the problem with recordings is that the people who do them have already made their minds up that they are leaving anyway...so they go to have a bit of fun with it..
the real irony is those that do go to a j.c with a humble heart wanting to be disciplined, re-adjusted, and helped...and yet get treated despicably...these are the ones that don't carry recording equipment because they are not interested in 'winning' debates or making elders look like idiots..they do genuinely want to be-and expect to be-treated fairly and humanely...and are all the more disillussioned when it does not happen
I know what thats like. I have seen so many cry their hearts out, begging to stay in. But because they didn't utter the right words or have "sinned" repeatedly over a long period there was nothing we could do within the GB's rules. I remember one sister, she wasn't even guilty. She had committed "loose conduct" years ago, had told an elder in the congregation she was in and he had let it go. Then she married a non-JW. I was a newbie elder. The JC chairman wanted this girl out. He couldn't get her on the marriage directly. So he tried her on the old confession. She didn't understand the legalities. She was broken up. She sat there shaking and crying, begging to remain a JW. This after years of inactivity. She still felt connected to the religion. She was df'd. Essentially by ONE elder. I was a newbie, the third was a very elderly brother with a failing memory. The sister appealed. But appeals are based on whether one is repentant at the time of df'ing. Since she had married an "unbeliever" how could she be repentant of the previous "sin." (Mind you, she was a teenager at the time of the first offense.) Result was the df'ing was upheld. To this day I wish I could have done more. But it was a setup from the getgo. Incidentally this was a minority sister setup by a white elder who I know from personal experience is racially prejudiced. tsof