Farkel, I know this is my absolute sore spot where JW's are concerned, but I hope I will be excused for telling my Rutherford stories. (again)
Shortly after being appointed a MS, a CO who admitted that he checked out apostate websites for the GB started a conversation with me about the Proclaimers book. I mentioned I read "Faith on the March" (written by A H Macmillan, ghost written by Tinker Bell) and all that went on with Rutherford and how he found out that he was made President while in federal prison. I also mentioned that Rutherford was against prohibition....
The CO said "You know Rutherford was an alcoholic...." before he caught himself and tailed off. I let it go.
Flash forward to Gilead, June 2005, 2 Kings 1, my epiphany. I had already been shown a homemade Bethel video that shows Rutherford gardening at Beth Sharim. GARDENING. The effort was to soften him up as we had to write that
I had read a ton about Rutherford. I knew he was a heavy drinker. I didn't yet hear about the womanizing, that came after.
I was already sick to death of the GB's attempt at indoctrinating me to believe that the GB and the Presidents of the Society were prophesied about, and that one of the bible's biggest missions in our day was to prophetically point to them.
But when another bible character, Elijah, was supposed to prophecy the existence of Rutherford, that was it. It wasn't so much Elisha being the match of Knorr, it was Rutherford. Somehow, my brain just stopped me from going any further.
It all hit me at once. The coup and legal takeover in 1917. The compromise of the 7th Finsihed Mystery volume where. The obsession with alcohol during the 1930's. (don't pee on my leg and tell me its raining.) Beth Sharim. The way no one ever said that Rutherford was loving and Christlike.
He was not only a bully, he was THE bully that turned Jehovah's Witnesses into the braindead heartless cult they are today. It hit me all at once not to waste any more "belief" on this religion. Because I knew if god existed, there was no way he would ever pick an idiot with the character of Joseph Rutherford to lead his people.
What Rutherford deserved was a judicial committee with 3 brain dead elders who moonlighted as janitors and window washers. That would have been fun to see.
I get sick to my stomach whenever I read of how JW's continue to insist on glorifying his punk ass.