Open Letter Re Watchtower Downsizing, Eventual Loss Of Non-Taxed Status...

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  • wanda

    To Those Readers And Others Who Asked And Now As An Open Letter:

    Regarding inquiries made about the Watchtower Society over Jehovah's Witnesses sending many of its workers packing back to kingdom hall congregations, the original, primary written source about the workman's comp aspect was the New York Daily News of January 6, 2006; the article in full appearing below.

    Also, if you want more information than this from the New York Daily News you can use the name of the judge to locate the original courtcase to read the record for it at the courthouse or phone the attorneys who represented the different sides for any additional information. Law reviews and state-published summations of legal verdicts are other sources that can help you.

    The link and several strings discussing this appeared on Further, at the February 2006 meetup in

    You may wish to correspond further with Randy Watter at [email protected] , and other posters at He or others such as Bill Bowen at may have learned more. When asked by the media, the Watchtower Society's spokespeople have, I am told, refused to say anything at all. My elder source said he himself was emailed the information from one of the active, underground Bethelite workers at Brooklyn who was present in the dining area when the announcement was made. The Watchtower Society's doing this is in the immediate wake of the workman's comp verdict and probably is also affected by their having brought in new printing equipment as well as going more into outsourcing.

    The WTS would seem to think the dismissal of many of its workers is a solution to its monetary problems. I am told that they still have vast sums of liquid cash donations but it also appears that despite this they can foresee that the membership trends, especially in the wealthier western nations, is downward. They are wealthy too from prime real estate they can sell in . Further, many members are "Babyboomers" born about 1947-1950 who have now reached 50 to 60 years of age, are experiencing health problems and are beginning to die,... and leave assets willed to the Watchtower Society. This last factor and their dismissal of workers is, at a guess, the type of solutions they are hinging their hopes on. What they don’t know, and must worry them too, is how many members in afflluent nations are exasperated with them and will become so to the point of not donating time, money and energy preaching.

    They are also working to counter some of the negative publicity coming due to their now fully exposed policy of sending so-called repentant child molester members among those preaching door-to-door. For example there is a movie that is being developed to cast them in the light of heroic defenders of freedom rather than a cult. It has been claimed that there was no official original tie between the producer and the Watchtower Society but I have read ( that the WTS is enthusiastically supportive of this. Too, it is not hard to picture some of them using continuing strong ties with persons in the U.N., going back to when they were an official NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) affiliate (also since exposed on the internet) to promote international U.N. efforts to clamp down on the internet.

    Meanwhile WTS heads like Ted Jaracz are doubtlessly fearful that their having lost the workman's comp case, the loss on non-payment of taxes in France, the continuing child molestation scandal publicised earthwide (NBC, CBS, CNN etc), the wrongful death lawsuit in Canada by Lawrence Hughes, etc. are still nipping at their heels and may cost them even more loss of positive public relations and money, and far worse, that such issues will lead to some attorneys and legislators eventually coalescing to lobby for their being wholly removed from their non-taxed status as a non-profit organization in the United States and or other nations.

    That's all the information and views that I can share with you, but if I can do more for you, my own phone number is 913 492-1564, and ask for Joe. My own picture and story appear in the PHOTOS and FILES sections at

    "Church may be forced to pay millions


    January 6, 2006

    A 46-year-old woman who devoted her life to the Jehovah's Witnesses said she was forced to move from their compound after she was seriously injured while serving the church.

    But a judge's ruling this week that she is entitled to worker's compensation payments could end up costing the church millions of dollars.

    Brenda Upton and her husband, Michael, took a vow of poverty and moved to the Witnesses' headquarters in 1998 to work as chiropractors for other church members.

    She injured her spine while running to catch a bus at an upstate church compound later that year.

    "They take wonderful care of you up to a point, and then you're on your own," said. "That's why we wound up going to court."

    She said she suffered debilitating nerve injuries that have left her barely able to carry a laundry basket. The church took care of her medical care until 2001, when she and her husband were asked to leave and were given a $79,000 stipend.

    But Workers' Compensation Law Judge Stephen Goldstein ruled Wednesday that is entitled to $400 a week in workers' compensation payments.

    "I'm finding they were not religious volunteers," Goldstein said. "They were engaged, particularly Dr. Brenda Upton, in a number of work-like activities."

    The Witnesses vowed to appeal the ruling, saying Upton and the other 5,800 Witnesses who live and work in the church's operations are volunteers, not employees.

    But if the decision stands, the Witnesses - and other religious organizations - could potentially face millions of dollars in workers' compensation insurance premiums and payments, said church lawyer John Miller.

    "It'll pretty much put religious orders out of business," Miller said. "It would certainly impact whether we would ever want to continue operations" in .

    The church owns about 40 properties in downtown and has plans to build a huge new structure on a vacant lot.

    Miller would not speculate how the workers' compensation case would affect those plans.

    "We don't have a spiritual conflict," said Upton, who has moved with her husband to .

    "Our problem all along has been medical-legal. We are still active Jehovah's Witnesses." "
  • Dune

    Do you think they can be disfellowshipped for this?

  • stillajwexelder

    Do you think they can be disfellowshipped for this?

    with Ray Franz they changed the rules so he could b e - so the answer is no, not at the moment but they will think of a way

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