Tuesday, October 11, 2005


... of persons or witnesses! HT: Roman Catholic Blog

Apparently, Jehovah's Witnesses were embarrassed by a Canadian research ministry's website so, in the tradition of Scientology, they are suing its webmaster.
An ex-Jehovah's Witness created a website that excerpts often-embarrassing assertions made in JW literature over the years. The JW's are now suing the webmaster for $100,000.

The leaders of the Jehovah's Witnesses are going to court to fight the "embarrassment" caused to them by the site, which quotes from JW's own literature. ...

There is an element of truth here: What is found in many of the quotations really is embarrassing and in all likelihood will result in a diminution of the Watchtower's reputation.
Peter Mosier set up his site in 1998. On it he has published short extracts from official Watchtower publications, and he has let the extracts speak for themselves. ...
Mosier adds no commentary of his own. His site says, "If you are looking for criticism, critique, or editorial commentary regarding Jehovah's Witnesses, you have come to the wrong place. On the other hand, if you want to read the Society's own words, as provided by their publications, so you can study and research on your own without bias, then you have come to the right place."

He explains that "in all cases, references are provided to the original work. All quotes can be verified by any interested person. The context of the quote has been preserved by including a reasonable amount of surrounding text."
Mosier, a Toronto resident, was served with a lawsuit which seeks $100,000 in damages. The legal filings claim Mosier is attempting to embarrass the Watchtower Society and that his web site has resulted in "a loss of reputation and goodwill."

Roman Catholic Blog cites a few examples of the site's work, all of which would embarrass me if I'd gone on record with such statements ...
... a 1932 quotation in which the Watchtower claimed that the theory of gravity is wrong and that planets are held in place not by gravity but by electrical forces?

Then there are the prophecies. JW authorities wrote: "Therefore we may confidently expect that 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the faithful prophets of old, particularly those named by the Apostle in Hebrews chapter eleven, to the condition of human perfection."
RCB says, "You may have heard that things did not quite turn out that way."
The three patriarchs did not return to Earth in 1925 or at any later time, even though the Jehovah's Witnesses built a fine house for them in San Diego. The house was call Beth Sharim ("House of Princes") and today is occupied not by biblical personages but by a regular family. It was used, until his death in 1942, by Joseph Rutherford, one-time head of the Watchtower Society.
According to reports, Mosier left the cult seven years ago; primarily because of the Watchtower's string of false prophecies.

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