While I await my hardcopy of the JCS, I thought I'd review How Can Blood Save Your Life. What does it say/imply about its medical veracity?
At the very start it states, "As you will see, the medical and moral aspects of using blood bear directly on how you can save your most valued possession: LIFE". A few pages later it says, "Still, for years claims have been made that blood saves lives. Doctors can relate cases in which someone had acute blood loss but was transfused and then improved rapidly. So you may wonder, 'How wise or unwise is this medically?' Medical evidence is offered to support blood therapy. Thus, you owe it to yourself to get the facts in order to make an informed choice about blood"
This brochure implies that it gives the facts! After all, isn't this "the Truth" religion. Then, the Society starts to give its medical advice. I can't wait to get this paper as it will show us how much the Society misrepresents the facts.
This brochure was written in the early 1990's. Fractions were around then, and were "accepted" by JWs. But, the medical alternative section does not mention them. The German man doesn't accept them in his blood card...and it shows his medical card But, right near the end of the brochure...the Society admits that JWs accept fractions. Shouldn't this be disclosed in the medical alternative section? Why bury it at the end, folks? Why be contradictory - accepted on one page and excepted on the other?
Auldsoul is right in that misrepresentation does not need to come only from economic transactions. Read Molko v. Unification Church out of the California Supreme Court. It's basic holding is that churches can not make misrepresentations (ESPECIALLY BIG ONES) when it's recruiting folks into a belief set without being held liable. I wonder if this is part of what this journal article hinges on....
I remember when I was indoctrinated, the blood issue was "saved for last...until the [recruit] had developed an appreciation for the Truth." Why was this the case? So, I'd accept what was "presented" to me without question. Once that hurdle was over, it was off to the doorbells...
So, how many more days until I get my copy?