I've been reading the random threads lately about the "shocking" announcement that is to be made at the end of September, and I'd like to throw my 2 pence in. Now, we all know that the WTBS has made several failed predictions, and I think we can all agree that they have probably learned their lesson from 1975's fiasco. Most at Bethel are old enough to remember the fallout FOR YEARS after 1975. So to me, I think it's safe to say that they aren't going to be claiming the End is this year. I mean, they can say, "The End is Near" all they want - they've been doing that for years, no change; but I seriously doubt they are dumb enough to do it again. If it came to pass as false prophecy, I think it would truly be the last nail in the coffin of the WTBS, people would leave in droves this time. So this leaves only a few other shocking changes that I can think of, which I have tried to sum up:
1.) Criteria for grounds for divorce (including emotional, physical abuse)
2.) Holidays - maybe they will now allow B-days, as the one Awake! article allowed pinatas a few years ago
3.) The Blood Issue - They already allow all fractions, might as well allow it all!!
To me, the only real "shocker" announcement would be the blood issue, as it's the only stance costing them money lately, and also giving them bad PR. While pedophiles give them bad PR lately, the blood issue is truly going to cost them. Oh, and did I mention it's completely F*^cked up? Yeah, that too. But seriously, what else is left? I mean, you can be a cop now (conscience matter), vote (conscience matter, frowned upon), have tattoos (frowned upon, but not a DF offense anymore I believe). The only think left is holidays, divorce, and the blood issue.