" in
the sense of those who don't believe in God and/or
favor selfish inconsideration of others, the only aspect of the world
claim for himself to offer--compare 2 Corinthians 4:3,4 below.
John 12:30,31 Jesus says, "Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the
ruler of this world be cast
out; and I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will
draw all men to myself." The devil will have lost some control
lives and destinies with the results of the crucifixion.
2 Corinthians 4:3,4 "And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to
those who are perishing.
In their case the god of this world has blinded the
minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the
the glory of Christ, who is the likeness of God." To not believe in the Lord
and God of Christians is
to be of the world. The false "god" has domain over
unbelievers, not believers (Col. 1:13).
1 Cor.1.26 Not many of the Corinthian flock were wise by worldly standards--
by general standards otherwise.
1 Cor.7.28 Paul writes that the Corinthian flock won't sin by getting mar-
ried, but he'd spare them
the worldly troubles they'll have if they do. (I
think "worldly troubles" here means activities beyond the strengthening
growth of the flock, which he was asking the flock to devote special attention
to. This is continued in the
next couple of examples.)
1 Cor.7.33,34 The married man or woman is anxious about worldly things: how
to please their spouse, etc.
"Worldly" here refers to whatever that would
divide your attention from the Lord.
2 Cor.7.10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation
without regret, whereas worldly
grief produces death. Being worldly is to not
worship the Lord and to not avoid lying, stealing, etc.
Titus.2.12 The grace of God for salvation trains followers to renounce the
denial of God and the passion
to be worldly (lie, steal, etc.), and to live
self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.
Jude.1.18-21 Scoffers who are ungodly and devoid of the Spirit in creating
divisions between flock members
are worldly people. Not being worldly is to
have faith, pray in the Holy Spirit, keep the love of God, and wait for
mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
These verses indicate a couple of ideas about what is meant in them by the
- the sin of not believing in the God of their religion, and
- the sin of going against God's word by overindulging the self inconsiderate
of others, as by lying, stealing,
murdering, etc. Yet people, including them-
selves, even who know such things are wrong, may be selfish and do those
If and when anyone does those things, it is considered being "worldly." It
basically means to be of the
"world" beyond the religion.
Being worldly is to not go by the words of Jesus (which are like ones of Moses
before him) (Deut.6:5; Lev.19:18;
Mark 12:28-31; Matt.7:12, Luke 6:31) when
asked which commandment was the greatest: love the Lord your God with all your
soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as you love yourself. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Rule
The JWs leaders have added to those ideas about worldliness to ban the pledge
of allegiance and most government
work, etc., in the same way that they create
exclusive rules that ban most holiday celebrations (p.1a) and the use of cross
(p.6b), all of which they require agreement with for salvation. The
rules create the usual contradictions between
the JWs leaders' claim of
"144,000" exclusive righteousness and the methods they use to try to make the
look like the guaranteed intended meanings of the Bible.
A lot of the JWs leaders' rules that add to the meaning of worldliness are
just variations of a couple basic
ideas--an expanded idea of what idolatry means
and a need to avoid certain things due to the connotations of them the JWs
ers define, both of which go against the scriptures by apostle Paul.
For Christians, idolatry normally just means worship of whatever other than
God. It doesn't rule out
love, shows of affection, or just friendly get togeth-
The JWs leaders use an overdone idea of idolatry that rules out having a holi-
day for someone (Mother's Day,
Christmas, a birthday party) as allegedly honor-
ing them to the extent of creature worship (p.1a). Part of the JWs
stance on neutrality customizes the definition of idolatry likewise to brand
saluting the flag as idolatry,
the 4th of July as creature worship of human gov-
At 1 Cor.8-11:1,17-34; Col.2:13-23, Paul taught that true worship isn't deter-
mined by the ceremonial things
of an idol temple or the Lord's Supper. Strong
faith is what is important, and it leads to the right view of those
and ceremonial things. The Christian thanks God for everything with worship for
no other, so Paul can
eat whatever foods, including the meats commonly available
at idol temples in Corinth, and be of Christian faith, and a
eat at the Lord's Supper and not have Christian faith (pp.37-39).
An example that makes it easy to remember is that you don't hear of an atheist
worried that they have to start
going to church because they ate something by a
The idolatrous connotations of the things of an idol temple were likewise no-
thing to Paul because he didn't
believe in idolatry. Paul believed God provided
those things and food, and Paul provided the worship for Him exclusively.
Similarly, at Rom.14, Paul could have taken the route of the JWs leaders and
forbid followers to celebrate
Mosaic law feasts because they could be thought to
imply the connotation that Christians need to to follow Mosaic law.
vised Christians to feel free to have them or not--just remember that those
feasts are optional and to not
judge each other about it (p.36).
Along with not having rules about unclean things (Acts 10,11), Christians can
spread into the world without
having unnecessary divisions or giving offense
over artificial ritual concerns about things or being worried about certain
having connotations that make them taboo, a worry Paul called weakness of
The JWs leaders' rules are contradictorily meant to help establish their claim
of "144,000" exclusive righteousness
and examples of what Paul called weak
faith. The JWs leaders pretense of exclusiveness creates unnecessary divisions
Christians and is discouraged by the Bible.
The Watchtower outlooks on neutrality
The safest reconciliation of verses like Rom.13:1-8; 1 Pet.2:13,14, and "We
must obey God rather than men"
(Acts 5:29), is that a Christian can take part in
the world generally but should avoid being worldly in the sense of renouncing
faith or sinning. If something of the world requires them to renounce
their faith in the Lord or sin, they are to
follow God and not men.
JWs leaders play prophet in making rulings for salvation that restrict accept-
able participation in the world
beyond that, which non-JWs typically leave to be
matters of personal conscience. JWs aren't allowed to take part
so a JW can't have a Civil Service job, which can be nearly any kind of job.
Rom.13:1-8 taken in context, generally recommends government as a good thing
to take part in for the good of
the community as long as it doesn't cause the
Christian to violate those principles. An example of violation of them
the Roman government requiring worship of the Roman Emperor, even having Chris-
tians put to death for not
doing it. Likewise, another example, centuries lat-
er, would be the government making being non-Christian sedition
by death. Jesus didn't teach you should persuade to his way by finding people
who believe differently
and beating them up--no, no, no.
Never mind that without the police and military, the same thing in many gov-
ernments, there would be a lot
more worldliness to the world's worldliness.
(Think of what happened to the Native Americans in the lawless early western
of the U.S.A., or how much worse the Nazis would have been if not con-
fronted.) JWs aren't pacifists, but the merit
of defense of others to help them
when attacked by someone (even if the attacker otherwise says they're a Chris-
or anything else) is selfishly limited in the stance taught by the JWs
leaders to defense of JWs by JWs and not helping
others identically. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Police
American government, for one government, is so big and diverse in concerns,
including helpful ones that should
be fine with a Bible believer, that it's un-
necessary for the JWs leaders to exclude participation in all of it, and,
tunately, prevent the good contributions a lot of JWs could make to it.
The JWs leaders' stance on these matters, and making it a required doctrine,
is another of their examples of
playing God's sole channel of information so
cooking up a minority or distinctive doctrine as a pretentious requirement
calls for punishment of persistent dissent. (They fixed Rutherford's Rom.13:1-8
interpretation to let it
jibe with 1 Peter 2:13-15, but the marketing pitch has
maintained Russell's pretensions of "144,000" elitism verses the
the Bible's idea of not being worldly, from Russell's day to today.)
The JWs leaders' stance is that saluting the flag is idolatry (see the listing
for 1935 on p.1a). It
originated as Russell's outlook on government as ungodly,
which was extended with Rutherford's June 1 and 9, 1929 reinterpretation
"higher authorities" of Rom.13:1-8 as being God and Christ instead of a general-
ization about human leaders
(see the timeline on p.6). Human government was
called Satanic, and you wouldn't want to pledge allegiance to Satan.
13:1-8 idea was reversed on Nov.15, 1962, but the idea of involvement in human
government and taking the pledge
of allegiance as being too worldly has contin-
But it's another case of the JWs leaders hoking up an imaginable personal in-
terpretation as a required view
to play God's sole channel with distinctive doc-
trines. If a Christian believes in the God of the Bible, etc., there's
unchristian about professing a desire for freedom, justice, and liberty for all
in their part in the mix of
a country. Wanting it to be indivisible, wanting
that we should all be on the same page in these regards, and so
not have another
Civil War, isn't unchristian, either--it sounds like the Golden Rule. It even
used to have an
"under God" part. I'd see any nobleness beyond pretentiousness
in the JWs leaders requiring their stance as though
a Bible necessity if I saw
any real substantiation for it. http://www.quotes-watchtower.co.uk/flag_salute.html
Again, JWs aren't pacifists, they'll defend other JWs but, due to the rules
described above, draw the line
at defending others, notably as a soldier in the
government. The moral difference between offense and defense isn't
to them, but since JWs leaders' literature has frequently put the two on the
same moral plane in depicting
"Christendom" as made up of war mongers, a more
balanced overview about war generally can be found at the next links:
Since much of the JWs leaders' literature on the subject has been framed in
the stance of deciding JWS have
the right religion, a couple basic points I'd
add are that:
- the first several centuries of
mainly mainstream historical Christians, not
JWs, were pretty peaceful. When the Roman government made Christianity
quired religion, so most people were saying, "Yeah, I'm Christian--I plan to
find out what it is someday," things
changed. Some government leaders could use
it as any of a variety of ideologies to mobilize people to attack at times.
- I won't promise 100% agreement, but Protestants and Catholics would at least
agree with JWs about disapproving
of those who were on the offense in wars. A
lot of them aren't thrilled with the hardships of it as defense, either.
the Wikipedia article on war explains, more and more people are wishing to solve
things some other way.
Branding all Protestants and Catholics as like the worst
example of the war monger on the offense is out of line.
My personal opinion is that I'm not convinced the person who doesn't help de-
fend, and lets another be hurt
while they save their own skin, is morally super-
ior. And if a lot of unnecessary division between people is due
to people get-
ting too "centric" about their race, religion, nationality, political group,
etc., the JWs leaders could
stand to improve in being less 'centric in several
areas before offering themselves as uniquely divine examples of selflessness
The Watchtower efforts to claim the right religion regarding war
"For instance, Trinitarians have often persecuted and even killed those who
rejected the Trinity doctrine.
And they have gone even further. They have
killed their fellow Trinitarians in wartime. What could be more
than Catholics killing Catholics, Orthodox killing Orthodox, Protestants killing
the name of the same Trinitarian God?" ("Should You Believe
in the Trinity?" 1989, p.10 of the online version)
Regarding JWs literature slandering other Christians as having been murderous
for having been warlike, even
Christian killing Christian, meant to indicate the
JWs leaders have the one true religion:
- JWs aren't pacifists, as some non-JWs mistakenly think. The JWs leaders
have an overdone interpretation
of worldliness that prevents JWs from being in
government, therefore preventing them from helping in the defense of other
ple and fighting against crime with the police or military (often the same thing in
many countries) and more free
time to distribute JWs leaders' tracts and collect
donations for the leaders. Sociologists teach that there's less
crime due to
there being police or military used for defense and fighting crime, and those
who've helped with that,
sometimes being very selfless to help someone else, de-
serve praise for it.
- The JWs leaders' own knowledge of the mistake of putting offense on the same
moral plane as defense, even
in regard to defense against an errant Christian on
the attack, should prevent such slander painted with a broad brush.
Much of the scripture used to decide this were written about a sect of a min-
ority religion without a government
and an accompanying police or military, liv-
ing under a government they felt regarded and treated them unfairly, and may
meant as regards how to conduct ones' self and spread the religion peacefully in
those circumstances. One thing
they didn't want to provoke was offense, even a
concern to have a Christian put to death, in regard to first century Jewish
They also didn't want to worship the emperors that demanded it, so
wouldn't see involvement in the Roman government as
an enticement when it could
mean putting a Christian to death for being a Christian.
As pointed out in the Tektonics article by James Patrick Holding at the next
link, at Ex.15:3 "The LORD is
a warrior; The LORD is His name" and at Rom.15:33
"Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen." (NASB) He's
one or the other as
the circumstances call for. http://www.tektonics.org/uz/warringgod.html
The clear reference to a Christian regard for government and defense or pun-
ishment is Rom.13:1-7. Assuming
it's a generalization for when government does
good, it says God has it carry the sword to do its duty, and the scriptural
text would most clearly have you compare it to how Mosaic law minimized crime,
including Mosaic law followers putting
errant Mosaic law followers to death, in
doing that. (Amnesty International probably wouldn't be thrilled about all
things it had the death penalty for compared to the U.S.A. today.)
Examples of Christians being on the offense, or fighting to impose one relig-
ious view on another (the worst
excesses of the Inquisition are obvious exam-
ples), being bad would meet with only agreement between JWs and most Christians
and not create a point of dispute or determine whose religion is right.
Despite the JWs leaders' efforts to paint other Christians as warlike, this
Wikipedia article on war indicates
more people today are inclined to want to
settle things other than with war: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War
Looking at the other side of the coin, the JWs leaders haven't exactly been
politically neutral in playing
prophet (without a miraculous validation for it
but a lot of failed prophecies) in defining worldliness with their personal
required for salvation to create the idea of Satanic Civil Service den-
tists or such. This has an important part
in how the JWs were put into unnec-
essary conflicts, even killed, in Nazi Germany, and couldn't help fight it and
it. Likewise, if the JWs leaders hadn't been putting the followers to their
dubious requirements about worldliness
in Malawi (compared to how the JWs lead-
ers handled things in Mexico at about the same time), there wouldn't have had
be so many JWs hurt or killed there.
As is shown by the scriptural possibilities of the verses used to analyze the
JWs leaders ban of the medical
use of blood and major blood products (pp.12-42),
the JWs leaders have held followers to loyalty unto pain of death, causing
deaths of not only adult JWs but the children of JWs parents who decide the med-
ical treatment for their children
in hospitals, for about 60 years, especially a
problem in countries in which alternative medical treatments are less available.
The JWs leaders have some points or opinions on the matter of not killing un-
necessarily, and, except for
slanderous propaganda just meant to sell their own
literature, would probably only find agreement with most Christians
But the JWs leaders are hardly in the position of saints on the subject. Other
Christian leaders who
have been less self-centered and better about being
straight with their followers on such things shouldn't be hard to find.
The Watchtower outlooks on freedom of speech
I notice the JWs leaders' freedom of speech concern it sheds a little light on
is pretty JWs leaders'-centric,
not a general commitment. A little taste of the
Catholic-bashing intentions of Rutherford comes through in the interview,
The cases settled by the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of the JWs upheld the
right of JWs to go on others' property
to distribute literature at the door, so-
licite, preach, and have a parade without paying a tax or getting license or
from the local police, the right to use amplification in public to
preach, to be protected from arrest under unconstitutional
ordinances, to not
give the Pledge of Allegiance, to receive unemployment benefits from the State
if they quit a job
due to religious reasons (a JW didn't want to manufacture
weapons), and resulted in an expanded meaning of "conscientious
covered JWs (1953: a minister could make their living with secular work) so they
could be exempt from
the draft and jury service.
Those not in favor of the JWs allowed a school to require a student to give
the Pledge of Allegiance (overturned),
and upheld the right to arrest someone
who violates child labor laws, the right to prevent them from doing something
could harm their child's welfare, and arrest them for using "fighting
words" (a JW called the sheriff a "a God-damned racketeer"
and "a damned fas-
An irony I see is that the JW can avoid being arrested by not calling the
sheriff such things, but if the sheriff
were to read some of the JWs leaders'
literature, which pretty much calls all such government officials the same or
(Satan's workers or such), they'd see the JW was going to spread the mes-
sage to call the sheriff something at least as
I hadn't seen the web site, and I'm not familiar with the stances or methods
of the web site holder, other
than articles about the site make it clear it was
critical of the JWs leaders and literature and relied mainly on the JWs
literature to make a case.
1993 "connecting a computer to an electronic bulletin board [the more modern
equivalent being the Internet]
can open the way to serious spiritual dangers.
Just as an unscrupulous individual can place on a bulletin board a virus--a
gram designed to corrupt and destroy computer files--apostates, clergymen, and
persons seeking to corrupt others
morally or otherwise can freely place their
poisonous ideas on bulletin boards.
"Unless a bulletin board, even one labeled 'JW Only,' is properly supervised,
with its use being limited to
those who are mature, faithful servants of Jeho-
vah, it could expose Christian users to 'bad associations.' (1 Cor. 15:33)
Society has received reports that such so-called private networks have been used
not only to speculate regarding
spiritual matters but also to give bad advice,
spread gossip and false information, plant negative ideas, raise questions
doubts that subvert the faith of some, and disseminate private interpretations
"On the surface, some information may appear to be Interesting and informative,
and yet it may be laced with
poisonous elements. Christians look to 'the faith-
ful and discreet slave' for timely spiritual food and for clarifications."
Watchtower," Aug. 1, 1993. p.17) http://ed5015.tripod.com/JwEmbracesInternet54.htm
The JWs religion is created by rules established with JWs literature which is
presided over by the JWs leaders.
In such an area of honest deliberation, in-
terpretation differences, and even intolerant crank reactions, being able to
the JWs leaders' quotes is crucial in establishing their stances and
that the foundation of your case is evidential and
based on those quotes.
A May, 2007, Nashville, TN, WSMV-TV news clip, at YouTube at the next link, is
about Bill Bowen and Silent
Lambs support for abuse victims, their claim that
the JWs leaders' organization provides a way for abusers to be handled
JWs organization and not be brought to task by the law, and that in March, 2007,
over a dozen molestation lawsuits
were settled by the JWs leaders' organiza-
tion--with gag orders. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlRHaO0y4ro http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gag_order http://www.jehovahs-witness.com/topic/134112/sixteen-child-sex-abuse-lawsuits-against-jehovahs-witnesses-settled?page=1&size=20
Complaints about the JWs leaders' use of reference material:
the issue of pedophilia
Thanks to Fatfreak and others of the Jehovah's Witness Discussion forum web
site for the next example.
Gail Bethea-Jackson, LCSW-C/BCD, complained that quotes of a video testimony
of hers were taken out of context
misleadingly by the "Authorized Site of the
Office of Public Information of Jehovah's Witnesses." The site gives
her as a
doctor (she isn't--she's a clinical social worker who specializes in the field
of victimization) who appears
to support the innocence of the JWs leaders re-
garding their handling of sex offenses committed on children (that had
to do with what she was talking about) because there has been "Progressive Un-
derstanding" about the matter
the JWs leaders shouldn't be held to have under-
stood till recently (the site doesn't indicate the tape is at least 10
as of Dec., 2007, and that she was referring to "18 or 20 years ago" regarding
when the topic of "adolescents,"
not adults, who abused children began to be a
field of study, to not dismiss it as adolescent adjustment reaction, since
adult sexual offenders in prisons confessed to beginning their offenses as ado-
lescents). http://www.jehovahs-witness.com/topic/148574/they-wt-took-me-out-context-gail-bethea-jackson-video?page=1&size=20 http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=0MBJCNNU http://www.thepathfinderproject.net/Pathfinder-Therapist.html
The link with misinformation about Gail from the Authorized Site of the Office
of Public Information of Jehovah's
Witnesses web site became inactive after the
complaints from Gail went online.
"Complaints about the JWs leaders' use of reference material: the issue of in-
telligent design" on p.1a cont.
"Complaints about the JWs leaders' use of reference material under the heading
'We must preserve the sanctity of our stance
on blood--truth and other's lives,
we're not crazy about'" on p.1a cont.
"Complaints about the JWs leaders' use of reference material: the issue of de-
termining when Nebuchadnezzar
destroyed Jerusalem" on p.1c.
"Complaints about the JWs leaders' use of reference material: the issue of the
identity of Jesus and the holy
spirit" on p.6b.
"Complaints about the JWs leaders' use of reference material: the issue of
early Christian history and related
research material" on p.9.
"Complaints about the JWs leaders' use of reference material: the issue of the
medical use of blood and major
blood fractions" on p.14.