Here is my letter and the entries on the petition re the Quotes lawsuit. (For background: http://www.jehovahs-witness.com/6/104823/1.ashx )
Approx 120 signtures from at least 13 different countries, collected over the course of 12 days (thanks largely to Legolas for publicizing the petition!!). It's going out in today's mail.
Mr. Glen How
Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Canada
Dear Mr. How:
It is my understanding that you may have been involved in the lawsuit against Peter Mosier (http://quotes.watchtower.ca). If that is not the case, kindly forward this correspondence to the appropriate party.
I do not intend to speak to the legalities of what you did. I simply wish to respectfully express my concerns over the actions of the Society which appear to be unchristian and counterproductive to the Society’s goals. The suit alleges that providing quotes of literature causes embarrassment to the Society. Why is that? One of the core teachings of the Watchtower Society is that the Faithful and Discreet Slave is led directly by Jehovah. Another teaching is that Jehovah is perfect, infallible. Therefore, there should be no reason to be embarrassed about Jehovah’s own teachings, whether they are recent or not. If there is a Biblical basis allowing for the Faithful and Discreet Slave to have made errors, then there is no reason to hide it. Attempting to hide your own teachings causes the public to draw the conclusion that you have something to hide, and brings reproach upon Jehovah’s Witnesses. The lawsuit actually resulted in a lot more embarrassment than the website ever could. Many news web sites reported the story and painted the Society in a very negative light. These stories have been discussed on internet forums with tens of thousands of people viewing the discussions, people who may have been interested in Jehovah’s Witnesses but now are not as a result of the story. If your literature is truly given away free of charge, why be concerned about a person putting quotes from it on the Internet? Rather, you should be glad for the free publicity. Would Jesus have used Caesar’s authorities to prosecute someone who repeated his teachings? It’s hard to imagine him doing that, isn’t it? Yet you have utilized Caesar many times to defend your own right to free speech. Your own web site details this at http://www.watchtower.org/library/g/1996/7/22/historical_development.htm . It states, “Jehovah's Witnesses have been at the forefront in battling for this cherished freedom.” Attached are some comments from other concerned individuals. You will quickly see how much reproach you have brought upon Jehovah’s Witnesses. I close with a quote taken directly from the above-cited link to your own website:
“Too often the idea is, ‘Free speech for me—but not for thee.’"
Sincerely, A concerned person who cannot provide you with her name due to your shunning policy
CC: Isobel Harry, Executive Director, PEN Canada Legal Department, Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York
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