here is the copy of my letter sent to:
Steve Bates of the "Guardian" , London UK
Dear Mr. Bates, please receive a copy
of the letter that I've sent to:
Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of New York
25 Columbia Heights
Brooklyn, NY 11201-2483 - United States
I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses , that in union with millions
of others , worldwide, is trying to follow closely Jesus'
footsteps. I would like to related a recent event which, at the
beginning … puzzled me greatly.
As a matter of fact, I did found some information that
now deeply disturb me, as a person but also in a much
deeper spiritual sense.
At the beginning it left me numb…, but after, I took the decision to write you this letter, although I do know that it is not easy at all.
As I 'm writing my hands are trembling , I'm really deeply, deeply
touched , I think that I rarely experienced this emotion, triggered
by these informations.
Here , as short as possible they are:
On the website of The United Nations (www.un.org) the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, was listed as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) affiliated with the Department of Public Information (DPI).
At first glance it seemed, I thought, as though this association of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of New York with the United Nations , could be reasonable and logical.
However, I did search for some of the criteria, to be met by an organization in order to achieve NGO status, and I did found that some of these are the following:
(°)"… encourage political participation at the community level "
(°)"The Department of Public Information and NGOs cooperate regularly. NGOs associated with DPI disseminate information about the UN to their membership, thereby building knowledge of and support for the Organization at the grassroots level."
Sincerely I must say that these are the statements that are so troubling to me.
Then I called the United Nations to verify that all the informations were correct, including the fact that the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of New York, was indeed an NGO.
Therefore I would greatly appreciate your clarification on these basic and specific points:
a) What was the purpose of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society's
association with the United Nations as an NGO?
b) Why were , the thousands and thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses congregations, all over the world, never informed of this relationship or association status with the United Nations?
c) In October 2001, why was that you, as Watchtower Bible & Tract
Society of New York, seek termination of this almost 10 years old relationship with the United Nations?
(as can be seen from a fax dated 10/11/01 from Paul Hoeffel, Chief – NGO/DPI Section, United Nations - New York -)
d) Why did the DPI make a decision, to disassociate the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of New York as of 9 October 2001?
e) Will the thousands and thousands of Jehovah's Witnesses congregations, all over the world, be informed of the termination or
disassociation of this relationship or association status with the United
I thank you in advance for helping me to reconcile this apparent contradiction of beliefs, taught and published by you and generally held by all the Jehovah's Witnesses vs. your relationship or association status - as Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of New York, with the
After all, it is still clear in my mind, when I personally , to my family and in private , in the congregation and even publicly , I did refer to the "…United Nations as ' a scarlet-colored wild beast ' that is the image of Satan's bloodstained political system…"
I know your answers will be helpful in overturning the recent charges of hypocrisy that have arisen in the press recently over this matter , even
more so, after an article published in the " The Guardian" 10/15/01 -London - UK, and while waiting , please accept my Christian greetings,
Sincerely, your brother and fellow servant in Christ Jesus,
James Charles MacHislopp
P.S. Mr. Bates, thanks for your excellent articles
and for this letter feel free to use it, including
my name and e-mail. My best greetings,
James Charles MacHislopp
" One who has an accurate knowledge
of God's Word will have no problem
in refuting false religious ideas".