This will knock your socks off

by hijack 11 Replies latest watchtower scandals

  • hijack

    Is anyone familiar with this? Does anyone have links to the secret elders manual?

    The governing body is Jehoovers instrument. He has direct contact with then via holy spirit at 56 kilobit per second. The governing body are annointed by Jehoovers spirit and will sue the pants off anyone that violate copyright laws. After all the secret book is part of being saved, so why not let the whole world read that book???

  • unclebruce

    G'day Hijack,

    Checkout Kent's site. Watchtower Observer. The society did everything it could to stop him publishing the "secret elders and branch overseers manuals" - the mans a dead set hero!

    The Watchtower Observer vs. The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society

    Kent Steinhaug, a former Jehovah's Witness in Norway, frequently posts documents embarrassing to the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society on his Watchtower Observer Web site (

    ). His posting of such files as an alleged copy of the Watchtower's Branch Office policy manual, as well as a letter in which the Society allegedly tells the Czechoslovakian government that they do not forbid members from obtaining blood transfusions or performing civil service, has been ignored by the Brooklyn headquarters and thus their authenticity cannot be verified (Steinhaug refused to comment on the documents). His posting in 1996 of the copyrighted Pay Attention to Yourselves and to All the Flock, however, quickly prompted an angry response from the Society that resembles the Church of Scientology's earlier reaction to the posting of secret documents on the Internet.

    Steinhaug has carefully documented his history of inciting threats of legal action from Jehovah's Witnesses. In 1995 a number of Jehovah's Witnesses operating a private e-mail group infiltrated by Steinhaug unsuccessfully petitioned to have his Internet access revoked ("How Do JWs react to an E-mail?" ). When he violated copyright laws by posting the entire elders' manual, the Society itself quickly threatened legal action against his Internet Service Provider, Telenor Online AS ("English Translation of Leter (sic) to Telenor Online." ); the manual was shortly thereafter removed from the site ("The Watchtower Observer - 'Pay Attention …" ). Nonetheless, on March 4, 1997, Steinhaug and another Norwegian critic of the Watchtower were summoned by police after the Society filed a complaint for violation of copyright laws ("Ex-JWs Summoned to Police Station," ). Just as in the Internet war between Scientology and its critics, however, the manual can now be found on numerous sites around the world (Steinhaug provides several links on his Web site).

    Steinhaug insists that he did not violate copyright because a privately distributed work cannot be copyrighted ("Kent Steinhaug and Copyright," ). The Watchtower Society will likely argue, should the dispute result in further legal action, that any original and fixed work of authorship may be copyrighted, even if it remains unpublished (Title 17, US Code, Section 102).

    Steinhaug makes a more interesting argument for his actions on the basis of civil disobedience. He states (with regrettably hostile rhetoric) that the Society has no reason to be alarmed by his posting unless they are attempting to hide their regulations and disciplinary procedures from public scrutiny. He unfortunately weakens his position by asserting that the Watchtower is censoring free speech by copyrighting its publication ("A Letter to the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses," ). A more cogent argument would be that the Society capriciously reduces examination of its practices through the highly restricted distribution of this publication.

    It is telling of the secrecy, and frequently the hostility, with which the Watchtower Society handles its followers that drastic action was required to expose the Society's official justification and methodology for discipline. Kent Steinhaug's posting of Pay Attention… allows for an unprecedented look into the secret workings of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society and the ramifications of its actions in the lives of Jehovah's Witnesses.

  • Gregor

    Holy crap! where are my socks??

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    shark attack


  • greendawn

    Welcome to the forum Hijack, their connection to the Divine is not at 56Kb but at the most primitive modem speed of 9Kb and the connection hardly ever works, also malicious hackers often feed in erroneous information. A very problematic connection.

  • unclebruce

    This is a link to the Secret Elders Manual with comentary by the man the Watchtower Men could not break - Kent Steinhaug. From Randy Watters Freemind site:

  • Celia

    Thanks for the link UncleBruce. It's in my favorites to continue reading when I have more time.

    Uncle: Ist that you in the pic ? Where's your beard?

  • reexaminer

    I have the elder's manual online at my website, where it's been for a few months now. Here is the link:

    As you can see, it's on there in 6 languages. Please enjoy.

    [email protected]

  • unclebruce

    LOL at Celia

    I shave it off every now and then (when there's a build up of bugs).

    I've got a digital camera now .. so lookout!

  • hijack

    hi reexaminer

    Do you know if kent won that court battle or is he still being prosecuted. I think he went to court as far back as 1996 over this. But what about now??

    You claim that the secret manual has been online for 3 months. Does that mean the WTS has given up trying to sue every internet service provider that hosts the manual? Or is it literally impossible for the WTS to keep up this insane lawsuit tatic because the computer is the supreme entity of duplication

    It seems sites that host the manual have in fact done the WTS a favour by acting as a better communications link than the governing body had ever hoped for. The GB should just give up and send a memo to all elders and have them download the manual themselves. Of course the GB will have to remove the shroud of secrecy that exists with the manual. Think they will??

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