If the JWs leaders dropped the claim of being the only rule-makers of a
literal 144,000, dropped the phoney efforts to make a dozen or so rules seem the
best ones indicated, and dropped harsh disfellowshipping for persistent dis-
agreement with those rules to keep those that got wise away from the steady cus-
tomers, they'd be mainstream (with an untrustworthy past).
If Erich Von Daniken dropped the pretension of being wiser than most of the
scientific community, and dropped the quote-mining, etc., to make unlikely
possibilities at best seem like proofs, he could be a mainstream author (with an
If Uri Geller dropped the claim of being a psychic, and dropped the effort to
fool customers that his magic tricks were genuine shows of that ability, he
could be a mainstream magician (with an untrustworthy past).
If organized crime dropped the crime, and didn't pay people under the table
tax-free and without college requirements, it could be a mainstream business
(with an untrustworthy past).
If Peter Popoff didn't claim to be a healer, and dropped the radio transmitter
and tap water-type gimmicks, he could be a mainstream preacher (with an untrust-
They could become mainstream at any time, but then what would be their money
making distinction? Each have passed over the boundary of ethical concerns to
create a money-making niche and were happy to find a large enough group of un-
critical customers to become wealthy. The JWs leaders have treated those who
conscientiously questioned the program, including other JWs leaders, the same as
the others reacted to critics of their illegitimate methods--like enemies. Ex-
pose books about the JWs leaders, Geller, or Von Daniken may be more ethically
mainstream but don't sell as well as the literature or shows they criticize
because more people want to believe they're in on something special than find
out they're not.
The main obstacle that prevents the JWs leaders from going mainstream isn't
a critic, book, or the Internet--it's that the average mainstream preacher makes
a middle class income.