Nice teaser. Barbara!
This is not going to be much of a tip-off for Bethel, because this is so going to come from an unexpected place and blindside them.
And even if they knew, there's essentially nothing they can do to stop it, anymore than disfellowshipping Bill, Barbara etc. had any impact on the Dateline special.
And the fact that the world in general doesn't pay a hell of a lot of attention to the JW scandals is hardly the point. The JWs have always been mostly a footnote in history - unlike their grandiose claims of being at the center of the universe, under the constant scrutiny of society, Satan's main target, etc etc.
But, note what all these scandals, from the generation change to the pedophile scandals have done:
* baptisms have dropped by 50%
* growth in countries with wide access to the Net is at 0% or in the negative
What does that mean? We've essentially stopped the WTS's growth from the outside. In many countries, as soon as someone types "Jehovah's Witnesses" into a search engine, we all know what happens. So even those few non-JWs who actually do develop an interest in the Witnesses, the majority of those will know the truth about 'the truth' in short order. Soon, more and more third world countries will have these same Internet resources.
These same resources are taking their toll on those who are now JWs, and a hell of a lot of us are living proof of that - including myself.
So now, maybe there is something coming down the road that will hit the WTS in a long term way that is totally unexpected - and whose affects might not be fully felt for a few years yet. Still another nail in the coffin - and this will be an extremely important one. And how many more JWs will leave due to this?
Barbara, I'll call tomorrow. Sorry I haven't been in touch sooner - very busy week at work. Would like to talk about some ways to get the word out on this.